Good Morning, Xavier!
An interesting article. But, I'm not sure it's a very accurate one.
He picks models with very different noses and attributes their renditions to
the quality of the lenses
He complains that "Modern prime lenses fall below whats natural" and then
uses a portrait taken close up with a w/a lens, which will always give an
unnatural view. (Note the 'bobble-head' look to the fellow.)
And he loves to uses diagrams that, to me, are not understandable.
So, an interesting read, but not, I think, a well written piece.
Now, I'd like to show you one of the problems with older lenses... when used on
a digital camera.
Please take a look at this photo, before reading further...
and note the blue "splotch" in the middle of what seems to be a b&w image.
This is a phenomenon of using older lenses, designed for film, with digital
sensors. You see, film has a matte finish, whereas sensors are shiny. So,
light can be reflected by the sensor, back to the rear element of the lens, and
then back to the sensor and then back to ... well you get the idea. The result
is an overexposed section, in the dead center of the lens (this image has been
cropped) that takes on the colour of the coating of the lens! So, the "splotch"
could be purple or whatever colour the lens coating has. With the
non-reflective surface of film, this is never a problem. But, with digital
Now, before you go running off, complaining that this is obviously some cheap,
off-brand lens, note that the image was shot with the Leica Vario-Elmar,
80~200/2.8. A superb optic in anybody's world.
I have also had it appear, seeming at random, with other old lenses. Newer
lenses, designed for digital use, have different coatings, which (we hope)
prevent this problem.
This flaw only shows in certain lighting conditions. But I have images of you,
Xavier, and Rose, taken atop the Eiffel Tower, way back in 2006, ruined because
of infamous "Blue Splotch" appearing over Rose's face... and also shot with the
Vario-Elmar. (Hard to imagine that it's 10 years since we've seen you, my
All this having been said, I love to use old lenses... because I'm not afraid
to focus them and because the offer the opportunity to find great glass at a
very reasonable cost. (Such as my super-Macro-Takumar 50/4, or my 55/1.2 Canon
FL series lens - purchased with an FT-QL for $15, in a thrift store.)
BTW: The Beauty Six camera, shown, is a 1950 folder, from Japan. It was my
dad's camera and is one of only two surviving examples known to exist in the
world. It also has a bit of an odd history behind it.
The old Beauty Six is also featured on the cover of my e-Book, "A Brief
History of Photography".
Thanks for reading.
David Young - Photographer
Logan Lake,BC, CANADA
Photography e-books: http://tinyurl.com/SS2SS-Books
Good Day Flexers,
Alex Hurst showing the revival of one his cupboard gem lead me to share this
article with you:
Although I am not sure that the blogger is not just packing in a few ideas
colected there and there to buid an aricle.
Let's say that his reviews of lenses are smelling like it...
What ever, it may enlight a few minutes of the week end.
From : Xavier F. BILLE
mail : hot_billexf@xxxxxxxxxxx
Maisons Alfort - France