It’s a weird thing, this recent craze over a good bokeh lens. There’s weird bokeh, smooth bokeh, disturbing bokeh…and the list goes on. For those of you who’ve never heard of it, bokeh is a Japanese word that relates to the beauty and quality of the out of focus areas of photographs. Some lenses are prized for their bokeh rendering and will fetch huige prices on the second hand market.A Cooke Kinic, for example, can command a four figure sum on ebay these days. The old Meyer Optik Trioplan lens will regularly fetch three figure sums, depending on condition. I was lucky to nab one on a beaten up Praktica camera last year for the princely sum of AUD $30. I’ve even written a post on a Trioplan alternative that will get you the same soap bubble bokeh.

It’s this handy Trioplan lens alternative that I mounted on my Olympus EM5 digital body. Regular readers of this blog will have seen examples before, but with it being Christmas and all, it’s a great time for such a lens to show off it’s bokeh qualities ! So, enjoy the bubbly soap bubble bokeh from a great bokeh lens…

Bokeh lens - soap bubbles !
Bokeh lens – soap bubbles !
Can you see Rudolph?
Can you see Rudolph?
Pentacon AV bokeh lens - bokeh balls
Pentacon AV bokeh lens – bokeh balls

At this point, it would be fair for me to say that I’m not one of those bokeh lens crazed enthusiasts. As pretty as this bokeh is, it’s just one tool in an image making process. I prize this lens because of this quality, and it’s great for certain photo making jobs. But if I wanted something sharp and contrasty, I’d rather choose a different lens altogether. Different tools for different jobs is the way I see it.

Pretty lights - Xmas 2015
Pretty lights – Xmas 2015

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Back to the Xmas lights…

Christmas lights display 2015
Christmas lights display 2015

And here’s Santa’s goodbye. Enhanced by the background soap bubbles of this bokeh lens, don’t you think?

Santa waves goodbye - Xmas 2015
Santa waves goodbye – Xmas 2015


Bokeh lens? More from the bubbly Pentacon AV projector lens

2 thoughts on “Bokeh lens? More from the bubbly Pentacon AV projector lens

  • December 26, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Nice shots – I’m a great fan of using old lenses on my Nex and Ricoh.

    • December 26, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks Simon. Me too. As much as I like my Micro 4/3 Olympus cameras, I’m keen to get my hands on a Nex 5n so that I can start using them with a larger sensor to see more lens character. That said, the Olympus EM5 is a fine camera and great for telephoto stuff.


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