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

Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:

very nice


Weaknesses:

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Comments:

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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




tightcamera 15.05.2018 05:31:42
User review for lens: Tamron SP 45 mm f/ 1.8 Di VC USD

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Overall very good build qualIty, excellent fit and finish, and quite nice image quality. Image stabilization in a "normal" focal length lens is virtually unheard of, and it works quite well. Bokeh is round and quite smooth. Sharpness wide open is respectable and improves up through about f/4. Vignetting is prominent but easily corrected in post processing (or not, because it actually looks cool). Contrast and color rendition are what I could call "standard". 


Weaknesses:

Chromatic aberration is the weakest point on this lens. It is easily controlled in Photoshop or Lightroom, however, and doesn't pose a major issue.


Comments:

45mm might seem like an odd focal length, but Tamron claims it’s the closest angle of view you can get to how a human actually sees the world (on a full-frame sensor). And I agree that it does feel a little bit more “natural” than either 35mm or 50mm focal lengths. It’s not dramatically different, but it’s pretty good marketing on Tamron’s part.

Overall, this is a solid lens. It’s very well built (it’s comfortably heavy), has weather sealing, offers vibration compensation (image stabilization), and has a respectably fast f/1.8 maximum aperture. It just feels robust and has a great look. Image quality is very nice as you will see in the sample photos.

I have a full review with image samples posted here: http://tightcamera.com/tamron-sp-45mm-review/




Leo Koikov 08.04.2018 05:26:32
User review for lens: Taika Tele Caligon 180 mm f/ 3.5

Period of use: 14 days

Strengths:

Surprisingly light for what it is, made of thin non-magnetic metal (Al alloy?) 

Not nose heavy, very well balanced

Very smooth almost silky precise operation (aperture blades, both aperture rings, focusing). Not sure why it got *** for mechanical quality

12 blades!

Pretty bright for this focal length

Goes to F22 (not that I need it..)

Great metal hood 70mm diam, 57mm hight


Weaknesses:

Awkward focal length (270mm) on APS-C sensor


Comments:

Got mine in M42 mount

I doubt it is multicoated but the coating is very decent




Aleksandar Savic 04.04.2018 19:39:16
User review for lens: Leica Elmaron 150 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

You can do whatever you want. Longer tube = macro. Do you want to tilt it? Just tilt it. Do you want some strange Petzval-style bokeh? Just take a piece of cardboard and make it.


Weaknesses:

It's heavy as hell


Comments:

Meyer-Gorlitz Trioplan costs 50-100 times more and does the same thing.

As I couldn't find the adapter, I simply stuck it on the plastic box - and it works perfectly!

Focusing is easy and precise. Vignetting is non-existing, perfectly uniform brightness from the edge to the centre.

There is almost no coating thus you could expect some "washed" colours. 

But the best thing... BOKEH!!!

Optically, this is Trioplan. A very simple design, 3 lenses only.

But it produces the effect of the "angel's ring". Instead of making the simple uniform circle as my modern lenses, this makes the transparent centre and the bright ring. 

If you want to use it for the macro - take some longer tube :)

Most lenses designed for projectors are Trioplan, thus - pick lens any you like.




Giuseppe 02.04.2018 01:36:58
User review for lens: Canon FD 50 mm f/ 1.4 S.S.C.

Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:

Dream-Lense for Mirrorless Cameras, unmached Build + Image Quality.


Weaknesses:

Original Lense Hood impossible to find.


Comments:

Must have Lense.




Giuseppe 01.04.2018 23:49:11
User review for lens: Sigma 18-125 mm f/ 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM

Period of use: 3 days

Strengths:

It could work different on Sony or Canon but on Nikon the Sigma 18-125mm AF OS is a real Sansation.

My personal experiance:  complete opposit of what i read about its negative points.


Weaknesses:

Minimum Apeature 3.8.


Comments:

Greate Universal Zoom. In good light situations the Sigma 18-125mm OS HSM comes very close to the High End Lenses.




NerveNet 04.03.2018 03:37:20
User review for lens: Canon EF 135 mm f/ 2 L USM

Period of use: 4 years

Strengths:

Sharp wide open, quick AF motor, bright f/2 aperture


Weaknesses:

No stabilization, only focus down to 90cm.


Comments:

This is a very fast focusing beast well suited for sports photography, and its f/2 max aperture gives you a very creamy bokeh for portrait and the oportunity to take pictures in bad iluminated places.

 

Regarding image quality, nothing to complain, at f/2 this lens is very sharp and at f/2.8 it is perfect IMHO. Of course, there are better lenses now available, but they cost more than this one in any case.

I use mine mainly for taking Sports pictures, basketball or gimnastics in my case. It gives me nice results and keeps happy my 50D's frame per second rate.

