Review Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

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Review Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

Review Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm lens is better known by the name Voigtländer Color-Ultron 1.4 / 55 AR.

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Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm good manual fast fix... This is not a classic fifty-kopeck piece, as its focal length is 55mm. Please note that the copy from this review has been redesigned for Nikon cameras with the ability to focus at infinity. Using the old manual aperture controls on advanced Nikon cameras is easy, if you have any doubts, you can check out the 'Using old optics on modern Nikon cameras'.

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

The build quality is at a high level, which is typical for all old fixes with high aperture rates. Needless to say 'Lens Made in Japan'. Both focus and iris rings are rubberized. The focusing ring rotates 270 degrees, however, my copy does not want to focus on the MDF, which is 45 cm - the focusing ring only reaches 50 cm. Perhaps this is due to the conversion of the lens for a different mount. When focusing, as in the vast majority of fifty kopecks, the front lens does not rotate, and the lens trunk is slightly lengthened.

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

The lens has multi-illuminated optics, the color of the enlightenment of the front and rear lenses can be seen in the above photographs. It is a pity that the diaphragm blades are only 6 pieces.

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

The main feature of the lens, I would say, is the bokeh quality. Actually, the old high-aperture lenses in our time are most often valued precisely for their 'artistic' drawing. The bokeh of the lens is rather unusual, it does not create a background in the form of fish scales, like most fifty dollars, and the circles and ellipses in the out-of-focus area have a lighter border around the edges. The lens creates a pleasant airy image.

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm and Nikkor-QC

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm has the usual drawbacks for old high-aperture optics, and it has been just boring recently to describe them in every review. Those interested can see the most complete list of such shortcomings in the articles: chromatic aberration, vignetting and distortion.

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
Everything is filmed on Nikon D700 using protective filter Hoya HMC UV (c) 52 mm... On-camera JPEG L (compression 'optimum quality'), without processing. Functions: Control vignetting, ADL, noise reduction at slow shutter speeds, noise reduction at high ISO - were off. All shot in Picture Control mode SD (standard mode): contrast correction - 0, brightness - 0, saturation - 0, hue - 0, sharpness - position 5 out of 10. Used white balance: 'Mainly cloudy'. The size of the photos was reduced to 3 MP (2048 X 1363).

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm


The Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm is a really good lens with a nice picture. Now these lenses are selling quite expensively.

Thank you for attention. Arkady Shapoval.

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Comments: 29, on the topic: Review of Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm

  • Jury

    as for me - the bokeh is "sickening". especially in the example of the swing.

    • Valery

      The conditions judging by the photo are not for gorgeous bokeh. My opinion….

  • Jsilver

    I will also speak about bokeh. In my opinion, 35 f / 1.8 draws more beautifully, not to mention fifty f / 1.4.

  • M.A.G.

    And I liked it, at least unusual, it is very similar to a pentax.

  • Paul

    I also liked it !!! And where the swing, and especially where the Christmas tree. Thank you, Arkady !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dmitriy

    Bokeha is beautiful! Nikon's fifty dollars do not give such a drawing, they just have everything blurred by and large ... and here it is clearly a "drawing"!

  • Rollei

    If someone has reliable information about who, when and why released this lens, as well as which copies of the Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm can still be found - please write in the comments.
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    • anonym

      Tam infu kot naplakal, zachem takoy bred davat ssulkoy na takoy ubogiy sayt?

  • Paul

    Arkady, many fifty cents have a real focal length, 52-54 mm. Although it is written 50 mm.
    Regarding bokeh, I will say that the shooting conditions (cloudy weather, lack of contrasting details and point light sources in the background) do not allow the lens to open up in terms of bokeh. Here it has the effect of thermal jets, as in mirages, and looking at the photo with drops - the same classic "lemon".

  • Yuriy75

    With regard to boke, every time you are convinced that boke is a very intimate matter. In principle, I liked it, but as they say “the taste and color ...”, although it seems to me the blur zone adds a bit of anxiety. The lens is noteworthy at a reasonable price.

  • ratesheet

    Hello everybody! “Bokeshka”, I agree, for an amateur ... Moreover, for a big fan ...))) Any “HELIOS”, with 6-8 petals, will give 100 points ahead. Maybe glass, but the quality of enlightenment, even better ...

    • Sergei

      I absolutely agree with you, the bokeh is dirty, the helios is really nicer, and if you give not a lot of money for a manual lens, then I would vibrate something with expensive (cream) bokeh. The same Nikkor 50 to 1.4 in the picture next to this hero :)

    • Alexander

      I do not agree. Bokeh biotars and planars annoying torsion. In terms of drawing, sonars are ideal. Of the Soviet lenses, this is Jupiter 9, Jupiter 37 and rangefinder Jupiter 8.
      And from the Japanese, fifty kopecks from Mamma and Takumara make any gelos)

      • ratesheet

        I also disagree. ))) Fortunately, you still have to get into this twist! In most cases, if the light does not fall properly for this, there is no twisting of the bokeh at all, a normal normal blur, but also interesting. But if in good weather, and at a certain angle of illumination, then the 80-2 will be uniquely twisted by anyone in such a way that the Japanese themselves never dreamed of, even in their worst Japanese dreams. )))) And we have strong nerves! By the same logic, the great Carl Zeiss, even the most ancient budget one, easily, on both shoulder blades, will put any Mamia and Takumar ... By the way, their Japanese mom too ...)))

