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purelightglow 21.11.2017 21:56:41
User review for lens: Canon EF 100 mm f/ 2 USM

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

small with quality optical preformance and has a subtle and smooth bokeh compared to other lenses


Weaknesses:

older coating on my version if there are newer lens coatings on any of these. handles sun flare excellently


Comments:

older coating on my version is actually prefered often. I paid 150$ cdn in 2016. I use a paper coffee cup collar for a hood which is great as they're free and collapsable in the gear bag




versus 06.11.2017 13:24:21
User review for lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24 mm f/ 2.8 G ED

Period of use: 5 years

Strengths:

- super wide angle

- very low distorsion and vignetting

- fast and sharp

(compared to the 16-35/f4 vr)


Weaknesses:

- it's a problem to use of filters, for example for landscape

- heavy

- no vr

- not very stabile (it fell on a wooden floor from 40cm height and was damaged)


Comments:

i love it and it's one of the most used lenses, especially for landscape and architectur




purelightglow 20.10.2017 21:29:06
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Distagon 35 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

colour, contrast, resolution, flare handling


Weaknesses:

vignetting, mild colour fringing is good compared to many other new and old lenses but is more visable due to digital sensor capture vs film.


Comments:

Rollei/Carl Zeiss QBM 35/2.8 on dslr is excellent and will take the same picture as the new canon 40mm 2.8. the canon will actually produce a slightly sharper image if stared at magnified. And the Zeiss slightly darker shadows. focus control is one of the reasons I would choose this lens and not the canon




purelightglow 20.10.2017 13:35:29
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Planar 50 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Image quality very good at f1.8, colour, contrast, high resolution, image quality good when flare from direct sun


Weaknesses:

some vignetting, metering can sometimes be 3+ exposure on dslr so out of meter range. Shadows seem a little darker/ contrasty (Zeiss look norm ). colour accuracy may need digital editing due to coatings for film


Comments:

compared to a canon kit 50mm f1.8. I prefer the Zeiss Rollei 50mm 1.8 for the focus ring control, flare when modern coatings fail and rich colours




Clive Champion 13.10.2017 02:52:56
User review for lens: Hanimex 28 mm f/ 2.8 MC Automatic

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Excellent Colour rendition. Micro contrast is superb. I don't conisder bokeh that important in wide lenses but will shoot some wide apature stuff anyway when I get a chance.  


Weaknesses:

None as far s I can tell. Will post again when I shoot wide open. 


Comments:

This lens shot at f11 on a Nikon D800E is remarkable. I the 24-70mm 2.8G and that is what I can comapre it to. Sharp from edge to edge with exellent mico contrast and very pleasing color rendition. I have recently got into vintage lenses and am having lot's of fun with them and also getting some very nice surprises. This Hanimex is no exeption. I think I paid $37.00 for it. Well worth it. Great for travel with a large DSLR like the D800E




Clive Champion 13.10.2017 02:47:52
User review for lens: Hanimex MC 24 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 2 days

Strengths:

Excellent Mico contrast - Colour saturation should not be this good at this price. It is superb. 


Weaknesses:

None as far as I can tell. I have not shot wide open as yet and will post my impressions when I do. 


Comments:

This lens shot at f11 on a Nikon D800E is remarkable. I the 24-70mm 2.8G and that is what I can comapre it to. Sharp from edge to edge with exellent mico contrast and very pleasing color rendition. I have recently got into vintage lenses and am having lot's of fun with them and also getting some very nice surprises. This Hanimex is no exeption. I think I paid $37.00 for it. Well worth it. Great for travel with a large DSLR like the D800E




tightcamera 12.09.2017 20:21:56
User review for lens: Opteka 85 mm f/ 1.8 Aspherical

Period of use: 30 days

Strengths:

First and foremost, image quality on my copy was very good. It's quite sharp and contrasty, and color rendition is pretty good. I pixel-peeped the test images I shot, and there is essentially zero color fringing (green or purple), which is an improvement over the much more expensive Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM.

Overall exterior build quality is quite nice, with metal lens barrel and 100% metal mount and metal aperture ring. It feels a lot more like a lens from the 1970s than one made recently, weighing in at 380g (~13oz). Focus ring has a nice feel to it, and is some kind of rubber with ribbing for grip. I was not as happy with the focus ring or aperture ring performance, however, as I was with their look and feel (see below).


