Me and my Gear

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  1. Sir,
    I found your article on the 50mm lens family very interesting, so then I checked out your images from Portugal and Japan and liked them also, so I thought I would say thank you.
    By the way out of interest what is your nationality.

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    1. Hi Bob James
      Thank you very much for your kind words.
      I’m from Switzerland, born and raised and still living here.


  2. Thank you for your measurements and descriptions of the radioactive lenses. Found your site wery-wery impressiv and interesting ! Please add more articles to your site. I like your style in testing and that you “just” describe and let the reader decide what and how !

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  3. Hi – I also have a collection of legacy 50mm lenses and found your comparison articles very interesting. Thank you for taking the time to test and write all this (I know how much time that takes). Would love to see more articles from you since I like your writing style. Please keep up the great work!

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  4. Hello, I always enjoy your “scientific” articles πŸ™‚ I was thinking about step in Canon DSLR world with manual lenses, but at least I stayed with my Nikon and M42 analog cameras. So let me know if you are interested in four Voigtlander lenses made by Mamiya (QBM) with Canon EOS adapter – I have no use for these lenses. Set includes 50/1.4 too πŸ™‚

    Radim from Czech rep.

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    1. Hi Radim

      Great to hear that you like my work and thank you very much for the offer.

      As I am about to finish my comparison blog, I’m not currently in the market to buy more 50mm lenses (although there is one last specimen that I’m gonna pick up this weekend)
      I will continue to write some more review articles on the lenses I keep and some “excursion” and “travel” stuff too.

      Stay tuned πŸ™‚


    1. I guess, it really depends on what you’re going for.
      If I were to shoot video, I’d probably get a Helios 44-2, because it will add loads of character without the need for extensive processing.
      If you want a more neutral lens, a Canond FD 50mm f/1.4, a Super (or SMC) Takumar 55mm f/1.7 or 50mm f/1.4 might do the trick.

      Check his site out, because he’s more into the video part:


  5. 1/ Sensors and the camera’s algorithm are not equal across all cameras. Thus, any legacy lense will perform differently for each camera. All legacy lenses will require post-pro: the question is to what extent. 2/ A sensor or 36MP or more is needed to discern differences in resolution between legacy lenses.


    1. I don’t measure the resolution, I only care about sharpness. And there you can clearly see differences even at very low resolutions.


  6. Heya! Lovely blog, beautiful pictures. I love how you analyse the colours produced by vintage lenses both objectively and subjectively. Any recommendations for a fast vintage prime I can adapt to my m43 camera? I’m looking for bokeh(difficult on m43) and reasonable contrast/sharpness.

    (PS, if you ever sell that beautiful X100s, message me πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you very much!
      The x100s was sold quite some time ago, I’m afraid.
      I got an X-Pro1 and an X-T10 instead, because I needed those 10mm desperately during my US trip.
      Will write a blogpost about that some time in the near future.

      The Zeiss Planar 50/1.7 might be a great buy, but if you want smooth bokeh, why not get a Super Takumar 50/1.4?
      You can always boost contrast in post πŸ™‚


  7. Hi there
    I own the Zeiss 20mm and 35mm Flektogon lenses and would like to purchase a 50mm (faster than the 4.0 Flektogon) to match the two lenses I own.

    I’ve read your posting about radioactivity of the lenses:” With lenses from Carl Zeiss Jena only the zebras and thereof only a view versions are radioactive so the best bet you got is to make sure you get one with the yellow color cast. πŸ™‚”

    I’m not sure I understand. Are you suggesting that if I buy a Jena, I should be looking for one with the yellow color cast as a safer option and if so, are there any other designations that would indicate a good option?

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    1. Hey

      My comment was aimed at people who WANT a radioactive lens πŸ™‚
      Only the zebra Pancolar with yellow glass is radioactive, all the other pancolars are not.

      If you want a good quality CZJ Pancolar, either get a zebra (8 blade aperture) or the MC version that results in better contrast.



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