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p.186 #1 · p.186 #1 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


CARL ZEISS JENA FLEKTOGON 35/2.8 preset EXAKTA
EBC X-FUJINON SW DM 28/1.9



Aug 18, 2014 at 02:25 AM
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p.186 #2 · p.186 #2 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


My most recent purchase is a Contax G 45mm f/2 Planar. I'm digging it, through I can't quite decide if I like my Contax C/Y 50/1.7 more. Better in a lot of areas, but it seems to be missing something I can't put my finger on.

Focusing is more of a chore than it is with my Contax G 28mm. Anyone ever lubricated one of these before?



Aug 18, 2014 at 03:49 AM
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p.186 #3 · p.186 #3 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


freaklikeme wrote:
^^^ Congrats, Mike. That is my favorite manual zoom lens.


Thanks. To go along with the Vivitar Series 1 and the Tokina ATX, I also have the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L and the EF 70-200/2.8L, so I asked myself do I really need the FD 80-200 f/4L. Then I realized that it was a stupid question and went for it.




Aug 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM
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p.186 #4 · p.186 #4 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


well.. here comes my most recent GAS
Konica Hexar AF with HX-14

can't wait, my plan is if I don't like it, I'll send it to Miyazaki san and get it converted to M-mount



Aug 18, 2014 at 04:57 PM
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p.186 #5 · p.186 #5 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Hi,

Mike Ganz wrote:
Thanks. To go along with the Vivitar Series 1 and the Tokina ATX, I also have the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L and the EF 70-200/2.8L, so I asked myself do I really need the FD 80-200 f/4L. Then I realized that it was a stupid question and went for it.



Mike, you will not be disappointed; I purchased my first one new in December of 1987, after getting the 100-300mm f5.6L. I picked up another one at a tag sale in CT for cheap-cheap, with negligible wear, near mint. It is very smooth to zoom & focus, and has wonderful color and OOF rendition. It holds its' own against any other MF zooms in that range, hand's down, so enjoy!

Edd



Aug 18, 2014 at 08:02 PM
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p.186 #6 · p.186 #6 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


roboticspro wrote:
Hi,

Mike, you will not be disappointed; I purchased my first one new in December of 1987, after getting the 100-300mm f5.6L. I picked up another one at a tag sale in CT for cheap-cheap, with negligible wear, near mint. It is very smooth to zoom & focus, and has wonderful color and OOF rendition. It holds its' own against any other MF zooms in that range, hand's down, so enjoy!

Edd


out of curiousity, what do you think of the 100-300mm f/5.6L?




Aug 18, 2014 at 08:08 PM
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p.186 #7 · p.186 #7 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Makinon 5.6/300 Mirror.


Aug 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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p.186 #8 · p.186 #8 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


carstenw wrote:
Voigtländer 12mm f/5.6 M39... I am very curious how good this will be on my A7.


I have the newer M mount version and I find it works very well actually. The corners are somewhat dark and a little purplish, but using LRs flatfield plug it clears right up. Very sharp and contrasty, I really like the lens. I am getting my best results at f8.

Ryan




Aug 19, 2014 at 06:29 AM
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p.186 #9 · p.186 #9 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


I should be getting the hood and cap any day now, then I will take it out.


Aug 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM
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p.186 #10 · p.186 #10 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Hi,

sebboh wrote:
out of curiousity, what do you think of the 100-300mm f/5.6L?


If I had to make a choice between the two, it would be the 80-200L; faster, better handling on small bodies (nice balance point), slightly lighter. The 80-200 is "pixel-peeping" better wide-open at 80mm & 200mm compared to the 100-300 at 100mm & 300mm. The CA on both is really well-controlled (UD & fluorite glass in both), so it comes down to a really personal choice based on overall needs. Just my 2 cents as an owner/operator...

BTW: The small double-spot in the lower left section (between the main post and end of hand rail) is the cross-over junction of a spider-web; yup, they are that sharp...

Regards,

Edd










80-200L set to 135mm at f4






80-200L set to 135mm at f8






100-300L set to 135mm at f5.6






100-300L set to 135mm at f8




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p.186 #11 · p.186 #11 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


I've dramatically slowed down my alt lens purchases, with needing to re-stock the Nikon cabinet after the arrival of my new D810. However, I guess the Zeiss MP 50mm f2 ZF.2 I bought the other day counts...


Aug 19, 2014 at 06:52 PM
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p.186 #12 · p.186 #12 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


I also went FF Nikon recently. My FX purchases were relatively alt but not classical: Sigmas 35/1.4 Art and 70/2.8 macro. These are modern designs with AF and killer sharpness. There are many 35mm primes on my shelf, but the "Art" is the one I have waited a lifetime to see: a high-tech monster. The macro ain't too shabby, either.


