lenses

  1. Biro

    New Sale on Sony Cameras and Zeiss Lenses April 12, 2021

    Well, that didn't take long... https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/new-up-to-1000-rebates-on-sony-cameras-and-new-up-to-270-rebates-on-zeiss-lenses/ All of the sale prices that just expired are back. And the A9II and the A7sIII still aren't on sale. But if anyone has regretted not jumping on any...
  2. M. Valdemar

    Canon Rangefinder 35mm f1.5 Wide Angle Lens is Highly Radioactive

    I was testing some of my vintage Rolex dials for radioactivity with a dosimeter. Out of curiosity, I pulled out some of my rangefinder lenses and tested them. I had one collapsible 50mm Summicron that I was almost positive was radioactive but it was not. So then I tried the 35mm f1.5 Canon and...
  3. mike3996

    Nikon Nikkor 200mm f/4: Micro vs Non-Micro?

    Any conceivable reason to choose the non-micro f/4 lens over the Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4?
  4. mike3996

    The Great Equalizer: A camera body for adapted MF lenses ONLY

    I have thought about it, discarded it a few times, then got hyped about it again. Getting a camera body solely for the purposes of adapting older goodies. I don't have to care what the native lens options are for the given body, all I care are the specs of the body and how it enables me to...
  5. Coksic

    Helios 44M-5 58mm f2

    Wide open, with Nikon D90! 20mm macro tube 20mm macro tube
  6. Coksic

    Minolta 28mm f2.8 MD W.ROKKOR

    Classic manual 28mm f2.8. One of several versions that were made in the 70s and 80s. Very nice lens with decent close focusing distance of 0.3m, nice coatings, and overall, very good image quality. If I could nitpick, the corners are never super sharp. However, I expected that from a lens from...
  7. MoonMind

    Leica New Voigtländer 35mm lenses

    https://www.dpreview.com/news/7006098406/cosina-releases-three-new-35mm-f2-lenses-for-leica-m-sony-e-mount For those who read German, Voigtländer Germany already has write-ups on all new releases: https://www.voigtlaender.de/blog/ I'm posting this here because the new 35mm Utron f/2 II and...
  8. Turbogirlie

    Lensbaby Optic Swap System

    I think I must get the Lensbaby optics out again and get back into this, as loved the challenge of this system. It's not to everyone's liking, my Dad hates it!
  9. Coksic

    Presenta Auto MC 28mm f2.8 m42

    One of my first m42 lenses that I picked up for my Samsung NX1000 mirror-less camera , back in 2014. I haven't used it as much with Samsung, or later, with Nikon D90, as much as I have with my Fujifilm X-E1. Not having any native Fuji AF lenses, I started collecting vintage glass again. Presenta...
  10. Coksic

    Schneider-Kreuznach 135mm f3.5 m42 (Edixa-Tele-Xenar)

    Another well kept m42 telephoto from ages ago.
  11. BrianS

    Vivitar Series 1 35-85 F2.8 Auto-Variable-Focus lens.

    This is an Obscure Lens. It is not "quite a zoom", it is variable focal length. It does not compensate focus as you change focal length, so- change focal length at any distance except infinity and you need to re-focus. The aperture is constant, max aperture is F2.8. The lens is multi-coated...
  12. dougpayne

    Using manual lenses on the Panasonic S1R.

    Thanks to its large high-resolution EVF, magnified focusing view, and easy-to-implement sensor stabilization, this camera is the best I've tried for adapting vintage lenses. This photo I took with a Nikon 55mm micro. The relative unpopularity of the S1R means you can find bargains on the used...
  13. Coksic

    Minolta MC Rokkor PF 58mm f1.4

    A good old manual focus lens, with nice reputation. Well kept and preserved, it feels like new. Having many Helios 58mm lenses, I'm used to the focal length. On a crop sensor, it just feels right. It's fast, with 1.4 aperture, which is often challenging with focusing, because my X-E1 doesn't...
  14. Coksic

    Kiron 80-200mm f4.5 (Minolta mount)

    This is by far the cheapest buy so far. Plenty of fungus and dust spots inside, but mechanically excellent! It cost me 6 dollars on a local online sale site. The lens could not focus on infinity at 200mm( probably incompatibility with my MD to FX adapter). So, I decided to do something... That...
  15. F

    Nikon 35mm Ai f/2

    I find 35mm to be a very versatile FL for shooters looking to achieve many things. I do a lot of hiking, & this beautiful little lens is usually invited. jt
  16. Biro

    Is Anyone Going to Try This New f/1.2 TTArtisans Lens?

