50mm lenses comparison: bokeh and sharpness 50mm镜头全开散景锐度比较

This is a quick comparison of the following 50mm lenses:

  • Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA
  • Voigtlander 50mm f1.5 Nokton
  • Leica 50mm f2 Summar
  • Jupiter-3 50mm f1.5
  • Canon 50mm f1.2 LTM
  • Helios 44M-4 58mm f2
  • Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9

All photos were shot on a Sony a7rII on a fixed tripod. All Shot with wide open aperture. No post processing involved, except adjustments in white balance.

 

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA

Editor's choice. Other than the corner to corner goodness, the biggest advantage of this lens is that it has the native E mount. So it has full access to everything the camera can offer. I've never been able to see the "Zeiss pop" that other people talk about (don't even know what it means, though used a number of true Zeiss lenses), but the 100% crop does show significant higher sharpness and contrast than all the other lenses here.

Voigtlander 50mm f1.5 Nokton

Voigtlander 50mm f1.5 Nokton

Voigtlander 50mm f1.5 Nokton

Voigtlander 50mm f1.5 Nokton

I am surprised by how close the images looked from this 50 1.5 and the 55 1.8. Switching back and forth I can notice this lens offered a tiny bit advantage in subject-background separation. It also handled chromatic aberration better. This lens is physically smaller than the 55 1.8. It works great on an autofocus M mount to E mount adapter.

Leica 50mm f2 Summar

Leica 50mm f2 Summar

This lens is pretty good considering its age. The biggest plus is that it is collapsible. It is really tiny once collapsed.

Jupiter-3 50mm f1.5

Jupiter-3 50mm f1.5

Jupiter-3 50mm f1.5

Jupiter-3 50mm f1.5

Compared to the Leica, this one is more resistant to flare but softer. Not impressive at all.

Canon 50mm f1.2 LTM

Canon 50mm f1.2 LTM

Canon 50mm f1.2 LTM

Canon 50mm f1.2 LTM

This big piece of glasses is OK. It indeed gives some characteristic bokeh. Not much else to talk about.

Helios 44M-4 58mm f2

Helios 44M-4 58mm f2

Helios 44M-4 58mm f2

Helios 44M-4 58mm f2

It is famous on the internet for its swirly bokeh. For me, not as swirly as the Helios 40-2.

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9 (bokeh level 1)

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9
(bokeh level 1)

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9 (bokeh level 1)

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9
(bokeh level 1)

Interesting lens with "bokeh control". At level 1 bokeh control, the effect looked very similar to the Helios.

 

Bonus swirly bokeh comparison:

Helios 44M-4 58mm f2 (with homemade swirly filter)

Helios 44M-4 58mm f2
(with homemade swirly filter)

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9 (bokeh level 4)

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9
(bokeh level 4)

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9 (bokeh level 7)

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9
(bokeh level 7)

The Petzval blew the Helios out of the water in terms of swirly-ness. However, Petzval's sharpness got worse and worse with the increase on the bokeh control level. So, better keep the subject in the center of the frame.

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9 (bokeh level 4)

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9
(bokeh level 4)

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9 (bokeh level 7)

Lomography Petzval 58mm f1.9
(bokeh level 7)

Weekly photos 每周照片 #9

摩顿观景台  ,美国田纳西格林堡    35.617208, -83.422486   Morton Overlook  , US-441, Gatlinburg, TN, USA    35.617208, -83.422486

摩顿观景台,美国田纳西格林堡    35.617208, -83.422486
Morton Overlook, US-441, Gatlinburg, TN, USA    35.617208, -83.422486

 

The storm on Christmas Eve led to landslides and closure of major roads and trails on Christmas day. Luckily I already captured the scene I wanted to the day before. Plus, I got to go back to Cades Cove and see the beautiful raining look.

 

雨中凯斯科夫  ,美国田纳西汤森    35.601718, -83.836466   Cades Cove in Rain  , Cades Cove, Townsend, TN, USA    35.601718, -83.836466

雨中凯斯科夫,美国田纳西汤森    35.601718, -83.836466
Cades Cove in Rain, Cades Cove, Townsend, TN, USA    35.601718, -83.836466

Weekly photos 每周照片 #8

Elk in the Wild 1  , Cades Cove, Townsend, TN, USA    35.607261, -83.807738   马鹿之一  ,美国田纳西汤森    35.607261, -83.807738

Elk in the Wild 1, Cades Cove, Townsend, TN, USA    35.607261, -83.807738
马鹿之一,美国田纳西汤森    35.607261, -83.807738

 

Elks were the only wildlife I found in my visit to Cades Cove, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was not too difficult to get close to take photos.

