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Under the Tree
Autor: Pavel Hlavaty
4 0 190
Owner reviews: Yashica ML 24 mm f/ 2.8
Sharpness edge-to-edge, smooth focusing, metal body and mount. Handles flare well.
None for the lens but you can't get hold of the Yashica 65mm slip-on lens hood - it was rare even when it was being manufactured.
When Zeiss produced the first generation 25mm f2.8 for the Contax/Yashica system, it was a disappointment due to its relative softness until stopped down to f8 (corrected in all later numbers) and those in the know turned to the Yashica 24mm. It was a revelation and I have used it in preference to the Zeiss ever since. It is still, correctly, reputed to outperform its more illustrious cousin BUT the word is now out and the price of Yashica's gem is now getting closer to Zeiss' high second hand prices. One minor niggle is that used ones are often missing the front lens cap and original Yashica caps for this lens are now very scarce.