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Kostas 17.01.2020 11:45:22
User review for lens: Opteka 85 mm f/ 1.8 Aspherical

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Sharpness wide open

Sharpness stopped down

Size/form factor

Metal mount and filter thread

Price - and the advantage is a huge one


Weaknesses:

Somewhat stiff focus ring (had to lube it in the repair shop)

Not standard F stop indicators

All F stop and focus distance marks peeled off within months


Comments:

A suprisingly good performer, especially for the 60eur price (new). I've chosen the Lightdow version. I can easily compare it with Canon EF85/1.8 and I dare to say, that Lightdow performs better wideo open - a bit sharper with better CA control. The comfort of use is low - stiff focus ring, no F stop markings and bizzare stops. But It is small and light. 




Andreas Lindemann 11.01.2020 17:27:51
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135 mm  f/ 1.8 ZA

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

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Weaknesses:

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Comments:

In search of a tripot mount for my Zeiss Sonnar T * 135mm f / 1.8 ZA (SAL-135F18Z) I came across to this one from iShoot: iShoot SM140. Because Sony offers no collar for this lens.
The Sonnar also has a diameter of 84mm on the tube like the Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM for which this clamp is actually intended.
For the Sony only a small modification has to be made: the recess on the left side for the control elements of the Sigma is not enough for the Sonnar - something has to be milled out accordingly. The meter display is somewhat hidden by the clamp, but this is OK for me.
After this small change, the Sonnar with its 995 grams plus camera has a perfect hold on the tripod.



Caylus 12.12.2019 19:17:02
User review for lens: Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.7

Period of use: 35 years

Strengths:

Build quality, sharpness, landscape and general photography


Weaknesses:

No fancy "BoKeH" to speak of....but if that's your thing, fork out a bit more and buy the 1.4.


Comments:

I have owned one of these 50mm 1,7 ML lenses for absolutely years. I forget which Yashica camera it actually came on way when when. I subsequently bought a Contax 139Q in 1980 that came with the Zeiss Planar 50 1,7. The two are often compared and with reason. In my opinion they are basically the same lens, same layout etc and some even go as far as saying both have the same glass. This I don't know, but I do know that the build quality of the ML is superior to the Planar and that for slide photography which is what I still do, there is no apparent differences in the lenses.....apart from one commands up to ten times more than the other.




purelightglow 25.11.2019 21:03:07
User review for lens: Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 50 mm f/ 0.95

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Not yet mounted so after a few close up/ macro images on canon ff and a sony nex I find this to be an excellent lens. It is good at 0.95 and images appear to be a high resolution


Weaknesses:

It's heavy with a no click aperture which makes it difficult. Mine needs a mount and focus helicoid as the focus turn on the threading is a slow process. Image circle with C mount needs a modification for cameras with larger sensors or film


Comments:

The colour rendition is beautiful and yet with some brand uniqueness. I think it's adjusted fo older sensors and film. Picture quality is high




Pio1955 22.11.2019 22:13:47
User review for lens: Voigtlander 21 mm f/ 4.0 Color Skopar

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Price, dimensions, sharpness, solid construction.


Weaknesses:

I've not found any so far.


Comments:

It is small and fits well to my FUJI X-E1. It even looks nice (aestics should have a value too) despite the M39-FX adapter.

It may easily compete with similar lens from Leica but... at a much much cheaper price. Highly recommended.




Leo Koikov 02.09.2019 03:41:46
User review for lens: Tele Vivitar 135 мм f/ 2.8

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Very good color rendition 

Great bokeh

Sharp wide open

Dcent MFD for the lens of earlier vintage

Great build, not heavy 

Images give a lot od latrtitude in post-processing


Weaknesses:

A bit glowy in direct sunlight

Preset works "backwards" (in my copy s/n 204728, made by Sun??). If you set it to 4, the aperture varies between 4 and 22. Not between 4 and 2.8 as with other lenses...


Comments:

My copy (presumably not made by Tokina) has the max aperture 22, not 16

Sample image wide open: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/48645667496/in/dateposted-public/

Got it for 25 in a pawn shop, my guess they would go for ~100 on EB




tightcamera 29.06.2019 17:14:48
User review for lens: Meike MF 85 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Very inexpensive for a fast prime in the short telephoto category. Sharpness is great in the center (even wide open) and respectable in the corners (at f/2.8 and higher). Chromatic aberration is present but easily removed in post processing.

