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Ferenc Boloni 26.10.2018 03:35:17
User review for lens: Tamron 28 mm f/ 2.5 Adaptall-2 model 02B

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Really great build and sharp wide open at f/2.5 on full frame .


Weaknesses:

For his small size hard for think how great this lens are but  has no weakness is doing great for what was made .


Comments:

Fro his small size and great sharpness wide open is great travel lens .




Ferenc Boloni 26.10.2018 03:30:33
User review for lens: Tamron 85-210 mm f/ 4.5 Adaptall model Z-210

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Really cheap great build and sharp macro lens .


Weaknesses:

I dont find weakness for this lans is do great for what was made .


Comments:

I think all Tamron adaptall lens are great .




Aleksandar Savic 25.10.2018 21:11:01
User review for lens: Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 50 mm f/ 2.9 V

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

It's a great, lightweight lens with a strange bokeh. And it's silver and made with attention to details. 

Flare resistance is solid and sun stars are fantastic.


Weaknesses:

No weaknesses


Comments:

I already described the whole process on my blog




Kostas 25.10.2018 14:20:34
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135 mm f/ 2 Z

Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:

Very sharp lens (used on digital cameras from 24 to 50 mpix). Can't think of a sharper 135mm fast lens. Superb construction. Minimal focus distance is quite good. Produces a large image circle when stopped down a bit, therefore it is usable on 0.79x factor cameras like Fuji GFX or Hasselblad X1D.


Weaknesses:

Quite heavy. Focus ring is smooth but not very comfortable too grip. With this exeptional sharpness and mechanical quality, it could use more that 9 blades in iris.


Comments:

Probably the best portrait prime lens I have ever used. Although it is not that expensive for the bang when bought new, I would suggest too look for a used option, as sometimes it is possible to find them for a great price.




Kostas 25.10.2018 14:00:06
User review for lens: Yashica Yashinon-DX 50 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

From outside it is built to last. Good sharpness from f2.8, great sharpness at f5.6  Pleasant focus ring. Very pleasant to use - Altough it is not light, but the weight feels very comfortable in hand. One of the best cheap lenses in terms of comfortability. Looks and feels quite modern on digital cameras.


Weaknesses:

From inside: the built quality is not amazing - there are quite a few places inside the lens construction that start to rattle. Own two of these lenses, both are a bit too soft at f1.4 with average amount of CA. The glasses are very prone to fungus and coatings are soft, so, it is hard to clean - would not advise to buy one, which is not clean. 0.6m minimal focus distance is not very good. 


Comments:

I would not recommend this lens for anyone who wants to have that one 50-ish prime lens, but I would advise it to someone who loves to take pictures more than likes to look at them afterwards. Plus: not compatible with Full frame EOS bodies, while using and adapter (the rear element will hit the mirror)




Kostas 25.10.2018 13:33:10
User review for lens: Sun 80-240 mm f/ 4 MC

Period of use: 5 months

Strengths:

Good sharpness for a vintage zoom, when used from 135mm to 200mm. Very good sharpness in macro mode. built to last. 


Weaknesses:

Some CA and softness wide open in the 80-135mm range. Front rotates while focusing. Quite heavy. Tripod collar could have more clearence from the lens construction. Hard to disasseble for cleaning.


Comments:

This is my first comment in this site and for a good reason. I think that this lens is underapreciated. Although Its optical quality is not near to new lenses, but for a price of 20-50US, it is a great bang for the buck. One of the best vintage tele zooms out there for a price of a beer-can zoom.




changing 24.10.2018 23:20:11
User review for lens: Canon FL 55 mm f/ 1.2

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Spherical abberation (glow) is relatively tame wide open, I've seen worse from some f/1.8 lenses.  Sharpness is great for this lens, though contrast is low which affects total resolution.  Looks beautiful, built wonderfully, and handles great.  Not as heavy as other 1.2 lenses (but still heavy on a small camera).  The quality of the glass is excellent, very little relative variation in sharpness across the frame.  It's currently one of the lowest priced vintage 1.2's on the market.


Weaknesses:

Low contrast which can hinder resolution up till f/2, bokeh can get busy on difficult backgrounds.  A little difficult to focus wide open.  Can flare easily.


Comments:

I'm currently using this on a Fuji X APS-C camera.  This lens has two variants, identified by the text on the front ring.  The picture in the description above has the later version.  I'm not sure what changed, if anything did, between the two optically.  It's built like a tank and because it handles so well I love using it.

I picked my copy up for $165, but it can sell for up to $200 and maybe even a little higher.  It was a little dirty but after some cleaning it's in mint condition!

