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Old 04-13-2014   #121
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The aspherical lens did well keeping the glare down from the reflections in the window glass.

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You've really got a touch with Tmax, Erik. Lovely work.
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Thank you, Maggie.

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Old 09-08-2014   #132
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Really doesn't matter, Maggie.

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Excellent images, Erik. Thanks for posting all these.
Specifically on this one, it's the first time I see distortion really kicking in.
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Excellent images, Erik. Thanks for posting all these.
Specifically on this one, it's the first time I see distortion really kicking in.
Yes, you are right, it is certainly not a lens for architectonical subjects. However, the distortion is much less than with my Summilux 50 v2. I've already posted a shot of a brick wall on wich this (actually very minor) distortion is visible.
It would be interesting to compare the lens on this with the aspherical Summilux 50mm. With aspherical lenses the engineers try to solve the optical problem to correct both the distortion and the coma. With non-aspherical lenses that is not possible.


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Erik,
I think the asph is pretty much distortion free.
For me, at its price point, the nokton competition is more like the canon 1.4 (same level of distortion I think), or the sonnars with their slightly different deal (no distortion, good bokeh, focus shift)
I got my Nokton for 20% of a used ASPH...

What the distortion tells me is that I will probably use it only for low light, keeping the summicron for the regular stuff.
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To do the lens justice, I've put a ruler on the image.

Only at the extreme sides there is some barrel-distortion. Remember, it is only a hand held shot.

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To do the lens justice, I've put a ruler on the image.

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Thanks, Erik
Maybe I got it wrong, and part of the strong feeling of distortion is in fact the vertical lines on the wall "escaping" to the center because of the lens tilt upwards.
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part of the strong feeling of distortion is in fact the vertical lines on the wall
Yes, with me the grid of my monitor also works strongly against the vertical lines.

I think it is about time that computers will work with finer grids.

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Distortion is difficult to judge in this case because the camera was tilted slightly backwards and also swung a tiny bit to one side. After correcting this with an image editor, a bit of barrel distortion (maybe 1%) remains, but I don't find it objectionable in this shot (the picture attached is roughly corrected for tilt, swing and distortion). You can easily judge the distortion by looking at the red vertical line that used to be straight and is now a bit distorted by the correction process.

Sorry for messing around with your picture, Erik, I didn't want to "improve" your picture or anything (I think it is very nice and beautiful as it is), I just did this to make it easier to judge the distortion question.

Personally, I find that I don't like lenses that distort noticeably, but we have to remember that amount of distortion is always dependent on the object distance. A lens may distort noticeably at short distance but more mildly or not all at larger distance or infinity.
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Old 09-10-2014   #140
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Thank you joeswe, it's like using a view-camera.

What picture editor did you use?

I agree with your opinion on distortion of lenses. I find it remarkable that old lenses like the Summar 50mm, Hektor 50mm and Elmar 50mm have no distortion al all (but lots of other optical faults), but that most modern lenses suffer more or less from it (although they are corrected for the other optical faults). It is as if modern designers accept a certain degree of distortion of their lenses.

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Actually I started using a 6x9 field camera about half a year ago to shoot some cityscapes and architecture, so I guess that made me more sensitive for this kind of things ... Now, I don't have a fancy picture editor (I really prefer the darkroom over the whole computerized workflow), so I just use an older version of Photoshop Elements that was bundled with a scanner. There is a tool to correct camera distortion that gives you a very fine grid and lets you correct barrel/pincushion distortion, "tilt", "swing" and also vignette at the same time, which is quite handy. I guess the related tool in the pro version of photoshop is even more sophisticated, but so far the PSE version did the trick for me.
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I agree with your opinion on distortion of lenses. I find it remarkable that old lenses like the Summar 50mm, Hektor 50mm and Elmar 50mm have no distortion al all (but lots of other optical faults), but that most modern lenses suffer more or less from it (although they are corrected for the other optical faults). It is as if modern designers accept a certain degree of distortion of their lenses.

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Erik, I feel exactly the same way. Seems that lack of distortion was a higher rated design goal in the old days? Of course it helps that some simple lens designs like the tessar were more or less free from distortion to begin with. But even the more ambitious Wetzlar/Midland designs of old times like the Lux 35 (a friend borrowed me his copy once, I would love to own one!) are remarkably free of distortion. A notable exception comes to my mind, which is the Lux 50 Mk II (1960s design) that does allow for some barrel distortion to be visible, but I tend to forgive this particular lens all of its shortcomings in exchange for its virtues ... Maybe with the general omnipresence of SLR retrofocus designs from the 60s on photogs became more tolerant of distortion. And nowadays distortion can be easily corrected in-camera, so its probably not top priority anymore when designing a lens.

Just for comparison of distortion (not really a comparison, as the subject distance is different), this is a shot with the Lux 50 Mk II, the barrel distortion is clearly visible but again not too bad, as the composition of the image is heavily center-weighted, so to speak.
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Thank you, John, very interesting material. I will try "camera corrections".


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Here's the shot corrected, but now I miss the spontanity of the original shot ...

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Hi Erik

Once again I really like your results with tmax400. Do you mind sharing your development method?
The gentle glowing tones you have in the reflection in this image are so nice.
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I really like your results with tmax400. Do you mind sharing your development method?
Thank you Andy,

Exposure: 200 ISO; developer: Perceptol (Ilford); solution: 1 part developer 2 parts water; temperature: 23 degrees C.; time: 11 minutes; agitation: every 30 seconds.

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Old 10-27-2014   #149
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just SPLENDID Erik , lovely moment !
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Erik these are all lovely.
And it makes me want one of these lenses.....

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Old 03-16-2015   #154
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Thank you, James. It is a great lens.

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Your most recent posts with this lens are great, Erik, but this one is especially nice.
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Thank you, Steve!

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A few from here n there…love the M mount 50mm Nokton 1.5, silver, of course

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