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Kevin Pinkerton 23.03.2021 21:23:47
User review for lens: Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 mm f/ 2.8 (new)

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

The coatings on these new Meyer-Optik lenses, including this one, are much better and allow me to shoot directly into the early morning sun without being washed out. The older version of this lens will flare and wash out such that you cannot even see to focus.

The minimum focus has been shortened on this new lens.


Weaknesses:

It pretty much has the same optical characteristics as the previous versions.


Comments:

I see no reason to ever use my older Trioplan 100mm now.




buslig22 15.03.2021 23:03:33
User review for lens: Fujinon XF 55-200 mm f/ 3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Fast and silent autofocus,good image stabilization,super optical capabilities (colors+contrast),good zoom range 55-200mm,no zoom creep,lightweight


Weaknesses:

Mechanical zoom operation its slow, hard to get quick zoom, no inner zoom operation like Canon 70-200mm f4,no weather sealed, aperture ring without f marks, 62mm filter size, close focus only 1.1m , hight price.


Comments:

Good zoom lens, but for action photography get the 50-150mm f2,8 version.




buslig22 15.03.2021 22:40:35
User review for lens: Fujinon XF 18-55 mm f/ 2.8-4 R LM OIS

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

I think one of the best ever made APS-C kit lens in the market. Small and compact,lightweigt,sharp image+good contrast,natural splendid colors, full metal construction,4 fe image stabilization,fast maximum aperture of f/2.8,smooth linear motor-fast autofocus,very good close focus, 58mm filter size,good for video work,best travel and family lens.


Weaknesses:

No weather sealed,continues apeture ring function without f scale on the ring,in the corner on 18mm f11 not so sharp,little bit distorsion appear,price. Overall lens rating in this site not correct,real point for me is 4,30 !!!


Comments:

In many situation go to lens for everyday use.




buslig22 15.03.2021 22:18:16
User review for lens: Fujinon XF 56 mm f/ 1.2 R

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

One of the best ever made portrait lens! Sharp on f1.2,precise inner auto focus,compact size,full metal construction,lightweight,excelent colors,very good bokeh,made in Japan.


Weaknesses:

Close focus only 70cm, little bit slow autofocus,not so large usability,no weater sealed,price.


Comments:

When I shot portrait, only this lens its on my Fuji X-H1!




buslig22 15.03.2021 22:06:33
User review for lens: Fujinon XF 35 mm F/ 1.4 R

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Uniqe-super color caracter,excelent close focus,sharp on f1.4,compact size,good for portrait work,full metal construction,unique parasolar and lenscup,large usability / all around lens!


Weaknesses:

Outside focus contruction,no weater resistant,to slow manual focus operation,average auto focus speed,loud operation,no good for video work.


Comments:

Most used focal lenght this lens with uniqe color rendition.




Bartlomiej 14.03.2021 15:14:39
User review for lens: Tamron SP 85 mm f/ 1.8 Di VC USD

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

beautiful smooth bokeh, neutral color rendering, excellent sharpness, very good af performance, solid build, weather sealed, good contrast, vibration compensation (VC) - this is only one 85mm prime lens for dslr with optical stabilization.


Weaknesses:

Well sometimes you can see a chromatic aberrations, purple fringing on metal elements for example, it is sharp however you have to take into account a callibration via tamron tap console because of front-focus, very rare - lower contrast when you have a sun in the frame. 


Comments:

I used this prime lens on D750, with this body everything works very well even in low light situation. I recommend this lens to everybody who likes a typical portraiture photography. This optical formula was so good that on the basis of it Batis 85mm f1.8 was created by Zeiss. When I skipped from Nikon to Sony mirrorless camera I really regretted that cannot use this lens for Sony body...there is no exist native mount for Sony...you can use adapter Sigma MC-11 when you buy version with Cannon mount but it is not a native mount.




Bartlomiej 13.03.2021 14:28:31
User review for lens: Zeiss Batis Sonnar T* FE 85 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Lightweight, microcontrast, bokeh, sharp wide open, color rendering, optical stabilization, excellent zeiss multi- coating, excellent af performance


Weaknesses:

overpriced, f1.8


Comments:

It`s overpriced f1.8 prime lense...however it is only cons. This fast prime lense gives you beautiful color rendering, 3d pop and bokeh...it is very sharp across all frame from f1.8, af almost never missed but in low light situation will hunt, works marvellous with eye af. I hesitated between Batis 85mm f1.8 and Sony 85mm f1.8 and I choose this first.




takkub21 25.02.2021 08:49:19
User review for lens: Voigtlander Septon 50 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

Vintage Color

Soft B&W


Weaknesses:

close focus is far same LTM lens mount.


Comments:

I like it.

