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    90mm 4.5 APO-Digitar

    I'm about to pull the trigger on this lens, does anyone have any examples?

    I'm going to use it with the PGS on my alpa for portraits so I'd like to see the rendering wide open ideally.



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    Schneider Apo-Digitar 4.5/90 mm N, SB 34
    Details
    Shutter: Copal 0
    Aperture: f 4.5 - f 32
    Image circle at full aperture: 90 mm
    Image circle at f 11: 90 mm
    Max. angle: 53
    Distance settings: 1.5 m - infinity
    Filter thread size: 40.5 mm

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    Re: 90mm 4.5 APO-Digitar

    I have the lens, but unfortunately any wide open shots, I only use it for landscape. If noone else replies I could make some test shot for you. I do not think the look of f/4.5 has any significant shorter feel to it than f/5.6 though so say if you already have the 120 f/5.6 I would guess it's just as good.

    (edit: found one full-figure wide open test shot, sent in private message.)

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    Re: 90mm 4.5 APO-Digitar

    Very useful, thank you Torger

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    Re: 90mm 4.5 APO-Digitar

    I love the foggy foreground bokeh (a little soft-focus feel to it), while the background bokeh is a little bit more worried. You can see up in the left corner of my test picture how specular highlights are rendered, they're a little bit sharp-edged. I'm no bokeh expert though, I don't know how well the expertise thinks it competes with the alternatives, and "bokeh kings" I've looked at also have edgy specular highlights. I do think that it stands out quite well due to their relatively low amount of correction. I've got the impression that most/all Digitar lenses have similar bokeh due to their similarity in design.

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    Re: 90mm 4.5 APO-Digitar

    I like the foggy foreground as well. I have noticed most lenses get a bit nervous at medium distances. I'll mostly shoot tight headshots so the out of focus areas will be obliterated anyway

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    Re: 90mm 4.5 APO-Digitar



    Shot right now from reading your post while having a coffee on the terrace. Should you want to look at pixel level the original is as usual a 16bit Tiff!

    Background blur busier than foreground.
    Alpa FPS MAX TC | Alpagon 32Hr | Helvetar 75 | Schneider 120N | Leaf Aptus II 5 Leaf Credo 60 | www.danlindberg.com
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    Re: 90mm 4.5 APO-Digitar

    Interesting Dan, other than the rare 95/3.5 is there a lens you recommend more for portraits? How does the 120N compare?
    I don't find that bokeh that busy though, the Leica 90/2 APO is similar.

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    Re: 90mm 4.5 APO-Digitar





    Both shot with the SK 120N, love it and prefer it over the SK 90 N when it comes to out of focus rendering.
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    Re: 90mm 4.5 APO-Digitar

    Thanks Dan, very helpful.

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