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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 thata its focus motor is slow, 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.




NerveNet 26.06.2017 01:42:33
User review for lens: Tamron SP 80-200 mm f/ 2.8 LD Adaptall-2 model 30A

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Sharp wide open.

Fast constant f/2.8 aperture across the focal range.

One handed focus/focal operation.

Not expensive (250 euros mine).


Weaknesses:

Weight (1.3Kg), monopod and tripod ring recommended.

Some cromatic aberrations.

Front element rotates during focusing.

Difficult to find.


Comments:

This lens is build like a tank, all made of metal, it weights 1.3Kg. I recommend to use a tripod or monopod with the proper tripod ring.

I like this lens a lot, I use it mainly for indoor sports like gimnastics where f/2.8 is a must have when your camera cannot use ISO 3200 and over.

Having an unique focus/focal ring dessign makes this lens very well suited for sports ussage in one handed operation, actual designs with two rings are a mess when used manually as you need two hands in order to move quickly the focal and focus rings.

Optically this lens is incredible for its age, it cannot compete against current Canon "L" lenses that cover the same focal range, but works very well, has good contrast and sharpnes starting wide open. If Tamron had put another LD glass inside this beast...

I also used this lens with Tamrons Adaptall teleconverters:

With the x1.4 (model 140F)  you will get very good results and only will loose 1 stop.

With the x2 teleconverter the results are not good in my opinion as the chromatic aberrations are also augmented, you can close one stop or two, but the aberrations are still present.

The biggest mess is its weight.

But you know, if you want to get good pictures... weight is a secondary factor.




NerveNet 26.06.2017 01:09:14
User review for lens: Sigma AF 18-50 mm f/ 2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Half stop wider than Canon's kit lens.

HSM silent and fast motor.

Optical stabilisation.

Affordable.


Weaknesses:

Mine showed a yellow cast in some prictures in certain situations.


Comments:

I used this lens as a natural upgrade from my Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC lens.

I gained half a stop, it is also a sharper lens than the previous Sigma I mention.

Then, in some pictures a yellow cast in colors could be seen in indoor pictures. I did some other test and finally sold the lens and moved to another lens.

This lens is very affordable.




NerveNet 26.06.2017 00:13:48
User review for lens: Canon EF 40 mm f/ 2.8 STM

Period of use: 4 years

Strengths:

Very sharp lens wide open, sharper than the old Canon EF 35mm f/2 (when using the same aperture).

Very compact, very light, very small.

Full time manual focus availlable all time (meanwhile it is powered).

Quiet focus motor.


Weaknesses:

No DOF scale, no distance scale.

Focus by whire.

Expensive lens hood.

No weather seal.

Slow STM focus motor.


Comments:

This is small lens is very sharp, I very happy using it con my full frame camera.

Previously I used a Canon EF 35mm f/2 lens, but this 40mm lens if more sharper, smaller and lighter.

One drawnback for me is the lack of a proper distance and DOF scale, from time to time I like to use a hiperfocal distance in order to shot without focusing, without a proper scale this is a mess.

Another thing I do not like about this lens is the focus by whire, if you focus manually there is a lag between your movement and the movement of the motor. In any case the focus is accurate and smooth.

If do not need a more wider aperture this lens is a bargain for full frame users.




NerveNet 26.06.2017 00:01:56
User review for lens: Samyang 85 mm f/ 1.4 Aspherical IF

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Smooth bokeh, smooth focus ring.

Very fast lens (f/1.4).

Very affordable for portraiture (for example).


Weaknesses:

Missing focus chip, aperture is handled manually.

All made of plastic, feels cheap in hand.

A bit soft wide open.


Comments:

A nice cheap 85mm fast prime lense.

I use it mainly for portraits, but I tried to use it in sports and landscape photography.

Wide open, the lens has a very nice and smooth bokeh, but lacks a bit of contrast and sharpness in center, closing it two stops (f/2.8) helps to improve center sharpness.

As the DOF is very thin at f/1.4 I recommend to use lifeview or having installed a high precission focusing screen in the camera, or you will missfocus a lot of photos.

If you cannot get a prime with autofocus this is a nice option.




NerveNet 25.06.2017 13:08:15
User review for lens: Lensbaby Double Glass Optic

Period of use: 4 years

Strengths:

Creativity, tilt function and the lensbaby blur effect.

Nice f/2 aperture.


