July 2021 Part 1 — This Month Through Your Adapted Lens

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Travis Butler
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Re: Info and design of Mamiya-Sekor 55 f/1.4

Albert Silver wrote:

Of the old legacy 55-58mm lenses I have acquired, it is the clear champion in performance so far. This is comparing it against a Mamiya Sekor 55 f/1.8, the Cosinon 55 f/1.4 (though the Cosinon has a smoother bokeh as a rule), the Super Takumar 55 f/1.8 (the worst of the lot), the Auto Chinon 55 f/1.7, and the Helios 44M-7 (the best of this Helios series) 58mm f/2.

From what I've seen of it so far, my copy is good but not stunning:

E-M1 II, Mamiya-Sekor 55/1.4

(...I'd hate to take that fire escape!)

The others I have in that range... The Rokkor-PF 58/1.4 gives a rich, luscious look at near distances, but is only decent at mid-to-long range. The Helios 44-2 I've gotten some atmospheric photos with, but hasn't grabbed me enough to be a daily driver.

I also recently picked up a Hexanon 57/1.4 that's looking promising so far:

E-M1 II, Hexanon 57/1.4

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