Short Telephoto's on the EP2.

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Brian S, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Over the next week or so I will be shooting with a number of "Short" (35mm full-frame) classic Telephoto lenses on the EP2. A mix of Nikon, Leica, and Pentax glass, all on the EP2. Probably shoot 85mm, 90mm, and 105mm for some "unscientific" comparison shots.

    First up is the classic Nikkor-P 105mm F2.5, Sonnar formula lens, in F-Mount. This one has perfect glass.

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  2. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Stopped down to F2.8:

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    Back to F2.5:

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    Okay- DOF is very shallow wide-open at F2.5, the 10x magnification on the VF-2 used for focus. All shots hand-held, IS used.

    Next up will be the Nikkor 105/2.5 Planar formula lens.

    After that, a Leica 90/2 Summicron and Thin Tele-Elmarit 90/2.8.

    Then, maybe back to Nikkor 85's.

    This might take a while. I have a lot of lenses.
     
  3. Qwerty

    Qwerty Mu-43 Regular

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    Couple of more candidates based on my experience. The 100mm f3.5 Sonnar in Contax mount was superb and very high contrast. I've also owned the Nikon 105mm f1.8 AIS brother of the f2.5 in my APC days and did not find it any better than the f2.5, just bigger and heavier. Takumar 105mm f2.8 Super-Multi-Coated in M42 and Nikon 100mm f2.8 Series E were both OK but nothing great.

    My current champ is the Olympus OM 100mm f2.8 MC which is a superb performer, I've used it on full-frame, APC and now m4/3 with fantastic results.

    Looking for something even smaller than the OM 100mm when I want to travel really light (and affordable) I considered the Leica 90mm Tele-Elmarit, but its quite an old optical design that apparently flares easily and Erwin Puts says compromises were made in its design (he prefers its predecessor the 'fat' Tele-Elmarit). I ended up purchasing the relatively inexpensive Minolta Rokkor M 90mm f4 that was produced for the CLE. Minolta redesigned the lens to improve edge performance over its earlier Leitz CL and Leica Elmar versions. The lens is in the mail so I'm awaiting its arrival.

    I've also heard good things about the Olympus Pen F mount 100mm f3.5 as well as the Voigtlander 90mm f3.5 in M mount and the Konica Hexar 90mm f2.8 also in M mount. Out of my price range the discontinued 90mm f2.8 Elmarit in M mount is supposed to be a killer and the new 90mm f2.5 unloved Summarit is also a contender. There is also the 90mm f2.8 Sonnar in Contax G mount, but you have the headaches of less than smooth focus using adapters with a focus ring.
     
  4. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 11, 2009
    I'll finish up the test with a Pentax 85/4.5 Ultra-Achromat, M42 mount. Calcium-Fluorite lens.

    But for now-

    Here is the 2nd installment, a Mint condition Nikkor-P.C. 105/2.5 Planar formula lens. This is the same formula as the final versions, but is in an all-metal mount, no rubber focus ring. first generation multicoated lens.

    At F2.5.

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    cherry Blossoms, F2.5:

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  5. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dogwood, F2.5:

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    Same tree Stump as yesterday, F2.5

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  6. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I know the multi-coated Planar formula lens is supposed to be better than the older single-coated Sonnar lens, which debuted in 1952.

    But I can't see a difference...
     
  7. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 11, 2009
    Sun popped out again-

    Leica Summicron-M, 90mm F2, Canadian, Mid 1960s.

    I shot all of these 1/2 stop from wide-open, let's call it F2.5.

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    This lens has a Classic Leica Look to it. I got it for $200, prices have gone up.
     
  8. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dogwood in the front yard:

    also "F2.5"

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    The tree Stump again, walked a little closer to it than i did with the 105's.


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  9. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I did not buy any of these for the EP2- bought the EP2 because you can use it with so many lenses, and the VF-2 was the best available EVF 2 years ago.

    So far, what this test is demonstrating to me- any difference between these lenses in actual use is minimal.
     
  10. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Leica thin Tele-Elmarit, 1970s vintage.

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  11. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    One of the least expensive Leica lenses-

    9cm F4 Elmar-M, collapsible. This lens is the same formula as the non-collapsible, but the front element is very easy to remove and clean.

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