Full Review
https://pantip.com/topic/40538110

 

Full Flickr Album

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUoMCNe




takkub21 25.02.2021 08:42:04
User review for lens: Topcor-S 50 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

Vintage Color

Good B&W


Weaknesses:

Rere


Comments:

I love it.Have mini review in Thai language.
https://pantip.com/topic/40413584




NerveNet 03.01.2021 11:55:19
User review for lens: Canon EF-M 22 mm f/ 2 STM

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:
  • Very compact and light
  • Bright f/2.0
  • Handy 22mm focal length for general usage
  • 7 rounded aperture blades
  • Fulltime manual focus
  • Metal lens mount
  • Front element doe not rotates during focusing

Weaknesses:

  • A bit slow focus speed stepping motor compared to existing USM variants
  • Uncommon 43mm filter diameter
  • Small and expensive lens hood
  • No optical image stabilization
  • Not weather sealed, front element simply moves out/in during focusing operation

Comments:

This is in my opinion a must have fixed lens that everybody should have for their Canon EOS-M cameras.

This 22mm covers about the same visual field of an fullframe 35mm lens. Its fast f/2 aperture helps in low light condition or for providing some amount of background blur.

The only dranwback is the relativly slow stepping motor that moves the focusing the internals. Not a problem in most situations but I prefer the quick USM variants.

The image quality this small prime delivers is very good for the prize.




Aravier Batiz 18.12.2020 00:09:18
User review for lens: Jupiter-8 50 mm f/ 2

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:

Extremely Sharp when stepped down, light in weight, very small compact built compared to other 50mm lenses, With the use of the Leica M39 adapter makes for a ver compact option for the Sony A7III, it has a good dynamic range, the color rendition is amazing, the black and white renditions are rich and with a wide range of tones of grays, it is cheaper compared to its original cousin formula Carl Zeiss Sonnar, the breathing is acceptable and it does produce a very emotional look, with a magic 3D pop and smooth blur in non focused areas


Weaknesses:

When shot towards a light source looses a lot of contrast real fast as the source is stronger but it has cool star gosts when stepped down and the flares and glares are pleasing and good looking when they apear. When fully open only the very center of the image is sharp, and it suffers from a glow, the rest of the image will have that glow all over softness and chromatic aberration. It also suffers from a little radial distortion easily corrected in post. 


Comments:

Love this tiny lens it has a lot of character, people ask constantly what kind of lens is it because of the shinny silver look it is powerful and compact, with a maximum aperture of f/2 it is a balanced lens but not as fast as a f/1.4 or f/1.2 though it will give an awesome 3D pop and cool separation with a soft creamy delicate bokeh.




Graham 27.11.2020 03:57:18
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Mirotar 500 mm f/ 4.5 C/Y

Period of use: 22 years

Strengths:

Incredible sharpness, even illumination and great contrast.


Weaknesses:

Size and weight make this slightly unweildy though the carrying handle helps.  A tripod is a must unless you use this with a digital SLR like the Olympus E-M1 III which has sufficient IS to allow this to be used hand-held. 

Of course, the bokeh of a mirror lens is an issue for many people but this lens handles it better than most.  I have a photo of this lens alongside my Yashica ML 500 f8 - the contrast in size speaks for itself!


Comments:

This is an amazing piece of optical and mechanical engineering that goes back to the late 1960s and the use of this lens on the Contarex.  The mount was adapted to a C/Y mount for use with Contax and Yashica SLRs post-1975 - only 215 were ever built.  The Contax 500mm and 1000mm Mirotar lenses are the only ones in the Contax Zeiss range not to have T* coatings, reflecting their earlier Contarex origins. 




NerveNet 10.11.2020 14:57:58
User review for lens: Tamron 35 mm f/ 2.8 Adapt-A-Matic

Period of use: 9 months

Strengths:
  • Low priced (around 30 euros)
  • Good build quality
  • Made of metal with rubber focusing ring (second version)
  • Moderately fast f/2.8 aperture
  • Smooth focusing ring

Weaknesses:

  • Soft wide open in center, with very soft corners
  • Washed out colors
  • Bulky and heavy

Comments:

This 35mm lens was meant for black and white photography according to the results I get from it, washed out colors, very soft corners at f/2.8 and some vignetting.

Improves a lot at f/5.6 but corners are still a bit soft may be due to field curvature.

 

Build quality is very good, all made of metal, a bit heavy and bulky. My copy corresponds to Tamron's second version with a rubber focusing ring instead of a metallic one.

Focusing ring is well damped and smooth, a pleasure to use.

 




NerveNet 10.11.2020 14:32:22
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Tessar 50 mm f/ 2.8

Period of use: 8 months

Strengths:
  • Cheap: 23 euro
  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • All metal construction
  • Moderatelly fast aperture (f/2.8)
  • Nice color rendition
  • Sharp at f/5.6
  • Smooth focusing ring
  • Can be declicked easlily

Weaknesses:

  • Soft at f/2.8 but usable
  • Only 5 aperture blades

Comments:

Standard 50mm focal length with moderate f/2.8 aperture for less than 25 euros. All made of metal but not heavy.

This Tessar was meant for black and white photography but you will also get nice color results.

