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REVIEW: Petri 55mm f/1.8 C.C Auto

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-12-04

Petri 55mm f/1.8 C.C Auto

Specs:

Lens:
55mm

Aperture:
f/1.8 to f/16
6 bladed aperure

Closest Focus:
0.6m (2ft)

Weight:
193g

Mount:
M42

Covers:
Standard 35mm film size (24×36 mm negative)


Image quality

Wide open:
Next to no cornes softness which is quite impressive
Little lighter towards the middle and you lose some contrast
Mild vignetting

Renders very good at all apertures.

Analogue B&W film
Petri 55mm f/1.8
                            C.C Auto
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f/1.8 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Bokeh
Not the best but still good.
Petri 55mm
                                                      f/1.8 C.C Auto
Petri 55mm
                                                      f/1.8 C.C Auto


Digital
Pictures taken with a Canon 500D at ISO100 and I used a M42 to Canon mount adapter
Petri
                                                          55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                                          Auto
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f/1.8 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Bokeh
Petri
                                                          55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                                          Auto
Petri
                                                          55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                                          Auto

Flare
f/1.8              
Petri
                                                          55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                                          Auto
               f/16
Petri
                                                          55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                                          Auto
Flare film clip
Petri 55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                              Auto


Sample
Petri
                                                          55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                                          Auto
Petri
                                                          55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                                          Auto
Petri
                                                          55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                                          Auto
Petri
                                                          55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                                          Auto
Petri
                                                          55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                                          Auto
Petri
                                                          55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                                          Auto

Filming
Petri 55mm f/1.8 C.C
                                            Auto

Build quality

Very good and built like a tank.
Also have a nice feel to it.


Conclusion

This was my favorite standard lens when I used a digital SLR but sold this when I went over to my analogue Nikon equipment.
Which I regret after picking up the love for m42 lenses again.
But now I found a nice new copy and can see why I loved this lens before.

It's a awesome lens and a greatly underappreciated one considering what you can buy this for with some luck.
Compare this to my now favorite SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8 which is a renowned as a great lens.
This have a tiny bit better corner softness but little worse bokeh.
The Takumar have extremely good feel and this have a nice quality feel but not as good as the Takumar.


Thumbs up:
Image and build quality


Thumbs down:
Closest Focus of 0.6m (2ft)



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