January 23, 2021

From Gerald R. Lucas

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So, the sun came out for about ten minutes yesterday afternoon, after raining for the first part of the day. I spent most of the day reading (after an interminable faculty meeting), and when I saw the sun, I grabbed the SL and the Vivitar 2.8/28 for a couple of test photos.

Wow, not bad at all. The color is pretty amazing, and it seems to render a bit warm—which I prefer—and it’s pretty sharp wide open. The sun makes all the difference—check out the cool flair on the bird feeder example. I was even able to do a quick comparison with the Zuiko 2.8/28 after I lost the sun.

Which do you like better? Besides some beer missing in the second shot, I like the Zuiko better. It’s sharper and the bokeh is nicer, softer. Still, the Viv is no slouch. I still need to get the tripod in on the action.

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Later, I captured similar shots as above with the Zuiko. Lovely color and sharpness, and I think the bokeh is where the two lenses really differ, and the Zuiko might be a tad more contrasty. Oh, and I don’t think the Zuiko vignettes as much as the Viv. Both are very good, but subjectively, I like the Zuiko a bit better.

Leica Camera and Lens Information
📷: Leica M8 (09/2022–) • Leica M (Typ 262) (01/2017–12/2020) • Leica SL (Typ 601) (12/2020–). Leica Lenses: Leica Summicron-M 2/50 (Typ IV)Leica Summicron-M 2/35mm ASPH (Typ V). Other Lenses: Asahi Super-Takumar 1.4/50 8-ElementAsahi Super-Takumar 1.8/55Asahi Super-Takumar 2.5/135Canon 1.4/50 LTM Helios 44m-4 2/58Industar 61 2.8/55Jupiter-8 2/50Jupiter-9 2/85Konica Hexinon AR 1.8/40Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 2.8/100Olympus Zuiko 2.8/24Olympus Zuiko 2.8/28Olympus Zuiko 1.8/50Olympus Zuiko 2/85Vivitar 2.8/28 • Voigtländer Nokton Classic 1.4/40 MC • Voigtländer Ultron 1.8/21Voigtländer Ultron 2/28. Processed with Capture One Pro.