Category: Legacy Lenses Reviews

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Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4, King line from Zeiss expands horizons.

6 new Milvuse lenses weren't enough, not even new Loxia 21/2.8 filled the glass. Zeiss announced another stellar lens, (making it 8 in approx. 1 month) new 28mm f/1.4 from their stellar Otus line. Lens is supposed to come to the shelves in the second quarter of 2016, so we will have to wait for…

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Minolta RF Rokkor-X 250mm f/5.6 on Sony A7

Getting mirror back to my mirrorless camera... I got lucky to find one of the rare and quite sought after lenses - super telephoto catadioptric mirror lens - Minolta RF Rokkor-X  250mm f/5.6. Introduced in 1979, this lens wasn't produced in large numbers and thus its prices on eBay can reach levels above 1000 USD.…

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Angenieux 50mm f/1.8 Type S1 on Sony A7r

Getting back to roots. It is kind of calm time here in Prague and while we are waiting for few new items to come, I thought that it might be interesting to take a look at some less mainstream lenses. One of those rare finds is Angenieux 50mm f/1.8 Type S1 in original Leica LTM…

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Extremely Swirly Bokeh – Short Tutorial

Here is my story... Over years, I collected some 20+ Helios 44 lenses. (If you never heard of this lens, it is Russian copy of Zeiss Biotar 58/2, one of my favorite standard lenses). I did so partially out of curiosity to see how many variations I might discover (it is believed that anyone who…

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10 minutes lens test – portrait session

I can't say what is harder - finding "Perfect Lens" or finding "Perfect Testing Method". Especially knowing that neither exist.I published many "controlled" tests, mainly using ISO 12333 chart, but those charts and walls usually tells only part of the story.Unfortunately IMHO, most readers are referring to MTF tests and results, in general terms, considering…

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Portrait lens. Which one? 30 short portrait lenses compared on APS-C.

To help this page survive, your donation will be highly appreciated.  Day after day, I am teased by my friends and readers to recommend the best portrait lens for Sony NEX. This may be partially due to the absence of standard fast tele in E-mount, and partially because there are so many options on the…

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