International Portrait Lens Shootout

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My son wanted a new headshot for his Instagram profile, so I seized the opportunity to do a quick comparison between two vintage lenses I recently acquired and the tried-and-true AF-S Nikkor 85/1.8G. I matched up the exposures in post, but the images are otherwise unedited.

I'd love to hear what you think of the results...

1. Modern Nikkor lens
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2. Vintage Russian lens
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3. Vintage German lens
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The photos look good. Might be just me but the color seems a wee bit off.
I shot them with the WB on "shadow" setting on the Z6 and adjusted only the exposure in post in hopes of making a fair comparison between the color rendition of the three lenses. Of the three, I think the Nikkor renders skin tones most accurately, but it does look a bit sterile. The Helios colors are the least saturated, and the Meyer-Optik is probably the nicest balance between warmth and color accuracy, at least for my taste. @olshroom, I'd love to hear your opinions whether they concur or differ...
 
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I would choose one of the three lenses and shoot while adjusting the Kelvin temperature until the colors match most closely to what my eye sees. Then try the other two lenses with the same setting.
 
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