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    The slow lenses

    Hektor, Summar and Elmar- specifically. They are old and slow.

    Do you use them and like what they offer?

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    Re: The slow lenses

    I have a 90 Elmar-C that I picked up years ago when I got back into RF photography simply because it was on budget, but I've learned to love how it renders. I'm actually a big fan of moderate aperture lenses! Fewer optical compromises seems to be a common feature.
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    Re: The slow lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Hektor, Summar and Elmar- specifically. They are old and slow.

    Do you use them and like what they offer?
    I have a 1936 uncoated Summar. Old it is, indeed, but slow? After all, itīs f/2, and to get the special character of it, it should be shot wide open. Then, it gives a rather strong, īveiledī flavour, at least if the lighting itself is interesting, and the bokeh is OK.

    Once itīs stopped down, however, that character gives place to a contrastless greyishness, somewhat like an dusty old lens without a lens shade. And the bokeh gets horrible, probably due to the rather unusual shape of the diaphragm leaves.

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    Re: The slow lenses

    Per, Thanks for the correction. Even the Hektors can be quite fast (125mm f/2.5). I had the 2.8cm f/6.3 Hektor in LTM, in mind, as an example.

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    Re: The slow lenses

    I have a Hektor 13.5/4.5 LTM from 1938, which I use on my M6TTL. I shot most of my surfing photos with it (shameless plug) philipus.com ŧ Surfers

    The long focus throw is both a blessing and a curse. Insanely precise but rather slow for action shots.

    I also have a 9cm/4 Elmar from 1934 which is lovely too. Feels so solid and nice. Looks brand new, incl the glass. I don't use it as much as I should though because I love the 90 Elmarit-M much more. The Elmar gives a different look though.

    Edit: I forgot to add I have a 1950 Hektor 2.8cm/6.3 which is nice too. Flares a bit shot into the sun, but renders nicely. And is ridiculously small of course. The below is without sharpening or other edits, except colour correction in ColorPerfect (Portra 400).

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    Re: The slow lenses

    Thanks for the fine example, Philip!

    That 2.8cm Hektor is really tiny, yes.

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    Re: The slow lenses

    i have a 1958 elmar 90/4 and its neat, i have to enhance the contrast a bit if i take colour, but it does great B+W


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