One of the things I like the most about lenses is the way they render what’s in focus and what’s out of focus. I’m not talking about bokeh and I’m not talking about sharpness. I’m talking about the way they behave from their maximum aperture to f5.6.
I can’t deny, I like short depth of field and I almost never use a lens above f8 so it is interesting to go through a bunch of lenses to see the differences between them.
A “softer” lens can render a scene in a way I prefer over the sharpest of lenses.
A slow lens opening at f3.5 can have more character than a lens that opens at f0.95.
I do believe that some lenses have charm, a very special signature… do I dare to say… soul?
In the most naive way I do dare to say that some lenses have soul.
It’s not about quality, certainly not about the price, it’s just about the way they do what they do.
So… here are some samples from various lenses and cameras.
Zeiss 60mm CT for the Hasselblad
Zeiss 150mm CT for the Hasselblad
Zeiss 80mm CT for the Hasselblad
Zeiss 120mm Makro Planar for the Hasselblad
Zeiss 80mm for the Rollei 6006
Zeiss 150mm for the Rollei 6006
Zeiss 80mm for the Contax 645
Zeiss 45mm for the Contax 645
Mamiya 80mm for the Mamiya 645 Pro TL
Mamiya 80mm for the Mamiya 645 AFD
Zenzanon 80mm for the Zenza Bronica SQ AM
Mamiya 80mm for the Mamiya 7ii
Summicron 50mm/f2.8 on a Zeiss ZM
Summicron C40mm for the Leica CL
Zeiss G35mm on a Contax 62
Zeiss G45mm on a Contax G2
Konica Hexar AF