'Legendary' status

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Ching-Kuang Shene
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Re: 'Legendary' status
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Belgarchi wrote:

Totally subjective but fun: which lenses are considered as a 'Legend', whatever the reason?

I can think of only a small number:

- Nikon 105/2.5 AIs

I fact, except for the 105/2.5, which is a semi-legendary, none of the other lenses are legendary. By legendary, IMO, a lens has to have a historical importance, uniqueness with the best image quality at that time. Maybe you change the AI-S to pre-AI, then IMO the Nikon 105/2.5 is a legendary. There are some legendary lenses in my mind:

  • Germany (East and West): Carl Zeiss 180mm f/2.8 the original Olympia Sonnary rather than post-WW2 ones, the Topogon and Hologon series (up until the Contarex era), and the original post-war Biogon series. Of course, the Carl Zeiss Mirotar 500/4.5 and 1000/5.6, and Carl Zeiss Jena Spegielobjektiv 500/4 and 1000/5.6 have to added. One more from Germany, Voigtlander Zoomar 36-82mm f/2.8. If you are lucky, you may be able to rent a Zeiss 50mm f/0.7 and 35mm f/0.7. The first one, a planar type with a relying system inside, was designed for a half-frame Contarex camera. The combo was used to explore the back side of the moon.  Finally, the mother of all modern untra wide angle: Goerz Hypergon.
  • America: I would pick Celetron C8 orange tube, Questar 3" and Questar 700.
  • Japan: Perhaps the Nikon AF-D 28mm f/1.4, 28-45 f/4.5 (the first wide zoom), Nikon AIS 300mm f/2 could be included. Nikon also made the first 80-200mm f/2.8. For Canon, perhaps the first telephoto lens using FL glass.

These are the legendary lenses popped up from my brain. There are certainly more for other people to add.

CK

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