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Kevin Macy 19.10.2018 02:14:41
User review for lens: Tamron SP 45 mm f/ 1.8 Di VC USD

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

Extremely well built
Extremely Sharp
1.8 Maximum Aperture
Vibration Compensation


Weaknesses:

Some (but very little) chromatic abberation at the far corners and extreme sides.


Comments:

I often wondered if the rumors were true about 45mm being closer to what you see normally.  While using this lense, I have to say that may be true.

This lens is simply superb and very comparible to many of my Nikkor primes.  If you do not get sharp images with this lense, you are doing something wrong.

The autofocus is quick and fairly silent.  In fact the AF sound is quieter than some of my Nikkors.  Want to manual focus?  Grab the focus ring and do that while holding your AE/AF - Lock programmed key.

I noticed right off that this is a larger lense than others I have in this focal length.  Larger elements in the rear of a lens is the way to produce better images.  My guess is that vignetting improves because the circle of confusion is better adjusted with larger rear elements.  Tamron is getting quite good at building lenses.

There are switches provided for VC on/off and AF/Manual focus.  It took me a little while to find them without taking the camera from my eye, but it's no problem now.  I guess I should mention it's a little tricky, but it works.

Images are sharp, crisp and contrasty with normal settings, and colors pop.  There is a tiny bit of distortion when you get close to a subject, but DXO and Perfectly Clear take care of it.  I am thinking of using this for landscape and architecture all the time now.

I will put some samples up for everyone to see once I get some decent ones.  I have a few but I am picky.




Ferenc Boloni 03.10.2018 02:50:53
User review for lens: Meyer Optik Gorlitz Telefogar 90 mm f/ 3.5

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Small, great build, 12 blades, beautiful bokeh, sharp wide open ...and cheap.


Weaknesses:

The f/3.5 ... if you get one rare m42 version is ok but with Exakta or Altix mount hard adaptable.


Comments:

I buy a long time ago and rarely use it but really is one amazing great lens for portraits is sharp wide open and gorgeous big bokeh.




Ferenc Boloni 27.09.2018 10:11:17
User review for lens: Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

I bought this lens for years and i don't really use because it was not sharp at f/1.4  ...than i found once the front lens was not right mounted back after cleaning and mounted right ...yes is a great lens sharp at f1.4 great bokeh.


Weaknesses:

I think this lens does not have a weakness


Comments:

Because is sharp at f/1.4 and almost 60mm lens is great for portraits in all kind of sensor cameras




robgrune 27.09.2018 02:22:25
User review for lens: Rollei Rolleinar-MC 35 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

very sharp.  accurate, strong colours and contrast.  very high resolution.  very low distortion.  excellent control over chromatic aberration and flare.  frontal lens element does not rotate when focussing.  excellent value for money. 


Weaknesses:

the focus ring could have been made a tad larger. 


Comments:

an excellent lens for the sony A7* cameras.  I would rate the lens higher than 4.25   has anybody seen the MTF charts for this lens? 




MarcelloVelasco 26.09.2018 10:11:16
User review for lens: Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70–300 mm f/ 4.5–6.3 G ED VR

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

The lens's auto focus is very quick and absolutely silent. On my then used Nikon D3300 it was very precise and caught the right focus even in relatively dim lighting. The vibration reduction is also quite accurate. The lens's sweet spot is at 135mm, where it is very sharp even wide open.


Weaknesses:

Once it gets really dark the lens's small aperture was a problem for my D3300 though and focus could not be achieved.

Overall, besides being accurate, the vibration reduction was a bit too nervous for me, sometimes jumping here and there and grabbing on the wrong subject.

The biggest weakness of this lens is it's atrocious image quality at the short and long end of the zoom range. Especially at 300mm the lens is absolutely unusable at every aperture.

One should also mention, that the Nikkor has severe problems with focus breathing. When focusing at closer subjects at 300mm for example, the actual focal length becomes way shorter (more around 220-250mm).


Comments:

I bought this lens together with a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD A005 lens and compared them over the period of one month back and forth. I especially used the Tamron for comparison because it was at that time at around the same price point (around 350 Euro). The Nikon was even a little bit more expensive (20-30 Euro more, if I remember right).

The Tamron smashed the Nikon in pretty much every aspect. The only aspect where the Nikon AF-P DX was better than the Tamron was focusing speed and noise. The Nikkor is dead silent while focusing and very, very fast. It's VR is dead silent, too. The Tamron is a little bit slower and makes a little bit of noise while focusing. It's VC makes a little bit of noise, too. Besides this the image quality of the Tamron is way, and I mean WAY better than the image quality of the Nikkor. The image stabilization of the Tamron is better and smoother, too.

Overall, if you can live with the extra weight (the Tarmon is heavier because it is a full frame lens and thus has more glas), save yourself some money and get the Tamron instead of the Nikkor. Compared to the Tamron, the Nikkor is totally overpriced for what it delivers.




Ferenc Boloni 14.09.2018 11:55:03
User review for lens: Sigma AF 180 mm f/ 2.8 APO Macro

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

Amazing optical quality nice sharp at f/2.8 on full frame, great bokeh. And the cheap price.


Weaknesses:

Slow focus, cheap and really simple stupid mechanical quality. Big and heavy like a tank.


Comments:

But if you are not in hurry for fast focus and is no problem for carrying with you this heavy lens, then the optical quality sharp and great bokeh photos will compensate you.




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

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

very nice


Weaknesses:

read more 


Comments:

read more 




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 .





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