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Leo Koikov 22.02.2017 19:00:52
User review for lens: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 10 days

Strengths:

All the PROs listed above are 100% true

Mechanically better than Super-Multi-Coated 7-element Tak 50 1.4 

Half-stops

Buttery smooth focusing with longer throw than the 50 1.4 and tactile feedback similar to the preset Tak 50 f4 macro. Semi-erotic experience...

Dirt cheap


Weaknesses:

None


Comments:

As someone said "this should be the legendary normal range Takumar, not the 50 1.4". I do like the IQ of the Super-Multi-Coated 7-element Tak 50 1.4 on Fiji X-E2 but the Super-Multi-Coated Tac 55 1.4 and Super-Multi-Coated Tac 50 4 macro are really special. I have K-mount Pentax-A 50mm 1.2, SMC Pentax-M 50mm 1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm 1.4 and why my copies are not bad lenses by any standards, they do not live up to their fame. Those 2 Tacs certainly do!

Samples: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/albums/72157677091184834




Marco Bensi 21.02.2017 01:14:14
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135 mm f/ 4 (1)

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Bello, robusto, solido e relativamente leggero (nella versione Alu).
Otticamente spettacolare.
Nitidissimo e con colori vivaci e contrastati .

Da quando lo uso con la mia Sony a5000...non faccio a meno di fotografare


Weaknesses:

Nessuno.


Comments:

Un grande e famoso biettivo nello stile Zeiss Jena.
Anche se non ha trattamenti antiriflesso SMC ...quelli che ha bastano ed avanzano.
Imperdibile per chi ama la fotografia vintage.
 




Leo Koikov 20.02.2017 06:14:51
User review for lens: Soligor 105 mm f/ 2.8 Telephoto

Period of use: 10 days

Strengths:

Very well built

Very well placed preset aperture ring.


Weaknesses:

Grease in the focusing mechanism of this lens and its clones turns into cement, focus ring get stuck dead! Very common problem. 

Make sure it moves before bying online!


Comments:

My other than focus pristine 10-blades copy was made by Tokina (H4** ser.#).Chubby almost square (h = 54mm w/o the thread, 60mm total, d = 54mm). Feels "dense", will be nose heavy on MIRRORLES WITH AN ADAPTER.

A guy on EBAy complained about completely stuck focus ring on Vivitar 8-blades version.




Richphotoworks 07.02.2017 08:39:26
User review for lens: Tele-Takumar 300 mm f/ 6.3

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Build quality, sharpness even at open apeture of 6.3. Reletively light weight for the era and at 300 mm focal length.

With 12 blade apeture good boque opportunity, works great in AP (apeture priority) setting on camera.


Weaknesses:

Long throw focus ring, potential CA's if shooting near the direction of the sun, must use the long-deep sun visor.


Comments:

I paid 22 dollars + shipping of 13.50 so about$36.00 invested making the value very good. Neat lens and fun to use with very good results with my APS-C DSLR.




Leo Koikov 05.02.2017 07:13:22
User review for lens: Mamiya Sekor 55 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 10 days

Strengths:

Well built

Rather compact and lighweight considering it is all metal. Aperture with half stops!

Very good grip of the aperture ring, not so good of the focusing

Stunning IQ in the absense of direct light. On a cloudy day colors and rendition very similar to Yashinon ML 50 1.7 (twin brother of Zeiss Planar 50 1.7 produced on the same plant)

Pleasant bokeh, especially for this price range and compact design

Widely underrated, so can be found for a decent price


Weaknesses:

Very prone to glow and strong veiling even with a long hood. As expected some flare but nothing dramatic

The focusing ring on a slippery side, the grooves are shallow and too tightly spaced

Cannot be used as a walkaround universal lens: amazing in dim or scattered light, close to terrible in bright sun = unpredictable results.

People online claim it is very sharp wide open - not my copy. F2.8 and up - yes


Comments:

I do not see any serious optical problems in my copy except for a light dust that shouldn't have such a dramatic effect on IQ. M.b. I got a lemon.

