on Apr 29, 2020 11:53:01 GMT
A crow pictured from 15 meters and cropped to almost none, is still undistorted. Not much of other lens can achieve that.
I also have Rollei planar 50/1,8, all metal, later models have rubber rings, mine is one from the first series assembled partly in Germany and finished in Singapore.
Very similar sharpness factor, but Rollie renders colours really superb and it renders in depth perspectives similar as an human eye.
Both MLs are just sharp in depth and colours are less natural. But that doesnt mean, that MLs arent capable to render colours lots of times to a certain wow factor in lots of different light situations. Obviously colours rendering is not just a matter of sensor and body of the camera.
That proves Minolta MD Rokkor 50/1.4, MK2-55mm filter. Last of the all metal Rokkors. A rare bird made only in 1979, after that Minolta launched lighter and smaller MD Rokkor 50/1.4 with 49mm filter and plastic rings.
Minolta MD Rokkor 50/1.4, MK2-55mm renders colours superbly vivid and naturaly. Like Rollie its conrast doesnt lack almost anything. Focusing is also buttery soft and it can perform focusing almost from meter to meter, with that one can adjust depth of the picture literally in slices.
All of the mentioned lenses are different, even both MLs are different a bit in comparision and all are very enjoyable top performers.
Also very sharp, a bubbly bokeh monster above all others mentioned- in macro. But flair is its big problem and lack of colours rendering.
Last thing i would mention is that Rollie with its 1.8 is capable to produce clear photos in same evening darkness with the same ISO and aperture as Minolta 1.4 and my other 1.4 lens i have.
Planars are capable of that. Theirs authors used different tech approach and math.
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Your comments on the Yashica, Rollei and Minolta lenses are most interesting. By the way, your second ML 50mm - is that supposed to be a 1.4 or 1.9?
I too like the colour rendering of the MD Rokkor 50 1.4 with the 55mm filter - I also like the MC Rokkor-PF 58mm 1.4. I have not tried the Rollei 50 1.8; it would be interesting to compare it with the Zeiss 50 1.7 Planar for the Contax/Yashica and the ML 50 1.7. I would expect the Rollei to have the warmest colour rendition as I have run the Contax Zeiss T* 50 1.4 (AE) against the Rollei Zeiss HFT 50 1.4 and found the Contax lens a more neutral colour than the warmer Rollei Zeiss.
I find the Contax Zeiss more forgiving with portraits and skin tones and the Rollei Zeiss superb for landscapes. But it's always subjective...