This is the first post on building a database of interesting samples (I hope) of manual focus lenses on a digital camera body.
I might add some personal comments about the performance of the lenses.
This lens is from the personal collection of my friend João Carlos so thank you a million times João.
These samples are from the Auto-Takumar 85mm.
Let me start by saying that any lens is a portrait lens. Personally and when it comes to express our artistic vision of someone through a portrait, anything goes. It all depends on what we want.
This first shot was taken using the Super-Takumar 50mm/f1.8. It’s not a bad shot, I think, it’s pretty much distortion free but it does not “flare” as nicely as the Helios.
On the other hand it has depth!
Okay, the problem of using a 50mm lens for portraits is the distortion when shooting at close range.
Look at the next shot. See how the chin is distorted making her face longer?
And now a somehow similar shot taken with the 85mm lens.
The perspective is corrected and it handled the flair in a nicer way. Look at the top of the image. I was shooting almost straight into the Sun and the light floods the image, love it.
Moving on to another location.
Again, this first shot was taken with the Super-Takumar 50mm lens. And… again… look at the distortion. That slight distortion is making her arms look “fatty”.
This one was taken with the 85mm.
I love the short DOF and the way the focus breaks with the 85mm.
Here are some more samples from the 85mm Takumar. It is a very good lens and it performs nicely with an adapter.