“I believe that many of us have periodically wondered what would happen if management of one of our favorite photography companies told the design and manufacturing engineers to make the best product they could, with no constraints and no restrictions. In other words, no cost constraints, no engineering constraints, no manufacturing constraints, no marketing pressures, etc. What would the product look like? How much would it cost? Would it ever go into production or would it follow the faith of most concept automobiles and simply remain an example of what might be possible but never introduced into the market as a real product?”
“My understanding is that Peter Karbe was given the dream command from management: Design and build the best 50 mm lens you can humanly make. Absolutely no restrictions and no constraints. The result is the new APO Summicron ASPH. ”
“You get the idea. Basically I was trying to “break the lens”. In fact, I was trying to break the M 240/50 mm lens system.
I had zero luck. Not even a slight Moiré pattern or slight distortion of any kind. No visible sharpness differences across the frame, no visible chromatic aberration, no visible distortion of straight lines, gorgeous specular highlights, amazing contrast and saturation, barely visible (you really have to look for it) light fall off at the corners wide open, completely gone by closing one F/stop. In other words, all I got was pretty much utter perfection: Extreme sharpness, terrific color, amazing high contrast, beautiful saturation, complete uniformity from edge to edge, exemplary Bokeh…Stunning performance. Better than any lens I have tested before.”
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