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Tom, Show me some Orion-15 shots!
Old 01-04-2016   #1
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Tom, Show me some Orion-15 shots!

I see you've had a go at the kiev/contax mount Orion-15 this past December, Ide love to see some of your shots with this lens!
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If you go to Flickr and use the tag "Orion 15 20mm f6.0" -thre are plenty of samples with the lens, both in Kiev mount and Ltm. It is a good lens, some rather significant fall off though - but no more than many other vintage wide angles. It is quite sharp - the Topogon design is still a quite respectable. Both Nikon and Canon used a similar design in here 25mm's - as did Zeiss with the originalTopogon 25. The Orion 15 is probably "throttled" down a bit from 25 to 28 - which would improve edge performance.
If you are looking for one, try to find a black anodized one - less 'sticky" focus helicoid. The chrome ones can "bind" a bit if not used regularly.
For some reason I have problem uploading to RFf at the moment. Don't know why - hence the reference to Flickr.
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