Yes I have definitely noticed the KEH prices on C/Y going haywire about a year or so ago.
I managed to get my 50 1.4 for around 225.00 (which wasn't the greatest deal considering) then shortly after they climbed to at least 300usd for bgn.
I even made a post about it back then I think.
If I didn't have 2 135 fl lenses already the 135 2.8 C/Y is one of the only ones under 2 bills haha.
I really appreciate the tests and both of those Kodak films are at the top of my user list.
I visit your flickr & blog fairly regularly so I know that even test shots will be useful.
Thanks again Rich.
Ok, here's some from the rolls taken yesterday.
First a "bokeh" test.
This shot of my daughter taken about 2.5-3 feet away I believe f/4.0, maybe f.5.6:
I then left this focus in place and shot some homes across the street from where we were sitting.
Here's the across-the-street shot in perfect focus first of all:
Here it is at the focus point of my daughter above but at the following apertures as shown in the bottom right corner of each:
And now a few from the breakfast table on Tri-X all taken wide open at f/1.4:
A some from later on that day, most taken at f/4.0 to 5.6:
Tail end of the Tri-X roll:
Ok, very unscientific but I hoped it helped. I had fun....
Again thank you so much for these.
Does the 'ninja star" highlight rendering only show up around f/2? There is a lot of discussion on the net on the effect this has on bokeh even where there re no specular highlights in a scene.
I'm thought the 135 f/2 had this also but I need to look into it more. I'm not sure I dig that look but it's supposed to be one of the reasons the lens renders so nicely. Doubt it would be an issue if it does become offensive to me as I could avoid that aperture in those situations.
Gosh I will miss neopan 400 when it finally is kaput.
The ninja star only shows up at f/2 and most distinctly only for sharp distinct highlights usually off chrome or glass. Perfectly round when wide open and octagonal-like in other apertures.
So what did you decide Bruce? I'm trying so hard right now to ignore those 135/2.8 Sonnar's on KEH......
I too had the 85 1.4 and had nothing but amazing results from it wide open and otherwise. I have some of my Cambodia stuff posted on my website that was shot with it - take a look at the Angkor Wat gallery in the Travel section, particularly images 1,2 and 3 -
I apologize for the small size of the images on the website - it's a section I need to re-do.
they have a ninja star version for 599 on KEH so I'm debating if I should go an extra 100.00 for an MM. (just under 700)
I was watching these on eBay and in the low 600's seems what they were going for on average.