This is yet another great lens test video I found on youtube that proves how great vintage lenses are. This Asahi Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens test was shot by a filmmaker Stefano Rinaldo with a Sony VG10 camcorder. The VG10 is not considered to be a very popular camera, but with a combination of great glass and great light he produced some amazing looking images, which proves that there is much more to an amazing looking images than just a high-end camera.
Here is what Stefano had to say about his Takumar 50mm f/1.4:
This video was made with my Sony NEX-VG10 and the Super-Takumar… no special color correction but only “sunset” picture style on the camera. Super-Takumar 50mm f1.4 it’s a superb prime lens famous for his high toxicity construction’s material glass. I love this lens! It’s very sharp wide open, awesome bokeh and also very cheep (less then 100$/€ on eBay).
Indeed the Asahi Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 is one of the most “toxic”/ “radioactive” lenses. There is a lot of debase on how safe these lenses are and as there is no single opinion on this. I personally don’t have a problem with using such lenses and truly believe that they pose on danger when used for the purpose the designed for. Someone said that it can only be dangerous is you eat the actual glass from this lens. I guess not many of us eat lenses as snacks, so we all should be fine 🙂
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