The unstoppable development of digital photography has attracted interest because of the eminent technical aspects. However, frequently the sharpness of an Lens, its luminosity or resolution in an optic bench doesn’t translate in one relevant experience for the photographer. The “bokeh”, the keys provoked by the use of rare chemical element in the coating, the touch of the focus ring… there is an “I don’t know” in some classic lenss that have convert them in mythical ones. Without being exhaustive nor objective, the next selection recovers those pieces which have brought attention to them that make them unique and highly coveted by the most exquisite taste.
1, Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58 mm f 1.2. From the multiple existent versions in the market of this lens, the one with the best reputation is the first, fabricated between 1968 and 1969 with serial numbers starting by 200 up to 257. The fact that this optical coating of the lenses was placed in some chemical radioactive elements that degrade with time gives the taken images a very characteristic dominant warmth that has made this lens an authentic collective piece. Also, its full opening performance is extraordinary, with a worthily famous “bokeh”.
The images illustrating this article were obtained with the cooperation of Casanova Photo, you have provided access to some of the optics mentioned in the list.
2, Meyer-Optik Görlitz Primoplan 75 mm f1.9. Authentic cardinal notion, this piece is museum worthy because of its rarity and high price but it satisfies the dreams of any knowledgeable photographer with minimal sensibility. Its grand luminosity is highlighted in low contrast shots, maybe a bit soft for the actual stronger taste, but it prints at the end an unmistakable unique character.
3, Pentax SMC Takumar 50 mm f 1.4. A fairly classic lens, that as Rokkor, it contains radioactive pieces in a proportion higher than desired. The focus ring of the EPentax Takumar is, in opinion of its happy users, very special for its “hydraulic”, soft, continuos and -logically- mechanically pure, that will satisfy only those who have tried the modern automatism.
4, Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f 1.4 (C/Y). To say classic is to say Zeiss. A fantastic contrast, wonderful tones, f1.4 sharpness, a stupendous “bokeh” … it has everything. It has been, and is probably one of the most searched lenss of all times, and it has been adapted to all the possible mounts. Common piece for pictures and appreciated mainly by the full format digital camera users, its focal and luminosity makes it perfect for this genre. Some even say, this lens prints the pictures in a strange 3D format.
5, Vivitar 55 mm f 2.8 Macro. Fabricated by Komine, we are in front a lens that reaches a 1:1 ratio (in a camera with full frame sensor) without the need to use any additional accessory. Is a delight for close caption shots, since is small, light, manageable and sharp. A praised lens that today it keeps bringing hours and hours of photographic pleasure of flowers and insects lovers.
6, Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestor 135 mm f2.8. Better known around the world as Bokeh Monster, this zoom lens produces a f2.8 beautiful and creamy focus. Why? If the usual modern lenss of this focal are gifted with between 5 and 10 blades, Meyer has 15, which makes an unmistakable focus. The first versions were marketed under the brand Meyer-Optik, but then it became Pentacon. In the occasional market is under both brands.
7, Konica Hexanon 40 mm f 1.8. The Hexanon lenss have a pleiad of unconditional fans that considered it to be -they could be right- to be underestimated among the media photography. But -as they say- knowing it is loving it, even with it comes to elemental and humble models such as this 40 mm f 1.8. It belongs to a segment called “pancake” for its shape and size; it haves a focal very close to the natural sight of the human being; is sharp, is cheap and it forms balanced and seductive set for the actual generation of cameras without mirrors. In conclusion, is a perfect and even provocative option in the time of digital sophistication.
8, Tamron SP 500 mm f8 Tele Macro 55BB. The reflective lenss have a peculiar construction based on mirrors that allow it to reach long zooms despite its compacted and light design. One of the characteristics is the lack of shutter, this leaves a flat luminosity and the impossibility of modify the realm deepness when focusing. Other typical traits is the the famous shape formed in the high intensity luminosity, that can make a photo beautiful or ruin it. This lens is found as the amongst the famous ones for its optic quality and excellent construction.
9, Olympus Zuiko 18 mm f 3.5. Under the somewhat extreme angular range(with focal inferior to 24 millimeters universally ), there is a tight competition between brands and models. One of the most famous and appreciated by the fans is this mount lens OM with a coverage angle of 100 grades and an excellent corner to corner performance in the image. Both the geometric distortions and the chromatic abnormality are under absolute control, and its luminosity is very high given the extraordinary complexity of construction.
10, Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f2. If we talk about aura, we can’t avoid talking about Leica. A brand that synonym of exquisite, of exclusivity, of quality only a few can afford. And with a wide catalog of famous lenss of german fabrication, who will say is one of the humble one in the list. This Summicron, is one of the most economical and modest of its family, highlighted by sharpness and contrast. When it comes to a lens intended for a telemetric camera, it can’t be compared with the rest mentioned until now. But motivated to talk about “glamour” we could not stop to mention the believe that, the quality if tight to accessible price.