What Is a „Good“ Lens? | La Vida Leica!

In this article, we’ll take a look at what makes a „good“ lens and the various aspects one must look at when making that determination. Not just the technical, but also the optical (and thus artistic) characteristics. While the former can be quantified and measured, it’s the latter that’s a very personal thing and almost entirely subjective. Depending on how you look at it, a 50 year old lens can be better than the latest, most expensive and highly-corrected lens simply because it has „soul.“ For some, only the absolute best imaging properties, meaning the sharpest, most even-performing optics will do. Mechanical properties are also a consideration. The easiest aspects to describe are the mechanical properties of a lens. What is it made of and what is the quality of those materials? How about the fit and finish? Or the smoothness of its controls? ………

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