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A List of Useful Websites About Lenses

This is a list of websites where you can find and verify necessary information when adding lenses to the database. This list is regularly updated.

 

Common sites

http://en.wikipedia.org – English Wiki. A lot of various information about lenses.

http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi – Search for pictures on Google. The best way to find an image of a lens, MTF chart or optical design schematic.

http://flickr.com – Perhaps the biggest photo sharing site. Features many content-specific groups. Please add a link to such a group in the appropriate field when submitting a lens to the lens database at AllPhotoLenses.com.

http://mflenses.com - Very good site about manual focus lenses.

http://www.photodo.com  - A large site about lenses, including older lenses. Offers a nice collection of MTF charts.

http://www.lensdatabase.net/  - Database of modern lenses.

http://www.photozone.de – Very good site with detailed test reviews of modern lenses.

http://www.kenrockwell.com – Detailed reviews and tests of modern and older lenses by Ken Rockwell.

 

Sites about individual brands and systems

Canon

http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/camera/lens/ - Canon Museum. Features almost all lenses produced by Canon. Features many lens’ optical design schematics. Unfortunately, no MTF charts.

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup - Modern Canon lenses. Features MTF charts and compatible accessories.

 

Pentax, Asahi Takumar

http://kmp.bdimitrov.de - The most complete information about Pentax lenses from the 1970s.

http://whitemetal.com/pentax/index_pentax_lenses.htm - Site about Takumar lenses  produced by Asahi Pentax.

http://www.aohc.it/lense.htm - Site about Takumar M42 lenses  produced by Asahi Pentax.

http://www.taunusreiter.de/Cameras/Pentax_Main.html - Site about Takumar lenses  produced by Asahi Pentax.

http://www.pentaxforums.com – Pentax forums where you can find information on a variety of lenses from this company.

 

Nikon

http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Camera-Lenses/index.page - The official U.S. site full of basic information, including MTF charts and optical design schematics.

http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/lenses.html - The most comprehensive source of technical characteristics on Nikon lenses.

 

Olympus

http://asia.olympus-imaging.com - Olympus English site. Offers all sorts of information, including MTF charts and optical design schematics.

http://gavrilovart.ru/foto/olympusom/18-my-om1  -  Descriptions of Olympus Om lenses.

http://olympus.dementia.org/eSIF/om-sif/lensgroup.htm - Descriptions, specifications, optical design schematics for Olympus Om lenses.

 

Sigma

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/shop/lenses - Official English language site by Sigma. The most informative resource for this brand. Offers descriptions, specifications, MTF charts, optical design schematics, and information about accessories.

 

Tamron

http://www.tamron.com/lenses/prod/70200_di.asp - Official English language Tamron website.

http://www.tamron.co.jp/data/old-lens/old-index.htm - Information about old Tamron lenses in Japanese.

http://www.tamron.co.jp/data/a2-lens/mflens.htm - Information about old Tamron lenses in Japanese.

 

Carl Zeiss

http://lenses.zeiss.com/photo/en_DE/service/download_center.html - Detailed info about old and modern Carl Zeiss lenses in PDF format.

 

Yashica

http://yashica.org/4-2-Lenses.html - Site about old Yashica lenses.

http://olypedia.de/Yashica_ML-Objektive_%285%29_-_Zoomobjektive - Good site about old Yashica lenses.

 

Konica AR

http://cybernetdenis.net/lenses.htm - List of lenses Konica AR. Brief characteristics. Photos.

http://www.buhla.de/Foto/Konica/eHexanonHaupt.html - The most comprehensive resource about Konica AR lenses. Reviews, features, photos, optical design schematics.

 

Sony A / Minolta A

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/index.asp -  Specifications and reviews for lenses by Minolta, Sony and other manufacturers. No optical design schematics or MTF charts.

http://www.mhohner.de/sony-minolta/lenses.php - Good database of descriptions for Sony and Minolta lenses.

http://www.sony.jp/dslr/lineup/lens.html - Database of the modern Sony A and Sony E lenses on the official Japanese site. In addition to technical characteristics, the site offers optical design schematics and MTF charts for all lenses.

Author: Sergei Borodin 17.09.2010 10:09:53
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