Bottom line - if the price is right, get one and try for yourself. Under right conditions it shines




Kevin Macy 26.01.2017 21:42:53
User review for lens: Mitakon 20 mm f/ 2.0 4.5x Super Macro

Period of use: 13 days

Strengths:

Incredible Close Up Macro - Sharp but short depth of field


Weaknesses:

Hard to light subject.
Short depth of field


Comments:

Althought this is not the easiest lens to use, it is fascinating and fun.  4X to 4.5X macro with manual focus.  Front element is small.  Reminds you of a microscope lens.

Hard to use but it's fun!




James Dillard 19.01.2017 05:21:44
User review for lens: Nikon Nikkor-H 28 mm f/ 3.5 non-Ai

Period of use: 11 years

Strengths:

Tough. Just about indestructable. I have had this lens on a Nikkormat, that fell from near the top of a 8-foot ladder, and neither the camera or the lens blinked. Not a great lens for crucial work, but a great lens for many applications.


Weaknesses:

Its a light hog. With a minimum 3.5 aperture, its not great for available light shots indoors, but if you nail the focus, it will surprise you.


Comments:

A great tough carry along lens. Not bad for portraits, but outdoors, its great to have.




James Dillard 19.01.2017 05:09:59
User review for lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 12-24 mm f/ 4 G ED IF DX

Period of use: 4 years

Strengths:

A versatile lens, but with limitations of the DX build. Its been a workhorse for me on my D300s, shooting Real Estate, and some of the more scenic vistas of the Colorado Mountains. Its never let me dow, and a quick snappy focus. Its got a soft touch of vignette, at most of the open apertures, this does smooth out to a degree by F 8 or so. If you can find a good cared for copy, its nice to have and use.


Weaknesses:

Vignette is a bit harsh wide open, and although a tough plastic, its still plastic.


Comments:

It was expensive to purchase (used) but it has paid for itself with some nice shots for my clients.




jspen77tx 06.12.2016 18:56:59
User review for lens: Canon FD 50 mm f/ 1.4 S.S.C.

Period of use: 4 months

Strengths:

mechanical build, bokeh, coatings & resistance to flare


Weaknesses:

severe color fringing; very soft, even in the center, even stopped down @ f/5.6


Comments:

My copy of this lens appears undamaged, but I cannot get good results from it. Especially in late afternoon shots, color fringing is severe, which, in my opinion, renders the beautiful S.S.C. coatings rather moot. I have tried it on my Canon A-1 (in all modes) as well as my FTb and results were the same. I shoot a lot of landscapes/nature/architecture, so it's not a good lens for my purposes. Black and white portrait artists may find it lovely, though.




Graham 30.11.2016 07:16:10
User review for lens: Kuribayashi Petri Orikkor C.C. 50 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 9 months

Strengths:

The lens has a solid build and the glass is exceptional, employing rare earth elements but less prone to the yellowing of similar lenses such as the Takumars of the late 50s and early 60s.  It is sharp wide open with only minimal softening at the edge of the image.  The bokeh is truly stunning - very soft, bright and with the superb contrast of the lens, is a joy in bright light.  Kuribayashi certainly knew their stuff and even provided a 'preset and forget' series of markings - align the green pyramid marking with the green mark on the aperture ring, set the focus to the red 5 meter mark and your ready to go...


Weaknesses:

There are very few considering that the lens is over years in age.  Focusing can be quite stiff ( I have 3 of the lenses and this is common to them all) and for someone used to Contax Zeiss lenses, it is in the wrong direction.

Under very extreme bright light, it can have flare problems.


Comments:

This lens is a tiny joy to shoot with, producing vibrant, contrasty photos that will rarely be bettered by much more modern glass.  If you can find one (they are increasingly hard to find as the word's got out about their quality), grab it - you won't regret it!