Weaknesses:

Very difficult to use, difficult to focus manually, you need to experiment a lot.

Weird aperture system using small disks.

Missing lens hood, you need to buy it appart.


Comments:

This lens is made as a toy, it isn't sharp anyway. The aperture system is crap.

Focusing using Lensbabay composer is unaccurate, and there is no focus confirmation available, in my case using a high precise focusing screen helped a lot on mi 5D, but using the standard focus screen is dissapointing.

Regarding the tilt efect, as the lens isn't sharp you will not see the tilt effect as most of the frame will by blurred out. The tilt effect lets you move the sharp focus area all around the frame.

Anyway, the lensbaby effect is very cool, so the fun is to play waltking around and see what happens...




NerveNet 24.06.2017 05:58:04
User review for lens: Canon EF 50 mm  f/ 1.8

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Low price. Great optical value for the price.

Small & low weight.

When stopped down to f/2.8 it is sharp in the center, stopped down to f/5.6 increases sharpness accross the frame.

52mm filter thread, 52mm filter are cheap and very easy to find.


Weaknesses:

Mark II is all made of plastic, feels cheap in hand.

Wide open it has low contrast so not very sharp, but still usable for portaiture.

Five straight aperture blades show up pentagrams hightlights when stopped down.

No full time manual focus, focus ring is made of plastic (no rubber) not very accurate.

Suffers from focus hunting in low light condition and/or when there is not enough contrast on the subject in order to focus in automatic.

Slow and noisy focus motor.

No DOF nor distance marks on the mark II version.


Comments:

Nice lens for the price, this lens is also known as Plastic Fantastic in Spain.

Used on an APS-C camera it is a nice, cheap, light lens, very affordable for beginners.

On a full frame camera it is a very usable normal lens.

If you like the mark II lens take a look on the first version with metal bayonet, DOF and distance scale and better placed focus ring.




vyoufinder 17.06.2017 23:26:49
User review for lens: Rollei HFT Distagon 35 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 60 months

Strengths:

BOKEH.  Best bokeh in 35mm focal length lens I know of.  Bokeh supreme.  Sharpness compares to any of my 35mm lenses, fine contrast exceptional and possibly the best I know in 35mm.  No vignetting that I can see.


Weaknesses:

Zeiss logo / name has reputation I prefer to avoid.


Comments:

If I could find a lens that compares to this and focuses the Pentax/Nikon direction, I would ditch this lens but there is nothing comparable after testing all the best lenses against this one.




Ferenc Boloni 10.06.2017 10:28:44
User review for lens: Sony FE 70-300 mm f/ 4.5-5.6 G OSS

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Nice build quality , weather sealed , image stabilized . Strange with my old A6000 with A+ settings works the best .


Weaknesses:

My personal opinion this lens sharpness is a shame for this new generation of G lens . Sometimes slow focus .

Is acceptable for good light conditions photography ...for sport just if you set in camera settings  for this kind of photography .


Comments:

This lens is not quite a G lens is more something FE 70-300 kit lens .




tightcamera 03.06.2017 03:41:02
User review for lens: Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 1.4  USM

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Quite possibly the cheapest OEM prime f/1.4 autofocus lens available in any focal length across all current brands. It's fast! The focusing speed/accuracy is pretty good, as is build quality. 

There are 8 blades in the aperture, leading to some seriously smooth bokeh, especially at f/2.8 - f/4. See below for wide-open bokeh notes. 

It's fairly light without feeling cheap or flimsy. It's also somewhat small dimensionally, making it a great grab-and-go lens for a full-frame body. 

Picture quality is quite good, although most copies are not the sharpest 50mm you can get. In fact, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 is often sharper (in the center). 

But, the low-light capabilities of this lens more than make up for its minor shortcomigs.


Weaknesses:

This is one of Canon's oldest lenses in the current lineup. The USM technology in this lens is quiet and fairly quick, but nowhere near as fast or accurate as the current USM ring focusing system.

Build quality is good, but not as robust as the current crop of USM / IS lenses. 

Some may not like the whirly bokeh this lens displays at f/1.4. It's sort of Petzval-like, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on the user and application. If you want to use this as a cheap short lens for traditional portraiture, you might be disappointed that you can't get "plain" bokeh artifacts wide open. It starts looking normal around f/2.8.


