1. mnhoj

    Lens Your three favorite lenses of all time

    I think this will be fun. I'll have to really think. At least one lens of mine comes down to an emotional connection. Like the Nikon 105 F2 DC. At the time my kids were young and the lens produced a nice blend of sharpness and OOF rendering. But honestly it's all about the content. It touched me...
  2. Lawrence A.

    Adapted Adapted lenses, any make, for any camera

    I haven't seen a general thread for any adapted lens. Here are a couple of things shot with the Sony a7ii using an old Zuiko 75-150 f4 (one of my favorite zooms for decades), with which the river stone with fossilized ferns was shot, and the Konica Hexanon 40mm f1.8, which has become the...
  3. William Lewis

    Pentax M42 lenses?

    After getting back my test roll for a Honeywell Pentax H1a with a 55/2 lens I am quite pleased with it. What are some M42 screw mount gems to look for? Id like a wide and portrait length for it.
  4. 11GTCS

    Nikon Showcase AI, AI-S, and AI-P Lenses

    Didn’t see a thread for the lovely vintage Nikon (and more modern Voigtlander) glass we have in F mount! Was testing a 105mm f/2.5 AI-S this evening and loved how beautiful the rendering was. I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I figured I’d make a thread and see what vintage examples others...
  5. rayvonn

    Nikon Voigtlander Mirrorless Lenses for Z Mount

    As I’ve said before, there’s probably no such thing as a “bad” Voigt lens so I’m sticking this up here for any Z Mount owners here. As someone who only wants smaller lenses for the rangefinder, I’m thinking the Lanthar lenses might be better suited for me on the Z mount. Shame that the, by all...
  6. A

    Adapted Mirror / Reflex lenses

    A few years ago I came across the idea of using a Nikon 500/8 reflex/mirror lens as a cheaper alternative to an expensive autofocus 500mm lens. Since I wasn't going to be using it a LOT, it did not make sense to spend $$,$$$ on a "modern" lens. Turned out that the Nikon 500/8, even after 40...
  7. mike3996

    Advice Wanted RECOMMEND Maybe obscure lenses or otherwise good deals that you can adapt on mirrorless

    My Panasonic S1 is not attracting any buyers so my backup plan is to keep it and buy new adapters for it. Getting the necessary motivation to do so, my question would be: what lenses could justify this expense? I originally bought the S1 for Leica and Nikkor lenses but I found it's in part...
  8. C

    Micro 4/3 My last camera and lenses for a long while......

    After much consideration I am adding a Gh6 to my 2 G9's and Gx85. And although I have a 12-35 I and the Oly 9-18, I am adding the PL 12-60 and 8-18mm to my other 8 lenses (basically for video with the Gh6). With the AI noise reduction and enlargement provided by my On1 programs I can't think of...
  9. Irene McC

    Advice Wanted Changing lenses with Tele-Converter

    I've got a 1.4x TC for the Fuji X system, currently using it with my 80mm macro. I want to use it with the 70-300. This is common enough and I've swapped TC's before but I have always read that the order in which to do it is as follows: First remove the lens plus TC from the body, remove the TC...
  10. C

    Micro 4/3 How I re-discovered my less used lenses....

    Since last summer I've been a co-organizer for a meetup group and have been "focusing" on going to small towns around the area (keeping it within an hour or so of home). Over the last 6 or 7 years using M43 cameras (EPL1, EP5, Gx8, Gx85, G9) I've acquired some good glass (although I think most...
  11. Irene McC

    Fuji Link to interesting Fuji discussion about lenses

    Over here
  12. L0n3Gr3yW0lf

    Feedback A main topic for adapted lenses, please?

    Can we, please, have a main topic on Adapted lenses so that all brands\mounts can cave a source of information and to share images of\samples adapted lenses. Fragmentation of threads per lens for each brand can make it very time consuming to find the information one would like to find or add to...
  13. L0n3Gr3yW0lf

    Sony The 35mm FF experiment for Vintage lenses

    Heuou, again, I have been itching to retry my experiment with 35mm FF. Last year I bought (well more of traded in for) a Sony a7C as a one stop shop for family and portraits and a way to dip my toes in adapting vintage lenses (I love shooting with manual focus and I love interesting and...
  14. M. Valdemar

    Manual Lens Have the prices of Nikkor 35mm f1.8 LTM lenses gone insane?

