|Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:16 am Post subject: Auto Revuenon 2.8/35 (old Chinon) with 55mm filter thread
|We know there are many different M42 lenses (and makers) marked Revuenon. This massive metal one have good chances to come from the early 70s, with its vulcanized focusing ring, much like as on old Chinon or GDR Tessar copies, a 55mm filter thread, and A/M switch of the manual aperture control and generally pretty much of glass in the barrel. The full on the name ring says Auto Revuenon 1:2.8 f=35mm 55Ø №71...
Physically it is a perfect copy of the equivalent Chinon lens. I got it in a bunch of other M42 lenses came with a Revueflex 3000 SL (a rebadged Chinon CX), including a Revuenon 1.4/55 with the same barrel-style and vulcanized ring, presumably Tomioka made. I thought this 2.8/35 could also be by the same maker. But in the final count I did not care much, being more curious about the IQ.
I quickly found out that the lens is a really decent performer, with pretty astonishing sharpness and colour rendition from wide open, as well as with very little CA.
Here are some samples taken with a NEX-5N. Later I will experiment with a Sony A7, to see the corners.
#2 Shoot w/o, with a pretty smooth bokeh
#3 A 100% crop from the previous showing little CA
#4 Once again w/o, showing attractive colour rendition
#5 A 100% crop from the previous
#6 Shoot at f5.6
#7 A 100% crop from the previous
#8 Shoot at f8, colours are getting colder with each stop
#9 Flare resistance is weak when the sun is in front, but it does not spoil too many shots
I assume the lens performs very well on APS-C and fits in sharpness and colours to its Chinon "original" presented here, through a series of very well realized shots.