Comments:

I learned to shoot with an old Nikon FE and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 (AIS). So using this lens feels like coming home. The angle of view is close to "normal" human eye perspective on a full-frame body, and it's ideal for when you can only take one lens but you aren't sure what the lighting conditions will be. It's fast enough to shoot indoors without a flash and still produce reasonably sharp photos. More extensive review by me is here: http://tightcamera.com/canon-50mm-f1-4/




tightcamera 01.06.2017 17:47:45
User review for lens: MC Zenitar 50 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Sharp in the center even wide open. Very nice bokeh effects. M42 version can be used on many different cameras with the proper adapter. Image quality far exceeds price, making it a great value. Color rendition and contrast are good. 


Weaknesses:

The biggest weakness is overall quality control on manufacturing. These lenses tend to vary from copy to copy on build quality. For example, my copy has aperture blades that are put together such that they form an oblong hexagon, rather than symmetric. This affects the shape of the bokeh artifacts. 


Comments:

Overall, this is a remarkably nice lens for a small sum of money. Bang : Buck ratio is very favorable. I highly recommend picking one up. 

I use my copy primarly on a Canon 6D, but also a Canon t5i.  I have posted a longer review with additional photos here: http://tightcamera.com/zenitar-50mm-f2-quirky-but-sharp/




tightcamera 01.06.2017 17:32:36
User review for lens: Holga HL 60 mm f/ 8

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Inexpensive and simple. That's about it.


Weaknesses:

Flimsy, cheap feel. Does not lock onto the camera body like a standard lens. Does not focuses all the way to infinity. Range markers are very innaccurate. Stated maximum aperture is f/8 but this is not close to reality. It's much more like f/22.

Overall image quality is exceptionally poor. It is supposed to replicate the look/feel of older plastic Holga cameras, so I expected soft images with bad color rendition. But this one is pretty much useless optically. 

Vignetting is very heavy except in very bright direct light. There is a secondary aperture "shield" that causes the vignetting, and it can be removed. Doing so makes the lens actually f/8, but also sacrifices sharpness and reduces the maximum focusing distance to the point of being nearly useless except for very close work. Here is a link explaining how to remove the shield: https://www.dpreview.com/articles/3776957225/modifying-a-holga-dslr-lens-to-really-be-f8


Comments:

This is a piece of garbage. Do not buy it. There are no positive aspects to this lens. 




tightcamera 01.06.2017 03:53:11
User review for lens: Lensbaby Twist 60

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Very cool Petzval effect in the bokeh. Center is fairly sharp wide open. Stopped down to f/4 or higher, center to mid-frame sharpness is very good. At minimum aperture, it's usable as a standard lens. It's posslbe to set the aperture in between the full click settings. Cheaper than a Petzval reproduction.


Weaknesses:

It's somewhat expensive. It's basically a one-trick pony, although it can be used as a more traditional lens if stopped down very far. 


Comments:

I use this optic with a Lensbaby Scout base. I would highly recommend buying any/all Lensbaby products used rather than new. At used prices, they are far more of a good value. 

My full review with additional sample photos is here: http://tightcamera.com/lensbaby-twist-60-optic-useful-niche-lens/




Felipe Saldanha 23.05.2017 14:40:21
User review for lens: Pentax-A* 85 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Lens incredibly sharp, creamy bokeh,
Easy handling,
For those who do not have problems with manual lenses, it is a great request,

Ideal in canon systems use EMF chip to adjust the back focus or front focus,
The best lens I have ever used for portraits,
E has already used Zeiss Planar T 85mm 1.4 (C / Y), canon 85mm 1.2L,

It's another lens level, one of the best Pentax standards.


Weaknesses:

A little CA when opened but if it goes from f2

A little CA when opened but if it goes from f2
A little CA when opened but if it goes from f2

Comments:

Sharp, very sharp I already said sharp?




MarcelloC 12.05.2017 16:59:15
User review for lens: SMC Pentax DA 35 mm f/ 2.4 AL

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:
lightweight,fair quality, nice bookeh

Weaknesses:

cost, plastic costruction, sharpness

Comments:

The lens is not bad, but honestly in Pentax there are not a lot of choices.. It's well made, but it' made of plastic, more it's not weather sealed so it makes the body completely useless; the autofocus has the typical problem of Pentax lenses..meaning that there is a total lack of the autofocus motor. That makes the hunt noisy and slow. Anyway it's quite good. Also, there are sharper lenses at less price but not in the Pentax line up so... it's good enough


Paul C 04.05.2017 11:38:06
User review for lens: Makinon 35-105mm f/ 3.5-4.5

Period of use: 2 days

Strengths:

wonderful mechanics and surface finish


Weaknesses:

optically - mine was a failure due to fungus etching one of the rear elements


Comments:

I paid less than £3 for one on EBAY in 2017.  Sadly it had fungus on one of the multiple rear elements that had etched the glass into a white crescent. The aperture was also stuck open.

