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James Dillard 19.01.2017 05:21:44
User review for lens: Nikon Nikkor-H 28 mm f/ 3.5 non-Ai

Period of use: 11 years

Strengths:

Tough. Just about indestructable. I have had this lens on a Nikkormat, that fell from near the top of a 8-foot ladder, and neither the camera or the lens blinked. Not a great lens for crucial work, but a great lens for many applications.


Weaknesses:

Its a light hog. With a minimum 3.5 aperture, its not great for available light shots indoors, but if you nail the focus, it will surprise you.


Comments:

A great tough carry along lens. Not bad for portraits, but outdoors, its great to have.




James Dillard 19.01.2017 05:09:59
User review for lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 12-24 mm f/ 4 G ED IF DX

Period of use: 4 years

Strengths:

A versatile lens, but with limitations of the DX build. Its been a workhorse for me on my D300s, shooting Real Estate, and some of the more scenic vistas of the Colorado Mountains. Its never let me dow, and a quick snappy focus. Its got a soft touch of vignette, at most of the open apertures, this does smooth out to a degree by F 8 or so. If you can find a good cared for copy, its nice to have and use.


Weaknesses:

Vignette is a bit harsh wide open, and although a tough plastic, its still plastic.


Comments:

It was expensive to purchase (used) but it has paid for itself with some nice shots for my clients.




jspen77tx 06.12.2016 18:56:59
User review for lens: Canon FD 50 mm f/ 1.4 S.S.C.

Period of use: 4 months

Strengths:

mechanical build, bokeh, coatings & resistance to flare


Weaknesses:

severe color fringing; very soft, even in the center, even stopped down @ f/5.6


Comments:

My copy of this lens appears undamaged, but I cannot get good results from it. Especially in late afternoon shots, color fringing is severe, which, in my opinion, renders the beautiful S.S.C. coatings rather moot. I have tried it on my Canon A-1 (in all modes) as well as my FTb and results were the same. I shoot a lot of landscapes/nature/architecture, so it's not a good lens for my purposes. Black and white portrait artists may find it lovely, though.




Graham 30.11.2016 07:16:10
User review for lens: Kuribayashi Petri Orikkor C.C. 50 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 9 months

Strengths:

The lens has a solid build and the glass is exceptional, employing rare earth elements but less prone to the yellowing of similar lenses such as the Takumars of the late 50s and early 60s.  It is sharp wide open with only minimal softening at the edge of the image.  The bokeh is truly stunning - very soft, bright and with the superb contrast of the lens, is a joy in bright light.  Kuribayashi certainly knew their stuff and even provided a 'preset and forget' series of markings - align the green pyramid marking with the green mark on the aperture ring, set the focus to the red 5 meter mark and your ready to go...


Weaknesses:

There are very few considering that the lens is over years in age.  Focusing can be quite stiff ( I have 3 of the lenses and this is common to them all) and for someone used to Contax Zeiss lenses, it is in the wrong direction.

Under very extreme bright light, it can have flare problems.


Comments:

This lens is a tiny joy to shoot with, producing vibrant, contrasty photos that will rarely be bettered by much more modern glass.  If you can find one (they are increasingly hard to find as the word's got out about their quality), grab it - you won't regret it!




Jeb 16.11.2016 20:44:14
User review for lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 45mm f/ 2

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

This pancake is super discreet. Sharpness is out of this world.


Weaknesses:

Maximum aperture of 2 isn't the fastest in the world, but it's really not much of a weakness.


Comments:

If I had to only pick one lens to shoot with this would be it. Soem of my favorite images were taken on this lens. It looks unassuming, but color and sharpness make this an obvious choice. Among the underrated ROKKOR lineup, this one is the sleeper among sleepers.




Kevin Macy 11.11.2016 07:11:30
User review for lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm f/ 3.3-4.5 (II)

Period of use: 6 months

Strengths:

Bought this cheap.  Tested it on my test charts and was blown away by its sharpness in the corners and the frame at all apertures.  A friend has one and I tested it too with same results.


Weaknesses:

Feels cheap but its short and SHARP.


Comments:

Buy it if you need it.  Its good for average shooting!




Leo Koikov 07.11.2016 07:51:04
User review for lens: Yashica Yashinon-DX 50 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Built like a tank

Excellent mechanics and optics

Front element does not extend much

Pleasing bokeh


Weaknesses:

A bit heavy-ish

Rear element extends inside a bit. Not a real problem, just smth to keep in mind

A touch of CA at 1.4


Comments:

Grab one, if you find it at decent price




Leo Koikov 07.11.2016 07:34:01
User review for lens: Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Compact, not heavy

Sharp wide open

NO CA from f2. Some CA at f1.4 but my copy has some dust and m.b. fungus inside. Got from KEH listed in  "excellent" condition. Be warned, they stopped postinf pics of real lenses on their site. Only the stock pics!

Excellent bokeh if the background is further than ~3ft


Weaknesses:

No half-stops. No stops between f1.4 and 2

Front element not recessed, needs hood

A bit nervous bokeh when the background is closer than ~3ft

Veils heavily with direct sun

Shows prominent "stars" with multiple sharp rays with due drops with frontal light falling at ~45 degrees


Comments:

I don't see any significant difference with my copy of the ML 50mm 1.7. Couldn't compare directly, since 50mm 1.4 does not have f1.7 stop. Do not see a big difference between 8 and 6 aperture blades.

