We'll agree to disagree then! If you can't see how that author's sample pics jump out with a seriously special 3D quality I won't convince you by talking (but I'll do it anyway :-). I don't think the recording medium matters that much, and the optical signature of a particular lens design is everything, and Sonnars have it in spades for me. They have a 3-D kind of rendering that Gauss designs simply don't have. The pics from my Zorki-4 with a J-8 simply look qualitatively different from pics taken with an SLR with a fast 50. And you don't even need to shoot wide open to see the difference, better stopped down just far enough to get great subject sharpness with that separation from the background. I also see it in M42 Jupiter-9 pics taken with the SLR, still a Sonnar design and still special.
I'll admit I'm in love with Sonnars. Above all other lenses except maybe Voigtlander Heliars. They have imperfections that you can easily see (they have jittery bokeh wide open and are none too sharp wide open either) but those imperfections give them a unique character that just gets better and better a couple of stops down from wide open. I should back this up with pics!
Jupiter-8, on the Zorki. A rangefinder 50 that can't be used on an SLR due to short backfocal design:
zorki031 by SteveFE, on Flickr
Jupiter-9 on an EOS 30D, M42 and SLR usable but still a Sonnar.
IMG_0577 by SteveFE, on Flickr
To me both these pics have an entirely different foreground/background rendering to any other lens design even if they're not anything special as portraits. One that I like and strive to get, using my experience with a whole crapload of vintage and modern lenses.
Last edited by SteveFE (2014-07-09 18:26:55)
Canon EOS30D, Sony NEX-3
Favourite M/F lenses: Nikkor 50/1.4 pre-AI, Zuiko 50/1.4, Flek 35/2.4, SP 35-80/2.8-3.8, Macro-Tak 50/4 preset *NEW* Jupiter-8 and more rangefinder lenses to come!
Favourite (and only) AF lens: Sigma 12-24