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REVIEW: Universar 55mm f/2.8

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-09-01

Universar 55mm f/2.8

Specs:

Lens:
55mm

Aperture:
f/2.8 to f/22
5 bladed aperture

Focus:
Infinit to 0.9m (3ft)

Mount:
M42

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

Universar 55mm f/2.8

Image quality

Wide open have good sharpness and not that much corner softness.
Also have a little glow effect.
Most corner softness and all glow is gone my f/4.
Stop it down a bit and this is really sharp.

Analogue B&W film
Universar 55mm
                            f/2.8
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f/2.8 - f/4f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22

Bokeh
Universar
                                                          55mm f/2.8
Universar
                                                          55mm f/2.8

Flare
Universar
                                                          55mm f/2.8


Digital
Pictures taken with a Canon 500D at ISO100 and I used a Nikon to Canon mount adapter
Universar
                                                          55mm f/2.8
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f/2.8 - f/4f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22

Bokeh
Universar
                                                          55mm f/2.8
Universar
                                                          55mm f/2.8


Filming
Universar
                                                          55mm f/2.8

Build quality

Very good and solid.
Also very nice in terms of feel, focus is silky smooth and next to completely silent.


Conclusion

First it's like shooting yourself in the foot by just having a name like that.
Don't exactly sound very exclusive.
But it's not a bad lens, image quality is good and the build and feel is top of the line.

The next to
completely silent focus makes this very good for filming and you can focus in a take and not worry about awful focus sound.

Thumbs up:
Image and build quality
Focus smoothness and sound
Feel

Thumbs down:
Closest focus of 0.9m (3ft)
Glow wide open (unless you like that effect)



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Universar 55mm f/2.8

Technical Info
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: Rollei RPX 100
Developer: Kodak D76

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