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Review of: Sigma 70-210mm F3.5-4.5 APO by joe8 on Fri June 17, 2022 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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I've got 2 items oft the latest version with golden ring and I'm very happy with them.- unfortunately both without the achromatic macro lens for the top screw mount :o:o:o - ++ high sharpness :fedup: +/++ good to excellent correction of CAs (my advice: stop it down a few!) ++ integrated macro tube up to 1:2 ;););) ++ high contrast +/++ good to very good color rendition for 100 bucks a super bargain full recommendation with 9.5 points (latest version)

Review of: Yashica Auto Yashinon-DX 50mm f/1.7 by joe8 on Tue June 7, 2022 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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Yashinon lenses are often copies of ZEISS lenses - because of a former joint verturebetween ZEISS and Kyocera.:):):) *************************PAY ATTENTION*********************** The old 1.9/50 version named YASHICA, not yet YASHINON ist still a few better than this one. because of its optical design 6/4 instead 6/5 elements.(double Gauss like PLANAR) ++ robust metall-glass construction ++ very good sharpness (1.9 version +++ excellent) ++ very good color rendition +/++ nice bokeh + good correction of CAs (1.9 version ++ very good) - wide open visible, disappearing at f 5.6 +/O wide open some flare, nearly no flare stopped down:o great value full recommendation with 8.5 points

Review of: Cosina MC Cosinon-W 24mm f2.8 by joe8 on Sat February 12, 2022 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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:):):) a good lens at small budget / bon objectiv au prix bon marché :lol::lol::lol: ++/+ sharpness, contrast and color rendition at a high level / piqué, constraste et la saturation des couleurs à un haut niveau +/O thin CAs in the corners / peu d'aberrations chromatiques dans les coins :fedup::fedup::fedup:

Review of: Sigma 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 DG Macro by joe8 on Fri February 4, 2022 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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Because of the big zoom range ther are compromises to deal with thie lens / objectiv avec quelches compromis à cause de la grande dimension focale all over a good lens, but with some weak points / en resumé un bon objectiv, mais avec des faiblesses : + good sharpness at 28mm, but stopped down to f 9 - f 13 / :fedup::fedup::fedup: bon piqué à 28 mm, mais avec f 9-13 -/O weak corner sharpness at 28mm, even with f 13 / manque de netteté à 28 mm dans les coins :(:(:( -/O some visble corner CAs at 28 mm, even stopped down / à 28 mm quelques ACs visibles, même à diaphragme fermé +/++ good to very good sharpness from approx. 50 to 150 mm and much more better CAs' correction / entre 50 et 150 mm plus de netteté et la correction des aberrations chromatiques apparaît presque parfaite :):):) O flare on tele range from 200 to 300 mm / à partir de 200 mm plus de flou :mad::mad::mad: -/O 250-300 mm less sharp, and CAs becomes a problem once more / de nouveau des problèmes avec ACs entre 250 et 300 mm et moins de puiqué CONCLUSION / RESUMÉ : for analogue and small digital photos a good performer, for professional posters there is much work to deal with PhSh after shooting / pour la photographie argentiique et des petites photos numériques un bon copain, mais pour des agrandissements professionels il y a une foule d'améliorement avec PHSh à faire. :eek::eek::eek:

Review of: Cosina Cosinon Auto MC 135mm F2.8 by joe8 on Thu December 23, 2021 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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Very similar to the sharp SUPER ALBINAR 2.8/135 - designed 4/4 elements, lens hood included + good sharpness wide open ++ excellent sharpness with f-5.6 - 11 :):):) o/+ moderate - good CA correction at f 2.8 +/++ scarecelly visible CAs at f 8 (up to f 5.6 in bokeh) :o:o:o +/O some flare wide open - disappearing, when stopped down ++ nice neutral color rendition recommended with 8 points :fedup::fedup::fedup:

Review of: Pentacon / Meyer Optik Gorlitz Orestogor 135mm F2.8 Preset by joe8 on Wed November 10, 2021 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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ORESTEGOR = PRACTICAR = SONNAR very fine GDR lenses of high qualty at a very low price (produced in JENA by CARL ZEISS) M 42 screw or Practica BC mount ++ excellent sharpness :):):) O/+ some CAs wide open + good CA correction stopped down a few :lol: + high contrast all metal construction very highly recommended