    Given the price, it seems to be very low risk. As long as you don't mind manual focus and no electrical connection to the camera. https://www.dpreview.com/news/2530835692/ttartisans-releases-a-98-50mm-f1-2-lens-for-aps-c-camera-systems
  17. M

    Nikon 100mm F2.8E

    A nice compact 100mm F2.8 lens that was designed to be a value option. Wasn't allowed to carry the Nikkor name with its plasticky build. Which actually translates well to this modern mirrorless age being lighter and cheaper. My copy is sharp but needs a few stops for out of camera contrast. It...
  18. J

    Weird sonnar lens

    Does anybody got info about this lens? It doesn´t say Carl Zeiss anywhere buy construction is identical as a Contax I lens. Serial number is 60080 and it says R.1038 I bought in a store in Buenos Aires. Thanks!
  19. William Lewis

    Leica Digital CL with adapted lenses?

    I was pondering today if the digial CL would work well with old LTM lenses via stacked adaptors? LTM -> M -> L ? Anyone tried this? I'm still trying to find a digital equal to my old IIIf and Summitar. I love my Nikons but miss a certain something about Leica.
  20. agentlossing

    Ricoh (Patent Rumor) New Ricoh Compacts with Prime Lenses?

    https://pentaxrumors.com/2020/09/10/new-ricoh-23mm-and-28mm-f-2-8-aps-c-lens-patent-for-a-compact-camera-new-ricoh-gr-maybe/ This is exciting to me. Regardless of whether it's released under the GR name or as a Pentax or whatever, I'm always for more fixed lens prime compact options. These...
  21. mike3996

    Leica 7artisans vs Leica - a battle between two 35mm f/1.4 lenses

    https://leicarumors.com/2020/08/16/blind-test-leica-summilux-m-35mm-f-1-4-asph-lens-vs-the-new-7artisans-35mm-f-1-4-lens.aspx/ Apart from the 7a lens being too big (it probably shows in the viewfinder quite a bit), things are looking excellent for value-oriented buyers.
  22. TraamisVOS

    Cannot remember a lens I previously found.

    Earlier this year, I was casually browsing the net and found a 16mm lens that was: - at least f/2.8 or wider, - full frame, and - it wasn't a fisheye. I mentally bookmarked it, meaning to come back to it later. Well it's later. I'm trying to find it again but am having very little luck and...
  23. K

    Formula 5 f/3.5 200mm

    This was given to me as a birthday present, for my Minolta SRT303b. I acquired a suitable adapter and have used it from time to time with my Pentax K5. It's heavy, so not something I'm looking to do very often... It was a steamy hot day.. Tommy in the garden
  24. M. Valdemar

    Chinese 35mm f2 V1 Summicron Replica (PIX INCLUDED)

    I don't know how many of you have been following the threads on RFF about the Chinese replica of the 1950's V1 35mm Summicron, but it has been ongoing for close to two years. They set out to make a replica of the original Leica lens, right down to the almost unobtainable flint glass elements. I...
  25. drd1135

    Canon Canon R 800mm and 600mm f/11 lenses

    FF and Slow is the way to go! https://petapixel.com/2020/07/09/canon-unveils-4-new-lenses-including-the-rf-600mm-f-11-and-800mm-f-11/
  26. Lou Tingle

    Fuji Fujifilm releases very minor firmware updates for six of its XF lenses

    https://www.dpreview.com/news/4775177835/fujifilm-releases-very-minor-firmware-updates-for-six-of-its-xf-lenses
  27. mike3996

    Leica 75 mm lenses for M / LTM

    f/ Elts l [mm] m [g] Street price 7artisans 1.25 7/6 73 600 435 GBP Leica Noctilux 1.25 9/6 91 1055 8575 GBP Leica Summilux (Mandler) 1.4 7/5 80 600* ~4100 GBP Leica APO Summicron 2.0 ~~1400+ GBP Leica Summarit 2.4 6/4 61 345 ~870 GBP CV Nokton 1.5 7/6 63 350 790 GBP...
  28. rflove

    Leica Comparing Leica M lenses and other Leica screw mount & R adapted lenses

    After messing around with some non-Leica lenses, I though I'd try to shoot my Leica lenses with a tripod at the same target. I had to dismount and remount the body because the lens selection was inadvertently left in a manual mode incorrectly set in a couple of cases. Also, all the lenses were...
  29. rflove

    Leica CL with adapted M lenses

    A few more images with adapted lenses. The CL does no allow me to choose non-Leica lenses when manually entering the lens. Some of these were taken with the Voightlander 40mm 1:1.2 Nokton, the Voightlander 21mm 1:1.8 Ultron and a 50mm 1:3.5 Canon Macro FD. So ignore the reference to the Noctilux...
  30. mike3996

    Adapting problems

    You may have read, I have a long-time dream about adapting vintage SLR lenses because they are (can be) affordable and there's a magnificent selection to choose from. After the disappointment from EPL5 usability, I'm choosing to place more and more eggs in one (Leica M) basket and this means...
  31. Bobby Tingle

    Fuji Four X mount lenses coming

    We know the 50mm f1 will be out this year. But, it was announced at the Fuji Summit that 4 new lenses are coming in the next 12 months. Any guesses what the other three may be?
  32. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Getting drawn back to Nikon DSLRs & old F-mount lenses!

