Some samples from a Steinheil Munchen Cassar S prime lens

This post is one of the series of posts I’ve written which just gives a short description and a collection of sample pictures from a vintage  manual lens used on a modern digital camera. Other posts in this series covered the Pentax 50mm f/1.7 prime, the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 prime and the Meyer-Optik Domiplan.

The lens was acquired by me as part of a purchase of a west German Edixa flex 35mm slr. It’s a 50mm M42 mount lens, with a click-less aperture which covers f/2.8 to f/16. I couldn’t tell how many blades the aperture uses, but it is virtually a circle so it must be a quite large number. The lens is small measuring only about an inch and a half in depth and is silver in colour. The focus adjustment covers a large range and allows the lens to focus from infinity to about 3 feet away, and interestingly the distance scale is actually marked in feet rather than meters. The optics have a blue look in the sunlight, so I assume there is some sort of coating to reduce reflections in the lens and therefore flair.

These samples were taken on a Sony Nex 6 APS-C camera in and around Loughborough in Leicestershire on a recent family trip. The macro images were taken with a short extension tube fitted to the lens to reduce the close focus distance. All the images were taken in RAW and processed in Lightroom CC using my normal workflow. To view the images in full size use this link and navigate between images with the keyboard arrow keys or by clicking each image for the next one.

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