Review of: Pentacon 50mm f1,8 auto multi coating by joe8 on Wed November 10, 2021 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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This GDR lens made by CARL ZEISS JENA is very simlar to the famous ZEISS Pancolar because of its symmetric double GAUß construction of 6/4 elements.:lol::lol::lol: ++ because multi coating nearly no flare ++ very high sharpness at f 5.6-11 ++ fine color rendition + good correction of CAs very highly recommended :):):) 9.5 points

Review of: Vivitar (Komine 28xxxx) Auto Telephoto 200mm f/3.5 by joe8 on Wed November 10, 2021 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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This is an optical 5/4 element construction with an achromatic element in front./same construction as Tokina and Super Carenar 3.5/200 and under other brands. O Inspite of lens hood some flare wide open - against the sun light +/++ sharpness stopped down a few good to very good + neutral color rendition -/ O wide open some visible CAs + stopped down good CA correction Its front elements are easy to scew away :):):) so that you'll get a phantastic macro pre-lens-adpater for tele-zooms :lol::lol::lol: 7.5 points totally für this fine lens at a low price

Review of: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM (Art) by joe8 on Tue October 26, 2021 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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AN OVERRATED LENS - FOR BOKEH-FREAKS ===================================== For such a lot of money I expect best results - but not at all ! This lens is decentered, obviously. :lol::lol::lol: ++ best center sharpness, undoubtably 10 points O/- edge sharpness not real sharp wide open, CAs and double contures :o:o:o - 5 points O f 3.5-4 moderate sharpness in the edges, double contures and still visible CAs, even with APS-C :o:o:o O/+ better values of sharpness at f 8-11 - disappearing CAs and double contures eliminated Why fore these results ? - I suspect some plastic elements in the interior :o:o:o ++ for portaits with great bokeh part in the edges very good O for architecture and landscapes : pay attention to the weakness in the edges - shut / stop down the aperture to f 8-11 :(:(:( I'd borrowed this lens - no decision to buy this overrated lens, never ! 7 points only - because of the high price and the bad edges

Review of: Tokina 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Aspherical AF by joe8 on Mon August 9, 2021 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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++ If you stop down to f 11 very sharp in the center :fedup::fedup::fedup: O/- corners are not so sharp, even with f11, especially at 28mm :o:o:o + CAs are well controlled a few overlighted/overexposed, scarecely visble in the edges ;););) - CAs are visible in the corners if exposure will be a few underlighted/underexposed or in the shadows :o:o:o ++ for portraits highly recommended, even wide open :lol::lol::lol: ++ macro shootings using a 36 mm macro ring at 105 mm and with f 11 very sharp :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: O for street photography, architecture, landscapes you must sharpen with Photoshop after exposure and use a tripod and 1/2 to 1 value overlighted/overexposed recommended yes, but only 7,5 Ppoints :o:o:o

Review of: Vivitar 35-105mm f/3.5 auto zoom by joe8 on Sun May 30, 2021 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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K version under HOYA available, same optics and housing +/++ good to very good sharpness with f8-11 for landscapes, street shootings etc. :):):) + nice bokeh + stopped down good contrast O/+ some visible CAs at wide open aperture and stopped down in "macro mode" O/+ wide open some flare visible + neutral color rendition -/O not really sharp with extension tube 36 mm and f 11-16 at the long zoom end of 105mm :o:o:o totally 7.5 points