Weaknesses:

On my copy, the focus rings gets very stiff as it approaches minimum focusing distance in the last inch or so of travel. I assume this is bad QC on Opteka's part (or whoever actually manufactured it). It's sticky enough that is distracting and makes it hard, in some cases, to get focus dead-on.

Also on my copy, the aperture ring is *very* hard to turn. And I don't care for the aperture presets they've chosen: 1.8 > 2.5 > 3 > 3.8 > 4.5 > 6 > 10 > 22.  There are more than two full stops between f/10 and f/22, and this lens doesn't allow any "in between" settings.


Comments:

Despite the QC issues with my copy of this lens, I think the Opteka 85mm f/1.8 is a great value. Image quality is excellent, and it's built like a tank. You can't really do any better at the $100 price point for a short telephoto lens. While it's not quick to focus or fast in terms of dialing in exposure, it is a great choice for still life and head/shoulder portraiture.

Text was taken from my longer review on this lens.




Ferenc Boloni 24.08.2017 10:02:08
User review for lens: Canon FD 135 mm f/ 2.5 S.C.

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Rare cheap excellent optics lens ,sharp at f2.5 and amazing bokeh .


Weaknesses:

none


Comments:

Usually if you find is cheap 30$ after you try will never sale :)




Ferenc Boloni 24.08.2017 04:44:21
User review for lens: Minolta AF 28 mm  f/ 2.8

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

For me even on full frame indors or close shots not performs great , but i keep it for one reason in night photography at big distances brings great details .


Weaknesses:

It have a lot .


Comments:

Maybe mine lens is so crazy indors or close shot are not clear at all but in night photography big distances brings great details.




Ferenc Boloni 24.08.2017 03:13:38
User review for lens: Minolta AF 20-35 mm  f/ 3.5-4.5

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Good quality sharp lens and minimal  distortions unsing this lens on full frame and good lights conditions . This good perfromance this lens brings only on full frame cameras . Capable quite close focusing almost macro .


Weaknesses:

Maybe somet  sreious problem  if you put even one filter on the lens on corners start to be shadows . I n low lights conditions is not usable .


Comments:

This good performance this lens brings only on full frame and good lights conditions .




jnaberle 11.08.2017 22:03:35
User review for lens: Minolta AF 28 mm  f/ 2.8

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

- great bokeh

- low wight

- great mechanic


Weaknesses:

- plastic body


Comments:

Perfect, lens for city and landscape photography, but also usefúll for makrophotography. Great lens. One of my favorits.




jnaberle 11.08.2017 21:58:45
User review for lens: Sony DT 18-55 mm  f/ 3.5-5.6 SAM

Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:

- Light Lens

- Onw Autofokusmotor

- Good quality


Weaknesses:

- bad at low light

- standart lens


Comments:

It is an good lens to start photography, but if you want to take better photos you need an other lens.




NerveNet 05.08.2017 18:05:11
User review for lens: Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Simple softfocus effect for your current 50mm Swap Optic lens


Weaknesses:

Feels cheap


Comments:

This is a set of three aperture disks for current Lensbaby Plastic, Glass and Double Glass lenses from the swap optic system.

 

You handle them just as normal aperture disks, each of them with a different aperture and soft effect.

Current swap optic lenses are already "soft", but these aperture disks will enhance the effect.

Personally I prefer real lenses with softfocus effect like Tamron's SP 70-150mm f/2.8 SOFT or the Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Sfotfocus, such lenses give better control and have the right focal length for portraiture on 35mm (full frame) cameras.




Ferenc Boloni 27.07.2017 01:47:46
User review for lens: Vivitar 200 mm f/ 3.5 (Kino)

Period of use: 2 days

Strengths:

Really one of the sharpest manual telephoto lens .


Weaknesses:

Yes is one weakness minimal focus distance is from about 3 meters :))


Comments:

At the price of 30$ is a lens for a long time for have it :)




Christoph Pfeilstucker 22.07.2017 14:45:59
User review for lens: Helios 44M-4 58 mm f/ 2 MC

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Build quality, Bokeh, Ease of use, quite sharp


Weaknesses:

None


Comments:

This lens is a blast to use, probably one of my favorite lens ever and I own or owned a huge amount of glass. Despite to popular believe, this lens is not only nice for bokeh but is also acceptably sharp wide open, certainly soft in the corner but center is pretty good.




Richard Wright 17.07.2017 04:34:03
User review for lens: Helios-103 53 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Sharpness even wide open; Bokeh which may be subjective but I love from this lens once you learn it.


