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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 .




Aleksandar Savic 25.10.2018 21:11:01
User review for lens: Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 50 mm f/ 2.9 V

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

It's a great, lightweight lens with a strange bokeh. And it's silver and made with attention to details. 

Flare resistance is solid and sun stars are fantastic.


Weaknesses:

No weaknesses


Comments:

I already described the whole process on my blog




Kostas 25.10.2018 14:20:34
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135 mm f/ 2 Z

Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:

Very sharp lens (used on digital cameras from 24 to 50 mpix). Can't think of a sharper 135mm fast lens. Superb construction. Minimal focus distance is quite good. Produces a large image circle when stopped down a bit, therefore it is usable on 0.79x factor cameras like Fuji GFX or Hasselblad X1D.


Weaknesses:

Quite heavy. Focus ring is smooth but not very comfortable too grip. With this exeptional sharpness and mechanical quality, it could use more that 9 blades in iris.


Comments:

Probably the best portrait prime lens I have ever used. Although it is not that expensive for the bang when bought new, I would suggest too look for a used option, as sometimes it is possible to find them for a great price.




Kostas 25.10.2018 14:00:06
User review for lens: Yashica Yashinon-DX 50 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

From outside it is built to last. Good sharpness from f2.8, great sharpness at f5.6  Pleasant focus ring. Very pleasant to use - Altough it is not light, but the weight feels very comfortable in hand. One of the best cheap lenses in terms of comfortability. Looks and feels quite modern on digital cameras.


Weaknesses:

From inside: the built quality is not amazing - there are quite a few places inside the lens construction that start to rattle. Own two of these lenses, both are a bit too soft at f1.4 with average amount of CA. The glasses are very prone to fungus and coatings are soft, so, it is hard to clean - would not advise to buy one, which is not clean. 0.6m minimal focus distance is not very good. 


Comments:

I would not recommend this lens for anyone who wants to have that one 50-ish prime lens, but I would advise it to someone who loves to take pictures more than likes to look at them afterwards. Plus: not compatible with Full frame EOS bodies, while using and adapter (the rear element will hit the mirror)




Kostas 25.10.2018 13:33:10
User review for lens: Sun 80-240 mm f/ 4 MC

Period of use: 5 months

Strengths:

Good sharpness for a vintage zoom, when used from 135mm to 200mm. Very good sharpness in macro mode. built to last. 


Weaknesses:

Some CA and softness wide open in the 80-135mm range. Front rotates while focusing. Quite heavy. Tripod collar could have more clearence from the lens construction. Hard to disasseble for cleaning.


Comments:

This is my first comment in this site and for a good reason. I think that this lens is underapreciated. Although Its optical quality is not near to new lenses, but for a price of 20-50US, it is a great bang for the buck. One of the best vintage tele zooms out there for a price of a beer-can zoom.




changing 24.10.2018 23:20:11
User review for lens: Canon FL 55 mm f/ 1.2

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Spherical abberation (glow) is relatively tame wide open, I've seen worse from some f/1.8 lenses.  Sharpness is great for this lens, though contrast is low which affects total resolution.  Looks beautiful, built wonderfully, and handles great.  Not as heavy as other 1.2 lenses (but still heavy on a small camera).  The quality of the glass is excellent, very little relative variation in sharpness across the frame.  It's currently one of the lowest priced vintage 1.2's on the market.


Weaknesses:

Low contrast which can hinder resolution up till f/2, bokeh can get busy on difficult backgrounds.  A little difficult to focus wide open.  Can flare easily.


Comments:

I'm currently using this on a Fuji X APS-C camera.  This lens has two variants, identified by the text on the front ring.  The picture in the description above has the later version.  I'm not sure what changed, if anything did, between the two optically.  It's built like a tank and because it handles so well I love using it.

I picked my copy up for $165, but it can sell for up to $200 and maybe even a little higher.  It was a little dirty but after some cleaning it's in mint condition!

There are no radiactive elements in the lens, I checked myself with a geiger counter device.





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