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Playing around with a stock 18-55 and a Sigma 70-300 ...
Now, with an SMC Takumar 105 and a CZJ Flektogon 35 too ...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Porst WW 35 f/1.8 MC: New lens on the ... camera ...

It has been a few weeks since i bought my last 35mm, a Porst WW 35/1.8 MC in M42 mount.

Porst WW 35 1.8 MC - _IGP4799


Finally, i have been able to test it for a while, in one of my preferred places in Toulouse.

The lens has been a nice surprise. It doesn't have the same contrast as a Flektogon 35/2.4, at least wide open, indeed it is quite easy to focus, probably because of the reduced DOF. On my K10D, with a Katzeye focusing screen and an O-ME53 magnifier, i have missed only three pictures out of 21.

At first, a sample shot with the lens wide open, to test for sharpness and CA:

Porst WW 35 1.8 MC - _IGP4765


Then, a sample for the bokeh at f/2.8:

Porst WW 35 1.8 MC - _IGP4776


A set with other full-resolution pictures is available, as usual, on my Flickr photostream here.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Eric J. said...

Very nice lens, the rendering is very pleasant. How do you go about finding these very interesting lenses, it motivates me to do the same :)

March 21, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger IndianaDinos said...

Hi Eric,

Agree, not the same contrast as a Flektogon 35/2.4, but really pleasant for the mid-tones rendering and sharp enough to get good pictures ...

Keep hunting for those unknown lenses, they are really worth the effort ;-) ...

Thanks for spending your time here and commenting ...

March 21, 2011 at 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Eric J. said...

Hi, I guess finding good glass is possible and sometimes one can score - I've been lucky to find a SMC TAK 35/3,5 and SMC TAK 150/4 - both are a surprise to the eyes when that file opens up in a raw converter. I plan on using them on film, can't wait to see the results. Although it'll be a while as I'm looking around for a decent scanner, etc. The Takumar lenses have such nice rendering and individual character - I mean every lens has a special rendering, so pleasant and natural.

Happy photographing!

March 29, 2011 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger IndianaDinos said...

Hi Eric,

Yes, you just have to be patient (i have been drooling on fast glass for more than a year before getting an f/1.2 lens at a fair price) and have some spare time for going out hunting ;-) ...

The SMC Tak 150/4 is a great lens, with excellent contrast and sharpness starting wide open (i just watched your pics on the forum) ... Now you know why there are so many Takumar collectors around ;-) ...

March 29, 2011 at 9:57 PM  

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