Weaknesses:

Adapters are a problem.  The lens may unscrew and fall out of the hellicoid as you focus closely.  I built my own adapter which solved that problem.


Comments:

A truely fantastic little lightweight lens that really delivers.  If I could only have one lens for less then $100 it would be this one for sure.  It is so sharp that you will need to pay hundreds of dollars just to match this lens.  Buy one if you see it - and they are cheap. 




tightcamera 03.07.2017 20:59:07
User review for lens: Rikenon 135 mm f/ 2.8 Auto

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Moderately fast telephoto with really good bokeh at very low price point. Build quality is very good; focusing movement is very smooth and with a lot of play to allow for precise focus point. 8-blade aperture provides nearly round bokeh at f/4. 


Weaknesses:

Not multicoated. There is a fair bit of purple fringing and chromatic aberration. In some lighting conditions, there is a haze in the final images that takes away from the sharpness and color rendition. M42 mount will require an adapter for modern cameras. Nikon adater with glass element magnifies the fringing and aberration to a point where the lens is not useful. Works okay on Canon EF. 


Comments:

For a cheap lens, this thing delivers. It's not as sharp as a new Canon L lens, and the color rendition isn't all that accurate. But for the money, it's a nice option to have for a unique portraiture lens. Overall, a great value at around $35USD. 




NerveNet 03.07.2017 01:25:16
User review for lens: Lensbaby Scout 12 mm Fisheye

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

12mm fisheye effect, small, compact, lightweight, perfect round aperture blades...


Weaknesses:

Awfull aperture system.


Comments:

Nice lens but with an awfull aperture system using aperture disks. Centersharpness is fine with the traditional Lensbaby efect in borders and cornes, using smaller apertures gives sharper images increasing the size of the sharp center area.

Scout if fully compatible with Lensbaby swao system, so you can use it with other Lensbaby lenses that are compatible with the swap system like the Double Glass, Pinhole, Sweet 35mm, etc.




NerveNet 29.06.2017 01:18:46
User review for lens: Canon EF 35 mm  f/ 2

Period of use: 6 months

Strengths:

Compact, light and luminous.


Weaknesses:

Slow and noisy  focusing motor, not very sharp a f/2.

Corners not very sharp at f/4.


Comments:

Nice small lens, the only drawback is its poor perfomance in far borders until you reach f/8 if used on a full frame body. I can live with a slow focusing motor but cannot stay with its poor perfomance at f/4 if you shot landscapes with it (the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 is even worse but it is also wider).

For portraiture it is fine and interesting when shooting between f/2~f/2.8, until you see the pentagonal shaped highlights.

The 35mm focal legnth is a must have for everyday shooting in my case, I do almost everything with such a focal length. As I was dissapointing with its perfomance I switched to the cheap Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.

The lens has a 52mm filter thread, so filters are cheaper, and there are other three old Canon lenses that share this filter thread (28mm f/2.8, 40mm f/2.8 STM, 50mm f/1.8 I & II, 135mm f/2.8), I had several of them so it was very easy to share polarized filters between them.

Shares also the same lenshood with the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8.

This lens has DOF marks and distance scale, I like this feature in lenses, as you can set quickly the focusing distance and know more or less the DOF you will get. Not everything needs autofocus.




NerveNet 27.06.2017 02:41:08
User review for lens: Canon EF 135 mm f/ 2.8 SoftFocus

Period of use: 4 years

Strengths:

Compact design, lightweight, f/2.8 aperture, 52mm filter thread, distance scale.

Front element doesn't rotates or extends during AF.

Softfocus feature.

Nice bokeh.


Weaknesses:

Not very sharp at f/2.8.

Strong vignetting at f/2.8.

Slow and noisy autofocus motor.

1.3 meter minimum focusing distance.


Comments:

If you expect to get ultrsharp pictures then this lens is not for you, I use mine mainly for portraits and from time to time I play with the softofocus effect. I have better lenses but nothing beats its small weight and size.

Wide open this lens is not as sharp as the Canon 135mm f/2L USM, but it is enough for my Canon EOS 5D. Borders are also not as sharp as on the L version, but as I use it mainly for portraits where the interesting things are not in the borders, this is not an issue.

If you also want to use this lens for indoor sports, keep in mind that its focus motor is slow compared to USM, so in Ai-Servo mode you may loose some fotos due to lack of focus of fast moving objetct. The L versión does this job much better with is precise, fast and silent USM motor.

Regarding soft focus effect. You may like it or hate it, but remember that sometimes sharpness is not so important.





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