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Bert Greeley 29.09.2020 17:35:45
User review for lens: Canon FDn 50 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 35 years

Strengths:

It's fast, easy to use and a good middle-wide angle lens.


Weaknesses:

The aperture ring is a little stiff


Comments:

Worth it's price




Fernando Schmidt 12.09.2020 00:52:44
User review for lens: Imado 135 mm f/ 2.8 MC

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:
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If you ask about how sharp it is, then is sharp to very sharp f4 and upper.
 
It is nice for lanscape at f8/f11... Not if you use bokeh as dominant part of your composition nearly wide open.
 
If you try to do portraits whit this lens, i sugest use a very soft background, this lens have very nervous bokeh. Sometimes (few times) you get a nice portrait after f4
 
It is a very ligthweigth and small lens.
 
Very cheap, I bought it just for 4 dollars at that time.

Weaknesses:

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Well, the main reason to buy 135mm lens is to take portraits:
 
In this category, this lens is horrible.
 
Soft wide open.
 
The Bokeh is "so so" wide open, but at f4 and upper is horrible to my taste. 
 
The caracter of this lens is not useful at all.
 
 
I remember cooler color, not ideal for skin tones.
 
To be a old an all metal lens, it is not on par with 3dr party lenses like Hoya, Vivitar, just to name few.

Comments:

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This pictures were taken with Nikon D300 many years ago (2011).
 
I did some test the first time with this lens (Girl/Color), as you can see...the bokeh looks horrible.
The Nikkor AF-d 80-200 f2.8 pull MK2 did a much better job :P
 
As you can see, the B&W photo looks "great" and the character of the lens is not a problem with this kind of Subject/pictures.
 
After several use, the barrel get stuck, the grese of helicoid were dry (probably common whit old lenses), the helicoid is made of aluminum, I trayed two time to put in place after lub, but thread get in bad shape and died.
 
This lens is easy to disassamble, but is quite sensible to damage. 
 
Worth it?
 
Well, depend on you. This cost me almost free, so... yes, it is fun to try old lenses.
 
Then, if you want a fine and nice optics and you don´t wanna lose time, this is not for you.
If you want a great optics, look at Nikkors Ai/Ais, 135mm f2.8 or even better and legendary 105mm f2.5 ;)
 
Is a 2 points optic of 5 posible points
 
 
Mechanical quality 3.00 Average
 Optical quality 2.00 Poor
 Usability 2.00 Poor
 Pricing / Value 5.00 Excellent
 Bokeh 1.00 Very Poor
Overall lens rating
2.00
Poor



Leo Koikov 26.08.2020 03:29:29
User review for lens: Komura 105 mm f/ 2.5

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

Build

Colors


Weaknesses:

Pice


Comments:

comes in diferent Komura mounts including M44 unidapter




Leo Koikov 26.08.2020 03:25:06
User review for lens: Sankyo Kohki Komura 135 mm f/ 3.5

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

IQ

Build

Size


Weaknesses:

price

non-standard filter thread


Comments:

Looks like a later version 




Leo Koikov 26.08.2020 03:15:29
User review for lens: Komura 200 mm f/ 3.5

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

Excellent build

Good IQ


Weaknesses:

Price

Size


Comments:

Comes in sveral versions of Unidapter including one in 44mm thread




Leo Koikov 29.07.2020 01:38:55


Pedro Santos 02.07.2020 14:18:14
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135 mm f/ 4 (1)

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Robust lens that seems to survive time very well. Colours need a little post process as this a lens that was designed for b&w photography.


Weaknesses:

On Nikon cameras you lose infinity focus but you can easily correct that with an adapter.


Comments:

At f4 you can get a reasonable shallow depth of field and great sharpness as you can see on the photo attached




Aravier Batiz 21.06.2020 10:38:09
User review for lens: Meyer-Optik Görlitz Helioplan 40 mm f/ 4.5

Period of use: 7 days

Strengths:

Very Sharp in the center even wide open as all the Meyer Optik Lenses.

Nice contrast and super cool Bokeh, if nail it you will get a pretty cool Swirl around your subject plus staple bubble bokeh from this family of lenses.

Nice color shade very vintage and nostalgic.

Very fun to use, compact in size and a very nice strange focal length to play with. 

Preset clickless aperture very useful and practical to use excellent for videographers.

Super cool Flairs.


Weaknesses:

A little bit dark for this focal length.

Quite present distortion on the edges when close to wide open and up to f5.6, steping down solves the problem.


Comments:

Love it very unique artistic look if that is what you are going for, a lot of elements that you can use if you already dominate the little eating light black box in your hands.




Jahemi 04.06.2020 00:56:15
User review for lens: Six Versions of the Vivitar MF Series 1 70-210 mm Zoom

Period of use: 30 years

Strengths:

Macro feature is outstanding. Overall a versatile lens in a very popular range, floating elements in a 15-9 array, and with the added pleasure of very decent macro performance. 1st version, Kino made 226xxxx, 1976. It renders with a very unique pesonality of its own. 


Weaknesses:

Hard to steady and not very easy to handle on smaller cameras, take a lens bag for support I suggest. Some CA. 15 elements is a many for light transmission, tends to underexpose on matrix metering with digital and needs to be pushed 2/3 outdoors often. It was as good as anything there was in the day, this is a whole new day. 


Comments:

First version, Kino maunufacture from 1976. Be aware of internal haze and sticky aperture blades (from internal oil) 




Ferenc Boloni 29.05.2020 18:29:56
User review for lens: Helios-44M  58 mm  f/ 2

Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:

Nice sharp wide open and sharper than a lot of other Helios versions. This version has not the crazy swirly bokeh. It s possible to get really close photos almost like a macro lens.


