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REVIEW: Expert MC Auto 135mm f/2.8

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-05-27

Expert MC Auto 135mm f/2.8 (M42)

Specs:

Focal length:
135mm
Weight:
390g
Aperture:
f/2.8 to f/22
6 bladed aperure
Auto or Manual
Mount:
M42
Think that it can also
be found with other mounts.

Closest Focus:
1m (3.3ft)
Covers:
Standard 35mm film size
(24×36 mm negative)
Filter Size:
52mm


Built-in extendeable hood


Image quality


Analogue B&W film
Expert MC
                                                      Auto 135mm f/2.8
                                                      (M42)
Expert MC
                                                      Auto 135mm f/2.8
                                                      (M42)
Expert MC
                                                      Auto 135mm f/2.8
                                                      (M42)
Expert MC
                                                      Auto 135mm f/2.8
                                                      (M42)
Expert MC
                                                      Auto 135mm f/2.8
                                                      (M42)
Expert MC
                                                      Auto 135mm f/2.8
                                                      (M42)



Bokeh
Expert MC
                                                      Auto 135mm f/2.8
                                                      (M42)
Expert MC
                                                      Auto 135mm f/2.8
                                                      (M42)
Expert MC
                                                      Auto 135mm f/2.8
                                                      (M42)



Digital
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Download full size image. Here
f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22

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

Expert MC Auto 135mm
                                              f/2.8 (M42)



Bokeh
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)



Flare / Backlight
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)



Extra Sample
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)
Expert MC
                                                          Auto 135mm
                                                          f/2.8 (M42)



Filming
Expert MC Auto 135mm
                                            f/2.8 (M42)



Build quality

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


Conclusion

Find this to be a very nice lens with a little extra plus with the 1m (3.3ft) closest focus.
That is not very common and the lens is still quite compact for the focal length.

Image quality wide open is not perfect but still very nice.
A little glow and color fringing is there but good sharpness and not that much corner softness.
Also find it to renders well with fairly nice bokeh, contrast and flare / backlight.


Thumbs up:
Image quality
Bokeh
Closest Focus: 1m (3.3ft)
Build quality

Thumbs down:



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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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