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Pentacon Auto MC 50mm 1:1.8, Colors Enhanced

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Digital Moments: Image making with the Pentacon Auto MC 50mm 1:1.8, recognized for its delightful and pleasant colors, and bokeh characteristics.
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First impression images with the Pentacon Auto MC 50mm 1:1.8, mounted on a Canon EOS 300D. Both camera and lens are vintages, of course, with the M42 mount Pentacon produced from 1971 to 1978 from the factory outside of Dresden, in Germany, while the Canon EOS 300D (EOS Digital Rebel in the US, EOS Kiss Digital in Japan, and also sold as the DS6041) was the first entry-level digital SLR camera introduced by Canon, Japan in 2003. The camera is fitted with a 6.3MP APS-C-sized CMOS sensor.

The well-made 6 elements in 4 groups Pentacon Auto MC 50mm 1:1,8, said to be a direct descendant of the equally acknowledged Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 50mm 1:1.8, is a compact full-frame lens with an unusually close focus distance of 33 centimeters. The lens has a slightly rounded 6-blade diaphragm, measures 60mm in diameter, and 38mm in length, weighs 194 grams, and takes 49mm filters. Though optically identical, the lens was seen with over four iterations during its production run, and also a late version with a PB mount.

Canon EOS 300D, Pentacon Auto MC 50mm 1:1.8
Canon EOS 300D, Pentacon Auto MC 50mm 1:1.8

The lens enjoys a Sharpness rating of 9, Aberrations at 8.3, Bokeh at 10.0, Handling at 8.7, and Value at 10 on PentaxForums. While the lens may have imaging flaws associated with its use as a full frame lens, which is not to everyone's taste, the lens has also enjoyed its moment as a 'cult classic', appreciated for its very delightful and pleasant color both on film and digital, and its bokeh quality, including the 'soap bubble' genre which has attracted many enthusiasts.



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