Vega-5U 4/105 Review

10/20/2015 - 00:00
Vega-5U 4/105. Review




Vega-5U 4/105 is a large format enlarger lens. For a frame 6x9 cm. Produced on several plants. My copy is released Azov optical-mechanical plant in 1987. Earlier, I tested a few lenses that plant. Such as for example the DM-3 2.8/78 and Vega-11U 50/2.8, all of them I did not like its contrast. Vega-5U is the same. The lens has a Zeiss Biometar optical design - 5 elements in 3 group.  

 

Vega-5U 4/105 Mechanics

The lens is assembled in a metal barrel. It has an average size, much larger than Industar-23U, which is at the same focal distance and half stop slower. Vega-5U 4/105

Ahead is “zebra” design aperture ring. Aperture is closed from 4 to 11.

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The aperture has 6 blackened blades.

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Behind the lens is a big ledge. Of course, as like all enlarger lenses, the lens does not have the focusing helicoid. For usable focusing, I used a homemade helicoid. Like all large-format lens, it has a long flange distance - 78.7 mm. The lens has an M42 mounting thread. I attached it to the helicoid, and add small and middle extension tubes, and through the adapter set the whole construction on the camera.

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View on Nikon D3100

 

Vega-5U 4/105 Example Photos

All photos were taken with a Nikon D3100 camera at wide open aperture. RAW export, some photos a little-edited contrast.  

 

Vega-5U 4/105 Sharpness

The lens has a resolution of the center/edge 56/24 lines/mm. But on wide open aperture sharpness is weak. Because the lens is designed for large format.

Vega-5U 4/105 Samples

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Another reason for such a weak sharpness, I guess that because of the enlarger lens, it is designed for close range and macro focus.

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f/4 It is said that for the macro it is a better performer than when focusing on infinity.

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f/4 As for the female portraits, sharpness enough.

 

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Sharpness increased significantly at aperture f/8.

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Vega-5U 4/105 Character and Bokeh

The lens has good options aperture and focal length. Therefore, can be seen nice bokeh.

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The bokeh is prettier than Tessar-like bokeh.

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Vega-5U 4/105 Contrast and Color Reproduction

The lens has a weak contrast. Backlight keeps bad.

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Halftones and mikrokontrast passes as bad as I23U 4.5/110.

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Pictures have a yellow tint. This is especially noticeable when you shoot at sunrise or sunset. Then the yellow color is particularly enhanced. But I liked this color reproduction.Vega-5U 4/105 Samples

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Such color reproduction good for artistic ideas.

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Summary

Vega-5U 4/105 is a mediocre enlarger lens. For serious work will not do. Yet they can shoot close-up and just creative subjects.





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