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Latest Review Posted Revuenon 55mm F1.2 MC
I decided to write this review to correct one mistake, that I found repeated over and over on the Web.
As correctly stated in the previous review, this lens is a Tomioka-design. Could even be built by Cosina, but it definitely is a Tomioka.
It has been sold in different brands/versions, as Yashica/Tomioka, Rikenon, even Cosina!
Cosina's own design was sold as Cosinon-S 1.2/55mm, and also as Porst.
The shape of the rear element tells about the provenance.
Now, apart from these collector's minutiae, let's spend a few words about the performance.
This lens shines!
It is one of very few lenses I own that has something magic. Another is the Leitz Summicron 2/90mm (which is a blue blood lens, unlike the Revuenon).
The pictures I take with this lens are consistently above average, because of the beautiful mix of glow and sharpness it gives wide open.
It is a great portrait lens on crop and a wonderful (super-fast) normal on FF.
The part of the image perfectly in-focus rivals the SMC Pentax 1.2/50mm, but where it shines is in OOF areas. The Pentax is prone to LoCA (bokeh fringing), while the Revuenon is comparatively much much better. There is just a hint of Longitudinal Chromatic Aberration.
A blue circle surrounding out of focus highlights can be used for creative purposes, but most of the times is plain annoying.
This is why i place the Revuenon at the very top of the f/1.2 fifties I own.
It beat the Pentax by a little margin, and is way better than the Porst 1.2/55m...

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