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Porst 55mm f1.4 Color Reflex Auto

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Porst 55mm f1.4 Color Reflex Auto

Porst 55mm f1.4 Color Reflex Auto
Porst 55mm f1.4 Color Reflex Auto

Produced by Tomioka, f1.4 - f16, 6 blades, M-42
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Registered: June, 2012
Posts: 3
Lens Review Date: April 4, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $75.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Bokeh, sharp, looks the business!
Cons: Focus ring a little underdamped.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-m   

There comes a time when 1.7 just isn't enough, and you start hankering after a 1.4. (Don't even mention 1.2 - too pricy!)

There are pros and cons to wider aperture lenses - faster, (better light transmission), but if you've got six blades and you don't want hexagon OOF highlights you've got to learn to live with a very shallow DOF. Wide open, this lens has a lovely dreamy bokeh, and has sharpness even at 1.4 - you just have to get your focussing bang on target! This is aided by the long focus throw of around 135 degrees.

From f2-2.8 onwards it's really sharp, has very nice colour rendition, and overall it's a very fine lens. My version is not the MC variant, and seems to have a single coating. I never shoot outdoors without a lens hood, so flare is not a problem.

My one criticism, and I'm being picky here, is that the focus ring, while being very smooth, is just a little under-damped - I'd like just a tad more resistance. There is also a slightly irritating clunk when you reach either end of the throw, but you get used to it.

I'm finding it needs +1 - 1.5 stops exposure (AV mode), but that fits with all my other M42 lenses, so is really down to the camera.

All in all though, a lens I can highly recommend - the Porst brand was big in Germany, but the lens itself is Japan (Tomioka) built - so that sets it in the 'must haves' for me - especially at a price of 45 (around $75).

And that big front element just looks so cool!


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Lens Review Date: September 2, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $66.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: F1.4 Sharp, short DOF, good bokeh good colors and contrast
Cons: bit soft wide open, bokeh busy, flare
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

This is an other branded Tomioka 55mm F1.4

What it looks like

This lens is soft wide open, but it's a nice softness that gives a bit of a dreamy cast over the picture. Close op it's much less evident and dissapears when you stop down. (But you don't really want to because you paid for F1.4 so you better use it!).

soft F1.4

sharp F4

short DOF

Busy Bokeh

Smooth Bokeh

Bokeh is smooth or busy or in between, mainly depending on relative distance from subject to backgrond. The Takumar 50 1.4 will probably be less busy.

General use is no problem, just stop down and shoot:
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