Dienstag, 19. November 2013

The Yashica ML 35mm f/2.8 lens

Sony NEX-5R, ISO 100, 20s, f/4.0, -0,3 BE

Always on the lookout for cheap old lenses I found the Yashica ML 35mm f/2.8.
From the lens design ago there were two versions: one with first 7 elements in 6 groups, a second with 6 elements in 5 groups. This second version was built  and sold from the year 1982. The older version is from the 70s. From about in 1976. 
Here once the data and specifications of the lens:
The focal length: 35 mm, aperture range: 2.8 - 4 - 5.6 - 8 - 11 - 16, six aperture blades, shortest distance is 30 cm, Weight: 230 grams, length x diameter 41.5 x 61.5mm, filter size: 52 mm.
The feel is very pleasant, especially convinced me the picture quality. At full aperture the image is a little soft, but at f 4.0 and 5.6 are the photos very sharp.

At the moment, these lenses are very inexpensive. Soon, the first owner of the NEX-full frame cameras A7  and A7R are looking for good old lenses. Then the prices sure to rise very quickly.
The Yashica ML 35mm/2.8 is a nice landscape lens but also very good for closeups.

Sony NEX-5R, ISO 100, 1/60s, f/2.8, -0,3 BE

Sony NEX-5R, ISO 100, 1/125s, f/2.8, -0,3 BE

Sony NEX-5R, ISO 250, 1/60s, f/2.8, -0,3 BE

Sony NEX-5R, ISO 100, 1/320s, f/2.8, -0,3 BE

Some users compare the design of the Yashica lens with Zeiss Planar. This suggests that the calculations of the lenses were taken. In my experience, however, the Zeiss Planar are much sharper even at full aperture and have more contrast. 
If you want to take only one lens, then the Yashica 35mm f/2.8 is a good choice. Ideal for street photography, as well as landscapes and close-ups. A good copy can be bought between 30 and 50 Euros. The pictures in this post emerged in recent days with really bad weather: rain, fog and cold.

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