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REVIEW: Auto Chinon 55mm f/1.7

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-05-31

Auto Chinon 55mm f/1.7 (M42)

Specs:

Focal length:
55mm
Weight:
225g
Aperture:
f/1.7 to f/16
6 bladed aperure
Auto or Manual
Mount:
M42
Closest Focus:
0.5m (1.7ft)
Covers:
Standard 35mm film size
(24×36 mm negative)
Filter Size:
52mm




Image quality


Analogue B&W film
Auto Chinon
                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)
Auto Chinon
                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)
Auto Chinon
                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)
Auto Chinon
                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)
Auto Chinon
                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)
Auto Chinon
                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)
Auto Chinon 55mm f/1.7 (M42)



Bokeh
Auto Chinon
                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)
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                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)
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                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)
Auto Chinon
                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)
Auto Chinon
                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)
Auto Chinon
                                                      55mm f/1.7 (M42)



Digital
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Download full size image. Here
f/1.7 - f/2 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Youtube clip showing test images above in 100% cropped at center and corner.
Also in its original res.

Auto Chinon 55mm
                                              f/1.7 (M42)



Bokeh
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
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                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)



Flare / Backlight
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)



Extra Sample
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
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                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
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                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
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                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
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                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
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                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
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                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)
Auto
                                                          Chinon 55mm
                                                          f/1.7 (M42)



More sample images can be found at:
http://www.sample-image.com/auto-chinon-55mm-f1-7/



Filming
Auto Chinon 55mm f/1.7
                                            (M42)



Build quality

Very well made and are solid as a rock.
The feel is also very good.


Conclusion

Image quality wide open is quite far from perfect but I like the image feel.
Okay center sharpness in the very middle and it do have a lot of corner softness.
Stop it down however and you can get some very nice quality pictures.

Also find it to renders well with fairly nice bokeh, contrast and flare / backlight.

Overall a nice lens.


Thumbs up:
Image quality (Mostly stopped down)
Bokeh
Flare /Backlight
Build quality / Feel

Thumbs down:
Corner sharpness


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Technical Info

Analogue
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: AGFA CINEREX (X-ray film)
Developer: Kodak Xtol

Digital
Canon 500D with lens mount adapter
Auto White Balance and ISO 100

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