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Showcase Heliar 50/2

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Fergus, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Fergus

    Fergus TalkEmount Rookie

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    Mar 14, 2016
    Hello all... I did a search and couldn't find anything with the Heliar 50? This is mine (the non-collapsible version) on an NEX-5R.

    Fergus.
     

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  2. chalkdust

    chalkdust TalkEmount Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2015
    Bert Cheney
    December 2006 Popular Photography page 59. Bert Keppler talked about various lens designs and mentioned the 50mm/2 Heliar high quality. He said informally that it tested as well as the 50mm Summicron. In my experience with both lenses, I prefer the Heliar to the Summicron. I know that is subjective and I do not mean to speak poorly of the wonderful Summicron. But when I used both lenses on the same subject in order to compare them, I always obtained only two results. Either I could not tell which lens made which image, or I preferred the image from the Heliar.

    I do not know why this lens is so seldom mentioned and I know of no published full tests of the Heliar 50 f/2.0. I know that it is a classic Heliar design (5 elements, 3 groups) and that the f/2.0 aperture required a very special glass because classic Heliar normally maxes out at f/3.5.

    Fergus - you captured that light beautiful light magnificently. Great image! Thanks for sharing
     
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  3. Fergus

    Fergus TalkEmount Rookie

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    Mar 14, 2016
    Thanks Bert (we might have a similar profession given your screenname here!)

    I like it so much I have bought both the collapsible and non-collapsible versions, and my next lens will be the 75mm f/1.8 version. They have a very kind way of taking 'soft/gentle' photos and yet they are sharp.

    Cheers...
    Fergus
     
  4. Fergus

    Fergus TalkEmount Rookie

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    Mar 14, 2016
    From the same trip.
     

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  5. Fergus

    Fergus TalkEmount Rookie

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    Mar 14, 2016
    From my favourite island in the world (even more than Tahiti!)
     

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  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    #1 and #3 are nice photos!
     
  7. Fergus

    Fergus TalkEmount Rookie

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    Mar 14, 2016
    Thanks Nick!

    I have a very low 'hit rate' but when they work the effort is worthwhile.

    Cheers...
    Fergus
     
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