 

Elk in the Wild 3  , Cades Cove, Townsend, TN, USA    35.607261, -83.807738   马鹿之三  ,美国田纳西汤森    35.607261, -83.807738

Elk in the Wild 3, Cades Cove, Townsend, TN, USA    35.607261, -83.807738
马鹿之三,美国田纳西汤森    35.607261, -83.807738

Weekly photos 每周照片 #6

Weston Hill, 12/07/2015  , The Sutler Saloon, Nashville, TN, US    36.122082, -86.775067   韦斯顿·希尔,2015/12/07  ,美国田纳西纳什维尔    36.122082, -86.775067

Weston Hill, 12/07/2015, The Sutler Saloon, Nashville, TN, US    36.122082, -86.775067
韦斯顿·希尔,2015/12/07,美国田纳西纳什维尔    36.122082, -86.775067

 

Be very carefully about the full electronic shutter mode (silent mode) when you are shooting under artificial lighting. The banding phenomenon happened to me on my Sony a7r ii this week when I was shooting an indoor event (see the image below). It is safe to stick to electronic first curtain shutter (EFCS); and it is quiet enough anyway.

 

Joshua Black Wilkins, 12/07/2015  , The Sutler Saloon, Nashville, TN, US    36.122082, -86.775067   乔舒亚·布拉克·维金斯,2015/12/07  ,美国田纳西纳什维尔 The Sutler Saloon, Nashville, TN, US    36.122082, -86.775067


Joshua Black Wilkins, 12/07/2015, The Sutler Saloon, Nashville, TN, US    36.122082, -86.775067
乔舒亚·布拉克·维金斯,2015/12/07,美国田纳西纳什维尔 The Sutler Saloon, Nashville, TN, US    36.122082, -86.775067

Weekly photos 每周照片 #5

Erin Rae, 12/01/2015  , The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN, US    36.102067, -86.816689   艾琳·雷,2015/12/01  ,美国田纳西纳什维尔    36.102067, -86.816689

Erin Rae, 12/01/2015, The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN, US    36.102067, -86.816689
艾琳·雷,2015/12/01,美国田纳西纳什维尔    36.102067, -86.816689

 

That's the "In the Round" event at the legendary Bluebird Cafe (http://bluebirdcafe.com/) with four great songwriters and singers: Michaela Anne (http://www.michaelaanne.com/), Tim Easton (http://www.timeaston.com/), JP Harris (http://ilovehonkytonk.com/), and Erin Rae (http://www.erinraemusic.com/). The performance was more than fantastic. In fact, I would say it was the best concert I've ever been to.

Michaela Anne is my piano teacher. She is absolutely amazing. Go check out her music (http://www.michaelaanne.com/music-1/#emm). A new album is on the way too.

Also, pre-order Tim Easton's new album and help adoptable animals (http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/timeaston).

 

Michaela Anne, 12/01/2015  , The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN, US    36.102067, -86.816689   米凯拉·安,2015/12/01  ,美国田纳西纳什维尔    36.102067, -86.816689

Michaela Anne, 12/01/2015, The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN, US    36.102067, -86.816689
米凯拉·安,2015/12/01,美国田纳西纳什维尔    36.102067, -86.816689

JP Harris, 12/01/2015  , The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN, US    36.102067, -86.816689   棘皮·哈里斯,2015/12/01  ,美国田纳西纳什维尔    36.102067, -86.816689

JP Harris, 12/01/2015, The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN, US    36.102067, -86.816689
棘皮·哈里斯,2015/12/01,美国田纳西纳什维尔    36.102067, -86.816689

Tim Easton, 12/01/2015  , The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN, US    36.102067, -86.816689   添·伊斯顿,2015/12/01  ,美国田纳西纳什维尔    36.102067, -86.816689

Tim Easton, 12/01/2015, The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN, US    36.102067, -86.816689
添·伊斯顿,2015/12/01,美国田纳西纳什维尔    36.102067, -86.816689