Lens Reviews

May 7, 2019
Nikon 28mm f/2.8 Series E Lens Review

The Nikon 28mm f/2.8 Series E lens is the widest of all the Series E lenses. Introduced as a budget lens, it still fills that role today. It has an AI-S mount so it will work on most Nikon cameras. Historical Background The first version of the 28mm lens was released in 1979. Like all […]

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May 2, 2019
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E Pancake Lens Review

The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E has remained a popular lens for more than 40 years. It was originally designed as a budget lens, but became popular with professionals. Often referred to as a pancake lens, the lens is short and light. With caps on the lens, it can easily fit into a jacket pocket. […]

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April 21, 2019
Yashica 55mm f/2.8 ML Macro Lens Review

The Yashica 55mm f/2.8 ML macro lens is well constructed, sharp, and has little distortion. Compared to other vintage macro lenses, the only standout feature is that it is expensive. A 27mm extension tube is needed for 1:1 magnification. However, 90-105mm macro lenses are a better choice for 1:1 because they have larger working distances. […]

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April 21, 2019
Tamron SP Di 90mm f/2.8 Macro AF Lens Review

Used copies of the Tamron SP Di 90mm f/2.8 Macro lens have the best price/performance. The lens is sharp from f/5.6-f/11 with no chromatic aberration. Weighing 418g (14.7oz), the lens is the lightest macro lens I have reviewed in the 90-105mm focal length range. Working distance is comparable to 105mm lenses because the front element […]

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April 21, 2019
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.5 Macro 52B Adaptall 2 Lens Review

Tamron's 90mm f/2.5 SP Macro 52B Adaptall 2 lens produces sharp images at f/8 & f/11. Used on any crop body camera, at f/5.6, the soft corners won't be an issue. There are 26 Adaptall 2 adapters that can be swapped onto the lens. Any 35mm film SLR mount can be easily found, which makes […]

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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. Lens Background For this version the "Rokkor" branding, signifying high quality, was dropped. The lens doesn't perform as well as other vintage macro lenses priced […]

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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. Quick Thoughts on the Lens Wide open the lens is the worst macro lens I've ever seen. The corners are terrible. […]

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

Made by Kino Precision in the 1980's 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 1990's praise for the optical quality and usability of the lens grew. Today, it is considered […]

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