Vivitar 19mm f/3.8

An economical solution to get entry the real wide angle photography. Well built massive metal lens and pretty light weight not heavy at all. At least 3-5 times less money than the better lenses. I suggest to buy and use for traveling or in bad weather condition if you don't want take a risk with expensive lenses. 

Yashica Auto Yashinon-DS 50mm f/1.9 M42 Lens Review

Quite uncommon very sharp,very well built precise Japanese lens. It hasn't auto-manual switch so to use on DSLR bodies need to prepare the lens or use newest M42 adapter with auto push ring.Very good performer one of the best 50mm M42 lens. I didn't find many information about this lens,so this is the reason why I think pretty rare. Perhaps more popular in Japan. I have pleasant experience all around, so I can't say more, grab it if you have a chance.

Jupiter-8 50mm f/2 Lens Review

This lens an exact copy of Carl Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f/2 pre-war lens. So I expected pretty much from this test, I could test only in close-up action because Leica lenses on Nikon D50 doesn't work on longer distance. I found this lens is very sharp and it has good color rendering. Recommend for close-up works even on DSLR bodies, I guess very good performer on it's original place on many Russian Leica clones like Zorki cameras.

Vivitar 400mm f/5.6 Lens Review

This lens looks good at first, but has some serious issues. Definitely not what one would expect from Vivitar. Image quality is rather poor: soft at f5,6 and slightly better at f8, acceptable sharpness at f11. Chromatic Aberrations (CA) are terrible: awful red fringing on almost all pictures (see samples), it is even visible in the "bokeh". The lens seems to have some kind of coating, but it is not very effective on the CA issues. I did not notice any haze or lack of contrast, so in that aspect the lens is fine. Handling is easier than one would think. The lens is not that long and can be hand held, although there is an adjustable tripod collar. Focusing is smooth and can be done pretty fast, after some practice. I would not recommend this lens unless you really need a telephoto and if you don't mind clearing the CA in post-processing. I'd say it would be worth maximum 25 euros, any higher than that and you can probably find something better, but for under 25 euros, it's acceptable. (I paid 10 euros)
(by Tom De Nies

Novoflex 40cm f/5.6

Very sharp, lens with nice "bokeh". Lens design is very simple. Focusing is super fast almost fast as an AF lens. Lens barrel made from aluminium so light weight compare with other 400mm lenses. Easy to split  for transporting , much easier to handle than others. Before I made any test shoots I was worry about how I able to handle hand shaking, because I use 2x crop camera Olympus-E1. Effective focal length 800mm on this camera first usage was pleasant surprise, sharp at wide open! I could make many great shoots from hand without any tripod. I bought this lens with fungus. I cleaned my self, this lens was the most logical construction in my experience. I didn't find any weakness I love this lens ! SUPERB!

Tamron SP 28-80mm F/3.5-4.2 27A Lens Review

This lens has a little bit of everything, wide-angle, macro and portrait lens. Quality is good to average, certainly not top at each field area but it performs quite well. If you have no space to bring quality prime lenses this lens would be a good choice. Colour rendering is very nice, a well built lens both mechanically and optically.

Nikon/Nikkor 135mm f/3.5 AI Lens Review

A sharp lens, real Nikkor.Colour rendering is very nice, well built lens both mechanically and optically.First class quality even if  I found one weak point: "bokeh" is nothing  compare with other 135mm lenses like Pentacon 135mm, Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135mm or Konica Hexanon 135mm.

Olympus OM Zuiko lens list

Olympus OM Zuiko lens list Made by Olympus Inc.


SC - single coated

MC - multi coated

S in name: Economy product line

E.Zuiko has 5 elements ,F.Zuiko 6 elements,

G.Zuiko 7 elements, and so on.


Olympus OM 135mm f/3.5 Lens Review

Very sharp, outstanding quality lens. This lens was my first Olympus lens in my collection I didn't expected much after many excellent 135mm  lenses like Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135mm f/2.8, Nikkor 135mm f/3.5 etc. I thought I have all what I want I bought this lens just for testing and sell out after test is done. I have to change my mind. This lens is excellent from every aspects very well built, optically superb and very good looking too. Close focusing distance not good as CZJ Sonnar 135mm this is only the minus compare with Sonnar.

Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 20mm f/2.8 MC M42 lens review

One of the most famous East German Carl Zeiss lens, it has excellent reputation and highly priced, probably most expensive East German Carl Zeiss lens.


Tamron SP 180mm f/2.5 63B Lens Review

It has always been one of my dreams to get this lens. There aren't many available on the market,made only 3000 pcs for Tamron 35th anniversary. It is a very sharp lens, even at wide open and pretty fast too. It has outstanding image quality, rendering nice colours, if you ever see pictures taken with this lens you will be falling in love with this lens. I would like to say big Thank You to Mr. Paul Martinez who gave me this superior lens.
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