Weaknesses:

This lens has no weakness.


Comments:

This version of the lens goes closer to the old Zeiss lens a perfect round lot of bokeh no swirly.




tabtiangboy 23.05.2020 02:17:29
User review for lens: Jupiter-12 35 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:
Compact lens, sharpness is good when stop down.

Weaknesses:

Can use on some camera body.

Comments:

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Leo Koikov 13.05.2020 17:30:16
User review for lens: Hugo Meyer &Co Gorlitz Megon 100 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

Came across it online, little info

Medium format lens for Primarflex  http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Primarflex


Weaknesses:

Info hard to find


Comments:

Photos of the lems on MFcameras:

http://www.syarakuse.sakura.ne.jp/HUGOMEYER/MeyerEct/megon(e).html




Jaime Saboya 13.05.2020 02:09:13
User review for lens: Canon EF 50 mm f/ 1.8 STM

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Su enfoque es bastante rapido y silencioso. De tamaño pequeño y muy fácil de llevar.


Weaknesses:

Cuando enfocas a un objeto que esta a una menor distancia de su límite, el enfoque automático se engancha y deja de funcionar correctamente hasta que vuelves a enfocar.


Comments:

És un gran objetivo para retratos, con buen bokeeh. Aunque su peso intimida, es bastante sencillo.




tightcamera 01.05.2020 18:31:05
User review for lens: Tamron 20 mm f/ 2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 F050

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

The overall image quality is very good, in my opinion. I was actually rather impressed given some of the less-than-amazing reviews of this lens that I’d read right after it hit the market. The center of the image is exceedingly sharp and crisp, and edge/corner sharpness is respectable as well when stopped down to f/4 or higher. As far as I can tell, there isn’t a noticeable color bias with this lens. Chromatic aberration is very well controlled at all aperture settings, based on my testing. Bokeh is pleasing enough, although it likely won’t wow anyone…and for a wide angle lens, this is perfectly acceptable.

It's light and small, but doesn't feel like a toy. 

AF is pretty solid in AF-S, but struggles a bit more in AF-C, especially in less than ideal lighting. There is some noise, but it's probably not enough to bother video uness you are relying on the camera's mic to capture audio. 


Weaknesses:

Like most wide angle lenses, tihs one has quite noticeable barrel distortion and vignetting. There is a lens profile for this lens in Adobe Camera RAW, and that does address both distortion and vignetting. However, to fully correct for the distortion also really streteches the very edges of the image in ways that might be noticeable and off-putting in some instances. 


Comments:

Full review with sample photos is here: https://tightcamera.com/tamron-20mm-review/

If you are looking for a wide prime for street vlogging that needs super-quiet and very accurate continuous autofocus, this is NOT your lens. For the other 95% of us, the Tamron 20mm is a really good inexpensive option to put a wide prime lens in your arsenal. It’s sharp with very good IQ, has okay AF, is small and light, and won’t break the bank. Also, it can almost take the place of a macro lens with it’s super-short minimum focusing distance. Hard to beat it as a value lens, in my view.




Leo Koikov 30.04.2020 07:37:51
User review for lens: Canon FD 35 mm f/ 2 S.S.C (I)

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Great colors

Smooth bokeh (in some cases, depends on the distance)

Sharp


Weaknesses:

Price

Mount

Non-linear bokeh, sometomes gets ugly


Comments:

Unique construction with concave front element

Samples:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/46154249882/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/32352652558/in/dateposted-public/




Leo Koikov 30.04.2020 02:57:32
User review for lens: Super-Takumar 200 mm f/ 4

Period of use: 8 months

Strengths:

bokeh!!!

super sharp

precise focusing


Weaknesses:

MFD

very long focus throw


Comments:

samples:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/49376973721/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/49347337771/in/dateposted-public/




Leo Koikov 30.04.2020 02:51:32
User review for lens: Vivitar Macro 90 mm f/ 2.8 (Komine)

Period of use: 8 months

Strengths:

great colors, under cloudy sky in particular

sharp


Weaknesses:

on a heavy side

a short (`2cm) straight hood improves IQ


Comments:

Samples:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/48460071266/in/photolist-2iVpuei-2gQfwS7

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/49728666253/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/49732485043/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/49822662602/in/dateposted-public/




Tanyssa 28.04.2020 19:24:00
User review for lens: Samyang 35 mm f/ 1.2 ED AS UMC CS

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Very sharp from f1.2, very pleasant to use


Weaknesses:

not weather resistant and no AF


Comments:

I loved this lens, but I sold it because it is not very easy to shoot at f1.2 when you are more than 50 years old.
I would buy the same if AF




Tanyssa 28.04.2020 19:21:42
User review for lens: Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 35 mm f/ 0.95 II

Period of use: 4 months

Strengths:

Very sharp from f4, very fast lens (f0.95)


Weaknesses:

too bad wide open, it becomes to be good from f2.8 and excellent from f4 to f5.6

Very bad with the sun, bad flares...


Comments:

I hate this lens, I bought the Samyang 35 f1.2 wich is a very good one from f1.2




Tanyssa 28.04.2020 19:18:34
User review for lens: Fujinon XF 14 mm f/ 2.8 R

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Very sharp lens. A good one for landscapes.


Weaknesses:

It would be nice if it could open at f2


Comments:

A very good lens for landscape but a little too expensive.





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