Isco Ultra Star 1st Gen – Red Flares

September 26, 2018

A quick update on the Isco Ultra Star lineup: I found a red flaring version!


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Tito Ferradans here today for a quick highlight. I made a video about the Isco Ultra Star a while ago, and I always point it out as a good starter lens, even though it’s double focus. The Isco gives excellent sharp results and the main disappointment about it is the lack of flares.

There are basically three different versions of the Ultra Star, the most modern one being the red version, which won an Academy Award for technical achievement, the middle one being the one in my previous review, and the first, or the oldest one, is this one here, with the little notches around the front. I came across this one during my Japan trip, back in April.

This version has a deeply recessed front element and incredibly red coatings. The front ring can be used to lock focus and the reason I’m making this video is because under the right circumstances, this version flares.

I was able to get insanely red flares out of it, but only when light hits in a specific way – close to the lens’ edge. I wish the front element wasn’t hidden as deeply, so it would be easier to get these flares out. My regular flare test only gave the tiniest bit of a red kick.

So if you want an Isco that has the possibility of flaring, this one is a good candidate, and if anyone out there has figured out how to get these flares to pop out more easily, please let me know in the comments below! Let’s get flares AND corner to corner sharpness!

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