Last summer I picked up an old Mamiya 1000 DTL camera which came with this 55mm F/1.4 lens attached. I shot one roll with it and, although I was definitely impressed with the photographs, I pretty much forgot about it until last weekend, when I came across it again. Having just got a new supply of Tri-X, I slapped a roll in it and took it out to photograph the ever-patient Dalena during a visit to a local park.
A quick word about the construction of this lens; it’s built like a tank! The all metal construction (including the focusing ring) makes this optic feel very sturdy, and the aperture ring and auto/manual lever seem very well engineered. The only niggle I have with this lens in use is that the focus throw is very long and, for this Nikon user, turns the wrong way!
On to the photographs. I make no secret of the fact that I am a fan of how older lenses render; that low contrast, soft but sharp look. Well, this lens delivers it in spades! The following images were taken on an overcast day with beautiful even light, and have exactly the quirky vintage look that I love!
Even Dee wanted to get in on the action of shooting with this lens, so here’s one of your’s truly…
I am very, very happy with this lens!
All photos Kodak Tri-X @ 320ASA, developed in D76.