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The best trio of Fujinon and X-Fujinon lenses
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, I think it's rather weird that the EBC 50mm f/1.4 is not radioactive, considering that Fuji certainly made a lot of radioactive EBC lenses Out of the ones I have, at least the following are radioactive:

EBC 19mm f/3.5
EBC 35mm f/1.9
EBC 100mm f/2.8 (front element, only SLR lens I know of where the radioactive not somewhere in the rear)
EBC 400mm f/4.5
EBC 600mm f/5.6

Yet they specifically altered the 50mm f/1.4 to not be radioactive, despite already having a radioactive version.


PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the non EBC 50 1.4 fujinon i have has much larger front and rear element compared to say 50mm 1.4 takumar and even 50mm ssc canon...
i think its great they made this lens non radioactive. probably because its such a wide spread lens a kit lens one could say, maybe they have thought of all the people that might use it for a major time of their shooting...


PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fujinon X 55mm/1.6 EBC and 135mm/3.5 .I have these two and happy with them . I 'd like the 100mm/2.8 and the 19mm but the prices are soooooo (toooooo ) big (especially the 19mm). A quite rare one is the 35mm/1.9 .
http://forum.mflenses.com/fujinon-x-ebc-55mm-1-6-t43081,highlight,%2Bfujinon.html
http://forum.mflenses.com/fujinon-x-ebc-135-3-5-t43260,highlight,%2Bfujinon.html


PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smoli4 wrote:
the non EBC 50 1.4 fujinon i have has much larger front and rear element compared to say 50mm 1.4 takumar and even 50mm ssc canon...
i think its great they made this lens non radioactive. probably because its such a wide spread lens a kit lens one could say, maybe they have thought of all the people that might use it for a major time of their shooting...


I very much doubt that any lens manufacturer who makes radioactive lenses considers them dangerous for the users, especially if they keep making new radioactive lenses at the same time. I've never seen a side-by-side comparison of the radioactive (old-style) non-EBC and the non-radioactive EBC, however, so it's unknown how different the lens actually is, could be that they simply came up with a better optical design that didn't require radioactive elements.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arkku wrote:
Smoli4 wrote:
the non EBC 50 1.4 fujinon i have has much larger front and rear element compared to say 50mm 1.4 takumar and even 50mm ssc canon...
i think its great they made this lens non radioactive. probably because its such a wide spread lens a kit lens one could say, maybe they have thought of all the people that might use it for a major time of their shooting...


I very much doubt that any lens manufacturer who makes radioactive lenses considers them dangerous for the users, especially if they keep making new radioactive lenses at the same time. I've never seen a side-by-side comparison of the radioactive (old-style) non-EBC and the non-radioactive EBC, however, so it's unknown how different the lens actually is, could be that they simply came up with a better optical design that didn't require radioactive elements.

(Also, if you have the radioactive non-EBC and would prefer a measurably non-radioactive EBC version instead, my offer for exchange stands. =)



yeah i get what you're saying, and i just mean that Maybe and only because the 50mm will be such a wide spread lens fujinon considered making it without radioactive substances but thats just a thought..

and a question for you, how about the 135 2.5 fujinon is it radioactive? and if so, did you get to test a 135 2.5 s-m-c takumar (for radioactivity)?


PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smoli4 wrote:

and a question for you, how about the 135 2.5 fujinon is it radioactive? and if so, did you get to test a 135 2.5 s-m-c takumar (for radioactivity)?


The 135mm EBC Fujinons aren't radioactive, I've measured. The list of radioactive M42 EBC Fujinon primes I posted above is probably close to complete, the only ones (of EBC M42 primes) I don't have are 16mm, 85mm, and 1000mm. Out of the ones I listed as radioactive, the 19mm is very weakly so (probably only a single tiny element deep inside the lens).

I don't have the Takumar but if I recall correctly someone else might have tested and it shouldn't be radioactive either. (Disclaimer: If it matters to you, don't trust my memory of something I might have read somewhere. =)


PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never understood the concern about radioactive lenses, an old luminous watch dial is more radioactive and you would receive a far higher dosage on a single airline flight than if you walked around with radioactive lenses in your pockets for years on end.


PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smoli4 wrote:
... and if so, did you get to test a 135 2.5 s-m-c takumar (for radioactivity)?


My copy of the 135mm f/2.5 S-M-C takumar is not measurably radioactive, as far as I can tell with my amateur-level meters and probes.

I think there are two types of 135/2.5's. Mine is the 2nd type, so I can't say anything about the first type.


PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iangreenhalgh1 wrote:
I thought it was a Unar type, is this also a Gauss design? I will try my 2.2/55 on film as soon as the weather allows.


Where did you read that it's an Unar design? I've just checked my documentation, but unfortunately I cannot find any lens diagrams for the 2.2 / 55mm Fujinon. Most interesting -- Fujinon planned to issue a 2.8 / 45mm and a 1.2 / 50mm lens for M42 in 1974. I've never seen those lenses and doubt that a 1.2 / 50mm would have been feasible for M42 thread mount.

