Category: Legacy Lenses Reviews

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New Meyer-Optik-Görlitz Primoplan 75/1.9 Prototype – Hands On

Introduction Meyer-Optik-Görlitz is an old German company founded in 1896 by famous optician Hugo Meyer and businessman Heinrich Schätze in Görlitz, Saxony. Company passed through turbulent periods in its history, almost disappearing as a brand during cold war (when it was absorbed by VEB Pentacon and VEB Carl Zeiss group). There were some attempts to revive lens…

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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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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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Sony Alpha A7r (ILCE-7r) and Robot Lenses

  I needed a break from comparison series, so I dug deep into drawer to find few Robot lenses... Robot - the word was created by Karel Čapek - Czech writer in his novel R.U.R. from 1921. Since than, it become worldwide synonym for intelligent or automatized machines (simplified). But Robot cameras were German. And…

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Portrait lens – Which One? 21-30

To help this page survive, your donation will be highly appreciated.  Portrait lenses 21-30 21. Canon EF 85 f/1.2 L USM II is one of the best standard portrait lenses ever made by anyone. Click here to see more images in the Flickr set What's good: Combination of extremely smooth bokeh, enforced by a native…

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Portrait lens – Which One? 11-20

To help this page survive, your donation will be highly appreciated.  Portrait lenses 11-20 11. Known as Russian Biotar, Helios 40-2 was made using same formula, but the results are different enough to let it live on its own. I have to mention, that color shift with this lens was extreme. This is how it…

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