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| p.51 #18 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase? |
wayne seltzer wrote:
Just splurged for the holidays and bought a mint Zeiss 75/1.5 Biotar in m42 mount.
Been wanting to get this lens for a long time but the supply is limited and prices high.
Speaking of lenses with character, this and I think the Leica M 50 1.0 I think are top contenders.
Anybody have some 75 Biotar swirly bokeh shots to post here to get me ready for my copy?
I have one I've posted my review on mflenses.com months ago.
Be warned that although it's one of the legendary Carl Zeiss lens, best lens in it's era, it's a demanding lens and tricky to master
For an old lens surprisingly it's very sharp at wide open, significantly sharper than the clone, Helios 40-2 85/1.5 (and it's also significantly smaller and lighter than the big giant heavy Helios which I also have) and from my test it's a bit sharper than my Contax Zeiss 85/1.4. But only at center area while at the corner area it suffers very bad.
It has extreme field curvature at wide open where you can see the long distance background is out of focus in the center but sharp in the border.
The bokeh is a tough thing to master. In some condition it's harsh and ugly like hell, but in perfect condition it gives a beautiful look that I think other lens can not give (except the Helios off course )
We have to find out what object and geometry shape that works and also in what distance from the subjects.
It prones to have low contrast when too much strong light source coming to the lens. Due to old coating I guess.
And some said it prones to fog too. Hopefully it won't happen to my lens
Just to show the lens completely different rendering compared to the modern lens (my Samyang 85/1.4 as an example).