Review of: Super Carenar 200mm f3.5 by joe8 on Thu April 29, 2021 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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Optical design very similar to Tokina 3.5/200 and Vivitar 3.5/200 +/++ stopped down to f8-11 a really sharp lens :lol::lol::lol: + neutral color rendition O visible flare against the light (same problem as Tokina 3.5/200) O aperture wide open: visible CAs, especially in the corners + CAs better controlled at f 8-11 VERY IMPORTANT FOR MACRO PHOTOGRAPHERS: ++ achromatic front part very usefull as macro lens element on the top of a PORST auto N 2.8/135 (very rare, worse auto D's 2.8/135 are frequent) plus macro ring with (self made of a 8x30 binocular front 2/1 element) integrated therein as a achromatic focus reducer. In result : 2/1 (achronmatic front lens element of 3.5/200) + 5/4 (Porst auto N 2.8/135) + 2/1 elements = 9/6 macro lens for perfectly corrected 1,25:1 macro shootings. Photos of very small flowers are available. Naturally M42 with K adapter. :fedup::fedup::fedup: very inexpensive +++ absoltuly no more CAs at f11 and extreme sharpness with the a.m. triple construction. Try it ! Totally 8 points :):):) and recommended - stopped down PS. My Carenar favorite lens is 1.8/50 with 6/4 elements and nearly no CAs (similar to old Canon FD 1.8/50) - but some flare against the light because of small coating. Optical design of Carenar 3.5/200 is 5/4 elements

Review of: Samyang (Hanimex, Kalimar, Sirius...) 28-200mm f4-5.6 macro focussing zoom by joe8 on Thu April 15, 2021 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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:):):) as teacher of digital photography I've had the opportunity to test a lot of lenses. A big zoom doesn't allow a perfect lens performance over the full range. ++ But between 70 and 135 mm this lens is very sharp, stopped down to f 8-11 and really usefull for macro shootings with extension tube of 36mm f.e with f 11-16. ++ very well corrected CAs in this middle zoom range :fedup::fedup::fedup: ++ color rendition is neutral and comparable to Cosina, Soligor and Vivitar lenses with a similar zoom range. ++ contrast is high, stopped a few down O at 200 mm purple fringing/CA's visible, at 28mm in the corners, too (but even expensive modern high tech ED lenses with this big zoom range have the same problem). 45 points : 5 = 9 points in averidge :lol::lol::lol: recommendation yes, but main using between 75 and 135 mm with best results, for portraits with f 5.6-8 at 28 mm and 200m with bokeh in the edges.

Review of: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar (modified mount) 50mm F2.8 1Q 8 iris blades by joe8 on Thu April 15, 2021 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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this named "eagle eye" lens has an important advantage to other lenses: at f 8-11 it has the same high edge sharpness as in the center ! :):):) Even modern lenses at a much more higher price hasn't.:):):) the nice bokeh and the high contrast of the simple 4/3 construction ++ neutral color rendition ++ high sharpness ++/+ correction of CAs ++ bokeh ++ full glass-metal construction without plastic lenses ! :fedup::fedup::fedup: love it very much. highly recommended :fedup::fedup::fedup:

Review of: Cosina MC Cosinon-T 135mm 1:3.5 by joe8 on Sun August 30, 2020 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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:):):) Cosinon Lenses are sold under different labels as Exakta, Carenar, Via Brillant, Porst, Revuenon, inspite of 2.8/135 declaration, sometimes. It hat f 3.5 wide open. This is the newer version with still better multi coating. :):):) Qptical qualities in 4/4 element construction are really excellent for this low price. This edition is wide open suitable for stars photography ++ sharpness, colors, and contrast are very good. +/++ some few flare against the light and some few CAs. Highly recommended at this low price 8.5 points:):):)

Review of: Cosina 135mm f/2.8 Cosinon-T by joe8 on Sun August 30, 2020 | Rating: 0 View more reviews 
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:):):) Cosinon lenses are sold under different labels as f.e. Revuenon, Porst, Exakta, Via Brillant and Carenar a.s.o.., inspite the start aperture will be by approximately 3.5 - indicated 2.8. It doesn't matter. They are all 4/4-element constructions ++ Sharpness is excellent,, especially at f 5.6-11 + few CAs ++ high contrast ++ nice colors highly recommended for this low price :):):)

Review of: Soligor 80-200mm F4.5 C/D Zoom+Macro by joe8 on Wed June 3, 2020 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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+ stopped down to f 8-11 a good performer :):):) o/+ wide opened aperture some visible CA's contrast and colors are okay 7 points totally :lol:

Review of: Sigma 100-300mm F4.5-6.7 DL by joe8 on Sat March 14, 2020 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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:lol::lol::lol: I'm stopping down all my lenses, generally. But this small, light buildt plastic lens has estonishing sharpness still wide opoen +/++ Sharpness wide open ++ excellent sharpness stopped down to f 11 :lol::lol::lol: ++ CA's very well corrected because of one ED and 3 achrromatic elements :lol::lol::lol: ++ nice neutral colors My lens has a perfect addjustment - so I'm very content with it - beside plastic housing sharpened pictures after 1,5 x 1,5 interpolation up to 60 x 80 cm possible optics 9.5 points - stopped a few down mechanics 8.0 points averidge 9.75 points averidge ========================= HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!! ++ high contrast This is my small tele photo zomm "baby" for higer iso use !!!

