Sunday, February 24, 2013

Steinheil Cassaron 40mm vs Kuribayashi 35mm for reflected UV photography

Here today a comparison between the well known Kuribayashi f3.5/35mm lens and the lesser known Steinheil Cassron f3.5/40mm lens. I'm using a yellow/red Phalaenopsis flower for that and my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter plus the deeper reaching Jupiter-U filter. Light source was an UV enhanced Xenon flash. All shots done at f8 and presented on a side-a-side format for easier comparison, left the Cassaron, right the Kuribayashi lens.

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Visible light image:

UV image using Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, effective peak approx. 375nm):

UV image using Jupiter-U filter (approx. 280-385nm, effective peak approx. 365nm):

Transmission graph:

This comparison shows, that the Kuri 35mm is hard to beat, but the Cassaron does quite well for a simple triplet lens, especially reaching quite deep into UV when the Jupiter-U filter is being used. It has 1.9% focus shift, compared to 1.0% the Kuri 35mm has. A quite useful lens and maybe even easier to find than the Kuri.

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

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