Topic: Carl Zeiss Jena Prakticar 50/1.4 (review+IMG)

I use Praktica-B lens on my OLYMPUS E-330 through the universal adapter "any lens" to OLYMPUS 4/3:

http://oly43club.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=311

http://oly43club.ru/index.php?p=howtobuy

http://oly43club.ru/_images/adapters/XXX/practicar.jpg

http://oly43club.ru/_images/adapters/XXX/practicar_vid.jpg



OLYMPUS E-330 + Carl Zeiss Jena ?? Prakticar 50/1.4:

all photo no PP, "as shoot"!

f/2
http://oly43club.ru/_images/prakticar/Prakticar_bohe_2_res.jpg

http://oly43club.ru/_images/prakticar/Prakticar_bohe_1_res.jpg


Interesting and beautiful soft-effect on f/1.4 in studio portrets:

http://oly43club.ru/_images/prakticar/Prakticar_studio_f1_4_res.jpg

http://oly43club.ru/_images/prakticar/Prakticar_soft_effect_f1_4_%20kristi%20copy.jpg

for the best perception  look full-size photo:

http://oly43club.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=511


Excellent sharpness on f/4 and f/5.6:

f/4
http://oly43club.ru/_images/prakticar/Prakticar_studio_f4_res.jpg
Compare with f/1.4
http://oly43club.ru/_images/prakticar/Prakticar_studio_f1_4_res.jpg

f/5.6
http://oly43club.ru/_images/prakticar/Prakticar_studio_f5_6_res.jpg


full-size photo:

http://oly43club.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=511

Last edited by _VR_ (2008-05-27 14:23:34)

Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Prakticar 50/1.4 (review+IMG)

Nice. I like the soft feel in the portrait shot. Thanks for sharing!

Chris
Denver, CO

Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Prakticar 50/1.4 (review+IMG)

Chris,

The Prakticar 50/1.4 is one of my favourite lenses; I have two first version examples, with engravings marked around the barrel instead of on the front trim ring. The mixture of "sharpness of line and softness of image" (paraphrasing Ivor Matanle) is much evident at large apertures, which I find appealing.

Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Prakticar 50/1.4 (review+IMG)

Wow, amazing results. I like them all.

Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Prakticar 50/1.4 (review+IMG)

Very nice photos indeed

The first version of CZJ Prakticar 50/1.4 may have different rendering,
this lens is much softer at wide open and have characteristic bokeh.

B200, BC-1s, BX-20s & 20+ Prakticars & Etc. etc...
http://www.pbase.com/kkawakami

Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Prakticar 50/1.4 (review+IMG)

KOJI wrote:

Very nice photos indeed

The first version of CZJ Prakticar 50/1.4 may have different rendering,
this lens is much softer at wide open and have characteristic bokeh.

Koji,

I do not have an example of the second version to compare against my first version, but what I found is that the first version is quite prone to yellowing. If the second version is free from this defect it means the optics would have been a complete redesign.

Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Prakticar 50/1.4 (review+IMG)

GhoSStrider, stingOM, KOJI - thanks!


Seele wrote:

Chris,

The Prakticar 50/1.4 is one of my favourite lenses; I have two first version examples, with engravings marked around the barrel instead of on the front trim ring. The mixture of "sharpness of line and softness of image" (paraphrasing Ivor Matanle) is much evident at large apertures, which I find appealing.

My version Prakticar 50/1.4 the first or the second?

As I know different versions differ the form of petals of a diaphragm, my version have "star" form and It is not pleasant to me (


Colour rendition warm but not the yellow:

no PP:


f/2 
http://oly43club.ru/_images/prakticar/Prakticar_bohe_3_res.jpg

Last edited by _VR_ (2008-05-28 08:09:56)

Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Prakticar 50/1.4 (review+IMG)

_VR_ ,  your 50/1.4 looks like the second version.

Seele,  yes the second version is completely re-designed.

          The yellowing could be cured by "UV flashlight-ing"
          experimented by fellow MFer cogitech.  According to him
          2 sets of three AAA batteries can do it (de-yellowing).

          UV flashlight can be obtainable from eBay seller
           http://stores.ebay.com/GoldenGadgets
   
          I will try to do it for the yellowed first version 50/1.4.

.../koji

B200, BC-1s, BX-20s & 20+ Prakticars & Etc. etc...
http://www.pbase.com/kkawakami

Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Prakticar 50/1.4 (review+IMG)

KOJI wrote:

Seele,  yes the second version is completely re-designed.

          The yellowing could be cured by "UV flashlight-ing"
          experimented by fellow MFer cogitech.  According to him
          2 sets of three AAA batteries can do it (de-yellowing).

          UV flashlight can be obtainable from eBay seller
           http://stores.ebay.com/GoldenGadgets
   
          I will try to do it for the yellowed first version 50/1.4.

.../koji

Koji,

I do have a few lenses which suffer from yellowing but then I am not too fussed; for colour work I have those which are not prone to this problem, and I do b/w mainly, so no big deal there!