In the last part of this story I introduced you to my MS-Optical Nikon L35 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar (I really need to find this thing a shorter name). Since then I’ve shot a roll of Portra 400 with it mounted to the front of my Leica CL. I’ve had quite a few people ask about the results, so I thought I’d do a quick post to share a few…
Unfortunately the weather’s been rubbish when I’ve been out with it, so I’m yet to have any sunny shots. Despite this, I’m pretty pleased with the results so far – they certainly have character…
I’m not usually one to gush over things like Bokeh, but actually it does very well in that department. Not that bokeh is a particularly frequent bed fellow to a 35mm f/2.8 lens, but when it’s there, it’s nice and smooth.
It also seems to produce some pretty vivid colours. This combined with the vignette gives images a very strong character that I think works quite nicely for my family snaps.
This all said, perfect is not a word is use to describe this lens, not by any broad stretch in fact. Flare is definitely a thing with bright light sources which can result in images loosing contrast like this one:
But for me, this propensity to flare combined with the other character traits are a distinct part of the charm of shooting an early AF compact camera and therefore very welcome in this converted lens.
More soon, I’m sure! (If you’d like to keep up to date, subscribe with your email below)
Cheers for reading,