MS Optics on Film
Old 07-04-2018   #1
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MS Optics on Film

I have this sneaking suspicion that a few RFF members are using their MS Optics lenses on film. I thought we might dedicate a thread to sharing the photographs we make with these silly lenses. Please list the lens and film used.

I've been shooting my 35/3.5 Perar for a few weeks, but my film backlog is, well, sizeable. So I'll be sharing soon.
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Old 07-04-2018   #2
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Been shooting a Sonnetar with a CLE. Which should not work but somehow does!

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Old 07-05-2018   #3
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Been using both the 24mm Perar et 35 Apoqualia on film, will post some photos as soon as i will understand how to
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Old 07-05-2018   #4
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been using sonnetar for years ever since it came out

have 2 apoqualia .. one for backup

shot > 50 perhaps almost 100 rolls with msoptics

beautiful lens esp the apoqualia


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Old 07-05-2018   #5
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I use my 28mm triplet as a second wide angle lens on my Leica CL. The whole viewfinder is more or less equivalent to the 28mm view.
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Old 07-05-2018   #6
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Been using both the 24mm Perar et 35 Apoqualia on film, will post some photos as soon as i will understand how to
please do. looking forward to seeing images from everyone.
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Old 07-05-2018   #7
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I've shot the MS Optics 35/1.4 Apoqualia on film & digital..

Here's some film

Kodak Pro 100

kodakpro100_20170520_18 by Steve, on Flickr

Kodak Tri-X

kodak400tx_20170614_16 by Steve, on Flickr

Kodak Tri-X

m7_trix_20180422_08 by Steve, on Flickr

Fuji Superia 1600

superia1600_20170311_6 by Steve, on Flickr

Kodak Portra 160

portra160_20170226_10 by Steve, on Flickr
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Old 07-05-2018   #8
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Tmax 400
MS Apoqualia 35/1.4 both at f/1.4





Also Sonnetar 50/1.1
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Old 07-05-2018   #9
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Kodak Portra 160

portra160_20170226_10 by Steve, on Flickr
This has such a vintage feel. Very nice.
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Tmax 400
MS Apoqualia 35/1.4 both at f/1.4
it's very moody at f/1.4 on B&W, isn't it?
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Old 07-05-2018   #11
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35mm f/3.5 Perar, on TMX pushed 2 stops:



Can't say I like the 35/1.4 at all from the pics above. The Perar is a great lens to fit my M6 in a small pocket. That and an Elmar 50/3.5 is about as small a kit as you can get.
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Old 07-05-2018   #12
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Here's a few from the archives, snapped back in early 2012. One thing that made quite an impression on me during my brief ownership of a little Perar 28mm F4 was its, ummmmm, unique flare control (or lack thereof ).


Perar 28mm F4 by Jon, on Flickr



Perar 28mm F4 by Jon, on Flickr
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Old 07-05-2018   #13
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I don't miss it but it was an interesting little lens.


Perar 28mm F4 by Jon, on Flickr


Perar 28mm F4 by Jon, on Flickr
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Old 07-05-2018   #14
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Mad genius Miyazaki-san, the man behind MS Optics, snapped by me on September 3rd, 2010 - the day I first met him. I'd dropped by to get an S-mount W-Nikkor 35/1.8 he'd just converted to M-mount for me adjusted. He had just finished assembling his first Perar 35mm 3.5 on that bench right there when I walked in, and he handed it to me to try. This pic was taken with that lens on an Epson RD-1s. Yes yes, digital, and this is a film photo thread, but since its a pic of the man himself I'm sure you can make an exception

I took that Perar home that day without paying for it. Miyazaki-san said I could wire the money to him later if I liked it, or just send it back if I didn't.

Interestingly, he practically begged me to become a dealer for him that day. I declined, but his offer certainly surprised me, as one particular dealer at the time seemed to think he had an exclusive arrangement with Miyazaki-san. Something must have gotten lost in translation between them as Miyazaki-san certainly didn't think so, and he was taking on new dealers left, right, and center soon after


MS Optical Miyazaki-san by Jon, on Flickr
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Old 07-05-2018   #15
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I'd like his MS Optics 28mm f/2 lens, but it's a bit pricier than I want to spend for another 28mm lens.
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Old 07-06-2018   #16
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Mad genius Miyazaki-san, the man behind MS Optics, snapped by me on September 3rd, 2010 - the day I first met him. I'd dropped by to get an S-mount W-Nikkor 35/1.8 he'd just converted to M-mount for me adjusted. He had just finished assembling his first Perar 35mm 3.5 on that bench right there when I walked in, and he handed it to me to try. This pic was taken with that lens on an Epson RD-1s. Yes yes, digital, and this is a film photo thread, but since its a pic of the man himself I'm sure you can make an exception
Thanks for sharing your personal story with the Miyazaki-san. And the pics are great as well.
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Old 07-19-2018   #17
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Here we are, 2 Portraits and a Self from my last TriX, a Leica M7 ALC and the 35 Apoqualia.
Shot around f2.