 

This is must have lens.




Ferenc Boloni 23.02.2018 22:20:20
User review for lens: Tamron 85-210 mm f/ 4.5 Adaptall model CZ-210M

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

Cheap but great build with great optical quality and macro function too .


Weaknesses:

no weakness


Comments:

My first Adaptall zoom lens and is great .




Ferenc Boloni 23.02.2018 04:16:16
User review for lens: Meyer-Optik Görlitz Lydith 30 mm f/ 3.5

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

I use it for close up shots wide open at f/3.5 really nice details colors and bokeh .


Weaknesses:

Mine version is strange the way change the aperture :)) but actually i don't need for change at f/3.5 is nice sharp :)


Comments:

Usually you can find cheap this lens but they are great :)




NerveNet 20.02.2018 01:09:38
User review for lens: Canon EF 70-210 mm f/ 4

Period of use: 4 years

Strengths:

Cheap, constant f/4 aperture accross the 70-210mm focal length range, focus limiter.


Weaknesses:

Slow focus motor, some vignetting, chromatic aberration not well controlled and some softness at f/4.

Front element rotates while focusing.

Not compatible with Canon Teleconverters.

All made of plastic, only the mount is made of metal.


Comments:

To be honest, I like this push-pull design, much faster than rotating the focal-length ring on other lenses.

I also like the constant f/4 aperture accross the focal range, this is important for me when shooting indoors with an external flash (I like to use flash in manual mode). Or when shooting outdoors in Av mode and controlling the shutter speed.

To get sharp results I need to close one full stop (f/5.6), at f/4 some softness is present but pictures are usable.

This lens, IMHO, is better than the cheap Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM III, from a optical point of view.

This lens suffers from chromatic aberrations in high constrast areas, closing the aperture here doesn't helps.

The worst thing is the slow focus motor, not usable in fast outdoor sports like soccer if you get the player running to you. It also slows down the max FPS of my 50D, shotting slower than 6fps.

You cannot use Canon's teleconverters with this lens, they will not fit.

You can get nice portraits with blurred backgrounds.




NerveNet 20.02.2018 00:42:27
User review for lens: Voigtlander 20 mm f/ 3.5 Color Skopar SL II

Period of use: 16 months

Strengths:

Compact all metal body, smooth focus ring, electronic aperture control. Small filter size (52mm).


Weaknesses:

Strong corner vignetting, weak corner sharpness. Chromatic aberration present in high contrast areas. Some barrel distortion.


Comments:

I also own the old Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM (I used two copies of this lens). The Canon is sharper in the center than the Voigtlander, corner sharpness is similar on booth, and vignetting is better controlled in the Voigtlander. Booth suffers from chromatic aberrations in high contrast areas, stopping down helps a bit but doesn't solves the issue.

Stopped down IMHO the Canon has a slight advantage over the Voigtlander across the frame in overall sharpness.

Manual focusing is not an issue with the Voigtlander, a 20mm focal length has a wide depth of field, nothing to worry about, no need to use a high precission focus screen.

 

But when it comes to portability, the Voigtlander wins. If you want to carry severall primes this small 20mm pancake lens is very nice to have.

I currently have loaded in my bag with a Voigtlander 20mm, Canon EF 40mm, Canon EF 135mm (all 52mm filtersize diameter




Ferenc Boloni 10.02.2018 09:53:31
User review for lens: Kiron MC 28 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Close up shots sharp f/2.0 nice bokeh , quite underrated this lens but is not so bad as the ratings shows . If you are looking a lens for close shots with crazy bokeh or background blur can be one choice .


Weaknesses:

Quite expensive


Comments:

Depends for what you wanna use this lens fow video is ok and close up shots or macro with crazy bokeh or bacground blur .




Ferenc Boloni 10.02.2018 08:56:14
User review for lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50 mm f/ 1.7

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

On Sony full frame or apsc one of sharpest manual  lens at f/1.7 ever use . This lens are amazing . And the bokeh  is one of the best i ever seen . And for the price of 12 $ this lens the same will be one of the lens what i will never sale .


Weaknesses:

No weakness


Comments:

With 2x or 3x teleconverter the same crazy sharp  .

Sometimes for get better results details sharpnes i found even on full frame or apsc the 24 megapixel reduced at half brings the magic . And the same sometimes what camera sensors are detect is sharp not always is right if you will magnify the image will be visible you have to adjust the real sharpnes a little bit :)




Giuseppe 07.02.2018 02:38:21
User review for lens: Vivitar 70-150 mm f/ 3.8 Close Focusing Zoom Lens (2 touch version)

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

smal,sharp,built quality


Weaknesses:

CYs wide open.


Comments:

smalest zoom lense i ever used





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