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NerveNet 14.03.2020 06:58:35
User review for lens: Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 2.5  Compact Macro

Period of use: 6 years

Strengths:
  • good build cuality
  • long rotation manual focus ring
  • lens hood not needed
  • sharp at f/2.5, top at f/5.6
  • low distortion
  • light
  • makro lens

Weaknesses:

  • it is a 1:2 makro, you will need Canon's Life size converter in order to reach 1:1 ratio and increased working distance
  • noisy and slow autofocus motor
  • not cheap

Comments:

I use my copy of the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact makro for product photography. This lens is not a true makro lens it only reaches reproduction ratio of 1:2.

Good construction with metal mount, light, but its AF motor is slow and noisy, but is less prone to focus hunting than my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II.

This lens has good sharpness starting at f/2.5, at f/5.6 it is very good from corner to corner. You do not need a lens hood for this lens as the front element is deeply mounted inside the lens and Canon doesn't offers a lens hood. No noticeable barrel distortion.

Cannon offers for this 50mm lens the so called Life Size Converter. This Life Size Converter enable you to reach the 1:1 ratio and also increases the working distance. In the EXIF data you will notice that this combo shows up as a 70mm f/3.5 1:1 makro lens.




NerveNet 14.03.2020 03:45:25
User review for lens: Lensbaby Pinhole / Zone plate

Period of use: 4 years

Strengths:
  • Interesting results
  • fun to use

Weaknesses:

  • overprized
  • difficult to use on a DSLR without a tripod

Comments:

This pinhole and zone plate lens is simply a plastic toy for fun.

It is a very diffcult lens to use, you will need to use a tripod as exposure time will be long even in a sunny day.

If you want to use a pinhole lens I propose to look for DIYS instructables for converting a cheap camera cap into a pinhole lens rather than spending money into this toy.




NerveNet 11.03.2020 22:57:01
User review for lens: Lensbaby Spark 50 mm f/ 5.6

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:
  • Cheap
  • Light
  • Tilt
  • Interesting blurred effect outside the focused area

Weaknesses:

  • Fixed f/5.6 aperture
  • No lens hood provided
  • Cheaply build, all plastic
  • Difficult to use on a DSLR

Comments:

This is a 100% toy lens for pure fun. Don't expect to get great results starting from the first time you use it, you will need some time to get it used to.

This is the cheapest Lensbaby you can find on the net.

The spark is a 50mm f/5.6 lens, no lens hood provided.

The Spark is difficult to use, you need to press and hold it steady for tilt and focus before taking any picture, any single error and the picture taked will end up in the trashcan.

It also only has a fixed f/5.6 aperture so you cannot control the amount of blur like on Lensbaby Composer with the Glass/Plastic/Double Glass optic. So you always have the same DOF and blurred area.

One interesing thing is that you can screw on the spark lens add-ons like the wide angle, tele or macro converter from Lensbaby. Used with a wide angle converter you will reach something near 30mm focal length, but with a strong barrel distortion and aberrations. But in the other hand you will get a nice vintage looking shot right out of the camera, no Photoshop needed.

Mine was cheap prized, but a bit overprized compared to more serious lenses like the Helios 44-2 but of course a Helios doesn't tilts in any case.




NerveNet 11.03.2020 22:32:27
User review for lens: Helios 44-2 58 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:
  • bright f/2 aperture
  • swirly bokeh effect
  • good build quality (all metal)
  • smooth focus operation
  • nice aperture preset system
  • cheap

Weaknesses:

  • lack of sharpness wide open
  • it doesn't like front light
  • hits the mirror on 5D, 5D mark II and 5Ds starting at 3 meters

Comments:

This is a nice cheap all metal made lens, a bit heavy compared to todays Canon's 50mm lineup. Very good build quality but as far as I know there are several other "versions" of this 44-2 from different plants and depending on the version you get you may experience poorer build quality.

Wide open this lens is not very sharp but you will get nice results, be carefull with front lights as the lens doesn't controls them well lowering contrast some what. At f/5.6 you will get very sharp images.

My copy has no oil on the aperture blades and the focus ring is smooth, prezise and well damped.

I like the aperture preset system, it takes a bit go get used to it. But works great. Set your needed aperture in the preset ring and then you can easily focus at full apertureand then close prezisely the aperture to your preset very quickly.

Color rendition is ok, but I prefer Canon or Nikon lenses in this regard.

One important issue with my copy is that you have to use it carefully on cameras from Canon's 5D line up, mine starting at 3 meters hits the mirror on the 5D, 5D mark II and 5Ds.




