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    That would be my Pentax smc 28/3.5 (not the smc-m lens). It has a brilliance and clarity that is obvious even when you look in the camera. A runner up is the Pentax smc 85/1.8; wonderful contrast and bokéh. My favourite lenses.

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    Contax Zeiss T* 35 mm f2.8 Very sharp and comfortable focal length. I don't have it anymore. though

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    Pentax SMC 45 mm 2.8 Tack sharp, very wide angle

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    Nikkor M 300 mm Very sharp. Lots of room for movement. Interesting perspective for landscapes and abstract shots.
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    Hexanon 35 UC LTM. Beautifully built, small, light (120gms) and razor sharp.

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    My Canon FDn 50mm f1.4 aperture for aperture gives the best overall performance of all my Canon lenses.
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    50mm on Mamiya 7 which is extremely sharp, and 110PS macro for my Bronica SQ-Ai for its versatility and high quality over its range. Don't make me choose.

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    Depends on my mood and which way the winds blowing, so I will list the ones that I seem to use most.
    35mm..... Canon FD 50mm 1.2
    120....... 150mm Sonnar, 'Blad
    5X4...... 90mm Rodenstock Grandagon
    Seems to have covered wide thru to short tele as well!
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    My "best lens" as in image quality is too hard to pin down, so I'll try to do it by format or Camera brand.

    6x6 Rollei 6008i- 150mm Schneider tele xenar, 90 Scheider APO makro
    6x7 Mamiya 7II- 150mm Mamiya (the 80mm is amazing too)
    6x8 Fuji GX680III 150mm Fuji GX-M
    4x5 150mm Sinaron-SE (sironar-s)
    6x17 Fuji GX617 180mm Fujinon ( not many choices here)

    I noticed a pattern that the best seems to be the slightly long lens. This may be because they are a popular length and therefore the manufacturers made an extra effort, or that some of the technical restraints of wide angle or long lenses are not present. It's easier to cover a larger piece of film with a slightly longer lens than a normal or wide, and you tend to use the center section of the lens and have less fall off and curvature. Wide angles can have all sorts of issues because of the complexity of their designs, retrofocus, wide coverage, etc.

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    Probably the 85mm f/1,4 AFD Nikor
    Its ultrasharp with a pleasing out of focus blur and I love to shoot it wide open. Its followed by my 50mm f/1,4 AFD which I use a lot indoors where the 85mm is a little to long sometimes.

    6X7cm
    The 45mm f/4,0 SMC Pentax
    Thats a great wideangle for landscapes and closeups
    Its followed by the 165mm f/2,8 which I use for the MF portraits I shoot of my son.

    4X5inch
    The 38mm f/2,5 Zeims................. oh wait somethings wrong here

    13X18cm
    Probably the 140mm f/250 pinhole I'm building
    Don't know why since I havn't used it yet

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    35 -50/1.4 SMC Takumar and 50/2 Xenon on my Retina 3c -both tack sharp
    120 -80/2.8 Biometar (P6) and 75/3.5 Tessar on my Rolleiflex -both tack sharp too. The 80/2.8 Xenotar on my Century Graphic is exceptional too with a nice bokeh.
    4X5 -127/4.7 Ektar and an 8-1/4"/4.5 B&J barrel lens that is wonderfully soft wide open and sharpens up nicely at f16
    Rick Jason.
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    35 mm my Xa4
    120 80mm of the sl66
    8x10 fuji 360A
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