Vintage standard lens shootout | Jonas Dyhr Rask | Fuji X-Pro1 |

So, today I wanted to share a little something that I did last night. I have been collecting vintage prime lenses around the 50 mm FOV for a couple of months now. I’m really fond of each and every one of them. However they do render so differently. It is, by now, no secret that I REALLY like my Helios 44m-4 58mm f/2 lens. But how would it stack up against all my other primes, such as the excellent Super-takumar 55mm /f2 or the beast of a minolta 50mm f/1.2? What I really like about these vintage lenses is their ability to render black and white. This is due to their old coating which doesn’t supply much contrast, so for b&w I have a lot more dynamic range, and I can play with contrast in post process. Coupled with the high ISO look of the X-Pro1 you get some output files that looks VERY film like. So, thats what I tried to set up. I did a simple test setup. I set it up at night, with low light as to get grain from hi ISO, I took a shot in colour and subsequently did a straight desaturation to black & white. The test enviroment featured a messy background so as to compare bokeh quality.


The lenses tested are:

Asahi Pentax Super-Takumar 55mm f/2

Fujinon M42 50mm f/1.4

Helios 44m-4 58mm f/2

Yashinon DX 50mm f/1.7

Minolta Rokkor MD 50mm f/1.2

Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4