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and Some older photos that i Like from the apoqualia.







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Old 07-19-2018   #19
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Thanks for posting these shots, Honestly, I am having difficulty seeing the attraction to lenses that, apparently, give the Holga like bad image quality I see in most of the photos, but to each their own. Why not just buy a Holga? The occasional 3-D effect is cool. I see that in some of the shots. It's a real head scratcher why some shots look like that, while others are blurry, flarey and out of focus.
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Old 07-20-2018   #20
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Hey Steve, I understand, those lens are not easy to master.

You can use their wickness to give a certain "look/mood" to your photos but they are definitly not Holgas.

Here are some shots with the 24Perar.


MP/24Perar/Portra160

MP/24Perar/Natura1600










And they looks pretty damn good!
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Old 07-20-2018   #21
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Nice shots yorda. Crazy aftermarket prices on these lenses. I assume it's the exclusivity shaping them. How much were these going new?
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Old 07-20-2018   #22
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Hey! Thanks!

Don't really remember for the perar but i think i paid less than 600€ for the Perar. and i bought the Apoqualia (black paint version) for a little more than 1100€... Doesn't seem to expensive for me...
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....as one particular dealer at the time seemed to think he had an exclusive arrangement with Miyazaki-san. Something must have gotten lost in translation between them as Miyazaki-san certainly didn't think so, and he was taking on new dealers left, right, and center soon after
Ahaha...I can guess who that might be 😏
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A couple of samples from a recent trip of the 28mm Perar on a Leica CL, Rollei 400S, HC-110 semistand:
July18_Rollei400S_HC_CL_Perar28mm_7 by Ben Sandler, on Flickr

July18_Rollei400S_HC_CL_Perar28mm_28 by Ben Sandler, on Flickr
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what kind of skillset and capital does it take to manufacture lenses like miyazaki does? you read about nikon starting out in a garage and you get ideas.
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what kind of skillset and capital does it take to manufacture lenses like miyazaki does? you read about nikon starting out in a garage and you get ideas.
Miyazaki-san used to work for a toy manufacturer in Japan where he designed microscopes and telescopes. When he retired, he started designing his own lenses and got his parts manufactured by the same suppliers he used when still working for the toy manufacturer, with him doing the assembly work on that bench pictured above. He started with small lots of just 200 lenses, and slowly built up the volumes. A few years ago I heard he was thinking of getting the assembly done by a company in China, so I'm not sure if if he still does it that way.

As for Nikon starting out in a garage, that internet myth has always puzzled me. Nikon was formed by an amalgamation of several smaller optics companies in 1917 as a government initiative to make Japan self sufficient for its military-related optics requirements. After WW2, the occupation forces prohibited Nikon from making military equipment, so in 1948 they started making film cameras & lenses at the Nikon 101 building, which was built in 1933. This building was one of just a few concrete buildings in Tokyo when it was built and was considered an example of very modern architecture at the time. As you can see, its a wee bit bigger than a garage. It survived the fire bombing of Tokyo in WW2, only to be demolished last year.

Photo from 1933


Nikon F production line in this building in the early 1960s
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Old 07-21-2018   #27
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nice work yorda, thanks for sharing! enjoying all these submissions.
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Old 07-23-2018   #28
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Thanks you Bayernfan!
Here is some more.

With the Perar






And with the Sonnetar, this one was difficult to use! And the focus at F1.1 was...hard to find =)









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Old 11-24-2018   #29
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Great thread, need to scan some sonnetar 50 shots from Berlin
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35 Apoqualia 2018_12_18_12049_00001.jpg
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Does anyone have the 17 perar? Im considering it, and quite interested in pictures taken with it, and opinions on it.
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35mm f/3.5 Perar, on TMX pushed 2 stops:



Can't say I like the 35/1.4 at all from the pics above. The Perar is a great lens to fit my M6 in a small pocket. That and an Elmar 50/3.5 is about as small a kit as you can get.

......unless you go to a LTM body like the ii or iii .....
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by no means a great picture, but I felt guilty for never posting anything. still have tons of film to scan.

This is the Perar 35/3.5 on Acros.

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