        • Alexander

          Torsion is a marriage (and, of course, a feature of the optical system) and they are trying to get rid of it on newer planars and biotars. Whereas in the USSR everything was only aggravated by cheap optical glass.
          Japanese, I’m not talking about new Year’s lenses, I’m talking about Takumaras, moms, sexes and other things from the 50-70s. And when all countries had an assortment, we had vomiting torsion to which we got used to so much that we consider it the standard of blur. But the bottom line is that even the Soviet tessars in our country shamelessly twist the background.
          about CZJ I have Sonnar 50mm 2.0 1941 and Jupiter 9 79 years old (by the way, Jupiter is a copy of this sonnar), so the differences are a dime a dozen, often not in CZJ's favor)

      • ratesheet

        Sorry, for a mistake, you have to read “40-2”, the one that is 85mm)))

  • Michael

    Bokeh eats away at the eyes ... Although maybe just such a background is caught =)

    • Valery

      Yes, it seems if you carefully read the review from the weather exposed…. not the right conditions for gorgeous bokeh….

  • Pafos

    Obektiv - eto eto ne tolko boke)

  • Igor

    From the bokeh, too, wept! Although where it is very good with a cat. And how the landscape draws really liked it!

  • Vazha

    An interesting lens with a non-standard focus lens. At the same time, the recently announced 58mm Nikon with f / 1,4 and 55mm aperture looks much more interesting. Otus ZEISS seems to be expensive monsters with exorbitant workmanship and picture quality (if handled correctly of course)

    • nukemall

      Focal is quite standard. There were practically no lenses with FR of exactly 50mm, or at least with an accuracy of 0.5mm, and they do not write the real on the lenses. For example, the rangefinder "fifty" Leica M and LSM have a focal length of 51.6mm, Contax / Kiev and Soviet M39 - 52.4mm, but they write anything ... "Industar-61" was labeled as 50mm, and as 52, and as 53, and as 55 Lenses Minolta MD 45/2 and Konica AR 40 / 1.8 have practically the same focal length (about 43mm) and aperture. Etc. This is not to mention the marketing perversions of sellers such as Vivitar / Rokinon / Opteka, which are sometimes ordered by the same Samyang lenses with different declared values ​​of FR and aperture ratio (for example, a fisheye 8 / 3.5 from Vivitar is sold as 7 / 3.5, and Opteka is up to 6.5 /3.5).

  • nukemall

    Mamiya design and production lens based on the Mamiya-Sekor SX 55 / 1.4 (M42 with the ability to measure on an open aperture, see It differs from the prototype only in the “tail” and the inscription on the decorative ring, these parts are completely interchangeable (checked). In addition to the 55 / 1.4 with the words “Rollei” and “Voigtlander”, other lenses from the Mamiya SX series were also produced.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thank you, it was such an addition about Mamiya that I wanted to hear.

      • Jurassic

        Zeiss wanted his camera, and even bought a Voicht in Germany, they wanted it, but it didn’t work, he gave the Rollie money, he wanted to participate, but it didn’t work. the plant was taken to singapore and it seems that together with the developments in glass and part of it they even managed to do it in germany. At least on this lens there are inscriptions - lenses from Germany. And Mamiya turned up when Rollie had to count the loot. And at 75 the Zeiss patent on the scheme of their rangefinder fifty dollars ran out. They pressed the planar under other people's devices, and on this one they sat like a dog in the hay. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the development of this lens, but everything is beating with time. At the same time, Mamiya has done well with her new lens factory. Their orders for Rollie prolonged the agony. Mummy SX accidentally, to confuse everything, came out in 75.

  • fm

    Mamiya has excellent 35mm optics, I recently tried sekor 50/2 on 6d .. very good glass

  • Vladimir

    Something on Radozhiv, the reviews became meager, boring. More is written about adapter adapters and installation methods.
    I still don't understand what kind of Rollei Rolleinar-MC 1: 1.4 f = 55mm he is. On my own I will add that there are lenses that are unremarkable, but there are those that have their own drawing. And I see that Rollei Rolleinar has his own drawing, but the author did not fully disclose it. Probably, too many lenses passed through the author, became boring, worn down.

    Recently I have been trying not to visit Radozhiva. A lot of such incomplete reviews appeared. For example, Wave-1 wrote here that it is common, the drawing is boring. But in practice, it turned out quite the opposite, an interesting drawing, volume, planar plasticity. I had to give in exchange for Voigtlander Ultron 1.7 / 35. The seller uses only elite lenses and lenses (Leica). I tested Wave-1, I was very pleased with the picture, I fell in love with this lens. And here, on Radozhiv, the review is boring and not informative.

    • Rodion

      You are talking about very old reviews. This one, in 2013, was apparently at the dawn of the site's existence.
      On the issue of prying - yes, it is. When you try a dozen different 50 / 1.4-2 fifty dollars, you really see that they are almost all the same and there is nothing special, with rare exceptions.
      What is this Rolleinar? Yes, exactly the same as all similar 50 / 1.4 seven-lens planars, of which there are a great many. I did not notice anything special in the picture of Wave-1 either.

  • evgeni

    I have such a lens and I actively use it. I installed it through an adapter ring on a full-format Canon, very pleased. The bokeh turns out to be interesting, but provided that there is the sun, however, like any lens of this type. Very convenient for people, who do not have time to go out into the countryside, you can shoot something near the house with an interesting background that this lens creates. There are of course drawbacks, for example, it is rather soft on an open aperture, but if you compare the price with a modern lens that does not have this For example, I bought my lens in Italy from an enthusiast for 70 euros, feel the difference, as they say.

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