Lens Reviews

Vintage Macro Lenses

Vintage macro lenses are some of the most useful manual focus lenses. When the macro lenses are stopped down, the image quality is excellent.

With many of them being manual focus lenses, there is little that can go wrong with them. There is a decent supply of them on the used market and the value to performance ratio for the majority of lenses for macro photography is difficult to beat.

Lens adapters are inexpensive so they can easily be used on any interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. They will also work well on compatible DSLR or film SLR cameras.

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 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 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
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
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
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
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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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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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. Table of Contents Used Prices & Where to BuyHistorical BackgroundBuild Quality & DesignUsageImage QualityConclusionComparable LensesNikon […]

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October 1, 2019
Best Nikon D3000 Lenses for All Types of Photography

Recommended Nikon D3000 Lenses If you don't want to read, you can check out the best options for the Nikon D3000 below. Zoom Lens - Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Wide Angle Lens - Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Telephoto Lens - Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G First Prime - Nikon AF-S DX […]

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