Review of: Auto Exaktar 200mm f3.5 M42 by joe8 on Wed February 26, 2020 | Rating: 6 View more reviews 
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:fedup: You must recognize the difference between fine EXAKTA's and cheaper, simpler EXAKTAR's with less quality optics (135 mm and 35 mm, too) :fedup: + sharp, but O/- terrible red CA's:o:o:o O much flare because of weak coating I've sold it 6 points - good only for learning children with an EXA I f.e.:lol:

Review of: Exakta (Carl Zeiss Jena) 28mm MC MACRO F2.8 by joe8 on Wed February 26, 2020 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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This lens is an exception: + nice bokeh ++ very neutral rendition of colors ++ very sharp +/++ scarecely visible CA's at the corners with a good 7/5-element converter you'll have a nice 5.6/56 mm macro lens !!! 9 points:):):)

Review of: Panagor 80-200mm F3.8 PMC Auto Tele Zoom by joe8 on Tue February 25, 2020 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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What a nice and sharp lens !:fedup: ++ very sharp stopped down a few +/++ very few CA's ++ for macro shootings suitable with macro tube ++ high contrast and very good color rendition one of my favorites - highly recommended:lol::lol::lol:

Review of: Porst 50mm F/2,0 Color-Reflex NC Auto by joe8 on Tue February 25, 2020 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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I've got the Cosina 2/50 edition in 6/5 lens construction - similar to Ricoh ++/+ very sharp lens as an good performer for portraits :lol::lol::lol: ++/+ nice bokeh for interesting effects ++ excellent coating = very few flare / high contrast ++ very nice color rendition an excellent performer for this low price, because CA's are neglectible full recommendation :):):) 8.75 points

Review of: Revuenon Auto Revuenon 135mm f2.8 by joe8 on Tue February 25, 2020 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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This old a.m. lens is really not so good. It is named also REVUENON SPEZIAL and with screw mount M42 - I've sold it immediately. :o:o:o THERE IS A LOT OF kinds of REVUENON LENSES 2.8/135, because of some different joint ventures of QUELLE, GERMANY. The newest version of AUTO REVUENON comes from Japan (not GDR). It is shorter and characterized by a black lines grip. It is astonishing better - much more better :):):) ++ sharpness excellent, from f 2.8-11 :fedup::fedup::fedup: ++ excellent color rendition :lol::lol::lol: ++ high contrast +/++ nealy no flare + scarecely CAs ******************************************************************************************************************** PAY ATTENTION TO the rubber grip with lines - this edition is much more better than the older one !!! ********************************************************************************************************************* +++ changed review for newer PK-lens +++ :lol::lol::lol: unfortuately very rare available !!!