    I have three of these lenses, pristine. I have not priced them recently. I also have a LTM Nikkor 85mm f1.5 too. I cannot find any listings for these lenses. I see one 35mm 1.8 with an asking price of $7500 on eBay. I see some sold 85mm 1.5's for over $3500. Are these the going rates now? I...
  15. Petrochemist

    Pentax Adapting lenses on a Pentax DSLRs

    Despite the good results & prices of Pentax lenses, I've become a big fan of adapting lenses as well. Most of the time this is on one of my mirrorless cameras (Pentax Q, Panasonic MFT & Sony) but there are times when my SLRs work well too :) Here's one of my earliest adapted lenses, used on the...
  16. Kevin

    Announcement New "Camera Lenses" Forum

    Visitors tonight may have noticed a slight shuffling of a couple of forums and, after some deliberation, the result was the new "Camera Lenses" forum. https://cameraderie.org/forums/camera-lenses.204/ The new forum is meant for any kind of talk about lens gear that does not fit in elsewhere...
  17. Cameraderie Bot

    Canon Virtual Reality Through a New Lens: Canon Introduces Their First Dual Fisheye Lens for Stereoscopic 3D 180° VR Capture in 8K

    Virtual Reality Through a New Lens: Canon Introduces Their First Dual Fisheye Lens for Stereoscopic 3D 180° VR Capture in 8K https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/about/newsroom/press-releases/press-release-details/2021/20211006-product/20211006-product MELVILLE, NY, October 6...
  18. G-hack

    Advice Wanted Helios 44 8 vs 13 blade?

    Hi folks I'm trying to purchase either a 13 blade (silver) or 8 blade (black) Helios 44 lens, both M42 mount. Other than the shape of any bubble bokeh (13 blades would be more smooth), any other major difference in photo? I believe the lens configuration is the same so the overall color and...
  19. mnhoj

    Sigma Sigma DG DN "I" series lenses

    The 65. Not 50 and not 85 which I thought could be perfect for me. I think I was right. And even if I'm not(it's only the first hour of sampling), the output, build and AF is wonderful. Price ain't bad either. Headshot crop.
  20. mike3996

    Manual Lens Adapted lenses and IBIS: always only three axes of stabilization?

    https://alikgriffin.com/how-in-body-stabilization-works-3-axis-vs-5-axis/ Alik Griffin just posted an article how three axes of stabilization is the best you can get when you adapt a foreign lens to a modern mirrorless camera. I think the reasoning seems rather sound. He does make a mistake...
  21. Coksic

    Manual Lens Jupiter-8

    Cheap vintage lens in m39 mount. It's a 50mm f2 lens.There are several versions/generations of this lens. It has a Zeiss Sonnar optical formula, reverse-engineered in the Soviet Union as part of the war reparations. Lovely lens, easy to use, with 12 aperture blades. I modified my copy to focus...
  22. William Lewis

    Manual Lens Testing a Chiyoko Super Rokkor 50/2 C LTM

  23. mike3996

    Nikon 28mm lenses

    Regarding 28mm f/2.8 lenses for Nikon. The Series E lens has for whatever reason gained in asking price and is now close towards 100 €. Some of you will say the time for Series E was when these lenses could have had for 50 € or so. A general consensus seems to be that the 28E has the worst...
  24. Ad Dieleman

    Manual Lens Vivitar 24mm f2 (Kiron, Nikon F mount)

    I'm getting more and more frustrated that Zeiss nor Voigtländer (Cosina) make a nice MF 28mm for Sony E-mount (full-frame), so I'm thinking of getting a Zeiss Loxia 2.4/25 when a good deal comes along. To find out if that focal length works for me, I took the only 24mm I have, an old Vivitar...
  25. mike3996

    Manual Lens Nikkor-Q 135/2.8 vs 135/3.5

    The first vintage Nikkor I bought for Df was the Nikkor-Q.C 135mm f/2.8. With its four elements its design is what @BrianS calls a "unique formula". Not necessarily a Sonnar but it's not a double-Gauss either. Fast forward to this year and I was buying the Nikkor 135mm f/3.5 because of its...
  26. 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...
  27. M. Valdemar

    Manual Lens 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...
  28. mike3996

    Manual Lens 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?
  29. mnhoj

    Nikon Showcase Nikon manual focus lenses

    E-series 100mm F2.8
  30. mike3996

    Manual Lens 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...
  31. Coksic

    Manual Lens Helios 44M-5 58mm f2

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

    Manual Lens 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...
  33. 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...
  34. Turbogirlie

    Manual Lens 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!
  35. Coksic

    Manual Lens 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...
  36. Coksic

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

    Another well kept m42 telephoto from ages ago.
  37. Brian

    Manual Lens 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...
  38. 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...
  39. Coksic

    Manual Lens 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...
  40. Coksic

    Manual Lens 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...
  41. F

    Manual Lens 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
  42. Biro

    Manual Lens 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
  43. mnhoj

    Manual Lens 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...
  44. J

    Manual Lens 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!
  45. 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.
  46. 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...
  47. 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.
  48. TraamisVOS

    Manual Lens 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...
  49. kyteflyer

    Manual Lens 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
  50. M. Valdemar

    Manual Lens 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...