NerveNet 06.03.2020 02:04:25
User review for lens: Sigma DC 18-50 mm f/ 3.5-5.6

Period of use: 15 years

Strengths:
  • Inexpensive
  • Light
  • Small
  • 7 straight aperture blades
  • Comes with lens hood
  • Metal bayonet mount

Weaknesses:

  • Unsharp
  • Noisy motor drive

Comments:

This is my kit lens that came with my Canon EOS 300D.

The motor is noisy but it is quick.

Regarding image quality it is unsharp at any focal length on my 300D, I tested it on the 50D where it is also unsharp, in general it is unsharp compared to the current Canon 18-55mm kit lenses.

It presents some color fringing in high contrast areas, more visible in the edges of the frame.

Color rendition is ok.




NerveNet 06.03.2020 01:55:04
User review for lens: Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM

Period of use: 4 years

Strengths:
  • Sharp wide open
  • Quick and quiet USM drive
  • Full time manual focus (FTM)
  • Front element doesn't rotates or extends (focus is internall)
  • Very well made
  • Canon colors

Weaknesses:

  • Some chromatic aberrations visible
  • Unsharp in the edges when wide open
  • Weight
  • Big 72mm filter thread
  • 8 straight aperture blades
  • Very few DOF marks on the barrel

Comments:

This is mainly my favorite travel lens.

Focus silently, accurately and quickly.

Very sharp wide open but lacks some sharpness in the corners which improves quickly when stopped down.

There are some chromatic aberrations visible, still present when stopping down.

Vignetting is present wide open but goes away around f/2.8.

Performs very well on 5D, 5D mark II and a bit less on the 5Ds.

The only issues are weight and size.

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM is huge compared with the old school Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 Ai-S being the Nikkor made all of metal it weights about 100gr less and is smaller. If you close both at f/8~f/11 you will not notice the difference in any picture except in the color rendition and barrel distortion. But wide open the Canon is better and seems to be a little brighter to me.




NerveNet 05.03.2020 23:21:56
User review for lens: Nikon Nikkor 43-86 mm  f/ 3.5

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:
  • cheap
  • well made, all metal
  • push-pull design
  • small 52mm filter thread
  • nice color rendition
  • small and compact design
  • constant f/3.5 accross the focal range

Weaknesses:

  • strong barrel distorsion, around 60mm is it gone
  • unsharp and lack of contrast wide open at any focal length
  • modestly sharp at f/8
  • strange focal range (43 to 86mm)

Comments:

I bought this lens for pure fun.

It is nice and easy to use, I like this compact push-pull design.

But when it comes to resolution, sharpness and contrast... It is very bad until you stop down to f/8, at f/8 you will get modestly sharp pictures.

The lens also presents strong barrel distortion at 43mm and 86mm, around 60mm this goes away. So you need to shoot at 60mm if you want to see straight lines. Haha!

Please don't get me wrong. Some great shots was taken with this lens in the past, for example Rainer W. Schlegelmilch (http://www.schlegelmilch.com/) used this lens in Car Racing.




NerveNet 05.03.2020 22:58:35
User review for lens: Nikon Nikkor 35 mm f/ 1.4

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:
  • Sharp at f/1.4 in center
  • Well damped focus ring
  • All made of metal
  • Small 52mm front filter thread
  • Not very big compared to todays standards
  • This lens has CRC (Ai-S version)
  • Front element will not rotate while focusing
  • Nice and handy sets of DOF marks
  • Great 18 pointed sunstar when closed to f/8!!!
  • Nice Nikon color rendition

Weaknesses:

  • At f/1.4 it is sharp in center but you will notice some lack of contrast
  • Unsharp corners from f/1.4 to f/2.8
  • Aberrations presents wide open
  • Barrel distorion present
  • Straight aperture blades
  • Strong vignetting wide open

Comments:

35mm is my favorite focal lenght for daily use.

My copy of this Nikkor is the Ai-S version, mine is back from the '80 sold in West Germany. This f/1.4 are a bit high priced currently.

I use this lens on a Full Frame DSLR with a proper focus screen. It's pure fun to focus wide open with it.

Normally I shot wide open for portraits (half body portraits), you will get a nice blurred but recognizable background. But you have to take care from where the light comes in order to avoid contrast loss when shooting wide open.

Wide open the lens is sharp in center, corners are unsharp, normally if I want sharp corners I close to f/5.6 up to f/11.

You will get strong vignetting, I personally like this behaviour of the lens. Of course close the lens to f/2.8 and the vignetting is almost gone away.

My copy works fine, well damped focus ring, a pleasure to use. Has engraved DOF marks very handy when you need to use this feature.

An additional feature is the Close Range Correction of the lens, this lens is corrected for close focusing situations.

The bad news are that this lens presents noticeable barrel distortion.  It presents more than my Nikon Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai-S. Of course, this can be corrected in post but I prefer to use a different lens when taking pictures with straight lines in the frame.




NerveNet 05.03.2020 22:24:55
User review for lens: Tamron SP 70-150 mm f/ 2.8 Soft Adaptall-2 model 51A

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:
  • Nice telephoto focal range: 70-150mm
  • Not very big and heavy compared to Tamron's SP 80-200mm f/2.8 LD
  • Wide aperture: f/2.8
  • Easily adaptable to other mounts
  • Build all of metal
  • Well damped focus and focal rings
  • Nice bokeh
  • Clicky aperture stops, full and half stops
  • Works fine with x2 telephoto adapter for makro shots

Weaknesses:

  • A little bit soft wide open, less sharp than Tamron's SP 80-200mm f/2.8 LD
  • Soft focus effect is difficult to use
  • I preffer push/pull type lens of the era than this two ring sollutions
  • The integrated lens hood is too small in my opinnion

Comments:

I used it for portraits and makro shots where I do not need to get ultrasharp pictures. You will get nice pictures wide open, but with little bit unsharp, for candid portraits it is very nice, close it one or two steps to increase contrast and sharpness.

It is a bit tricky to manage, having three rings (focal, focus, aperture) for only one hand. I prefer push-pull type lenses over this type of lens as the push-pull type is more easier and quicker to use in one hand mode.

Regarding bokeh, I like what it offers, it has straight aperture blades so you will get octagonal shaped highlights when closed two steps and further.

The softfocus effect needs some time to get used, it helps to increase the bokeh effect but it will also affect the subject being photographed. In the optical view finder you will not notice the soft effect. So used with care and take your time.

This lens has an integrated lens hood, but in my opinion it is too small/short fo this lens.

This is a rare lens, you will not see it very often on auctions, generally they cost more than Tamron's SP 80-200mm f/2.8 LD, but with patience you can get one for the right price.




TommyCode 05.03.2020 19:13:42
User review for lens: Tokina RMC 100-300 mm f/ 5

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Easy and fast


Weaknesses:

weight


Comments:

Sony A7mk1




Ferenc Boloni 02.03.2020 00:42:49
User review for lens: Sigma AF 50 mm  f/ 1.4 EX DG HSM

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

Great bulid good looking lens what promises a lot but hat a big weakness its usable quality just from f/2.8


Weaknesses:

50mm f/1.4 lens what is really usable qualtiy just at f/2.8 even on full frame or cropped sensors.


Comments:

If this lens is just usable quality start from f/2.8 worth maybe half of real price.




IvanStressman 28.02.2020 20:46:07
User review for lens: Vivitar 100 mm f/ 2.8 Macro

Period of use: 7 days

Strengths:

Not expensive


Weaknesses:

Little bit heavy


Comments:

Great lens for the money,versitale lens.




Kevin Pinkerton 30.01.2020 00:02:58
User review for lens: Topcor 50 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 2 days

Strengths:

I just got this lens off of a IC-1 Topcon camera. This might have a UV Topcor mount, but it is of a much better optical quality than a UV Topcor lens. I tested this lens with the following infrared filters: 590nm, 720nm, and 850nm. It performed extremely well and was as sharp as just about any other 50mm lens I own.


Weaknesses:

The mount. I use this lens on a Nikon Z6 Z-mount camera and I had to make my own aperture control mounting adapter from an old Topcor UV camera. It works just fine, but the aperture steps are very close together on the UV adapter.


Comments:

Great for IR photography.




Kostas 17.01.2020 11:45:22
User review for lens: Opteka 85 mm f/ 1.8 Aspherical

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Sharpness wide open

Sharpness stopped down

Size/form factor

Metal mount and filter thread

Price - and the advantage is a huge one


Weaknesses:

Somewhat stiff focus ring (had to lube it in the repair shop)

Not standard F stop indicators

All F stop and focus distance marks peeled off within months


Comments:

A suprisingly good performer, especially for the 60eur price (new). I've chosen the Lightdow version. I can easily compare it with Canon EF85/1.8 and I dare to say, that Lightdow performs better wideo open - a bit sharper with better CA control. The comfort of use is low - stiff focus ring, no F stop markings and bizzare stops. But It is small and light. 




