Vintage vs modern

by Berckmans Peter October. 04, 2019 375 views

As you know, I like to play with vintage lenses, but how good are the compared with modern lenses. Can they keep up or will they be blown away by their modern counterpart. Ganesha here was a good subject, difficult lighting, handheld ( no tripod allowed ). Both taken on the same digital body just a minute apart.

Left you got the old Chinon 55mm f1.7, what is around 80mm on my Fuji. All manual settings, no AF, aperture manual etc.

Right it is the famous Fujinon 35mm f1.4, a great lens. This one is around a 50mm on the body. Here I have AF and full digital control.

Both photos have the same edit on them, just 3 clicks in the program. Let me know wich one you like and give your opinion.

Here is another playfull test. The same lens, in the top photo on an digital body and in the bodem picture on its native analog Chinon CXII body.

Considering that the vintage gear is around 40y old, the results are not bad. What do you think? For me they stand their ground quite well against the modern stuff.But will the modern gear last that long?

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 3 months ago

No clear winner, for me.... Both have great merit!smile

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 3 months ago

Oldies keep on going

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Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 3 months ago

Perhaps they were made before the idea of "planned obsolescence" took hold???smile

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Don Baird 1 year, 3 months ago

Top one I like the Fujinon better primarily because the left side is brighter and skin more uniform.. Bottom one, I think I like the sharpness of the analog better. But hey, those lens are terrific.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Don Baird 1 year, 3 months ago

They sure are good,thanks

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

The quality of that Chinon lens is outstanding

1 year, 3 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

It sure is

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Abigail Gossage 1 year, 3 months ago

One could pick up an entire arsenal of cheap vintage lenses and never spend a penny on expensive modern ones.  Excellent quality in these images.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Abigail Gossage 1 year, 3 months ago

Some do. Glad you like it

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