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 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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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 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. Used Prices and Where to Buy Prices were checked on October 15, 2018. With some patience, copies of the lens can be found on eBay […]

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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 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 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 an in-camera autofocus motor. Manually controlling the aperture ring isn't good because it sticks. […]

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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
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. Used Price and Where to Buy When I was checking prices on the Olympus 50mm macro in November 2018, there were […]

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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
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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