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04-22-2009, 06:57 AM   #1
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Vintage short tele shootout revisited - 85s vs M100

Hi,

As several users noted, the 85 shots in the "vintage short tele shootout" didn't seem well focused.

I've done a new set of shots, this time a little different:
  • This time, only the three finalists are included (Super Tak 85/1.9, S-M-C Tak 85/1.8, M100/2.8)
  • Shots only wide open and at 2.8
  • Images selected from a hand full of focus bracketed shots
  • Subject shows colour, contrast, CA and sharpness only (no off highlights)
  • All images are 100% center crops (full image is about the width of two tricycles)
85/1.9@1.9

85/1.8@1.8

85/1.9@2.8

85/1.8@2.8

M100/2.8@2.8


And the winner is... (IMHO) the S-M-C Tak 85/1.8. Or perhaps it's just me wanting to justify the ridiculous price I paid for it :-)

/Jens

04-22-2009, 09:29 AM   #2
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I agree it looks quite good here - much better than in the earlier test!
04-22-2009, 09:39 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by jensm Quote
Or perhaps it's just me wanting to justify the ridiculous price I paid for it :-)
That's completely valid IMO!

Thanks for another comparison!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
I agree it looks quite good here - much better than in the earlier test!
Quoted for emphasis.

The SMC 100/2.8 seem good. And is the only surprise here. That the SMC 85/1.8 beats the 1.9 has always been a fact. But I thought both of them would run around the 100 in circles. Interesting.

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