Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Walk-Around with Wollensak Raptar 50mm f1.5 C-Mount Lens

Now that I no longer have my NEX-5N, I am back to the good old Panasonic G1, which I have had since it was first introduced.  It's not correct that I don't have the NEX-5N, as I can always borrow it from Dillon, but I am using the G1 as an interim solution until I get a new camera.

With the smaller sensor, the Wollensak 50mm f1.5 Raptar looks quite a bit better at the corners, but it also loses some of its charms - the blurred corners and vignettes.   I have noticed that the G1 has very strong colours, particularly on red, whereas the NEX-5N has more neutral colours.  This can be good or bad depending on your preference.  Doesn't bother me.  I can always dial it down during RAW conversion.

The Wollensak 50mm f1.5 remains one of my current favourite c-mount lenses, but I prefer it on the NEX-5N better than the Panasonic.  The lens shows more character on a larger sensor.  Regardless, it's a very sharp lens but at the same time renders pleasing colour tones.  A little long on M4/3 but still nice.

At the street corner - Panasonic G1 & Wollensak Raptar 50mm f1.5. Click for larger

Mean looking Eagle - Panasonic G1 & Wollensak Raptar 50mm f1.5. Click for larger

Yellow Peppers - Panasonic G1 & Wollensak Raptar 50mm f1.5. Click for larger

Nick Nack - Panasonic G1 & Wollensak Raptar 50mm f1.5. Click for larger

2 comments:

  1. none the less its a nice result and has a pleasing background diffusion for a "100mm" equiv lens.

    Have you done a side by side with something like a regular 35mm 50mm and this one?

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    1. Haven't done any comparisons like this yet.

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