Review of: Revue Revuenon RB 135mm f/2.8 by joe8 on Tue February 25, 2020 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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PAY ATTENTION: there are a lot of kinds of REVUENON 2.8/135 of different producers - very fines and really weak ones !!! In www.allphotolenses REVUENON 2.8/135 gets valuation of 4,5/5 points, i.e.9/10 points for optical quality !!! :o:o:o: Mines is a 4/4 lens construction with CA's wide open when shooting stars :o - a normal phenomena without an achromatic element. I've bought this lens with good blue coating (perhaps a later model with changed lens construction ?) - So I've got blue CA's wide open at f 2.8 when stars were shooted. But stopped down to f 8-11 these CA's will diappear, nearly totally :fedup: ++ very good sharpness beginning from f4 to f 5.6 = it is a good performer for portrait photography :):):) ++ very nice bokeh :lol::lol::lol: + few flare, good contrast, stopped down a few to f 4- f 5.6 O wide open blue CA's in the center and red in the corners, will disappear when stopping down to f 5.6-8 ++ excellent color rendition PAY ATTENTION, in order to buy a good lens with blue coating, because - like PORST - REVUE had changed suppliers very often, some came from former GDR and Japan - and these lenses are really good I use it for portraits and its "plastic brother" (see below) for macro shootings with an achromatic focal reductor - self made by one of the binocular 8x30 top / front lenses, fitted into a PK- and a M42- macro ring ; 8.5 points totally Remark: many new lenses with golden rings and highest prices have wide open similar CA's **************************************************** ATTENTION **************************************************** I've bought an old AUTO REVUENON M42 2.8/135 - made of plastics (very similar to "Porst TELE"/ Ennalyt and ISCO plastic performance (all 4 lenses produced by ISCO or ENNA?) - but 5/4 construction with one achromate element. These lenses are very sharp and without CA's at f 5.6. The above mentioned metal version for outdoor, the cheaper plastic version for close ups and with macro ring for macro shootings of butterflies f.e. !!! Ah - with the self scotched focal reductor a 7/5 elements construction and as result brighter 2.4/110 mm macro lens with extreme sharpness and no visible CAs - for pea nuts as costs !!! :):):) :lol::lol::lol: :):):) PS. oh - for astrophotography you must take a MF TAKUMAR 2.5/135 stopped down to f4-5.6 or the famous tokina 4/100-300 with ED element !!! No more blue CA's visible - ISO 51.600 highest contrast as filter with k-5, k-s1 and K-s2 and max. 2-3 sec. - wonderfull photos of orion nebula and of plejades (even without astro tracer) possible. Try it.

Review of: Photax-paragon ( revuenon, palar, etc) 35mm f3.5 by joe8 on Tue February 25, 2020 | Rating: 4 View more reviews 
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There are two editions. I've got ones with the small front lens as Revuenon Special. For children in combination with an analogue EXA I body it's okay, but not for adult photographers. Inspite of optical construction 6/5, there are so much CA's in the corners.:o:o:o only for micro 4/3 suitable with adapter

Review of: Tokina AF 28-70mm f2.8-4.5 Macro by joe8 on Mon February 3, 2020 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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:o:o:o Is this lens really the worst lens ever produced by Tokina??? :o:o:o As teacher of digital photography, we've a lot of lenses in use at school. This Tokina lens has the same housing as Vivitar and Soligor 3.5-4.5/28-70 - and the same optical construction - mines / ours!!! :fedup::fedup::fedup: :mad::mad::mad: 2.8 at 28mm is a fake - it has also f 3.5. But where is the problem with this lens ??? - there is none !!! Either here acculumates a lot of monday products or one after another tester has copied from the precedors. o/+ THE BOKEH IS NOT THE MOST BEAUTIFULLST - really !!! +/++ very few CA's in the edges at f 3.5 28mm +/++ very good sharpness all over the zoom range at f4-5..6 ++ great sharpness at f 8-11 ++ high contrast ++ perfect color rendition ++ very quick and precise AF O a bit loud and rough AF motor but the Pentax sensor chips are not the sharpest ones. with Fuji x-t100 and 24 MP ....... 9.5 points (6.400 Iso) with Pentax K-S1 and 20 MP 8.5 points (1.600 iso) :lol::lol::lol: averidge rating 9 points All our DSLR are fitted to highest contrast, optimal sharpness and internal elimination of CAs - this may explain some different results, but 2 or 4 points for the lens seems perhaps a few underevaluated ???

Review of: Cosina 35-135mm F1:3.5-4.5 by joe8 on Sun February 2, 2020 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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+ a good and sharp lens - stopped down ++ very good color rendition O/+ some CA's in edges :o +/O wide open a few soft - some flare :o:o:o O/- less sharp at 35 mm in the corners wide open :eek: +/++ stopped down to f 8-11 high contrast and in the centre excellent sharpness :fedup:, in the edges good sharp -/O slipping sharpness when zooming - correction of sharpness sometimes affordable 7,5 points and recommendation

Review of: Soligor Dualfocal 85mm & 135mm. by joe8 on Sun February 2, 2020 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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+ wide open a few soft extreme edges and very few CAs in the edges (negligable up to 5 x 7 '') ++ in the center very good sharpness wide open ++ stopped down to f 8 very sharp all over the frame :lol::lol::lol: +++ extreme sharp close ups at f 11 with 85 mm and macro ring ++ very sharp close ups with 135 mm ++ good color rendition and high contrast ++ no flare this lens has ZEISS qualities for APS-C (full frame naturally some weakness in the corners wide open) highly recommended for APS-C-sensor - my best 135 tele lens :confused::confused::confused: the high optical quality is due to 3 achromates, which is unusual !!!

