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April 21, 2019
Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

Quality problems or low sales have made this lens rare. Likely both because I'm always surprised to find old Sigma lenses that are in usable condition. My copy has a Nikon F mount, but it was made with other camera mounts. Image quality is similar to other macro lenses from the late 1970s and 1980s. […]

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April 21, 2019
Olympus OM 50mm f/3.5 Zuiko Auto-Macro Lens Review

The Olympus 50mm f/3.5 OM-System Zuiko Auto-Macro lens is a well built lens. Having the aperture located at the front of the lens makes it easy to adjust when adapted to a mirrorless camera. Table of Contents Used Price and Where to BuyComparable LensesBuild Quality, Design, and Sample VariationUsage & Working DistanceTest Shot Sharpness ComparisonOther […]

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April 21, 2019
Nikon Micro Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8 Lens Review

The 60mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor was released as a replacement for the unpopular and short-lived, 55mm f/2.8 AF Micro Nikkor. The autofocus in the lens is driven by a screw drive motor built into some Nikon camera bodies. Nikon has been phasing the motors out of entry-level DSLRs for several years. Camera bodies such as […]

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April 21, 2019
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review (Micro Nikkor)

The Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens would never be my first choice. When compared with other vintage macro lenses I have reviewed, in terms of price/performance, the Nikon 105mm macro misses the mark. The Tamron 90mm SP Di f/2.8 macro lens is less expensive, sharper, lighter, and does not require an in-camera […]

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April 21, 2019
Nikon PC 55mm f/3.5 Macro Lens Review

The Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 PC is the 5th of the 7 versions of the lens. There are two notable changes in this version. First, the lens has a improved coating, designated by the "C." Second, the aperture ring was changed to a scalloped style that makes it easier to grip. An issue to look […]

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April 21, 2019
Nikon BR Bellows & Macro Accessories

Nikon BR accessories are designed to be used on a Nikon bellows or for macro photography. They can be used to reverse a lens, control aperture diaphragms, and attach filters to reversed lenses. They are: Camera bellows that will work well with the BR accessories are the Nikon PB-4 and Nikon PB-6. WARNING: The BR-2 […]

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April 21, 2019
Minolta MD 50mm f/3.5 Macro Lens Review

Over more than 2 decades, Minolta made 7 versions of their 50mm macro lens for the SR mount. The Minolta MD was the last version made, starting production in 1981. Table of Contents Used Prices and Where to BuyComparable LensesLens BackgroundLens SpecificationsAccessoriesLife-Size Adapter Extension TubeExtension Tube Set IILens VersionsSourcesBuild Quality, Design, and Sample VariationTesting setupUsage […]

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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. Table of Contents Used Prices and Where to BuyComparable LensesQuick Thoughts on the LensLens SpecsLens VersionsSourcesBuild Quality, Design, and Sample VariationTesting […]

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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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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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