It's just one of those days when you decide to start collecting certain objects. For me, today was a "I think I'm gonna start collecting manual lenses" kind of day. I already own a Contax Planar 50, but the voices are telling me to aquire more.
So, I did follow my dreams this time (or the voices in my head, rather). Browsed the web, and found these three guys. They have been hybernating in a garage since the early 90's, and they looked exceptionally filthy - thick layer of dust and fingerprints all over the glass' surfaces. No lens caps. They were just laying on the floor. *shake my head*
I had to bargain. It's in my blood. I convinced the seller that it's quite a gamble (which in fact is true). I asked for close-ups and they sent me some snapshots. Bad snapshots. Given the looks and handling shown in the images, the probability of them being totally useless/worthless due to haze, fungus or internal dust, was actually quite high.
Fast forward to the happy ending: I got them for 27$. After a thorough cleaning and checkup, I eventually managed to make them work on my Canon full-frame. Here are some quick test shots to check their performance WO (click photos to enlarge):
First off: the 24mm f/2.8. Original frame on the left, crop on the right. Shot at approx. 30 cm away from focused point @ 24/2.8
The rear part of the lens hits the mirror on infinity. But as you can see, it's totally possible to use it solely for wide-open, wide-angle shots.
Next: 135mm f/2.8. Shot approx. 1.5 m away from focused point @ 135/2.8
Aesthetically, this lens is major eye candy. The build and ergonomics feels so right. Focus ring is as smooth as a baby's cheek. Aperture ring is snappy with very low resistance. And it has an extendable lens hood on the front part of the lens, which I actually discovered by accident. But its smoothness can also be its weakness. The focus ring has a very good grip, good diameter, and moves effortless. But probably a bit too slippery? I struggled quite a bit in locking focus. In fairness, I definitely need more MF practice.
Last but not the least: 50mm f/1.7. Shot approx. 45 cm away from focused point @ 50/1.7
Based on the quick test shots I took, I think that this lens is the best performer among the three. Decently sharp wide-open. And of course - bokehlicioso! Will definitely shoot more with these lenses, so stay tuned!