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Some time ago I made a post about modding yet another lens from a defective compact camera to fit my Olympus Pen F (here). The lens in question was from a Zeiss Ikon Voigtländer Vitessa 500 AE Electronic and had the following specifications: Voigtländer Color Lanthar 42mm 1:2.8.
  I've now - with the efficient service of the people at Pixelgrain in Berlin - had the first film developed and scanned. I am very pleased with the resulting photographs. Some of the praise is due to the great scans - compared to the results I get from my own moody scanner. But the lens is also a real performer!

 These photos are made with the half-frame Olympus Pen F, so the Color Lanthar, which is almost a wide angle lens at 42mm on a full frame camera, shows an image equivalent to a 63mm lens. The last pair of photos was taken on a very (common) overcast in mid-winter. The two above that are from a sunny day in the autumn.
The above and following photos show the great variety of lighting situations that a normal everyday use of the lens can expose it to. And in my opinion the lens is simply great every time. (All the scans were tweaked slightly in post for higher contrast.)

The lens was a bit difficult to focus at first. The focus throw is very short, so takes some time to get used to.

One question... Is taking pictures with this lens Lomography?

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