PerGear 35mm 1.2 Lens Review
43Rumors is one of my favorite sites and I visit it daily. The other day the site featured the Pergear 35mm f1.2 lens for $109.00. I had just finished a CLA on a vintage Canon 50mm 1.2 39mm thread mount lens and a Minolta 58mm 1.2 lens. I was thinking of doing a comparison of the two lenses and this lens entered the scene. I went to the Amazon site and there were only three available. By the time I decided to buy one, the availability was down to one! It took just a few days to get to my door (yesterday) and I was surprised of what came with it. See the photo below, and no, the Pen-F and hand-grip did not come with it.
First Impressions (Good)
First Impressions (Not so Good)
Going outside I took some photos in my garden. The first photo you see below is taken at 1/8000 and f1.2 and the focus is on the bush in the foreground. I think the separation is nice and the bokeh at f 1.2 is there even though I am quite far from the focused subject.
The first photo of the bottles was shot at f1.2 and I am very pleased with the clarity and sharpness of the lens. The second photo was taken at f4.0 and the third at f8.0. Even at f8.0 the bokeh is still quite nice.
I was also impressed with the close focusing of this lens. The minimal distance is around 9". The photo of the flowers below was taken at f8.o.
Next I did a quick test for corner fall off. The first photo of my garage door shows a slight vignette at 1.2, nearly gone at f4.0 (second photo) and disappears at f8.0 (third photo).
I am looking forward to adding this to my vintage 1.2 lens tests. I think it will, optically, do quite well. It does look great on the Pen-F!
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