Testing Times Again

Not a very exciting photograph – but it has a equipment story behind it 🙂

Almost two a long time back I gave some support to a photographic historian in the Ukraine, who kindly despatched me a pair of intriguing lenses. Possibly the most exciting was a 1953 J-3, which had belonged to a senior member of the optical office at the Arsenal manufacturing unit – household of Kiev cameras. He had adjusted the lens for his private use and I was assured that it was “definitely outstanding”.

You are probably pondering that this seems much as well very good to be real. Well I imagined so as well, especially as the J-3 is notoriously “variable”, specifically in LTM variety. Not that it mattered as negative luck with cameras intended I was never ever ready to use it. Right up until now.

The lens has a attractive blue coating and was obviously “worked on” a extended time back – a repainted area has weathered properly. The overall performance? Well… This is a photograph taken on a test roll shot a number of times back whilst I was altering the digicam. It has not been sharpened and the movie is Agfa APX400 – which is instead smooth. The photograph has no merit, but in technological terms “definitely outstanding” looks quite reasonable. The lens is wondrously sharp, with a lush, archaic richness. It focuses accurately and with great definition broad open and close up, irrespective of the “concentrate shift” in the layout. This qualified prospects me to consider that the adjustment was similar to that utilized by the renowned Brian Sweeney, the western master of the J-3: I find the outcomes merely attractive. Have a look at it “Huge” 🙂

I genuinely can not picture that the first Zeiss 1.five Sonnar was in any way outstanding. And I can unquestionably see why this kind of lenses were the “professional” choice in the 30s and 40s. Evaluate this with the subjective softness of the rival Leitz Summarit – www.flickr.com/photographs/dlush/3215435337/ (thank you Donald!). It really is a matter of “diverse” instead than “superior” but diverse they assuredly are. And I’m very content 🙂

Incidentally, the photograph is straight for the moment – that “horizon” genuinely does slope up to the financial institution! 🙂

Contax II, J-3, Agfa APX400, 1/one hundred and twenty fifth@around f6.3. Kings Farm, Horseway, Cambridgeshire.

EDIT (2011): Does this photograph look as well dark 🙁 ? Please look listed here 🙂

Posted by luminousowl on 2009-01-27 00:52:forty nine

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