The JCH top 10 M-mount lenses
I have seen a few ‘top’ posts recently on other sites, and I thought to myself “I should do something like that”, so I did. And this is the result.
MS Optical Sonnetar 50mm f1.1 MC Test pictures
So, the lens arrived yesterday and I managed to blag an M9 to test it with. I am going to use the lens on film too, as I think that the results will be quite different, but I wanted to get some test shots done for you all without taking too long. Here are a few shots and my thoughts so far.
When (High End) Gear Does and Doesn’t Matter
Another guest article today from Anthony Chang. Anthony discusses the merits of high end gear and when you need to have it. This is a long one, so get ready a cup of coffee and enjoy…
The MS-Optical Perar 35mm F/3.5 Super Triplet MK II
The 35mm Perar was Miyazaki sans first Perar release, and JCH is very happy to be able to offer you the chance to own one of these beauties now. There are extremely limited numbers avaialble, so come and get one before they are all gone.
Well, it is high time we did a lens test. So here is a good opener
For a while now I have wanted to do lens tests, but have not been able to for a number of reasons. Principally because I have not had access to a digital rangefinder that I could use. Well, now I do. The very kind people at Leica Japan have been nice enough to loan me an M9 for the duration of the workshop that I shall be presenting with Eric Kim.
As a little bonus I have managed to get the camera a few days early, so I have decided to run a little lens test that I have been wanting to do for some time now. As you may know I recently acquired a stunning Summarit 50mm f1.5 Screw mount lens and a Canon 50mm f1.5 screw mount lens, so I thought it might be nice to have a little comparison test to see how they match up against one another.
First up we have the Summarit at wide open 1.5:
As you can see this has a very soft and rich bokeh effect, yet still retains a nice amount of sharpness in the middle. The colour rendition is not so bad but it does fee a little bit washed out. I think this lens would have better tonality in B&W.
Following up we have the Canon 50mm at 1.5
As you can see, the colour rendition is very different, with a lot more blue and red highlights. The Bokeh is not as ‘creamy’ as it were, but the trade off seems to be the colour.
Now the Summarit at 2.8
As you can see the colour is starting to level out on this lens, but there is still a great deal of softness. This would be an excellent portrait lens if used to its full potential.
Canon at 2.8
The canon seems to be smoother at 2.8 and certainly still shows a nice balance of colour. This is a lovely lens to shoot with around the 2.8 mark.
Finally we have the Summarit at f4
The colour is starting to creep in on this lens now and we are seeing sharper background, but it is still a very low contrast lens.
And the Canon at f4
The Canon remains a lot more punchy with regards to colours and does have a smoother graduation from sharpness to background. A very interesting turn of events.
So, there you have it. I didn’t take them all the way to f16 as not only did I not have time, but I didn’t want to have a massive post about a mile long. Perhaps I can make that bit part 2 if people are interested.
I love the smoothness of the Summarit wide open, it has a dream-like effect and such character, but the colour and contrast are sadly lacking. The Canon has wonderful colour and balance. If I were to make a choice it would be the Summarit, as I shoot black and white and I think this lens would shine in mono. But for colour the Canon wins outright.
Let me know your thoughts or experiences with these lenses, and let me know what you would like to see more of. If you would like me to find one of these lenses for you drop me a line and we can do that too.
Lenses don’t come much more special than this
There are lenses, and there are lenses. This is one of those lenses that comes around once in a while. Angenieux lenses are a bit different from the norm. The Angenieux lens company was founded in France in the 1930′s. The founder, Pierre Angenieux was not eve out of his thirties when he founded the company! How many people can say that they founded an optics company in their twenties?
Now I am not going to give you a history lesson, but suffice to say the Angenieux name became renowned for extremely high quality optics which found application in the movie industry and various military departments.
During the 1980′s Angenieux made a foray into the film camera lens market, producing lenses for a number of different mounts. As with many decisions made by European camera companies made during the 80′s, this was ill-advised. The lenses were of very high quality, too high in fact and this made the pricing of the manufacture too high to make them competitive. A shame really, as they were outstanding lenses. This particular lens was the last consumer lens to be manufactured by Angenieux before they sold their designs to Tokina (doh!).
This lens in a mammoth beast, and heavy, tipping the scales at over 700g. The build quality is evident from the moment you handle the lens, it is nothing like a regular camera lens.
And just look at that front element, isn’t it pretty? It look like a cine lens, because it basically is a cine lens, except you can put it on your D700 and go wild.
I would add some technical details about this lens, but I cannot find a great deal of information about the make up of this lens. The 2.6 aperture is rather unusual and is said to be prone to vignetting, but I cannot find any info about that either.
This is a rare lens and it is not often you actually see one on the market. This one is available for a discerning collector. If you are interested and would like to know a bit more about this very special piece then you can drop me a line here Angenieux lens.