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fotomachi

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Two examples from this chuck of Russian optic:

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NEX-5 + Zenitar-M 50mm f/1.7 (ISO400, f/1.7, 1/2500s)



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NEX-5 + Zenitar-M 50mm f/1.7 (ISO400, f/11, 1/250s)​
 

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I've often wondered how the other Zenitar lenses performed compared to the Zen 16 fisheye. This lens seems to perform pretty well.

But that poor daffodil is looking a little worse for the wear. ;)
 

fotomachi

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I've used this lens for 3 days on the NEX-5.
My preliminar and unscientific conclusion is that wide open (f/1.7)
the lens performs reasonably well,and the bokeh indeed is very soft.
It is also a lens that I'm inclined to use for B/W photography:

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Here follow some - again unscientific - test shots (no PP, except resizing and using a clone tool for the f/16 pictures ;) )

Boring Test Shot Gallery FLT.I (Zenitar-M 50mm f/1.7)
Dedicated Image Gallery (Zenitar-M 50mm f/1.7) (less boring images ;) )

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The beaker test (at minimum focussing distance)
::[ f/1.7 :: f/2 :: f/2.8 :: f/4 :: f/5.6 :: f/8 :: f/11 :: f/16 ]::

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The C14 test (at minimum focussing distance)
::[ f/1.7 :: f/2 :: f/2.8 :: f/4 :: f/5.6 :: f/8 :: f/11 :: f/16 ]::

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Pictures of the lens in combination with the NEX-5 will follow later,
when I dust off the light tent ;)

 

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