Jeb 16.11.2016 20:44:14
User review for lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 45mm f/ 2

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

This pancake is super discreet. Sharpness is out of this world.


Weaknesses:

Maximum aperture of 2 isn't the fastest in the world, but it's really not much of a weakness.


Comments:

If I had to only pick one lens to shoot with this would be it. Soem of my favorite images were taken on this lens. It looks unassuming, but color and sharpness make this an obvious choice. Among the underrated ROKKOR lineup, this one is the sleeper among sleepers.




Kevin Macy 11.11.2016 07:11:30
User review for lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm f/ 3.3-4.5 (II)

Period of use: 6 months

Strengths:

Bought this cheap.  Tested it on my test charts and was blown away by its sharpness in the corners and the frame at all apertures.  A friend has one and I tested it too with same results.


Weaknesses:

Feels cheap but its short and SHARP.


Comments:

Buy it if you need it.  Its good for average shooting!




Leo Koikov 07.11.2016 07:51:04
User review for lens: Yashica Yashinon-DX 50 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Built like a tank

Excellent mechanics and optics

Front element does not extend much

Pleasing bokeh


Weaknesses:

A bit heavy-ish

Rear element extends inside a bit. Not a real problem, just smth to keep in mind

A touch of CA at 1.4


Comments:

Grab one, if you find it at decent price




Leo Koikov 07.11.2016 07:34:01
User review for lens: Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Compact, not heavy

Sharp wide open

NO CA from f2. Some CA at f1.4 but my copy has some dust and m.b. fungus inside. Got from KEH listed in  "excellent" condition. Be warned, they stopped postinf pics of real lenses on their site. Only the stock pics!

Excellent bokeh if the background is further than ~3ft


Weaknesses:

No half-stops. No stops between f1.4 and 2

Front element not recessed, needs hood

A bit nervous bokeh when the background is closer than ~3ft

Veils heavily with direct sun

Shows prominent "stars" with multiple sharp rays with due drops with frontal light falling at ~45 degrees


Comments:

I don't see any significant difference with my copy of the ML 50mm 1.7. Couldn't compare directly, since 50mm 1.4 does not have f1.7 stop. Do not see a big difference between 8 and 6 aperture blades.

The ML 50mm 1.7 is a sound choice, unless you can't live w/o f1.4




pol1300cc 31.10.2016 13:00:46
User review for lens: Fujinon 55 mm f/ 2.2

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

no comment


Weaknesses:

no comment


Comments:

i think this is the same as x-fujinon 55 1:2.2




Justin Bacle 26.10.2016 16:15:08
User review for lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 45mm f/ 2

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Very small and compact lens (pancake-like).


Weaknesses:

Smallest focusing distance is a bit high. Not that sharp but still very usable.


Comments:

Love this lens, a must-have for minolta slr owners ! 




Leo Koikov 13.10.2016 06:56:59
User review for lens: Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-T 100 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Compact and very unconspicious

Well built

Good IQ


Weaknesses:

Aperture ring w/o half-stops

Some CA at f2.8 on Fuji X-E2

A bit nervous bokeh on Fuji X-E2


Comments:

Samples: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/albums/72157673805009552




Gianluca 06.10.2016 13:46:06
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 75 mm f/ 1.5

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Sharp and Magic


Weaknesses:

You can like or dislike


Comments:

It is a magic lens, a pleasure to use.




Gianluca 06.10.2016 13:25:41
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135 mm f/ 2 Z

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Extremely sharp with good color & contrast.

One of the best 135mm never build


Weaknesses:

Dimensions


Comments:

Buy a second hand.




Leo Koikov 22.09.2016 00:28:01
User review for lens: Super-Takumar 135 mm f/ 3.5

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Buttery smooth focusing with long throw

Sharp wide open

Great biuld

Rather compact


Weaknesses:

Not too bad but flares

Pronounced veiling when shooting qagainst the sun


Comments:

Pleasure to use





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