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Testing an Orion-15 28mm lens on a Leica M240
Old 05-04-2019   #1
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Testing an Orion-15 28mm lens on a Leica M240

So I just picked up this perfect looking Orion 15 28mm f6 lens. $150 from Poland via ebay. I was going to use it on my Bessa L, butt thought, why not test it fo s-ts and giggles on my M240 just to see what it can do?
First off, I thought for some reason these were non rf coupled and would need to be zone focused. Not sure where I read that. But this thing has an rf cam, and focuses perfectly with my M240 and M7!
Secondly, fits perfectly and the focus is smooth. Actually smoother feeling than my 7A 50 1.1 lens.
Looking at the results, I think this lens is better than the equivalent Leica 28mm 5.6 Summaron. In Lightroom applying the profile for the Voigtlander LTM 28 3.5 snaps it into action. I'll be very curious to see how this performs on film where one tends not to make profile corrections.

Anyway first pic wide open (!) at f6 with no profile corrections:




CV 28mm 3.5 profile applied in LR:



Huge difference.
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Center 1:1 crop at f6




Center 1:1 crop at f11



@ f11:
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edge @ f11:
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Where is selfie?

Welcome to the club. This lens is probably even better than current Leica remake.
Looks like yours was polished and re-lubed before sale. If optics has no haze, it won't even flare without hood. I really liked this lens on film and on M8, M-E.
Sold it because 5.6 it was way too slow. Needs to be f4 at least. 5.6 max is outdoors day and flash lens.
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Selfie close to mfd @f6 w/ harsh back light:





1:1 crop:



Excellent flare resistance and zero chroma/colour fringing!

Now here's my take. I think this lens is awesome. Get one.

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Selfie close to mfd @f6 w/ harsh back light:





1:1 crop:



Excellent flare resistance and zero chroma/colour fringing!

Now here's my take. I think this lens is awesome. Get one.

Peace out.
Huss
That’s what I've been saying for the past two years, Ko-fe as well. Maybe more people will listen to you
The proviso is, get an early one, or, better yet, a Pre-production one (I forget how these were delineated.)
But, yeah, they’re keepers if you get a good one. There’s a reason these go for more than most Soviet lenses.
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