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Tomato House Farms

All shots here taken with the Topcon RE Auto-Topcor 1:1.4 f=5.8cm Tokyo Kogaku Japan lens

This lens was designed and released in 1963 and is much sought after even today because of its high quality construction, and even higher quality optics. It is sharp all the way to its widest aperture of f1.4 while rendering beautiful colors.

Topcon cameras were the official cameras of the US Navy from 1965 until Topcon's withdrawal from the 35mm camera market in 1977. The US Navy chose Topcon after head to head tests with most major Japanese and German camera manufactures, including Nikon and Leica. The Navy chose Topcon because of its overall rugged build and survivability while having comparably high quality to leading competitors.The Topcor 1:1.4 58mm used here was one of the flagship lenses for Topcon capable of competing well with the best f1.4 normal lenses available in the day.


f3.2, 1/500th sec, ISO 160

You'll note all shots here are 1/500th sec at ISO 160. That's because I was also shooting closely the same images with my Hanimex Praktica 35mm film camera loaded with Kodak Portra 160. I set my digital camera to match convenient workable setting on the film camera so I could get comparative shots. Once I get the film developed and scanned, I'll try to post some of those comparisons.


f2.8, 1/500th sec, ISO 160


f2.8, 1/500th sec, ISO 160


f2.8, 1/500th sec, ISO 160


f2, 1/500th sec, ISO 160


f2, 1/500th sec, ISO 160

It's quite obvious from this that the Topcor 58mm 1.4 at f2 has exactly one pickle racks worth of depth of field!


f2, 1/500th sec, ISO 160

Looks like they cornered the market on Slap Ya Mama seasoning!


f3.2, 1/500th sec, ISO 160


f2.8, 1/500th sec, ISO 160

They really know their letters at Tomato House!


f3.2, 1/500th sec, ISO 160


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