Andreas Lindemann 11.01.2020 17:27:51
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135 mm  f/ 1.8 ZA

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

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Weaknesses:

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Comments:

In search of a tripot mount for my Zeiss Sonnar T * 135mm f / 1.8 ZA (SAL-135F18Z) I came across to this one from iShoot: iShoot SM140. Because Sony offers no collar for this lens.
The Sonnar also has a diameter of 84mm on the tube like the Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM for which this clamp is actually intended.
For the Sony only a small modification has to be made: the recess on the left side for the control elements of the Sigma is not enough for the Sonnar - something has to be milled out accordingly. The meter display is somewhat hidden by the clamp, but this is OK for me.
After this small change, the Sonnar with its 995 grams plus camera has a perfect hold on the tripod.



Caylus 12.12.2019 19:17:02
User review for lens: Yashica ML 50 mm f/ 1.7

Period of use: 35 years

Strengths:

Build quality, sharpness, landscape and general photography


Weaknesses:

No fancy "BoKeH" to speak of....but if that's your thing, fork out a bit more and buy the 1.4.


Comments:

I have owned one of these 50mm 1,7 ML lenses for absolutely years. I forget which Yashica camera it actually came on way when when. I subsequently bought a Contax 139Q in 1980 that came with the Zeiss Planar 50 1,7. The two are often compared and with reason. In my opinion they are basically the same lens, same layout etc and some even go as far as saying both have the same glass. This I don't know, but I do know that the build quality of the ML is superior to the Planar and that for slide photography which is what I still do, there is no apparent differences in the lenses.....apart from one commands up to ten times more than the other.




purelightglow 25.11.2019 21:03:07
User review for lens: Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 50 mm f/ 0.95

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Not yet mounted so after a few close up/ macro images on canon ff and a sony nex I find this to be an excellent lens. It is good at 0.95 and images appear to be a high resolution


Weaknesses:

It's heavy with a no click aperture which makes it difficult. Mine needs a mount and focus helicoid as the focus turn on the threading is a slow process. Image circle with C mount needs a modification for cameras with larger sensors or film


Comments:

The colour rendition is beautiful and yet with some brand uniqueness. I think it's adjusted fo older sensors and film. Picture quality is high




Pio1955 22.11.2019 22:13:47
User review for lens: Voigtlander 21 mm f/ 4.0 Color Skopar

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Price, dimensions, sharpness, solid construction.


Weaknesses:

I've not found any so far.


Comments:

It is small and fits well to my FUJI X-E1. It even looks nice (aestics should have a value too) despite the M39-FX adapter.

It may easily compete with similar lens from Leica but... at a much much cheaper price. Highly recommended.




Leo Koikov 02.09.2019 03:41:46
User review for lens: Tele Vivitar 135 мм f/ 2.8

Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Very good color rendition 

Great bokeh

Sharp wide open

Dcent MFD for the lens of earlier vintage

Great build, not heavy 

Images give a lot od latrtitude in post-processing


Weaknesses:

A bit glowy in direct sunlight

Preset works "backwards" (in my copy s/n 204728, made by Sun??). If you set it to 4, the aperture varies between 4 and 22. Not between 4 and 2.8 as with other lenses...


Comments:

My copy (presumably not made by Tokina) has the max aperture 22, not 16

Sample image wide open: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127536411@N03/48645667496/in/dateposted-public/

Got it for 25 in a pawn shop, my guess they would go for ~100 on EB




tightcamera 29.06.2019 17:14:48
User review for lens: Meike MF 85 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 2 months

Strengths:

Very inexpensive for a fast prime in the short telephoto category. Sharpness is great in the center (even wide open) and respectable in the corners (at f/2.8 and higher). Chromatic aberration is present but easily removed in post processing.

The real standout feature of this lens is the electrical contacts that communicate with the body. This means you'll get full EXIF data in your  images, and also that you can electronically control the aperture from the camera. That means that all exposure modes (A, S, P, M) are available for use, unlike most other manual focus lenses. 

Bokeh is generally pretty smooth, owing to the 9-blade aperture design. 

There is a USB port for firmware upgrades.

Comes with front/back caps and hood. 


Weaknesses:

Build quality is a litle lacking. It feels pretty light/plastic-ish. Focus ring is a little loose in the track, but turns nicely. 

Another issues is that this lens presents itself to the camera as an APS-C lens, so if you have your full-frame body set to automatically go to Crop Mode, you will have to disable that to use this lens at full resolution. 

Biggest problem: For some strange reason, this lens completely disables the Sony IBIS system, so you will not get any image stabilitzation if your body provides it. I have tested this on A7II and A7III. I suspect Meike will fix this in a forthcoming firmware update


Comments:

Overall a very interesting lens. If Meike can fix that IBIS problem, I think this will be a real winner. Image quality is quite good and the price is exceptionally reasonable. 

Full review with sample images here: https://tightcamera.com/meike-85mm-f-1-8-for-sony-full-frame-review/





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