Monday, February 25, 2013

Soligor 35mm vs Kuribayashi 35mm lens for reflected UV photography

Today about the Soligor f3.5 / 35mm (older style) lens in comparison to the aforementioned Kuribayashi f3.5 / 35mm lens (also sold under the Petri brand name), a quite capable lens for reflected UV photography I have written about both lenses before here. I'm using a yellow/red Phalaenopsis flower for that and my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter plus the deeper reaching Jupiter-U filter. Light source was an UV enhanced Xenon flash. All shots done at f8 and presented on a side-a-side format for easier comparison, left the Soligor, right the Kuribayashi lens.

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Visible light image:
 

UV image using Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, effective peak approx. 375nm):
 

UV image using Jupiter-U filter (approx. 280-385nm, effective peak approx. 365nm):
 

SOLIGOR lens transmission:


As I have written before, the Kuribayashi 35mm lens is quite a useful one for UV, sharp and contrasty and only having a 1.03% focus shift. The Soligor 35mm shows 1.3% focus shift and also some other differences, like a needed 2/3 stop higher exposure, as its UV transmission is lower than the one of the Kuribayashi lens. In terms of sharpness they are about even, but the Kuribayashi has the higher contrast. So in total the Soligor 35mm is a useful lens, yet reaches not quite the Kuribayashi.


Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Steinheil Cassaron 40mm vs Kuribayashi 35mm for reflected UV photography

Here today a comparison between the well known Kuribayashi f3.5/35mm lens and the lesser known Steinheil Cassron f3.5/40mm lens. I'm using a yellow/red Phalaenopsis flower for that and my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter plus the deeper reaching Jupiter-U filter. Light source was an UV enhanced Xenon flash. All shots done at f8 and presented on a side-a-side format for easier comparison, left the Cassaron, right the Kuribayashi lens.

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Visible light image:
 

UV image using Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, effective peak approx. 375nm):
 

UV image using Jupiter-U filter (approx. 280-385nm, effective peak approx. 365nm):
 

Transmission graph:
 


This comparison shows, that the Kuri 35mm is hard to beat, but the Cassaron does quite well for a simple triplet lens, especially reaching quite deep into UV when the Jupiter-U filter is being used. It has 1.9% focus shift, compared to 1.0% the Kuri 35mm has. A quite useful lens and maybe even easier to find than the Kuri.


Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Quartz fluorite lens vs enlarger lenses for reflected UV photography III

Today again about comparing a quartz fluorite lens with two conventional, but UV capable enlarger lenses. I have done a similar comparison for a 100mm lens here and here and a comparison for 50mm lenses previously here. I'm using a yellow/red Phalaenopsis flower for that and my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter plus the deeper reaching Jupiter-U filter. Lenses used are a CERCO 94mm quartz fluorite lens as well as two different 100mm enlarger lenses, which will be revealed here later. Light source was an UV enhanced Xenon flash. All shots were done at f8 and are presented in a side-a-side format for easier comparison. CERCO lens is leftmost.

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Visible light images:
 

UV images using Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, effective peak approx. 375nm):
 

UV images using Jupiter-U filter (approx. 280-385nm, effective peak approx. 365nm):
 

It gets pretty obvious that both enlarger lenses reach quite close to the quartz fluorite lens, but neither can't quite beat it in terms of sharpness + contrast. Admittedly both are quite close. Both enlarger lenses have a very small and nearly neglectable focus shift, 0.45% (middle lens) and 0.46% (right lens). I rate them very useful lenses and the best I have found so far!


Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

c-mount lenses for reflected UV photography

Today about a find I made a while ago, when I wondered if those usually small c-mount lenses (originally used for video and cine) would be suitable for reflected UV photography. And indeed out of the many I have for normal photography, just a few turned out to be useful. I'm using a yellow/red Phalaenopsis flower for that and my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter. Light source was an UV enhanced Xenon flash. All shots were done at f8 and are presented side-a-side for easier comparison.

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50mm - Visible and UV image using Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, effective peak approx. 375nm):
 

40mm - Visible and UV image using Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, effective peak approx. 375nm):
 

40mm w. 1.4x Barlow lens - Visible and UV image using Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, effective peak approx. 375nm):
 

That 50mm lens has 1.0% focus shift, whereas the 40mm (w/o) Barlow has 0.5%, with Barlow 1.0%. Of course those lenses do not reach that deep into UV, but seemingly deep enough to make them a suitable alternative and a small and lightweight one!


Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos

Monday, February 18, 2013

Soligor / Kyoei 105mm lens for reflected UV photography II

Here again about the Soligor (also sold as Kyoei) f3.5 / 105mm, a quite capable lens for reflected UV photography I have written before here. This time in comparison with my all day UV lens, the CERCO 94mm quartz fluorite lens. I'm using a yellow/red Phalaenopsis flower for that and my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter plus the deeper reaching Jupiter-U filter. Light source was an UV enhanced Xenon flash. All shots done at f8 and presented on a side-a-side format for easier comparison, left the Soligor, right the CERCO lens.

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Visible light image:
 

UV image using Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, effective peak approx. 375nm):
 

UV image using Jupiter-U filter (approx. 280-385nm, effective peak approx. 365nm):
 

Also this comparison confirms, that it is a very sharp and seemingly deep into UV reaching lens, with only some 0.9% focal shift. Of course it does not reach as deep into UV as the CERCO lens, but nevertheless quite a useful lens!


Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos

Soligor / Kyoei 105mm lens for reflected UV photography

Today about the Soligor (also sold as Kyoei) f3.5 / 105mm, a quite capable lens for reflected UV photography, discovered a while ago by a forum colleague, who also discovered the Kuribayashi / Kyoei 35mm lens from the same lens family. I'm using a yellow/red Phalaenopsis flower for that and my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter plus the deeper reaching Jupiter-U filter. Light source was an UV enhanced Xenon flash. All shots done at f8 and presented on a side-a-side format for easier comparison.

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Visible light image vs UV image using Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, effective peak approx. 375nm):
 

Visible light image vs UV image using Jupiter-U filter (approx. 280-385nm, effective peak approx. 365nm):
 

UV images, Baader-U vs Jupiter-U filter:
 

A very sharp and seemingly deep into UV reaching lens, with only 0.9% focus shift. Quite a useful lens!


Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos

Sunday, February 17, 2013

100mm Enlarger Lens vs CERCO 94mm quartz fluorite lens for reflected UV photography

Today another comparison between a special UV lens and a conventional, but UV capable enlarger lens. I have done a similar comparison here and here as well as here. I'm using beautiful Valentine Day's roses for that and my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter plus the deeper reaching Jupiter-U filter. Lenses used are a CERCO 94mm quartz fluorite lebs as well as a capable for UV 100mm enlarger lens, that will be revealed here later. Light source was an UV enhanced Xenon flash. All shots done at f8 and presented on a side-a-side format for easier comparison, right: enlarger lens, left CERCO quartz fluorite lens.

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Visible light image:
 

UV image using Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, effective peak approx. 375nm):
 

UV image using Jupiter-U filter (approx. 280-385nm, effective peak approx. 365nm):
 

It gets pretty obvious that this enlarger lens reaches surprisingly close to the CERCO quartz flourite lens! The difference is there, yet quite small. Quite a useful lens!


Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Zeiss UV-Planar 60mm lens vs 60mm enlarger lens for reflected UV photography

Today about comparing a special UV lens with a conventional, but UV capable enlarger lens. I have done a similar comparison previously here and here. I'm using a beautiful yellow/red Phalaenopsis flower, for that as well as my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter. Lenses used are a Zeiss UV-Planar 4/60mm as well as a capable for UV 4.5/60mm enlarger lens that will be revealed here later. Light source was an UV enhanced Xenon flash. All shots done at f8.

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Visible light image for comparison:
 

1) UV Planar f4/60mm: "standard" UV image using Baader-U filter:
 

2) Enlarger lens: "standard" UV image using Baader-U filter:
 

It gets pretty obvious that this enlarger lens reaches close to the UV-Planar lens, yet it is quite a bit away in terms of sharpness + contrast. But it is a capable lens it seems. Quite a useful lens!


Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos

Monday, February 4, 2013

50mm Quartz fluorite lens vs enlarger lens for reflected UV photography II

Today again about comparing a quartz fluorite lens with a conventional, but UV capable enlarger lens. I have done a similar comparison previously here. I'm using a beautiful yellow/red Phalaenopsis flower, for that as well as my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter. Lenses used are a Hamamatsu f3.5/50mm quartz fluorite lens as well as a 4.5/50mm enlarger lens that will be revealed here later. Light source was an UV enhanced Xenon flash. All shots done at f8.

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Visible light image for comparison:
 

1) Quartz Fluorite lens: "standard" UV image using Baader-U filter:
 

2) Enlarger lens: "standard" UV image using Baader-U filter:
 

UV - VIS differential:
 

It gets pretty obvious that this enlarger lens reaches quite close to the quartz fluorite lens, yet can't quite beat it in terms of sharpness + contrast. But it is astonishingly close. Also its focus shift is relatively small, as the differential image clearly shows. Quite a nice lens!


Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos