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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




takkub21 01.12.2018 09:29:07
User review for lens: Jupiter-12 35 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

- very good noir black and white tone

- low contrast

- cloud skin tone


Weaknesses:

- cloud every where you take pic like view at Silent Hills.

- can't use on every body lens

A7 - is ok you can use
Leica - No problem

M43 - forget it.Can't use.
FUjifilm X mount - forget it.Can't use.


Comments:

my review
https://pantip.com/topic/37593436

my clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM3qC-e0aH8




takkub21 01.12.2018 09:22:56
User review for lens: Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

- good color and good skintone

- good black and white

- cheap than CZ Planar C/Y


Weaknesses:

- open wide aperture 1.4 have little clouded

- when shoot direct light some detail is missing.


Comments:

my review
https://pantip.com/topic/37503665

 

my clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Puubt763Td0




takkub21 01.12.2018 09:07:23
User review for lens: Olympus OM System Zuiko Auto-W 35 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 5 months

Strengths:

Good Bokeh and very close up distance.


Weaknesses:

Look out fungus if appear 30% you can not wipe em.


Comments:

my review
https://pantip.com/topic/37807630

my clip youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKN-iOZPGtQ




Johannes GABRIEL 29.11.2018 02:34:27
User review for lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

 

Sharp; Contrasty; interesting colour saturation and vibrance;

Pretty on the vivid side;

I like the 7 Blade Diaphragm and it´s depht of field and bokeh.

0,0 Disortion @ 48mm; Disortion has a very classic and artful style overall; 

Compact, absolutely professionally built;

Short zoom range is very comfortable to use;

Manual Focus is big and easy to adjust;

With a 6T close up lens macro reaches 1:1


Weaknesses:

Handelble Chromatic abberation.

I use very high quality Filters ( example: Hoya HD UV Digital 62mm for Color Negative Film )  which can control

colour inconsistensies in critical cases.

Use the Lenshood ---> originally Nikon HB-1

Other Zooms with bigger front elements may gather more light; but for this Dimension the 35-70/2.8 is a

light sucker.


Comments:

This is a review for 35mm Film.

I added example Pictures I took with my Nikon F5.

I don´t own a digital camera and can´t reverence this lens for digital photography.




Ferenc Boloni 27.11.2018 22:30:10
User review for lens: Sony DT 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 SAM II

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

This lens for the first look yes is cheap plastic build kit lens, but the optical quality like a kit zoom lens is one of the best what I use. Within lens built-in autofocus motor easy adaptable for Sony E-mount cameras, and nice fast autofocus.


Weaknesses:

The plastic low quality build.


Comments:

Yes, Sony have a lot of kit lens and more priced and the surprise comes when the cheaper used mine 30$ kit lens for APS-C sensor cameras is one of the best. You can check on DxO at the sharpness test. I brought this lens with me at two low lights conditions sports events, adapted to Sony A6500 with LA-EA3 I get nice fast autofocus and the results were not bad at all.




Ferenc Boloni 26.11.2018 16:28:29
User review for lens: Zeiss Touit 12 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

Is one APS-C-sensor lens 18mm and not bad at all sharp on an entire image, not just the center.


Weaknesses:

Yes like most of the wide lens the distortions, and quite expensive.


Comments:

Really hard find wide open APS-C lens sharp the entire image, this lens is great.




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 .





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