There are no radiactive elements in the lens, I checked myself with a geiger counter device.




Kevin Macy 19.10.2018 02:14:41
User review for lens: Tamron SP 45 mm f/ 1.8 Di VC USD

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

Extremely well built
Extremely Sharp
1.8 Maximum Aperture
Vibration Compensation


Weaknesses:

Some (but very little) chromatic abberation at the far corners and extreme sides.


Comments:

I often wondered if the rumors were true about 45mm being closer to what you see normally.  While using this lense, I have to say that may be true.

This lens is simply superb and very comparible to many of my Nikkor primes.  If you do not get sharp images with this lense, you are doing something wrong.  I just decided to purchase a second one.  I REALLY like this lens.

The autofocus is quick and fairly silent.  In fact the AF sound is quieter than some of my Nikkors.  Want to manual focus?  Grab the focus ring and do that while holding your AE/AF - Lock programmed key.

I noticed right off that this is a larger lense than others I have in this focal length.  Larger elements in the rear of a lens is the way to produce better images.  My guess is that vignetting improves because the circle of confusion is better adjusted with larger rear elements.  Tamron is getting quite good at building lenses.

There are switches provided for VC on/off and AF/Manual focus.  It took me a little while to find them without taking the camera from my eye, but it's no problem now.  I guess I should mention it's a little tricky, but it works.

Images are sharp, crisp and contrasty with normal settings, and colors pop.  There is a tiny bit of distortion when you get close to a subject, but DXO and Perfectly Clear take care of it.  I am thinking of using this for landscape and architecture all the time now.

I will put some samples up for everyone to see once I get some decent ones.  I have a few but I am picky.




Ferenc Boloni 03.10.2018 02:50:53
User review for lens: Meyer Optik Gorlitz Telefogar 90 mm f/ 3.5

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Small, great build, 12 blades, beautiful bokeh, sharp wide open ...and cheap.


Weaknesses:

The f/3.5 ... if you get one rare m42 version is ok but with Exakta or Altix mount hard adaptable.


Comments:

I buy a long time ago and rarely use it but really is one amazing great lens for portraits is sharp wide open and gorgeous big bokeh.




Ferenc Boloni 27.09.2018 10:11:17
User review for lens: Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

I bought this lens for years and i don't really use because it was not sharp at f/1.4  ...than i found once the front lens was not right mounted back after cleaning and mounted right ...yes is a great lens sharp at f1.4 great bokeh.


Weaknesses:

I think this lens does not have a weakness


Comments:

Because is sharp at f/1.4 and almost 60mm lens is great for portraits in all kind of sensor cameras




robgrune 27.09.2018 02:22:25
User review for lens: Rollei Rolleinar-MC 35 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

very sharp.  accurate, strong colours and contrast.  very high resolution.  very low distortion.  excellent control over chromatic aberration and flare.  frontal lens element does not rotate when focussing.  excellent value for money. 


Weaknesses:

the focus ring could have been made a tad larger. 


Comments:

an excellent lens for the sony A7* cameras.  I would rate the lens higher than 4.25   has anybody seen the MTF charts for this lens? 




MarcelloVelasco 26.09.2018 10:11:16
User review for lens: Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70–300 mm f/ 4.5–6.3 G ED VR

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

The lens's auto focus is very quick and absolutely silent. On my then used Nikon D3300 it was very precise and caught the right focus even in relatively dim lighting. The vibration reduction is also quite accurate. The lens's sweet spot is at 135mm, where it is very sharp even wide open.


Weaknesses:

Once it gets really dark the lens's small aperture was a problem for my D3300 though and focus could not be achieved.

Overall, besides being accurate, the vibration reduction was a bit too nervous for me, sometimes jumping here and there and grabbing on the wrong subject.

The biggest weakness of this lens is it's atrocious image quality at the short and long end of the zoom range. Especially at 300mm the lens is absolutely unusable at every aperture.

One should also mention, that the Nikkor has severe problems with focus breathing. When focusing at closer subjects at 300mm for example, the actual focal length becomes way shorter (more around 220-250mm).


Comments:

I bought this lens together with a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD A005 lens and compared them over the period of one month back and forth. I especially used the Tamron for comparison because it was at that time at around the same price point (around 350 Euro). The Nikon was even a little bit more expensive (20-30 Euro more, if I remember right).

The Tamron smashed the Nikon in pretty much every aspect. The only aspect where the Nikon AF-P DX was better than the Tamron was focusing speed and noise. The Nikkor is dead silent while focusing and very, very fast. It's VR is dead silent, too. The Tamron is a little bit slower and makes a little bit of noise while focusing. It's VC makes a little bit of noise, too. Besides this the image quality of the Tamron is way, and I mean WAY better than the image quality of the Nikkor. The image stabilization of the Tamron is better and smoother, too.

