Versus . . .

It was a bright sunny afternoon—finally! This meant, of course, that all my critter friends went up in the crowns of trees to stay cool, some taking an occasional dip in any nearby body of water.

Chasing critters hiding in the shade made me realize two things. One is that gravity makes a big difference when focusing the 350mm while pointing it upwards. The other is that, while it’s a bright lens, it has its limits when light gets dim.

We know that ISO soars faster with crop sensor than with full frame before we even factor in the additional necessary shutter speed. Bright sun cutting through the canopy in places only makes lighting more difficult.

Which is a confusing way of saying that much of the time I won’t even bother raising the camera for a shot like the second one below. In this instance, it was to see what would happen. Now I know.

Maybe the best way to sum up the place of the Telyt in the arsenal is to say that, while the APO and Sigma are more about texture and fine details, the Telyt is about color, tonal gradience, dimensionality, subtleties of light, or any other flowery, nebulous phrase that can be concocted to describe the output from an old lens with really good glass.

Next up will probably be to give the 180mm APO/2X another outing for comparison, while the draw of the Telyt is fresh in my mind. No, no, not one against the other; just two great options, each finding its niche . . .

CL/350mm f/4.8 Telyt-R
CL/350mm f/4.8 Telyt-R