Shooting the same model with 3 different vintage lenses

Sep 21, 2017

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Shooting the same model with 3 different vintage lenses

Sep 21, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Photographer Mathieu Stern is crazy about vintage lenses, and his collection contains some pretty unusual pieces. For his latest video, he chose three vintage prime lenses of different manufacturers and focal lengths. He used them to photograph the same model on three different locations, and you can compare the results and check out how each of the lenses performs for portrait photography.

For the comparison, Mathieu used Konica Hexanon 28mm f/3.5, Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5 and Minolta Rokkor 100mm f/2.5. He paired them with his Sony A 7II and shot some photos around the city.

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Konica Hexanon 28mm f/3.5

Mathieu has patience (and perhaps some luck) to find great lenses for an incredible price. He got this one for only €5 ($6), and it’s a really good and sharp lens. He photographed his model on three different locations, and here are some of the photos he took:

Location #1

Location #2

Location #3

Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5

Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5 is a mini vintage Russian lens, and it’s incredibly cheap. You can find it for about $25, and sometimes for as low as $10. But despite the price, it’s also a pretty sharp lens, and I just love the swirly bokeh it produces. Check out how it performs:

Location #1

Location #2

Location #3

Minolta Rokkor 100mm f/2.5

As Mathieu says, this lens was in a horrible condition when he bought it. But he opened it and cleaned it thoroughly, and now it works like a charm. Check out the portraits he made with this lens:

Location #1

Location #2

Location #3

Now, for another comparison, here are the shots from the same location, but taken with different lenses. The lenses are from left to right: Konica Hexanon 28mm f/3.5, Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5 and Minolta Rokkor 100mm f/2.5.

Although all three lenses are sharp, I like the 50mm because of the bokeh it creates. Which one is your favorite?

[3 VINTAGE LENSES SHOOT THE SAME MODEL – Episode 2 | Mathieu Stern]

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7 responses to “Shooting the same model with 3 different vintage lenses”

  1. Lorenzo Morgoni Avatar
    Lorenzo Morgoni

    Industar very good, i have the similar 50 mm f/2.8 macro and it’s great too. Minolta very interesting too, perhaps a little bit soft.

  2. Chris Pugh Avatar
    Chris Pugh

    That Industar lens looks nice!

  3. lewisfrancis Avatar
    lewisfrancis

    I have an Industar 50 that I wasn’t blown away by, but after seeing this I realize I should try some portraits. I gravitated towards the Minolta, probably because of the depth compression and deeper bokeh, which is what you’d expect for that focal length and speed. Always enjoy seeing Stern’s showcases.

  4. EsaKivivuori Avatar
    EsaKivivuori

    I love this one: 28mm, Location #3, 1st photo (Notre Dame de Paris can be seen on the background). Beautiful, timeless blurr :)

  5. Ben Thai Avatar
    Ben Thai

    once again….after watch his video just ordered my industar but the 50 chrome version. Let’s see if I get lucky for for 12$ I can’t go wrong :)

  6. TinusVerdino Avatar
    TinusVerdino

    The industar has great center sharpness and close up it’s bokeh is also very good
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/29a8215bf3f95ccc1c38f7e58a83ecb3e3c37af9a05b6730acf12f33ba0bb512.jpg