Overall, if you can live with the extra weight (the Tarmon is heavier because it is a full frame lens and thus has more glas), save yourself some money and get the Tamron instead of the Nikkor. Compared to the Tamron, the Nikkor is totally overpriced for what it delivers.




Ferenc Boloni 14.09.2018 11:55:03
User review for lens: Sigma AF 180 mm f/ 2.8 APO Macro

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

Amazing optical quality nice sharp at f/2.8 on full frame, great bokeh. And the cheap price.


Weaknesses:

Slow focus, cheap and really simple stupid mechanical quality. Big and heavy like a tank.


Comments:

But if you are not in hurry for fast focus and is no problem for carrying with you this heavy lens, then the optical quality sharp and great bokeh photos will compensate you.




Lam Bang 16.07.2018 17:21:15
User review for lens: Voigtlander Macro Apo-Lanthar 110 mm f/ 2.5

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

very nice


Weaknesses:

read more 


Comments:

read more 




Leo Koikov 27.06.2018 04:35:13
User review for lens: Sears MC 135 mm f/ 2.8 mod. no. 202.736950

Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:

A cult lens known for its "aura" in macro setting at f2.8 under non-direct light due to a defect in one glass element:

http://forums.popphoto.com/showthread.php?633576-Cult-lens-Sears-135mm-f2-8-Macro-Zone

https://www.flickr.com/photos/obnoid/sets/72157627352296635/with/7588080636/

 

 


Weaknesses:

pretty hard to find

not super sharp


Comments:

It isn't the world's best or even close but fun because of the weird extra-focusing front element

some copies have an extra "Ricoh pin"




fokuszauber 18.06.2018 10:54:33
User review for lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300 mm f/ 4.5-5.6

Period of use: 5 years

Strengths:

Nice lens with a nice bokeh. Very good, if you have enought light.


Weaknesses:

The mecanical quality of the zoom ist not the best. 


Comments:

I love this lens, if I need 300mm.




Peace Male 16.06.2018 05:52:50
User review for lens: Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Tele-Xenar 200 mm f/ 4.8

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Sharp, compact (short), heavy, inbuilt tripod mount, can be found at a reasonable price.

A nice lens for distant tree portraits, landscape details, clouds at sunset (provided the lens hood is used). Like the 135mm f/4 TeleXenar, the hood is a press fit and becomes loose with time. I use PVC tape to hold it on.


Weaknesses:

Focussing ring is in an awkward position, a bit like many Russian lenses in its ergonomics.  Prone to CA (especially green fringing) if not perfectly in focus.

Unlike most lenses, dust on the inside of the rear element will show up when used with an APS-C sensor.

MFD is close to 10m, but closer focus can easily be achieved with a helicoid adapter etc.


Comments:

Rear element unscrews with a lens tool, in an anti-clockwise direction, for cleaning.

Two internal springs (perhaps added as an afterthought for snappy iris action) can come loose. For manual use on a mirrorless camera, they are redundant and can be removed, after unscrewing four screws and lifting out the rear metal assembly. 

On a mirrorless camera, registration distance of the adapter must be exact for good optical performance with this lens - I used a helicoid adapter to enable this. At least one brand of DKL to NEX adapter is too short (presumably the manufacturer wanted to ensure infinity focus).  

The rear UV filter is not required on a digital camera, and unscrews in the standard anticlockwise direction from the back of the lens.




Yuri Franken 06.06.2018 01:23:21
User review for lens: Sigma 180 mm f/ 5.6 APO Macro UC

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

very sharp macro


Weaknesses:

focus ring bit loose, manual focusing is a bit tricky


Comments:

only f5.6, but no problem for macro use




ocrakraut 18.05.2018 13:38:31
User review for lens: Jupiter-3 50 mm f/ 1.5

Period of use: 4 years

Strengths:

the overall character of its imperfections lead to great photos, it´s not as sharp as the helios 103, the corner are weak even stepped down, the bokeh is lovely, and the results are often very useable as a whole composition, I use it very often


Weaknesses:

see the above


Comments:

I guess I will never part with this one




ocrakraut 18.05.2018 13:25:51
User review for lens: Jupiter-11 135 mm f/ 4

Period of use: 5 years

Strengths:

small, light, easy to handle, extremely sharp (by far my best 135mm lens)


Weaknesses:

prone to blue flare in the centre-area


Comments:

I tend to use it very often, adapted to Sony A-7 and other sony nex cameras





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