What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?
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philber
Registered: May 21, 2008
Total Posts: 9313
Country: France

A E55 or a E60, Carsten?



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 16163
Country: Germany

The "Leica Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4 E55"? That is an E55

I would love an E60, but I cannot justify that at the moment.



LightShow
Registered: Aug 03, 2009
Total Posts: 5891
Country: Canada

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



arduluth
Registered: Oct 25, 2013
Total Posts: 1412
Country: United States

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?



Mike Ganz
Registered: Sep 06, 2006
Total Posts: 2133
Country: United States

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.



taemo
Registered: May 23, 2006
Total Posts: 678
Country: Canada

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



roboticspro
Registered: Aug 12, 2010
Total Posts: 1947
Country: United States

Hi,

Mike Ganz wrote:
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.



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



sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
Total Posts: 12611
Country: United States

roboticspro wrote:
Hi,

Mike Ganz wrote:
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.



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?



woodrim
Registered: Nov 03, 2011
Total Posts: 96
Country: United States

Makinon 5.6/300 Mirror.



lostinjapan
Registered: Nov 30, 2004
Total Posts: 838
Country: Japan

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



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 16163
Country: Germany

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



roboticspro
Registered: Aug 12, 2010
Total Posts: 1947
Country: United States

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



molson
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
Total Posts: 13059
Country: Canada

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...



rico
Registered: Jul 13, 2003
Total Posts: 5056
Country: United States

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.



sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
Total Posts: 12611
Country: United States

roboticspro wrote:
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


thanks! i was mostly interested in performance at 300mm, as that's where i'd use it most of the time.



roboticspro
Registered: Aug 12, 2010
Total Posts: 1947
Country: United States

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



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 16163
Country: Germany

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.



Kingfishphoto
Registered: Nov 26, 2005
Total Posts: 7407
Country: United States

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



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 16163
Country: Germany

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.



jcolwell
Registered: Feb 10, 2005
Total Posts: 28245
Country: Canada

SMC Pentax 85mm f/2.2 Soft.



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