    * Cross posted at Fred Miranda, but I think it applies here as well! Lately I've been getting drawn to the low prices of DSLRs and old F-mount lenses. For example when I had tested the Z6, A7III and D750, the D750 surprisingly had sharper OOC raws over the Z6 and was not too far behind the...
  33. mike3996

    Which mount to speed boost?

    Say you didn't have any foreign lenses or adapters for your APS-C body. You want to invest in one good speed-boosted 0.71x adapter. Is there any particular direction you'd take? Why? Note: Nikon G covers all Nikon F lenses.
  34. Harry Cutts

    Canon 50mm f1.8 FD

    The walk home by Harry Cutts, on Flickr
  35. Harry Cutts

    Pentax M 135 f3.5

    Pentax M 135 f3.5 by Harry Cutts, on Flickr
  36. Harry Cutts

    Vivitar 17mm f3.5

    Couldn't find a thread for this one so here goes. Taken on an Olympus EM10 mk2 at f5.6, looks quite decent to me. Vivitar 17mm copy by Harry Cutts, on Flickr
  37. M. Valdemar

    Interesting Carl Zeiss Jena 58mm f2 Biotar Discovery

    I have a Carl Zeiss Jena 58mm f2 Biotar in M42 mount that I use with my Sony A7II and I'm very happy with the images. So a couple of weeks ago, I saw a 1950's Pentacon SLR on eBay, with a "CZ" lens that looked exactly like my Biotar. The description was lousy and the photos on eBay were poor...
  38. Coksic

    Nikon D90 with some Nikkor lenses

  39. Coksic

    Revuenon Special 35mm f2.8 m42

    I bought this lens 5 years ago, for 15 eur. At the time, I thought it might surprise me with image quality. It did.. Not necessarily in a good way. At that time, I had a Samsung NX1000, mirrorless camera. I wanted to test the lens, and see what the images would look like. Wide open, there isn't...
  40. gryphon1911

    Nikon 200mm f/4 non-Ai

    Stopped by the camera store today, have not been there for a while looking for anything in particular...but I wanted to see if they had a manual focus 200/4 or 135/2.8. They had both! I was hoping that the 200/4 would be the AI version, but not today. Price seemed OK and I wanted to try it...
  41. S

    Lens Identification

    HI, I picked up this lens from a charity shop (thrift store) the other day for 10 Danish Kroner or $1.50/£1.20 . At first I thought it was some kind of CCTV lens I could use with an adapter on my Pentax Q or Fuji camera but I can find nothing about it. It is called Coyal f3.5 and looks like...
  42. mike3996

    Leica TTArtisan lenses (with starting off with a capable 35mm f/1.4!)

    There's a new player on the market, and it's looking good! TTArtisan has some new designs that tickle my interest better than what they currently have. A really good looking and capable 35 f/1.4 for ~$400 https://www.35mmc.com/24/09/2019/ttartisan-35mm-f-1-4-asph-review-by-vincent-bihler/ A...
  43. gryphon1911

    Samyang 12mm f/2

    When I left the m43 world, I wanted something that was similar to the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 but in Fuji X mount. I feel this is it!!
  44. gryphon1911

    Nikon 105mm f/2.5 AI

    One of the legends! This lens is what first pulled me into the manual focus lens rabbit hole.
  45. gryphon1911

    Nikon 55mm f/3.5 Micro

    I'm not too into macro, but it is nice to have the option available when needed. Love this 55/3.5. It is not an AI lens, so limited on the cameras it can be used on. Not a bad all arounder lens either if you can get past the very long focus throw.
  46. gryphon1911

    Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AIS ED

    My version of this lens is cosmetically in less than optimal shape, but the glass is fine. Another lens where the rendering and sharpness are just how I like it. I might some day get the AF version, but until then, this is a great manual focus alternative. Works great on the Nikon Df and I've...
  47. gryphon1911

    Nikon 135mm f/3.5 AIS

    I love the rendering of this lens as well as the sharpness. I often fight with myself between whether to take this lens or the awesome 105mm f/2.5 AIS.
  48. gryphon1911

    Nikon 35mm f/2.8 Nikkor-S Auto

    Limited in which cameras can use this lens because it does not have the AI notch cut out of the aperture ring, it does quite well, especially when stopped down a bit. Lovely on the Df and admirable on the Z6.
  49. gryphon1911

    Nikon 85mm f/2 AIS

    Only had this for a little while and got rid of it because I had more 85mm lenses than I needed. Still, a great little, compact 85mm. A bit dreamy wide open, but nice for portraits.
  50. gryphon1911

    Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AIS

    Got this thing dirt cheap at a local camera store. Performs excellently on the Nikon Df and the Z6 with the FTZ. I may throw it onto some Fuji X cameras on day, but here are a few to get this lens thread going! Feel free to add your images taken with this lens here too!
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