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07-28-2011, 02:51 PM   #31
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Incidentally, I'm still a fan of the FA 50/1.4. Used to be the best bargain out there, all-around, though when one gets to the various points of comparison, I get along with its qualities, Mostly for people, street, and animals: I thought I'd give a mention that it's great for pet portraits: wide-open it can be comparatively-soft, but not un-pleasingly so. (Despite being a bit of a sharpness fiend, sometimes I find these digital renderings a bit more ruthless than I'd rather: if I want more sharpness I stop down a little more, anyway: I'm not really on the razor-thin DOF bokeh bandwagon, )

the focus throw in manual, incidentally, is pretty generous for an AF lens, it's more like an MF lens with very little damping. There's ways this lens is outperformed, but it's still a favorite of mine.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Hmm, maybe my Argus-Chinon 55/1.7 is Tomioka also. It was on a Chinon-made M42 SLR that was badged Argus but also appears as Agfa and others.
Do you mean Argus-Cosinon? I have one just like that 55/1.4 mighty sharp and in very nice condition. It is also known to be coming from the Tomioka design or even made by Tomioka.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico:
Hmm, maybe my Argus-Chinon 55/1.7 is Tomioka also. It was on a Chinon-made M42 SLR that was badged Argus but also appears as Agfa and others.
Do you mean Argus-Cosinon? I have one just like that 55/1.4 mighty sharp and in very nice condition. It is also known to be coming from the Tomioka design or even made by Tomioka.
Nope, I definitely mean Argus-Chinon. I've DL'd PDFs of user manuals -- one manual for the Argus-Cosina STL 1000, and another for the Argus CR-3E (what I have) and Chinin CE-2 and GAF LES-2 (all the same). I goofed on the Agfa attribution; I should have said GAF. Details, details...

Anyway, this Argus Auto-Cintar 55/1.7 (which I'm attributing to Chinon) doesn't resemble my Cosina-made lenses, nor ones I'm sure are Tomioka-made. But tracing out the genealogy of this glass is a daunting task, too subtle for me.
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Best Pentax 50mm for me is the FA43ltd.
Size, sharpness, rendering, contrast is all top notch.

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