The ML 50mm 1.7 is a sound choice, unless you can't live w/o f1.4




pol1300cc 31.10.2016 13:00:46
User review for lens: Fujinon 55 mm f/ 2.2

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

no comment


Weaknesses:

no comment


Comments:

i think this is the same as x-fujinon 55 1:2.2




Justin Bacle 26.10.2016 16:15:08
User review for lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 45mm f/ 2

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Very small and compact lens (pancake-like).


Weaknesses:

Smallest focusing distance is a bit high. Not that sharp but still very usable.


Comments:

Love this lens, a must-have for minolta slr owners ! 




Leo Koikov 13.10.2016 06:56:59
User review for lens: Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-T 100 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Compact and very unconspicious

Well built

Good IQ


Weaknesses:

Aperture ring w/o half-stops

Some CA at f2.8 on Fuji X-E2

A bit nervous bokeh on Fuji X-E2


Comments:

Samples: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/albums/72157673805009552




Gianluca 06.10.2016 13:46:06
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 75 mm f/ 1.5

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Sharp and Magic


Weaknesses:

You can like or dislike


Comments:

It is a magic lens, a pleasure to use.




Gianluca 06.10.2016 13:25:41
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135 mm f/ 2 Z

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Extremely sharp with good color & contrast.

One of the best 135mm never build


Weaknesses:

Dimensions


Comments:

Buy a second hand.




Leo Koikov 22.09.2016 00:28:01
User review for lens: Super-Takumar 135 mm f/ 3.5

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Buttery smooth focusing with long throw

Sharp wide open

Great biuld

Rather compact


Weaknesses:

Not too bad but flares

Pronounced veiling when shooting qagainst the sun


Comments:

Pleasure to use




Leo Koikov 22.09.2016 00:08:31
User review for lens: Konica Hexanon AR 135mm f/3.2

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Sharp wide open

No CA

Creamy BOKEH!!!

Build in hood

Doesn'r flare, only light veiling when shooting against the sun


Weaknesses:

none so far


Comments:

Samples: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/albums/72157674219053606

There is a link stating that AR 135 f3.2 is better than Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 3.5/135mm (M42) 

http://forum.mflenses.com/konica-hexanon-ar-135mm-f3-2-t71944.html

A bit better bokeh and microcontrast than my beloved Super-Takumar 135mm f3.5. The Tak flares and veils a lot




pol1300cc 21.09.2016 08:10:30
User review for lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50 mm f/ 1.7

Period of use: 15

Strengths:

sharp pics


Weaknesses:

its old, expensive postage due to came from Japan


Comments:

won on ebay bidding, came from Japan




Grosbill01 12.09.2016 12:41:14
User review for lens: SMC Pentax DA* 200 mm f/ 2.8 ED [IF] SDM

Period of use: 5 years

Strengths:
  • very good build quality
  • very good optical quality
  • accurate autofocus

Weaknesses:

  • Autofocus not very fast

Comments:

This lens is a Pentax DA * but Pentax informed officially that it is compatible full frame.




Harry Brown 26.08.2016 21:57:30
User review for lens: Kiron 28-85 mm f/ 2.8-3.8 Macro

Period of use: 8 years

Strengths:

Made by Kino Optical (Japan) in the 1980's,m this lens was made to compete directly with the lens produced by the major manufacturers. In this case, I believe they did extremely well. The lens is fast, very well made, optically on a par with Canon and Nikon zooms of the period, and a very versatile zoom range, from wide angle to medium telephoto. I've used the lens at the high end for portraits, and the wide angle for landscapes and everything in between. I have a large variety of Canon lenses, both rangefinder and FD series. This lens fits seamlessly into the group. I really like using it. At the price shown of $50, I consider it a rare bargain.


Weaknesses:

Be aware, this is a heavy lens. It's all metal and glass, no plastic that's so common on lens today. If the weight isn't a consideration, the lens will serve you well, and produce fine images capable of being enlarged to 16x20" or larger. Some of my favorite pictures were taken with this lens, mounted on a Canon F-1N or T90. On these, espeially the F-1, the weight wasn't noticable, and it balanced very well on the camera. With the appropriate adapter, I've also used it on the Canon EOS cameras, and am going to try it on an Olympus Micro 4/3 camera.


Comments:

I have several other Kiron lenses, and have found all of them to be of high quality, both in materials and optically. They are very well thought of in Japan, and are pricey, or were a while ago, because of the demand.

If you try one at anywhere near this price range, I'm pretty certain that you'll agree with me.




William Bolton 25.08.2016 05:03:01
User review for lens: Auto Revuenon 28 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 6 months

Strengths:

sharpness, contrast, color


Weaknesses:

The build quality is not as good as Takumar.


Comments:

This lens always surprises and delights me. I bought it because it was inexpensive and was described as close-focusing and on the strength of some photos I saw that were taken with it. It has become one of my favorite lenses, and I have many, mostly Takumars. There's surprisingly little to find about this lens on the internet, but if you can find one at a decent price I'd highly recommend it. From what I can gather it was made by Enna Munchen.




Leo Koikov 24.08.2016 01:43:04
User review for lens: Konica Hexanon AR 57 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Outstanding IQ

Solid build

Aperture half-stops


Weaknesses:

Narrowish and not very grippy focusing and aperture rings. A bit annoying with normal use, a problem under wet conditions


Comments:

The Hexanon 57/1.4 beats Hexanons 40/1.8 and 50/1.7 hands down. The latter two (at least my copies) show from a pronounced to unacceptable sensor blooming and/or blue ghosting on Fuji X-E2. Couldn't find any of this or any other flaws with 50/1.4.

So far my favorite 50mm lens along with Yashinon ML 50/1.7 and Olympus OM 50/1.8





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