A painting of me

Goodbye, Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5

   26 November 2008, early morning

I sold my Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 lens last night. I bought the lens new shortly after I bought my Bessa. I was impatient, and didn’t want to wait for a used M mount lens to show up on Craigslist. (I still think your best bet with camera gear is to find the stuff you want used.) The Color-Skopar is a solid lens. I found the pictures it would produce to be almost too sharp and high-contrast. If you want something very punchy, it’s a great lens. Personally, I wanted something a bit more subdue and a little bit faster, so when an Ultron 35mm f/1.7 showed up on Craigslist, I picked it up right away. I find the Ultron to be a nicer lens, though it’s build quality leaves something to be desired. I also miss the compact size of the Color-Skopar, which was tiny. Many camera enthusiasts will own multiple lenses in the same focal length, because each will have its own character. In my case, the Ultron and the Color-Skopar are so different it probably would have been reasonable to keep both. Maybe next time.



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