Taken with a Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm Tessar (MF) on a Canon 300D at F/3.5 400 ISO
The lens gives some interesting effects in the blur out (bokeh? is that the right term?) which is very soft.
At about 0.8 of a metre away and F/4.0, it gains a real crispness when taking a whole plate:
Both the front and back of the plate are without distortion, which works out okay taking from a lower angle, but for a 3/4 shot, this lens is very nice. It can be fiddly to use, being manual focus, but I have a lot of time when it comes to food - it's not like it's going to move out of shot