Yesterday, I dropped my Minolta 28mm f/2.8 in the ocean where it sat submerged for at least two minutes.  I don’t have any tools on hand to tear it down to clean it out.  I let it sit overnight on the air conditioner.  This morning, it had drops of water all over the inside elements and now the aperture blades are sticking.


After making sure that no water would come out of the rear of the lens and get inside my camera body, I decided to take it out and shoot with it just as it is.  I was curious to see to what degree it affects the image and if it creates any cool effects.  Not having a car here, I’m limited as to where I can go.  Being “stuck” on Galveston Island, I went to the beach.  It was super foggy out so any contrast loss from the lens would be hard to notice.  Here’s what I got with my still-wet 28mm Minolta.  This lens is a real trooper!

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I’ve got to say that the effect from the damage to the lens is actually quite pleasing.  The aperture sticking in place at random positions caused me to compromise on some shots, forcing me to think around the problem in order to get the image I was looking for.  That isn’t to say I’m not still going to clean it, but it was fun shooting with it.  What do you think about the images from this little experiment?

9 thoughts on “Lemonade

  1. I’m startled! I expected to see some fish eye type distortion from the water drops.. How could that not be there??
    Have any dessicant you can drop the lens in?? Rice? Kitty litter?? *s*


  2. I’m stuck in a hotel without any tools or a car to go get any. I thought about getting a taxi so I could run to a store to get a little set of jewelers screwdrivers. I just found out that I won’t be going back to the rig for another 4 days. I can’t stand the thought of leaving that salty water in my lens. From what I’m reading, the salt won’t bother the lens coatings much. Since the lens is old and doesn’t have any vibration reduction or sonic drive AF motor, it should hold up a little while. Time to put my old 2M skills to work.


  3. I expected the same thing. At the very least some coma and crazy chromatic aberrations. The only thing I notice is the strong loss of contrast.


  4. Absolutely beautiful shots, they’re all amazing, I particularly love #6, 7 and 8 🙂 … Thanks for sharing your art and showing us the beauty of our world that sometimes we miss or overlook.


  5. I really enjoyed the photos! Thank you for taking the time to share! isn’t it wonderful how variation (accidents) can give us a new perspective and appreciation. Our God is gracious to share such beauty with us! Looking forward to seeing more pictures!


  6. Love these images. I frequent Galveston since I live near by in Houston and immediately recognized these photos as being from the island before i read the text. I’m going the mirrorless route with the Fujifilm X-T1 and some vintage Canon FD lenses. After seeing your images i might try some Minolta lenses as well.


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