Just for fun! Name the camera AND the lens!

Just for fun! It’s Friday, the weekend is here and I have had some fun today shooting with another new toy πŸ™‚ I posted this to my facebook page earlier and asked readers to “name the camera and the lens”! There have been MANY guesses there ranging from Leica M, to Sony RX1, to the newly announced Lomo Pretzval lens.Β I figured I would also post it here for fun to see if anyone could guess the camera and the lens used for this. If you have a guess, leave it in the comments. Tomorrow I will post more from this camera/lens combo and spill the beans on what it is.

Have fun!

UPDATE: Answer is posted HERE

Can you guess the camera and the lens used for this image? If so, take your best guess in the comments!



It is NOT the Nikon V1 and 35 1.2 or 18.5

It is NOT the Leica M 240 and Noctilux

It is NOT the Sony RX1

It is NOT the Olympus E-P5 or OM-D with 20 1.7

It is NOT the Samsung NX300 and 30 f/2

It is NOT the Leica X Vario

What is it? Find out tomorrow afternoon! πŸ™‚


  1. I saw image with parrots not long ago on this site, but can’t find it now. What was those lense..interesting maybe image was done with that lense.

  2. Given the shape of the bokeh (eye-cat), and the weakness in the corner, I would say a 50 1.4 mounted on a nex body with a chinese lens turbo. For example : nikon 50 1.4 ai-s, nex 7 and mitakon lens turbo.

  3. It’s very obvious that it’s a Voigtlander 50mm nokton on a Leica M240. It’s the old fashion bokeh but modern contrast.

  4. Based on all of the NOTS, I would guess the Leica M with Summitar, or perhaps a NEX, Samsung or m4/3 with the Summitar.

    • That was my first thought. I think this will show most of us can’t tell the difference between cameras and lenses. To me the Bokeh is not that pleasing, but some might love it. The weird shaped Bokeh on the left could mean a bright lens wide open.

  5. You’re all quite wrong… the picture is in fact, an oil-painting. Those distinctive cadmium yellow brush strokes in the background give it away… πŸ˜‰

  6. Hello everyone.

    I give you the answer right away, or would you expect it to Steve to play a little?

    Seriously, hormi swirling bokeh, the case does not inspire me.

    Good weekend to all.

  7. This is helios 40-2 85mm f/1.5, for sure. But it’s really hard to tell the body. Maybe, because the wall is slightly red, its canon 5d (m2-3)

  8. Alright. If it is not a Nikon lens, it could be a nikon sensor. Knowing that sevel imes things fast, I suggest a Voighlander SL II SLR 58mm F 1.5 on a D600 body.

  9. 50mm something old f/1.2 or f/1.4, No way is that a new lens. Very likely on a Leica M because that would allow full-frame use of a 50 (note the vignetting). I’m iffy on its being a Leica anything because of its little flaws, but I’m not aware of Steve having any mid-market lenses going. Whatever it is, it’s old and well used. No way is any reputable lens maker now coming out with new lenses this swirly! So I’ll bow to those who know Leica lenses on the specifics. But I can’t help but suspect it may be a Minolta or Pentax on an adapter…

    • I use a lot of older Minoltas and most have very nice bokeh. 135/2.8 PF (the cheap one), 85/1.7 and 58/1.2 are all bokeh cream-machines, with lots of guys retrofitting Canon EOS mounts to shoot them digitally or using adapters on mirrorless.

      I use mine on an old XE-7 film SLR.

  10. Well I don’t know how you could possibly have it yet but it totally does look like the lomo Petzval reincarnation.

  11. Hmmm… the bokeh is slightly edgy and the DoF is quite shallow. I’d say it’s a mid-to-long lens. Maybe a little soft at the edges? (hard to say not knowing the aperture – guessing it’s wide open) Colour is punchy.

    My mind says you’re probably testing a ‘modern’ lens, but my gut says it’s an old soviet lens.

    Although I’m sure to be wrong, I’m going to go with…

    My crazy guess: Russian Helios 85mm 1.5 (Sony NEX)
    My more realistic guess: Noctilux 50mm 0.95 (Leica

    (yeah I know, two extremes) πŸ™‚

  12. Not the shallow DOF of a Nokton or Noctilux wide open, and not leica Bokeh. It is niceL pehaps a Simmilux 35 on a M8.2, but Steve doe snot have one of these. I think the sensor is a simple design and the lens is fast, which makes be agree with asiafish.

    I think it is a V1 with the 35 1.2

  13. Just guessing from your current interests, I’ll guess the Samsung NX300! Don’t know their lenses, though.

  14. this looks like a toy lens, like my CCTV 24mm 1.4 lens. this could be shot with olympus or a nex πŸ™‚

      • That was my first thought on the lens is either a toy lens or an old Leica (based on that swirly bokeh) Camera is impossible to tell with a lens like that IMO.

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