Comparing . . .

Today afforded a nice opportunity to try two TTartisan lenses: the 90mm f/1.25 and the 50mm f/0.95, both on human as welll as static subjects. Both have reasonable central sharpness wide open as well as pleasing OOF backgrounds. The 90mm works beautifully as a portrait lens, getting nice details without being invasive.

After I’d tried both, I pointed the 75mm Summicron-SL at one of the targets. The difference was fairly extreme. It made me realize that maybe cropping to approximate a longer focal length could actually provide better results than using an inferior, longer lens.

The photo below is cropped at 100%, roughly a third of the frame, capturing the instant the vocalist realizes there’s a camera focused on her, and just before she smilingly acknowledged it. AF was with the SL2’s much-maligned iAF and eye detection, which has so far worked beautifully with native lenses.

No 135mm in the bag? No problem. Even though I’d love to find one . . .

SL2/75mm Summicron-SL