Rikenon 55mm 1:1.8 Initial Shots

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Ching-Kuang Shene
Ching-Kuang Shene Veteran Member • Posts: 6,318
Rikenon 55mm 1:1.8 Initial Shots

I tried to search this lens on this forum and could not find anything about this cheap lens.  It is odd!

I bought a Ricoh TLS-401:

This Ricoh SLR is very interesting, because it has two viewfinders:.  One of these VF is a traditional SLR one, while the other is a TLR (Twin-Lens Reflex) one on the top of the prism as shown below:

The Rikenon 55mm 1:1.8 is the lens on this TLS-401.  Initially, I did not have any intention to play with this lens because 50mm or 55mm 1:1.8 lenses usually are not very interesting and are above average.  This is a M42 lens as shown below.

This is a A and M type lens as indicated by the M and A switch:

There is an aperture control pin:

I am interested in how good this 55/1.8 is. The following shows some initial shot at f/1.8.  All images were very slightly post-processed, basically exposure corrections.

Other images were shot with my Nikon Z6.  So, for consistency, I will reshoot more images with my Sony A7II and will be posted here.


 Ching-Kuang Shene's gear list:Ching-Kuang Shene's gear list
Olympus D-600L Nikon D7100 Nikon Z7 Nikon AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G +2 more
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