March 18, 2016

From Gerald R. Lucas

Jupiter at the Cemetery

Images taken today at Riverside Cemetery, Macon, GA, with the Jupiter-3 1.5/50.

At close-focus distances, the bokeh this lens renders is creamy and smooth. The top images are lovely, while stepping back a few steps for the lower ones makes the background blur start to get unruly. Even further, at medium focal lengths, it’s just awful. For example:

That really has to be the worst bokeh I have ever seen. What gives? It’s bad enough this lens is so hard to focus wide-open, now I need to deal with this? Could I have gotten weird copy? It would figure. Well, maybe not.

Sony Camera Information
Cameras: Sony α6000 and Sony α7R. Lenses: Asahi Super Takumar 1.4/50Canon FD 1.4/50 SSCCanon FD 1.8/85 LCanon FD 1.2/85 LHelios-44 2/58Jupiter-3 1.5/50Kiron 2/28Leica Summicron-M 2/50mm (Typ IV)Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 2.8/100Nikon Nikkor 2/35 • Olympus Zukio 1.4/50 (Silver Nose)Pentacon 1.8/50Sony Sonnar T* 1.8/55Steinheil München Auto-Quinon 1.9/55Steinheil München Cassarit 2.8/50Voigtländer Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 MCZeiss Loxia Biogon T* 2/35. Processed with Capture One Pro.