These days when a new camera or lens is released all everyone seems to be talking about is “sharpness” and “resolution”. To me those aren’t critical in neither a lens nor a camera body but I do prefer my images sharp and contrasty when I shoot wide open. In this test I would like to … Continue reading 50mm Lens Comparison – Sharpness and Color Fringing
In this article we compare the famous Zeiss colors to colors from Japan, China and Russia.
You might be as surprised by my findings as I was. Continue reading 50mm Lens Comparison – Color Rendition
The rendering of out of focus areas in the background and foreground of pictures (the bokeh) to me is one of the most important criteria for fast prime lenses.
In this article I investigate how my 50mm collection handles so-called bokeh balls at different aperture values. There’s also a special guest this time. Continue reading 50mm Lens Comparison – Bokeh
In this article I present the radioactive specimen of my collection and the measurements I did. Continue reading 50mm Lens Comparison – Radioactivity
Why are some old manual lenses radioactive?
Is it dangerous?
This article will investigate the radioactive character of three of my contenders: the Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50mm f/1.4, the Fujinon 50mm f/1.4 and the Zeiss Pancolar 50mm f/1.8 Continue reading Excursion – Radioactive Lenses
To properly use vintage lenses on a digital slr you will need an adapter to connect the two. These adapters come in all price ranges and some even offer electronic contact with the camera. Read on if you want to know why that’s so nice to have. Continue reading Excursion – Lens Adapters
Different lenses not only render colors differently. Sometimes they cast their own color over everything you take pictures of. This is especially strong in lenses containing radioactive thorium dioxide.
In this article I will compare the color casts of my lenses. Continue reading 50mm Lens Comparison – Color Cast