I got the best results at f/5.6 but wide open pictures are usable but a bit soft in center.

Focusing ring is smooth and works great for manual focus operation.




NerveNet 10.11.2020 11:57:24
User review for lens: Carl Zeiss Jena Triotar 135 mm f/ 4.0

Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:
  • Low Price: 15 euros
  • All metal
  • 15 diaphragm blades
  • Preset aperture system (I like them a lot)
  • Sharp at f/5.6
  • Nice color rendition
  • Long focusing ring rotation
  • Very easy to disassamble, clean, repair...

Weaknesses:

  • My copy suffered from stiff focus, solved by cleaning the helicoid and applying new grease
  • Not a fast lens (f/4)
  • Soft at f/4, you have to stop down the lens a bit
  • Long minimum focusing distances (>1.1meters)
  • Heavy and long
  • Difficult to nail focus if used on a DSLR

Comments:

To be honest my expectations where very low for a 15 euro lens that needed cleaning. After cleaning the helicoid and aplying new grease it is easier to handle but still stiff.

Not a really sharp lens at maximum aperture (f/4), but fine if stopped down one o two steps.

It's 15 aperture blade system help to mantain a round shaped higlights.

Color is ok for such an old lens, a bit less warmer than my Canons and more closer to my Nikons.

As DSLR user I cannot recommend this lens as it is very difficult to nail the focus using the optical viewfinder, a lens with wider aperture (f/2.8 for example) is easier to handle than this f/4.

If you wanted a cheap vintage manual focus lens under 50 euros this is the lens you where looking for, but a 135mm f/2.8 will be more interesting than this f/4. And 135mm f/2.8 are very common.




Bert Greeley 29.09.2020 17:35:45
User review for lens: Canon FDn 50 mm f/ 1.8

Period of use: 35 years

Strengths:

It's fast, easy to use and a good middle-wide angle lens.


Weaknesses:

The aperture ring is a little stiff


Comments:

Worth it's price




Fernando Schmidt 12.09.2020 00:52:44
User review for lens: Imado 135 mm f/ 2.8 MC

Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:
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If you ask about how sharp it is, then is sharp to very sharp f4 and upper.
 
It is nice for lanscape at f8/f11... Not if you use bokeh as dominant part of your composition nearly wide open.
 
If you try to do portraits whit this lens, i sugest use a very soft background, this lens have very nervous bokeh. Sometimes (few times) you get a nice portrait after f4
 
It is a very ligthweigth and small lens.
 
Very cheap, I bought it just for 4 dollars at that time.

Weaknesses:

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Well, the main reason to buy 135mm lens is to take portraits:
 
In this category, this lens is horrible.
 
Soft wide open.
 
The Bokeh is "so so" wide open, but at f4 and upper is horrible to my taste. 
 
The caracter of this lens is not useful at all.
 
 
I remember cooler color, not ideal for skin tones.
 
To be a old an all metal lens, it is not on par with 3dr party lenses like Hoya, Vivitar, just to name few.

Comments:

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This pictures were taken with Nikon D300 many years ago (2011).
 
I did some test the first time with this lens (Girl/Color), as you can see...the bokeh looks horrible.
The Nikkor AF-d 80-200 f2.8 pull MK2 did a much better job :P
 
As you can see, the B&W photo looks "great" and the character of the lens is not a problem with this kind of Subject/pictures.
 
After several use, the barrel get stuck, the grese of helicoid were dry (probably common whit old lenses), the helicoid is made of aluminum, I trayed two time to put in place after lub, but thread get in bad shape and died.
 
This lens is easy to disassamble, but is quite sensible to damage. 
 
Worth it?
 
Well, depend on you. This cost me almost free, so... yes, it is fun to try old lenses.
 
Then, if you want a fine and nice optics and you don´t wanna lose time, this is not for you.
If you want a great optics, look at Nikkors Ai/Ais, 135mm f2.8 or even better and legendary 105mm f2.5 ;)
 
Is a 2 points optic of 5 posible points
 
 
Mechanical quality 3.00 Average
 Optical quality 2.00 Poor
 Usability 2.00 Poor
 Pricing / Value 5.00 Excellent
 Bokeh 1.00 Very Poor
Overall lens rating
2.00
Poor



Leo Koikov 26.08.2020 03:29:29
User review for lens: Komura 105 mm f/ 2.5

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

Build

Colors


Weaknesses:

Pice


Comments:

comes in diferent Komura mounts including M44 unidapter




Leo Koikov 26.08.2020 03:25:06
User review for lens: Sankyo Kohki Komura 135 mm f/ 3.5

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

IQ

Build

Size


Weaknesses:

price

non-standard filter thread


Comments:

Looks like a later version 




Leo Koikov 26.08.2020 03:15:29
User review for lens: Komura 200 mm f/ 3.5

Period of use: 1 day

Strengths:

Excellent build

Good IQ


Weaknesses:

Price

Size


Comments:

Comes in sveral versions of Unidapter including one in 44mm thread





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