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12-10-2009, 02:10 AM   #1
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Why I like SMC

As the saying goes, picture is worth thousand words:


I was just messing around during my lunch with my newly bought FA 135/2.8 and I was really pleasantly surprised by it's flare/glare resistance.
Here is just one example, shot wide open @f2.8, ISO400 1/60.
I have owned Sigma, Tamron and Tokina and Hoya HMCs but none of them would cope with this kind of light source shining straight down the lens.
Pic was converted with my standard settings in LR. And only tid bit of recovery and moving darkening the blacks.

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I'm very flattered...but we hardly know each other

I'm using firefox....so no picture for me

Edit...opened in IE...I like the shot....did you bounce the light back at him with something?
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nope ........
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nope ........
FA 135? Great shot....the rest of us are looking at that and thinking about our LBA!

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Wow -- that is impressive indeed. I was shooting portraits weekend before last with the Helios 44-2 and I can assure you -- NO FLARE RESISTANCE. In fact, I think that I was getting flare from the stray light that was bouncing off the inside of my rubber hood (a bank shot of sorts).
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
As the saying goes, picture is worth thousand words:


I was just messing around during my lunch with my newly bought FA 135/2.8 and I was really pleasantly surprised by it's flare/glare resistance.
Here is just one example, shot wide open @f2.8, ISO400 1/60.
I have owned Sigma, Tamron and Tokina and Hoya HMCs but none of them would cope with this kind of light source shining straight down the lens.
Pic was converted with my standard settings in LR. And only tid bit of recovery and moving darkening the blacks.

BR

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This explains very succinctly, one of the reasons why I am such a Pentax lens fanboy.
I've never seen better flare resistance from anyone else's lenses.
12-10-2009, 07:57 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
This explains very succinctly, one of the reasons why I am such a Pentax lens fanboy.
I've never seen better flare resistance from anyone else's lenses.
Zeiss T* coating is as good, if not better. Many years ago Pentax and Zeiss jointly developed their lens multi-coating.
12-10-2009, 08:59 PM   #8
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Zeiss T* coating is as good, if not better. Many years ago Pentax and Zeiss jointly developed their lens multi-coating.
Good point. It was a co production. Did or the Kyocera Zeiss lenses and now the Sony Zeiss lenses have the T* or similar quality coatings? I know some of the Kyocera Zeiss lenses for Contax were very good indeed.

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I'm very flattered...but we hardly know each other

I'm using firefox....so no picture for me

Edit...opened in IE...I like the shot....did you bounce the light back at him with something?
???? I get it in Firefox, but IE8 will hardly load PF at all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by geauxpez Quote
Wow -- that is impressive indeed. I was shooting portraits weekend before last with the Helios 44-2 and I can assure you -- NO FLARE RESISTANCE. In fact, I think that I was getting flare from the stray light that was bouncing off the inside of my rubber hood (a bank shot of sorts).
Exactly why I got a 44-3 MC!

Just arrived, actually. Yet to find out how good this old MC really is..

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Exactly why I got a 44-3 MC!

Just arrived, actually. Yet to find out how good this old MC really is..
Were you able to avoid the focus ring clearance issue on your copy? If so, could you share your serial number? There are a number of us that are trying to pin down which production years are afflicted with this ill.

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Sorry if I highjack the thread but 2 weeks ago I bought Zeiss Planar ZK 50mm f/1.4 from B&H and was surprised how good it is against the sun:


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Sorry if I highjack the thread but 2 weeks ago I bought Zeiss Planar ZK 50mm f/1.4 from B&H and was surprised how good it is against the sun:

That is quite an amazin pic.
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