Sunday, February 2, 2014

Arsat H 50mm f2 Nikon Mount - Sample Pictures

The Arsat H 50mm f2 doesn't look or feel like the older Russian lenses that I know; it's more like a 1980s Japanese lens in terms of build and feel. Very well built with a good heft.  Focus is smooth with very long travel. This is an entry level lens, but does not feel or built like one.

I haven't used enough to pass judgements on many areas of the lens, specifically the bokeh, but so far, I think it's optically competent. Definitely no worse than most Japanese manual focus lenses in the same focal length and aperture. I like the long focus travel; it makes precise manual focus so much easier. But to me, f2 is a rather slow aperture for a 50mm lens; it's not so much as too slow but more to do with more shallow depth of field to isolate the subject.

Will update when I use it more.

Arsat H 50mm f2 on NEX-6. Taken with 5D II & EF 100mm f2.8L IS.  Click for larger.

Angry Birds - Arsat H 50mm f2 & NEX-6. Click for larger.

Snickers - Arsat H 50mm f2 & NEX-6. Click for larger.

Noise Curfew - Arsat H 50mm f2 & NEX-6. Click for larger.

A Walk in snow - Arsat H 50mm f2 & NEX-6


  1. love the walk in the snow shot.


  2. I'm sorry if this is a bit off topic, but what do they mean with noise curfew? No plains after 11pm?
    Love your blog, keep it up :)

    1. Toronto has an island airport. Not only it has a noise curfew, but no jets are allowed to land or take off from the airport due to the noise issue. The airport is now trying to get all these restrictions removed, hence the ad.

    2. Oh, that's interesting. By the look of the ad, I thought they were "proud" of having the curfew, as if it was something worth publiciting.