New Lens Test


I am revealing nothing here, except that this is a test of a recently acquired lens that I have been wanting to try for some time.

It is reputedly hard to focus, but it is not.

The maximum aperture is f/2.

(Alright fine.  It’s the 90mm Summicron E55 Pre-Asph.  It is less than half the price of the fancy APO version, but it seems to do alright for itself).

Focus was on The Producer’s eyelashes.  It is not film.  I tinkered with the file a bit because I was feeling creative, but this is not cropped.

So there you have it.

6 thoughts on “New Lens Test

  1. jkjod says:

    You know I think there is a certain charm to a lot of the Mandler lenses* on both film AND digital. I think some things are lost in the asph and APO versions, especially for people pictures. I had a chance to pick this lens up in a camera store recently, it’s not that big, and way lighter than the Nikkor 85.

    As for the picture, you can feel the love coming off the screen 🙂

    *at least I think it’s a Mandler, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks Jordan–

      You are correct, it is indeed a Mandler-designed lens. While I can’t comment on the specifics of the rendering compared to the modern APO-version, I can confirm that I am quite happy with it.


      It is a fair bit lighter than the 8.5 Nikkor, and everything spins the “right” way (Aside from being stepless, the Nikkor spins “backwards” as far as the aperture is concerned…) That being said, the 8.5 Nikkor is one of my favorite lenses on film. I have a few photos from it lined up, and I plan to post some comparison shots of it versus the new/old 90.

      Hope you’re well,

  2. Peter | Prosophos says:

    Congratulations on the 90/2 pre-asph. It draws beautifully and it is definitely “undervalued” relative to the APO version. It is an excellent choice for portraiture (agree with Jordan, I would pick it for this application vs. the APO), so I’m sure you will do many good things with it… as evidenced by the image above.

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks very much Peter. I know you’ve tried the APO version (I haven’t had the pleasure…) but I thought this would be a good place to start, given my relative lack of familiarity with the longer focal length on a rangefinder body.

      As you know, the 75 was one of my all-time favourite lenses, but I found I often lost sight of the “smaller” framelines. I hope my (failing) eyesight will not be a long-term disadvantage with this slightly longer lens.


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