The real standout feature of this lens is the electrical contacts that communicate with the body. This means you'll get full EXIF data in your  images, and also that you can electronically control the aperture from the camera. That means that all exposure modes (A, S, P, M) are available for use, unlike most other manual focus lenses. 

Bokeh is generally pretty smooth, owing to the 9-blade aperture design. 

There is a USB port for firmware upgrades.

Comes with front/back caps and hood. 


Weaknesses:

Build quality is a litle lacking. It feels pretty light/plastic-ish. Focus ring is a little loose in the track, but turns nicely. 

Another issues is that this lens presents itself to the camera as an APS-C lens, so if you have your full-frame body set to automatically go to Crop Mode, you will have to disable that to use this lens at full resolution. 

Biggest problem: For some strange reason, this lens completely disables the Sony IBIS system, so you will not get any image stabilitzation if your body provides it. I have tested this on A7II and A7III. I suspect Meike will fix this in a forthcoming firmware update


Comments:

Overall a very interesting lens. If Meike can fix that IBIS problem, I think this will be a real winner. Image quality is quite good and the price is exceptionally reasonable. 

Full review with sample images here: https://tightcamera.com/meike-85mm-f-1-8-for-sony-full-frame-review/




Sakul Pochanart 22.06.2019 04:54:50
User review for lens: Mamiya Sekor 55 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Nice for Portrait, sharp enough but not too contrast. Make pleasent skin tone.

Well built and reasonable price for vintage lens.


Weaknesses:

A little glow wide open but at f2 this lens shows it's potential.


Comments:

Buy one!




Matt Hooker 10.04.2019 22:20:40
User review for lens: Minolta MC Rokkor-X PF 50 mm f/ 1.7

Period of use: 7 years

Strengths:

affordable, great image quality overall. what a kit lens should be.


Weaknesses:

as with most older lenses, loses some sharpness in the corners.


Comments:

I've only used this lens on film cameras, but it would be a fantastic lens for mirrorless cameras as well.




Matt Hooker 10.04.2019 22:03:18
User review for lens: Mir-1 37 mm f/ 2.8 Black

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

center sharpness is good wide open, stopped down to f/8 most of the frame is sharp. long focus throw allows for precise focusing. preset-style aperture is helpful when adapted to digital cameras. retains contrast well during lens flares


Weaknesses:

very soft around edges wide open. long focus throw can be a challenge for portraits or wherever focusing has to be quick


Comments:

For a ~35mm companion to the Helios 44, this is the perfect lens. if adapting to a full frame DSLR, modification to prevent contact with the mirror at infinity is inevitable.




Matt Hooker 10.04.2019 21:53:15
User review for lens: Helios 44M-4 58 mm f/ 2 MC

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

For normal use, this is a good lens considering the age of the design. The two main strengths over other lenses are the pattern of the bokeh, which can give the appearance of swirling around the center, and a strong lens flare.


Weaknesses:

Sharpness falls off quickly when moving the subject away from the center. The strong lens flare that I see as a strength also comes with a severe loss of contrast over a significant portion of the frame when flaring is present.


Comments:

This is my favorite portrait lens, even if I'm not going for the swirly look or lens flare.




Matt Hooker 10.04.2019 21:45:01
User review for lens: Makinon MC 28 mm f/ 2.8 (I)

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Solid build, but not bulky for a 1970s 28mm. For normal 28mm use at a middle aperture, it's just fine. The true hidden strength of this lens is that, at least with the two that I own, the lens flare at f/2.8 takes the form of wings forming from point light. This can be used for creative effect, and I have not seen this formed with any other lens.


Weaknesses:

At f/2.8, the image is not sharp around the edges, as one would expect from an older lens. The bokeh is not smooth, and when the background is busy as with the branches of a bush, the harshness becomes very pronounced.


Comments:

This is my absolute go-to 28mm lens for digital and film, which is why I bought it for two mounts. There are options which are certainly better for image quality, but I do like to make use of that lens flare pattern when I can.




Bytesmiths 19.02.2019 04:55:55
User review for lens: Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 350 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 144 months

Strengths:
  • Extremely sharp, at any aperture (limited by diffraction), corner-to-corner!
  • Close focusing (3 metres) for a reproduction ratio of 1:7.
  • Internal focusing via a smooth rotating cam.
  • Nine diaphragm blades result in smooth bokeh and 18-point sun stars.
  • Outstanding build quality and precision, and resulting fit-and-finish.
  • Integrated lens hood.
  • The matched Olympus 1.4X-A tele-extender affects the image quality minimally, resulting in a super-sharp 500mm ƒ/4 lens!

