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April 20, 2019
Konica Minolta Auto Meter VF Review (Kenko KFM-1100)

The Konica Minolta VF is an affordable flash light meter at $100-$150. Taking auto flash readings is the key feature. Earlier meters need PC sync cables, which is nice to avoid. Konica Minolta exited the camera business in 2006. At that time, Kenko took over manufacturing the meters. The meter is still being sold as […]

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April 20, 2019
The Legendary Vivitar 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Reviewed

The Komine made Vivitar 90mm f/2.8 is a legendary cult classic because of how sharp it is. From f/5.6 to f/11, the lens is tack sharp with no signs of chromatic aberration or distortion. Out of the 6 90mm to 105mm vintage macro lenses I've tested, it is the sharpest. Relatively light, the lens doesn't […]

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April 20, 2019
Vivitar 55mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

There is lots of lore and hype built up around this Komine lens, and it is all deserved. This is the sharpest standard focal length vintage macro lens I have ever used. The Vivtar 55mm f/2.8 macro lens is sharper than the Canon, Nikon, Minolta, and Olympus lenses I have tested. Lens Specifications Manufacturer Komine […]

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April 20, 2019
Panagor 55mm f/3 Macro Lens Review

Panagor was a brand name used by Jaca Corporation in the UK, Europe, and Asia. Jaca distributed re-branded photography gear manufactured by other companies. The Panagor 55mm f/3 macro lens was made by Komine. Used Prices and Where to Buy If you're in the US, don't bother looking for a Panagor version. The Panagor brand […]

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April 20, 2019
Lester A. Dine 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

Made by Kino Precision in the 1980s the lens was rebadged and sold under several brand names. Lester A. Dine put their name on the lens to be paired with their ring flash and sold to dentists. Through the 1990s praise for the optical quality and usability of the lens grew. Today, it is considered […]

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April 20, 2019
Canon FD 100mm f/4 Macro Lens Review

The Canon FD 100mm f/4 macro lens is front heavy and only goes to 1:2 magnification. Despite that, the lens is sharp when stopped down to f/8. A 50mm extension tube is needed to get to 1:1 magnification. Adapting the lens to a mirrorless camera body adds even more extension. For the lens to be […]

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April 17, 2019
Canon FD 50mm f/3.5 Macro Lens Review

Released in 1979, the Canon FD 50mm f/3.5 macro is the second and last 50mm macro lens for the FD mount. The lens is a new FD mount design, which eliminates the locking ring. It is backward compatible with FD and FL camera bodies. Used prices on eBay and Other Sites On 11/11/18, versions of […]

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January 8, 2019
Best Nikon D810A Memory Cards

The Nikon D810A has dual memory card slots, each with its own format. One slot can use SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. The other card slot uses Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards. In order to get the best results from the D810A it is critical to use an SD card with UHS-I and […]

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