'Legendary' status

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Mathieu18
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Re: 'Legendary' status

Legendary: Remarkable enough to be famous, very well known. Not revolutionary...

I dont have quite the high threshold as some on here but of these the few I’d agree with are the Hollywood 28/2, Voigt 180 APO (I’ll add the 125 APO), the Nikon 28/2.8 (borderline), 105/2.5 and 180/2.8 ED, Pentax 28/3.5 and 31FA, and Canon FD 35/2 but the thoriated BL. Don’t know about a few but I think either of the 50/1.4s are okay but can’t keep up anymore, they CY 85/2.8 is great but not legendary, and most Micro 55mm are strong.

I’l add the CY 21/2.8, 35/1.4, and 100/2. The Nikkor-O 35/2 and the Minolta 58mm f/1.2. Maybe the Takumar 50/1.4 8 element but the 7 element was pretty underwhelming. Probably the Contax G 45/2 as well.

Belgarchi wrote:

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

I can think of only a small number:

- Leica R 50/2.0

- Leica R 100/2.8 Macro Apo

- Contax Zeiss 28/2.0

- Contax Zeiss 50/1.4

- Contax Zeiss 85/2.8

- Voigtlander 180/4.0 SL Apo

- Nikon 28/2.8 AIs

- Nikon 55/2.8 Macro AIs

- Nikon 105/2.5 AIs

- Nikon 180/2.8 ED AIs

- Pentax 28/3.5 K

- Pentax 31/1.8 FA Limited

- Pentax 85/1.4 FA*

- Pentax 135/1.8 A

- Canon 35/2.0 New FD

- Canon 50/1.4 New FD

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