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Portrait lenses compared: from 75 to 105mm

Trying to summarize my experience with these 75-105mm lenses:

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Arsat-H 20/2.8

I wanted an ultra wide-angle lens on a full-frame body, but wasn’t quite sure UWA shooting is right for me. So I hunted for a lens that would be wider than the 24mm Nikkor that I have, and wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. This Arsat-H 20/2.8 came just on time for me. Available […]

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Fish Eye MC Peleng 17/2.8

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S-M-C Takumar 28/3.5

I’ve got this lens a while ago, but was able to shoot it on a full-frame camera just recently. What can I say? It’s certainly one of the best wide-angle primes in M42 mount. Renders very nice colors, gives excellent contrast and very nice resolution straight from wide open (extreme corners are not that great, […]

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Yashica ML 50/1.9

For some time, I was trying to find a ‘perfect’ fast normal lens. Goal: it has to provide that characteristic ‘swirly’ bokeh that Biotar, Helios-44, Helios-77 and other Planar-type lenses have.

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Carl Zeiss Planar 85/1.4

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Yashica ML 28/2.8

I picked up this lens for just a few dolars to complement my collection of quality wide-angle glass. I was very curious to compare it with my S-M-C Takumar 28/3.5. The Yashica is newer and has 2/3 of a stop faster aperture. The Takumar is one of the best wide-angle primes in M42 mount, and […]

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