My understanding is that the Zeiss Unar prototype is member of the Gaussian doublet lens family. I'd love to see your photos taken with this lens.


PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't find where I read that it was an Unar type now, it was somehwere on the net so take it with a pinch of salt.

The Unar was basically a double anastigmat type, it didn't last long before it was developed into the Tessar by reversing the rear pair and making them a cemented doublet.

I've got my 2.2/55 mounted on my AX-1 loaded with Fujicolor 200, just waiting for the rain to stop and the sun to re-appear.


PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arkku wrote:
As for the others, well, the 19mm f/3.5 is indeed very lovely, the Fujinon colours combined with wide angle make it excellent for landscapes.


I think we'd all love to see sample shots taken with your Fujinon 19mm.


PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fujinonuser wrote:
Arkku wrote:
As for the others, well, the 19mm f/3.5 is indeed very lovely, the Fujinon colours combined with wide angle make it excellent for landscapes.


I think we'd all love to see sample shots taken with your Fujinon 19mm.


I posted a new thread for the 19mm Fujinon. Others feel free to join in and post their samples and/or comments. =)


PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inspired by the praise for the Fujinon 19/3.5 I hunted down a NOS EBC X-Fujinon SW 19/3.5

I haven't tried the lens yet but I'm extremely impressed by the build quality. The X-Fujinon is not as heavy and smooth as the Contax 18/4 but it's still very, very nice. The hood is metal and the front lens cap is the most massive I've seen in a lens ever, thick screw in aluminium.

I had become a bit sceptical about the build quality of the X-Fujinons since my 50/1.6 seems a bit flimsy. No worries though, it seems like the higher end lenses are very much top quality.

I'm fortunate enough to have a few high quality wide angle lenses to try out which will be interesting. When I get the time I will post comparisons between the Contax 18/4, X-Fujinon SW 19/3.5 and the Hexanon AR 21/2.8


PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys, I just stumbled upon a 55 f/1.6 Fujinon lens in DM mount and was wondering if it's possible to convert it to Canon? Thanks in advance!


PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 1.6/55 is a good lens but I don't think it's worth butchering it, there are many other lenses just as good that will fit a canon.


PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can see some hi-res samples of my Fujinon-TV lens modifications here: www.ekoecamera.com

Here is a side by side comparison of the Fujinon-TV 25mm/f1.4 to the Carl Zeiss Jena Tevidon 25mm/f1.4:
http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/4-3rds-cameras/13547-czj-tevidon-versus-fujinon-cctv.html


PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I'd never sold my Fujinon-TV 1.8/75, that was a great lens. Sadly the other two Fujinon-TV lenses I had were useless, they had tiny image circles (1.4/9mm and 1.4/14mm) Sad


PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pontus wrote:
When I get the time I will post comparisons between the Contax 18/4, X-Fujinon SW 19/3.5 and the Hexanon AR 21/2.8

Please be so kind to post comparisons between the three SWA lenses that you own. I'm most interested to see the results. Thank you.


PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fujinonuser wrote:
Pontus wrote:
When I get the time I will post comparisons between the Contax 18/4, X-Fujinon SW 19/3.5 and the Hexanon AR 21/2.8

Please be so kind to post comparisons between the three SWA lenses that you own. I'm most interested to see the results. Thank you.

+2


PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I promise I will do a comparison as soon as I get adapters for all lenses. I'm saving up because I want to buy Novoflex, and my budget is a bit tight right now because I've bought too many lenses recently.

Btw, have you noticed how few X-Fujinons there are on eBay right now? And no high-end lenses at all!


PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some pictures from my 50mm 1.2 Fujinon-X with a focus confirm EOS mount. I sold my 19mm with EOS mount already. Enjoy D








PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

davoodt wrote:
Here are some pictures from my 50mm 1.2 Fujinon-X with a focus confirm EOS mount. I sold my 19mm with EOS mount already. Enjoy D








PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pontus wrote:
I promise I will do a comparison as soon as I get adapters for all lenses. I'm saving up because I want to buy Novoflex, and my budget is a bit tight right now because I've bought too many lenses recently.

Btw, have you noticed how few X-Fujinons there are on eBay right now? And no high-end lenses at all!


There are never many X-Fujinons on ebay, or M42 ones either, there are always plenty of the 2.2/55 and 1.9/50, and the 1.6/50 is fairly common, but apart from that, you see very few, the X-Fujinar 135mm comes along about one a week, but that's it, and I have been keeping my eye on them for a year or more. Mamiya-Sekor SLR lenses are the same, lots of the 1.7/50 and the 3.5/28 comes long one or two a week, but the others are seen very infrequently.

Very sadly, I missed out on a X-Fujinon 100mm yesterday, it only went for 22ukp. Sad I was going to bid more than that on it but didn't get home in time to bid, very sad, doubt I will see another one for a while.


PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone made a fantastic deal. 22 GPB, wow. Sorry it wasn't you!


PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walter: Interesting bokeh on #4!