Aug 19, 2014 at 07:54 PM
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roboticspro wrote:
Hi,

If I had to make a choice between the two, it would be the 80-200L; faster, better handling on small bodies (nice balance point), slightly lighter. The 80-200 is "pixel-peeping" better wide-open at 80mm & 200mm compared to the 100-300 at 100mm & 300mm. The CA on both is really well-controlled (UD & fluorite glass in both), so it comes down to a really personal choice based on overall needs. Just my 2 cents as an owner/operator...

BTW: The small double-spot in the lower left section (between the main post and end of hand rail) is the cross-over junction of a
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thanks! i was mostly interested in performance at 300mm, as that's where i'd use it most of the time.




Aug 20, 2014 at 03:41 PM
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p.186 #14 · p.186 #14 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Sebboh,

If that is the case, I would go straight for the 300mm f4 L, not the zoom. It is excellent wide-open, and center-edge peaks at f6.3 (in my case), and has a decent rotating tripod collar, built-in sliding/locking lens hood.

Regards,

Edd



Aug 20, 2014 at 06:54 PM
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carstenw wrote:
I also recently got a Leica Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4 E55, since I really like what it does for portraits, but the focusing ring slips. I bought a tool to tighten it, but the tool is slightly too short, so I need to dremel it a little to make it fit. Maybe tomorrow?


So I got the tool, and trimmed it down so I could tighten the focusing ring. After a little fiddling around, I figured out how to set the infinity again, and now it is ready to go. I have to say I am quite surprised how sharp this lens is in the centre. This is not a modern design, so it must have been breathtakingly good for its time. I still try to avoid the "bubble-ish" boke it can spit out sometimes, but the boke is otherwise very beautiful, and I like the colours so far. Hopefully more tomorrow.



Aug 20, 2014 at 07:52 PM
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p.186 #16 · p.186 #16 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Years ago i had a 50 F1.4 on my SL. So i guess mine was an early one, as the SL was very new at the time. That is one outstanding sharp optic.
Harry Palmer



Aug 20, 2014 at 09:53 PM
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p.186 #17 · p.186 #17 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Yes, same optics, although it might have been a different version. There is an earlier version with the fat body, narrow filter thread, add-on hood, and the one I have with the built-in hood.


Aug 20, 2014 at 09:56 PM
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p.186 #18 · p.186 #18 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


SMC Pentax 85mm f/2.2 Soft.







Aug 21, 2014 at 04:17 PM
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jcolwell wrote:
SMC Pentax 85mm f/2.2 Soft.


I have never heard of that how is it "soft"?




Aug 21, 2014 at 06:03 PM
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jcolwell wrote:
SMC Pentax 85mm f/2.2 Soft.

sebboh wrote:
I have never heard of that how is it "soft"?


It's a unique lens. This is my second copy. For some inexplicable reason, I sold my first one in 2010. This current thread where I posted some old example photos rekindled my interest,

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1297676/0#12448989

It has only two elements, arranged as a single group that forms the "front element". There's lots of empty space inside. In fact, you can mount an EF Extender or Pentax "long" TC to it.

Boz Dimitrov's Pentax K-mount site has an excellent description,

http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/lenses/primes/short-tele/K85f2.2-Soft.html

Stan Halpin's site also describes it, but the comments on his current site are truncated to only a few words,

http://stans-photography.info/

Here's the full version of the discussion that I saved some years ago,

\begin{quotation}
85mm f/2.2 (soft)

Gerald Cermak - I've got one of these lenses, and for portraits it is nice. The aperature settings, while performing the indicated light changes, also change the amount of softness. That is the meaning of the scale. At 2.2, the maximum softness occurs, with less softening in the center than the outer portions (unlike a filter alone could provide). At 5.6, it has almost no softening in the center (quite sharp actually), and only modest softening towards the edges. At one point I had posted pics of my gf taken at the different settings to show the differences, but can't find the url. It truly does a great job at what it is supposed to do. After seeing some shots with it, one of my gf's friends asked to have some portraits of her taken with it. Next time she visited, we trucked it out to the beach one cold afternoon, attached to my LX with Supra loaded, and she loved the results.
[and in a later post . . .] The soft effect of the soft lenses is variable from the center outward, with the aperture controlling the amount of softness overall. In addition, the soft effect is combined with a crisp set of edges, providing a very pleasing effect.
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Flavio Minelli -[commenting on Gerald's lens which he had the chance to see for himself] . . .It's a really weird lens. . . The lens has only 2 elements in 1 group. This means you can stick a finger through the diaphragm from the back of the lens itself, although the iris itself is deep into the barrel. The visual effect was most unusual and it got stronger as you opened up. At 2.2 it was so strong you could barely get it to focus correctly. The aperture went only to 5.6, IIRC and the metering was stop down. All in all a very specialised lens but with very interesting characteristics."
\end{quotation}




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