It is now in the bin - with 12-15 lenses in a typical zoom it is not really worth the effort, time or expense to repair them ! The seller paid up as it had been described as "used" which means though it may be cosmetically imperfect there is full function.

My experience is that the return rate for EBAY in 2017 is about 1 in 3 lenses due to obvious faults that should have been spotted in seconds by any moderately enthusiastic photographer. Whether sellers are misinformed or mischevious I leave up to the discussion boards.

 

However:

[1] Mechanically this was great - smooth as butter; metal finish was excellent

[2] there are good reports on the web about this lens

[3] there are 2 versions: 1 is a one-touch zoom with an accessory ring for close focus (I had that one); there is a second constant F3.5 version with separate zoom and focus rings. Perhaps commentators could advise which version works best?

[4] so after my first experience I might bid for one again if the price was right and I could return it or demand a refund if it had functional errors. An equivalent 70-210mm zoom at f3.5 with close focus abilities for a M4/3 camera and a general purpose zoom for my Pentax film cameras would be useful.




Paul C 02.05.2017 17:34:37
User review for lens: Hanimex 135 mm f/ 2.8 Automatic MC Macro

Period of use: 4 days

Strengths:

This Hanimex is an inexpensive "generic" lens from Japan - mine is in PK mount.

However there are several reasons to look at this as a good buy to use today:

[1] F2.8 aperture - makes manual focusing easier - especially with a mirrorless camera

[2] It does something I have not seen before in another lens - the front element of the lens focuses out with a second focus grip ring to increase the close-focus ability. This alone makes this a great choice for the camera bag and makes me wonder why the idea wasn't copied elsewhere.

[3] Lovely smooth mechanics and external finish in a lens more than 3 decades old.

[4] long focus throw  (coupled with F2.8 brightness) makes it easy to focus with a split screen aid


Weaknesses:

Not at the top "high-end" lens contrast (only my NIKKOR primes manage that) - but good enough for film and certainly fine for digital editing.

It is hard to make a bad 135mm lens when the main design of 4-5 elements in 4 groups was optimised in the 1930s in Germany and so subsequent makers in the 1980s could copy these successful designs patent-free. This is in contrast to wide angle and zoom lens designs which were optimised later on in the 1970s-1990s and so had patent protection against copying. I certainly have never failed to find an acceptale IQ from such as lens as long as it had been well cared for and had avoided haze, dust, fungus and being dropped.

I have the perception from other reports of Hanimex lenses that quality control is not the best - as there are many reports of significant variation between qualities of the same model lens. More likley is that this represents poor handling on behalf of the previous owner of the lens!


Comments:

I simply cannot understand how the previous member scored this as only 1 star for mechanical quality. This is 5/5- far better, for example, than a Nikon series E. The focus is butter smooth and aperture ring is positive while the PK mount is positive without movement. Overall an interesting lens because of the innovative approach to close focus.

Get a well-cared for one and I suspect that you may find it a regular in your camera bag. At the current prices they are certainly worth a try out. I paid £5.50 GBP plus postage in 2017.




boredverg 03.04.2017 11:46:14
User review for lens: Canon EF-M 15-45 mm f/ 3.5-6.3 IS STM

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Small

Light

Smooth and silent focus


Weaknesses:

Small aperture


Comments:

This lens produced as a replacement for efm 18-55 lens kit but in many ways not good as his big brother in sharpness,  build quality and apertures the only advantage is wider focal




boredverg 03.04.2017 11:41:04
User review for lens: Helios-44M-7 58 mm f/ 2.0 MC

Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:

Very sharp and good quality

Nice bokeh


Weaknesses:

A little Heavy


Comments:

Love the bokeh at f/2

Very good sharpness at f/5 to f/8

Ideal for portraits




boredverg 03.04.2017 11:35:14
User review for lens: Canon EF-M 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 IS STM

Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:

Sharp lens

Smooth and silent focus ideal for video

Good is


Weaknesses:

Small aperture


Comments:

 sharp and good quality lens as a kit





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