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Old 07-30-2017   #361
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Thank you Brendan, for such lovely pictures that remind me why I like the planar on my M4 so much.

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Very nice, Brendan! Very nice that you use a rangefinder camera. For this type of work usually SLR's are used, but you show that a rangefinder can do the job at least as good.

My favorite is the M3 too, but I also like the M2 and M5.

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Thank you Brendan, for such lovely pictures that remind me why I like the planar on my M4 so much.

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Thanks guys! I occasionally use my OM-1n for landscapes but still mostly prefer using a rangefinder, if I'm going to use an SLR I usually move up to my 6x6 Bronica. The M3 is definitely still my favourite, but my 0.85 M7 comes in at a close second.

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I just picked one of these up before my trip to Rocky Mountain National Park last week. I will surely post some stuff in here when all of the film is done drying.
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After looking at the photos in this thread again... and again... and again... and also looking at Colin Jones' (Avotius) work, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a Planar. If I like this lens as much as I think I will, I may be selling a summicron...
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Wich Summicron is it? I kind of collect them.

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It's a version III Summicron 50, the one I bought from Helen Hill. I thought I would fall in love with this lens, but that hasn't happened (yet). Haven't decided to sell, but if you're interested I'll let you know if I do.
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It's a version III Summicron 50, the one I bought from Helen Hill. I thought I would fall in love with this lens, but that hasn't happened (yet). Haven't decided to sell, but if you're interested I'll let you know if I do.
Why didn't you like it? Were it the ergonomics or the optical qualities? This lens has a quite long focus throw, hasn't it?
I now have a v4, chrome, with a focusing tab. It is certainly a good lens, very handy and sharp, but, except for the freedom of distortion, not as nice as the Color-Skopar 50mm f/2.5.

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I like the v. III 'chron, but I don't love it. It's an excellent performer for bw, but I find it doesn't move me for color film. The handling, including the long focus throw, doesn't bother me. But I think your post hints at another reason: the Color-Skopar 50/2.5 may be as good a lens (heresy for some, I know), and has the advantages of being more compact than the 'chron and LTM so it will work on my IIIc and Canon IVSB2. The v. III 'chron does have something of a cult following, and its optics have been described as transitional between the more vintage look of older 'chrons (less contrasty) and the more contrasty later 'chrons. But when I want to shoot a 50 with a vintage look, I reach for my Summitar(s). Or my nice Canon or Nikkor 50s. So I now wonder what I'm getting from the v. III 'chron that I'm not getting from other 50s I own...

What I admire about the Zeiss Planar is the color rendition -- the pop and beautiful separation between in focus and out of focus areas. And Brenden Toews photos in this thread (among others) demonstrate that the Planar is no slouch either when it comes to bw.
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What I admire about the Zeiss Planar is the color rendition -- the pop and beautiful separation between in focus and out of focus areas. And Brenden Toews photos in this thread (among others) demonstrate that the Planar is no slouch either when it comes to bw.
Yes, I've seen wonderful results of the Planar also of others than Brendan. But I've also heard complaints that it is "only dead sharp", wich is not were I am looking for. The Color-Skopar is very sharp too, but it has a sort of "buttery" sharpness if you can follow me.
However, the Color-Skopar has two problems: the distortion and the uneven illumination: there is a bright spot in the center of the image, above all disturbing in skies.

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Interesting, Erik. Thanks. I don't want to continue an off-topic conversation here, but I haven't seen the uneven illumination problem in the Skopar 50. As for distortion, I haven't noticed that either, but my uses of that lens are mainly in situations where distortion is not an issue (e.g. street photography or landscapes not involving buildings or straight lines).

I've heard the rap on the Planar -- that it's too sharp or bitingly sharp. But I'm not seeing it in a lot of the photos in this thread or on Flickr. And I do see a 3-D effect from this lens that I like. Time (and usage) will tell. The lens is supposed to be delivered on Friday.
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Steve, I expect that you should be quite happy with the Planar! I haven't had a chance to test it with colour yet, but I have been very pleased with my B&W results over the last few months. It is very sharp but I wouldn't say too sharp, and the contrast and subject separation are both excellent.
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Beautiful Images Brendan as always.
Skip the Summilux. The Planar is gold in your hands!
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Skip the Summilux. The Planar is gold in your hands!
Thanks Andy, I appreciate it! The Planar is an excellent lens, prefect for landscapes but I am finding the distortion to be a bit much for some of my other work...
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Really GREAT shots Brendan... Congrats! You use the 50mm lens in a very good/fine way. I enjoy a lot with your photographs. Some are in an extreme contrast "way" for me, but it is clear it is your style... keep sharing!
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Really GREAT shots Brendan... Congrats! You use the 50mm lens in a very good/fine way. I enjoy a lot with your photographs. Some are in an extreme contrast "way" for me, but it is clear it is your style... keep sharing!
Thank you! Here are a couple more.

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Some stunning work Brendan! The 50mm FL really seems to suit you and you seem to have a very consistent personal style. Interested to hear what you use to scan as you seem to be getting great results (clean and punchy)? Also, is the contrast here from pushing the HP5, use of filters or applied in post?

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Some stunning work Brendan! The 50mm FL really seems to suit you and you seem to have a very consistent personal style. Interested to hear what you use to scan as you seem to be getting great results (clean and punchy)? Also, is the contrast here from pushing the HP5, use of filters or applied in post?

Really enjoying following along in this thread despite not having a planar myself!
Thank you! For scanning I use an original Canon 5D, Sigma 150/2.8 Macro lens, a negative carrier from an enlarger and an iPad. More recently I have also just been scanning my darkroom prints, but I haven't posted any of those here yet.

As far as the contrast goes, it is generally a mix of all three. I tend to slightly overdevelop all of my film, I often shoot HP5 at 800, I fairly regularly use a yellow filter and I do make contrast adjustments in post, though usually just enough to match what I would want to get from a darkroom print.
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