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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




boredverg 03.04.2017 11:25:14
User review for lens: Canon EF-M 22 mm f/ 2 STM

Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:

Very Sharp lens (best ef-m family)

Very small


Weaknesses:

Slow and noisy focus


Comments:

Very good quality and sharp lens




Tom_GER 02.04.2017 23:58:16
User review for lens: Sigma MF 100-200 mm f/ 4.5 Zoom-Kappa

Period of use: 7

Strengths:

mechanical quality

macro function

sharp at aperture 8 onwards


Weaknesses:

a little bit soft at aperture 4.5

complicated in macro handling


Comments:

A solid metal lense but complicated in handling due to macro switch. Its sharpness is low below aperature 8. But then it looks good.




teredactle 02.04.2017 22:22:23
User review for lens: Tamron SP 90 mm f/ 2.5 Adaptall-2 model 52B

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Great glass, very sharp


Weaknesses:

Super heavy, especially with the 2x extension it makes the lens longer and puts a lot of strain on the camera body weight wise; my wrist hurts each time I use it for more than 15 mins, if I don't support the lens by the body


Comments:

Love the performance, picked this up for around $45, great macro!




vyoufinder 21.03.2017 07:46:41
User review for lens: Meyer Optik Gorlitz Primagon 35 mm f/ 4.5 V

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Superb microcontrast for night photography.  Uses the Tessar design.  10 bladed aperture renders nice bokeh and sunsars/flares into sun.


Weaknesses:

No longer in production, finding one in perfect conditin is a little difficult sometimes.


Comments:

My favorite 35mm lens.




Kevin Macy 19.03.2017 14:45:13
User review for lens: Tokina AT-X M100 PRO D AF 100 mm f/ 2.8 Macro

Period of use: 3 days

Strengths:

I just bought this lens and I expected better than average results.  I was shocked to see how truly sharp this prime macro is.  The favorite thing I like about is that I can save a step of macro focusing by snapping the manual focus by pull/pull clutch on the lens, focus on my subject and expose the image quickly.

When photographing macro, the autofocus is not much good at less than 4 inches with small subjects.  The autofocus is fine for normal photography and I have noticed no trouble.  Sharpness is great and Bokeh is pleasing at smaller apertures.  Backgrounds are creamy, just the way I like them.  This will be a great portrait lens.

Distortion is minimal on my test charts when shooting with auto distortion correction off.  Contrast is great and I now consider this lens among my best.


Weaknesses:

A little noisy on autofocus.


Comments:

I will add photos soon.  Great lens!




Ferenc Boloni 18.03.2017 20:44:01
User review for lens: Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO 28-80 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 6 months

Strengths:

Built from metal like a tank:) At daylight beautiful sharp photos .


Weaknesses:

Low lights conditions is just acceptable for me but not bad at all:) Heavy lens and considerable distortions wide open , but can be correct in programs .


Comments:

For zoom lens in his category is is quite ok in considerations for other offers.




Ferenc Boloni 18.03.2017 01:04:54
User review for lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 45mm f/ 2

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Clear sharp at f/2.0 with 2x teleconverter become 90mm and the same sharp i buyed for 10$ and i will never sale it :)


Weaknesses:

It has no weakness just if some wanna nice bokeh too this is not that lens .


Comments:

Is one huge surprise for me this lens in his clear and sharpness and no money price . Close focus is from about half meter .




Ferenc Boloni 17.03.2017 20:40:42
User review for lens: Tamron 105 mm f/ 2.5 Adaptall model CT-105

Period of use: 6 months

Strengths:

Sharp at f /2.5 wide open . Excellent portrait lens . With the original Tamron teleconverter x2 remains sharp and become 210mm .


Weaknesses:

Rare lens hard to find. Close focus from 1,5 Meters


Comments:

Sharp wide open at f/2.5 . Excellent portrait lens . Rare lens hard to find . Close focus from 1.5 Meter .
 




