Lens Reviews

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 backwards compatible with FD and FL camera bodies. Quick Thoughts on the Lens Needing a extension tube is not […]

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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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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 each category 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 35mm […]

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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 1970's and 1980's. […]

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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. Build Quality, Design, and Sample Variation Olympus designed the 50mm macro to be a small, compact lens. They succeeded as it […]

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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 in compatible 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 AF Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

The Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens would never be my first choice. In terms of price/performance, the lens misses the mark. The Tamron 90mm SP Di f/2.8 macro lens is less expensive, sharper, lighter, and does not require a in camera autofocus motor. Manually controlling the aperture ring isn't good because it […]

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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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