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11-25-2011, 08:43 AM   #1
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Chose the best lens please!!

Sorry, it should read CHOOSE! This Thanksgiving day was cloudy and cold in Southern California, so I decide to shot flowers using my K5 and some of my best lenses. This was a good opportunity to find out (without all those technical analysis) what lens produced the best shots. I decided to use three nice 135mm lenses: The Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135mm f3.5, the Jupiter 37A 135/3.5 and the Tair 11A 138/2.8, I threw three more lenses just to check, among those one of the best: the SMC Takumar 85mm f1.9. Please look at the photos and compare them, I appreciate if you comment on which photo is sharpest, has best colors, etc., bottom line, which photo you like the best and why. I shot with the lens wide open, intermediate, and close (to the minimum workable aperture without causing difraction). I used a tripod and shot remotely using the 3 sec delay to allow for the mirror up vibration to stop. Any comments are welcome. Here are the photos:






























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Well this would be a lot more fun with a bikinigirl, but i go with Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135mm f3.5.
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Here are four more photos taken with the lens wide open















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the Jena render color very well, very realistic.

the Tak 50 is really close in general rendering.

but i prefer the rendering of the Tak 28 and 85, it's a bit different, and i like it a bit more. But it's personnal.

i really dislike the fujinon

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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Well this would be a lot more fun with a bikinigirl, but i go with Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135mm f3.5.
+ 1

Plus maybe the Tak 85. Although you really should shoot these at a) the same aperture and b) approx. same FoV for us to better judge them.
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It's hard to separate themthey are mostly excellent glass, but the the Fuji is outstandingly awful.
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Agree with the Fuji, I bought it for parts. I need to repair one lens and can use some of its internal parts. However, I wanted to try it. It is very soft at all apertures.
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I don't object to any of them, the Fuji certainly is soft but with this subject matter the results are nice, I think. The closer in to the flower the better the shots seem to me, and in particular I like the TAIR 11A. Might just be the warmer cast, though.

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I focussed at the minimum distance allowed by every lens and did not do any PP to the photos. I certainly believe the Carl Zeiss is a wonderful lens, but I also like the Tair 11Aa a lot (I have gotten more views and comments on Flickr on the Tair). It is a pre-set, but I love the preset, I have more control on the shots. The SMC Taks are always good, especially the SMC 85/1.9, which is a real legend, few were made. The 28/3.5 was the precursor of the K28/3.5, which I also have. However, the difference between the SMC Tak and the K28/3.5 is noticeable in my eyes, but very minimum. The benefit of the taks is the AV priority that provides shorter reaction time than the two steps of the K and M systems.
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Keep them all, of course.

IMHO the shots illustrate that these lenses aren't better-vs-worse, just different. Each has its own subtly distinct qualities. Cherish them all.
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They all look nice to me. But I don't get the Fujinon being soft compared to the other photos it's not the sharpest of the bunch but aren't you comparing 135mm vs a 55mm lens at different apertures? Kind of an apples vs oranges comparison isn't it? It's definitely got the shallow depth of field at f1.4
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Carl Zeiss for me also - contrast and colours look most accurate and pleasant.
Jupiter also does very well in this regard.
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They all look pretty good (except the Fuji) but I'll also vote for the Carl Zeiss.
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Beautiful images. I rather like the CarlZeiss Jena And Jupiter best.

I can't speak as to accurate color without seeing the roses myself so I'll wait for my all-expense paid trip before my review
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