Leo Koikov 09.03.2017 03:20:02
User review for lens: Spiratone 135 mm f/ 2.8 Tc

Period of use: 5 days

Strengths:

Excellent build, beautiful design and finish

Well balanced andnot too heavy (seems to be made of aluminum)

Buttery focusing with a perfect throw

Distinct sharp clicks of the preset aperture ring, excellent tactile feedback


Weaknesses:

Partially polished focusing ring does not provide secure grip


Comments:

My copy came with the passport in the original carboard box in mechanically perfect condition but infested with fungus. Needs to be cleaned before I can comment on opical performance.

T-mount had KE bayonet (Exacta) adapter

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/58-troubleshooting-beginner-help/133651-pentax-ke-mount.html




Marco Bensi 07.03.2017 22:49:19
User review for lens: Jupiter-21M 200 mm f/ 4

Period of use: 2 days

Strengths:
Are only two days I do photos and photo tests with this Russian goal and are already 'enthusiastic about his quality' optics.
I just seem to have given the assessment that other collectors and photographers ...
I think .not less than 4 stars.
Very good contrast.
Price paid 40 euro in excellent condition like new.

Weaknesses:

heavy weight and lack of screw to mount it on a tripod. We must aquiastare the 70mm ring for tripod.


Comments:

Recommended for analog and digital cameras mirrorless.
Uniting also a focal doubler, quality ', you can' have a nice paintings at reduced prices.



Tom_GER 25.02.2017 20:21:28
User review for lens: Revuenon 80-205 mm f/ 4.5 Auto MC Macro

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Big zoom area

Easy in handling

Quite good sharpness

Solid quality

Nice bokeh


Weaknesses:

Aperture at 4.5 is a bit soft

Zoom is shifted automatically if you do not care about


Comments:

Not extremely sharp but well in handling. A solid quality  lens made from metal for beginners. I took some pictures with the lense adapted to my Canon EOS 60D at winter time, not the best time but good enough for testing...




Leo Koikov 22.02.2017 19:00:52
User review for lens: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 10 days

Strengths:

All the PROs listed above are 100% true

Mechanically better than Super-Multi-Coated 7-element Tak 50 1.4 

Half-stops

Buttery smooth focusing with longer throw than the 50 1.4 and tactile feedback similar to the preset Tak 50 f4 macro. Semi-erotic experience...

Dirt cheap


Weaknesses:

None


Comments:

Stunning image quality on Fuji X-E2, pretty much a Leica territory. As someone said "this should be the legendary normal range Takumar, not the 50 1.4". I do like the IQ of the Super-Multi-Coated 7-element Tak 50 1.4 on Fiji X-E2 but the Super-Multi-Coated Tac 55 1.8 and Super-Multi-Coated Tac 50 4 macro are really special. I have K-mount Pentax-A 50mm 1.2, SMC Pentax-M 50mm 1.7, Pentax-FA 50mm 1.4 and while my copies are not bad lenses by any standards, they do not live up to their reputation neither on Pentax K-5 nor on Fiji X-E2. Those 2 Tacs certainly do!

s/n 4677887

Samples: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/albums/72157677091184834

no PP: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/33167162131/in/dateposted-public/ ,

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/33139251392/in/dateposted-public/




Marco Bensi 21.02.2017 01:14:14
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135 mm f/ 4 (1)

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Bello, robusto, solido e relativamente leggero (nella versione Alu).
Otticamente spettacolare.
Nitidissimo e con colori vivaci e contrastati .

Da quando lo uso con la mia Sony a5000...non faccio a meno di fotografare


Weaknesses:

Nessuno.


Comments:

Un grande e famoso biettivo nello stile Zeiss Jena.
Anche se non ha trattamenti antiriflesso SMC ...quelli che ha bastano ed avanzano.
Imperdibile per chi ama la fotografia vintage.
 





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