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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Don't forget about the Helios 40! Laughing


PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Konica Hexanon 40mm f1.8



PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contax Zeiss S-Planar 60/2.8


PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Volna-9 examples:





PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately for me Contax yashica carl zeiss distagon 35mm 1.4 and planar 85mm 1.4



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Industar 62 L/D



PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great examples! More lenses to look for... Rolling Eyes I will start with the Volna...


PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canon LTM f1.8/50mm ver.II,
8 blades, looks pretty much the same as those of the Bellows Takumar shown


PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Volna 9 again Wink



PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i always asked myself why they build lenses with only few blades like this ?? i think lens constructor can easly put one or two blades to avoid this "star-shaped" apertures.
Anyone know why please ?
thanks


PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thebbm wrote:
i always asked myself why they build lenses with only few blades like this ?? i think lens constructor can easly put one or two blades to avoid this "star-shaped" apertures.
Anyone know why please ?
thanks


In an automatic lens, the blades have to close and open rapidly when the photo is taken, so out went the preset lenses with 16 blades to be replaced with mechanically simpler designs with 6 or so blades. Fewer blades means less friction and less danger of mechanical disfunction. More expensive lenses could be made with higher precision and testing, so could get away with more blades.
At least that is my understanding, which could be wrong.


PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Komura 135 3.5 also has a star shaped bokeh...


PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kds315* wrote:
Does that get visible in the bokeh these lenses produce?
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For sure!
The aperture form results in bokeh form. Sometimes is is softend, for example due to spherical aberration - so the form is no more visible. But in extra bokeh tests and many images with pronouced bokeh one can see the bokeh form.
With an inverse bullseye filter in the aperture position one gets very smooth bokeh - apodization filtering.

The bokeh result is the reason I dont like the Zeiss Contax AE lenses that much, I think they all have at some f-stops the ninja stars formed aperture.
Zeiss MM lenses not.
The famous Tokina 90mm f/2.5 macro has ninja stars at several f-stops, the Vivitar 90/2.5 predecessor only at one f-stop when I remember correct - this is why I love my Vivitar.


PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thebbm wrote:
i always asked myself why they build lenses with only few blades like this ?? i think lens constructor can easly put one or two blades to avoid this "star-shaped" apertures.
Anyone know why please ?
thanks


While I don't know the specific answer as to why they make a star-shaped aperture, I'd like to point out that, e.g., the Volna-9 has six blades, which is the same number as many other lenses (perhaps the most common number of blades in vintage auto-aperture lenses!) but most of them have those six blades arranged as to give hexagon rather than star shape

So I might speculate that the star shape is actually deliberate, and in being a more complex shape than the more common hexagon, perhaps it is actually an attempt to make the bokeh look better with the same number of blades.


PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Basilisk and @Arkku, thanks for the answer.

Maybe that this shape make a better bokey yes.

I just look at a contax 35mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.4 and both have in fact 8 blades but make the "star" shape so it's wanted.
Maybe this is because they're not much space inside the lens to put longer shape ?


PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another reason for the aperture form could be the resulting stars at nighttime photography - not bokeh but the stars around small sharp focussed lights.


PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is possible that the aperture blade will be more durable/long lasting if they are in such shape...


PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contax/Yashica 135mm F 2.8 Sonnar has ninja star diaphragm from 3.2-F 4.0, then it goes away:)


PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am amazed by the samples shown, very, very creative use of the stars!
just found out that not only Canon LTM 1.8/50 II I mentioned already has the star aperture but also Canon LTM f1.8/35. Wonder if there is quite a number of Canon LTM lenses that have it