Weaknesses:

  • Big and heavy, but any lens of this reach and aperture will be big and heavy.
  • Flourite coating on front element is soft and scratches easily.
  • No way to put a protection filter on the front.
  • Somewhat rare and expensive, although not as much as the 250mm ƒ/2 little-sister lens.
  • As a classic legacy film lens, it is manual focus only.

Comments:

This is simply an awesome, classic lens!

It is especially useful for wildlife, motor sports, even macro. But with moving subjects, you have to use old-school manual focus techniques, such as pre-focus on a spot that the subject moves into.

It is still useful on modern mirrorless cameras via a simple adapter, but becomes even more awesome with the Metabones Speedbooster Ultra, which gives you a 250mm ƒ/2 lens for a fraction of the cost of the ultra-rare OM Zuiko 250mm ƒ/2.




Stan marohn 10.01.2019 13:50:34
User review for lens: Spiratone YS 28 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Solid build, tack sharp images.


Weaknesses:

None


Comments:

I love to shoot landscapes and needed a wide angle lens. I like using legacy lenses and .after much serious research i bought this gem on ebay for $30. I was not disappointed. This is a much underappreciated lens. Ken Rockwell gave it high praise.  




Ferenc Boloni 03.01.2019 06:18:52
User review for lens: Sigma DC 10-20 mm f/ 3.5 EX HSM

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

I have this lens really cheap the true is not the greatest lens on today's market but is great build fast autofocus and enough sharp at f/3.5 and all this on APS-C ..


Weaknesses:

It has a lot of weakness but where I use this lens in low lights conditions I don't care about :)


Comments:

In low lights conditions is not so bad at all this lens .




Ferenc Boloni 24.12.2018 17:58:41
User review for lens: Tamron 135 mm f/2.8 Adaptall model CT-135

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Excellent build rare to find lens really sharp at f/2.8 wide open even on APS-C. But the real value for me is this lens brings great sharp images even on low lights conditions.


Weaknesses:

Has no weakness for me


Comments:

Today's photography with really high ISO in low lights conditions photography is a time the lens to be tested separately in low lights conditions too, it is really wrong who think all the nice wide open lens will perform well in low lights conditions will be surprised sometimes one f/4.0 will be greater than one f/1.4 lens ... and back to this lens this one is a great night photography lens :)




Ferenc Boloni 23.12.2018 13:16:58
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35 mm f/ 1.4 ZA

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Amazing sharp lens even wide open at f/1.4 Zeiss quality great build fast autofocus even in low lights conditions expensive but really good lens.


Weaknesses:

For a 35 mm prime lens is quite a big piece of lens, but the reason for what finally I sale is it was for me the strange and unacceptable distortions what brings this lens.


Comments:

Really great lens but for the price and the stupid distortions what brings this lens for the price for me was unacceptable.




Jose Depaz 23.12.2018 05:18:17
User review for lens: Pentacon Auto 50 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Black and White Photography, Portraits, Lens Flare images... this lens really shines when clouds are acting as a soft box.


Weaknesses:

Cant Find one realy....


Comments:

This Lens has been a true eye opener for me really.

This lens is a keeper for sure especially the Zebra version, very nicely built, great optics, smooth focusing, nice apeture ring, cannot complain about it, even wide open the lens is usuable and stopped down this lens really can bring some character into perspective.

 

ill leave my Flickr album down below so you guys can be the judge!

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/152012960@N07/albums/72157668721431268




BP Kebbekus 23.12.2018 03:14:40
User review for lens: Osawa MC 35-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

I have performed about 45 tests on M42, L39 Taylor_Hobson/Canon/ Hexanon,/Zeiss, Schneider/Yamitar/Steinheil Lenses.  Quite by suprise, this 35-105 zoom on my Sony a6000  does produce among the best clear images.


Weaknesses:

Infinity focus is easy to move off the setting.


Comments:

I will add more photos




takkub21 01.12.2018 09:39:38
User review for lens: Jupiter-8 50 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

- very good black and white noir tone

- little sweet color low contrast


Weaknesses:

- cloud 

- when direct to light some detail is missing.


Comments:

my review
https://pantip.com/topic/37715067

my clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J1w_M2Duc4





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