Review of: Tamron 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di AF by joe8 on Fri October 11, 2019 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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CHANGED REVIEW - a good performer for trip shootings (APS-C), stopped down to f 6.7- f 13 :lol: / on bon copain pour des voyages, diaphragme fermé entre f 6.7 et 13 (APS-C) :):):): ===== but some problems with sharpness wide open, especially with full frame 24x36mm/ mais problèmes à ouverture totale du diaphragme, notament au format plein 24x36 mm ===== best correction if stopped down to f 9-13 / meilleurs résultats avec f 9-13 O/+ 28 mm soft corners, acceptable to good sharpness / coins flou et netteté modérée ++ 50 mm very good sharpness :fedup::fedup::fedup::fedup: / très bon piqué + 100 mm good sharpness / bonne nettetée O 300 mm weak sharpness / flou et pas tout à fait net :mad::mad::mad: an often TAMRON AF problem: EDGES are DECENTERED, unfortunately :o:o:o / un problème TAMRON: les coins sont souvent décentrés, malhaureusement lens must be stoppd down to f 9-13 for better sharpness, over the full zoom range, soft edges, visible CA's in the edges, especially at 28-35 mm and 200 to 300 mm :(:(:( / diaphragme de l'obejectiv fermé à f 9-13 améliore visiblement la netteté, flou dans les coins et ACs visibles, en particulier entre 28 et 35 mm et entre 200 et 300 mm but macro shootings with 125 mm f 11 and marco ring are better than expected :):):) (nearly no CA's and fine sharpness):fedup: mais quelle surprise. marco photos avec bague d'extension sont avec f 11 très nets (presque pas d'aberrations chromatiques) :fedup::fedup::fedup: for big poster prints the shooting with this lens affords much improvement with PhSh afterwards:o:o:o. sharp big posters up to the edges possible / agrandissements extrèmes possibles - en particulier après traitement intensif avec PHSh :confused::confused::confused:

Review of: Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical IF Marco by joe8 on Fri October 11, 2019 | Rating: 3 View more reviews 
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not my favorite, but useful for beginners and small photo prints to 13 x 18 cm, after treating with PhSh max 20 x 30 cm - suitable only for travel photos ore portraits - not for landscapes + big zoom range + nice colors + high contrast *** BUT *** +/O good center sharpness at wide angle/ O/- moderate tele sharpness 200 to 300 mm must be sharpened by PhSh:o:o:o, in order to get really sharp pictures. - - much CA's in the corners, especially at 28mm - - very soft in the edges (scarcely sharp in corners with APS-C !!!), at 28 mm, too *** NOT FOR FULL FRAME K-1 *** :o:o:o only 4 points because of some weakness (strong CA's, soft corners etc.) :o:o:o RECOMMENDED ONLY FOR BEGINNERS, PORTRAIT SHOOTINGS OR MICRO 4/3 with adapter - otherwise disappointing

Review of: Tamron Adaptall-2 SP / Novoflex 60-300mm f/3.8-5.4 (23A) by joe8 on Tue October 8, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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++ excellent sharp lens - much more better than the modern plastic zooms :lol::lol::lol: ++ very high resolution over the full zoom range ++ nice colors ++ high contrast and scarecely flare full recommendation:):):) highly recommended ******** why for not still today produced ? ******** PS. much more better corrected than the 5.6/300 single lens of Tamron.

Review of: Tamron AF Aspherical LD IF 28-200mm 1:3.8-5.6 Macro [Model 371D, 471D] by joe8 on Tue October 8, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 


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this is the best version of Tamron 28-200 /the earlier versions were not so good):):):) ************** FULL RECOMMENDATION FOR APS-C with aperture f 11 for landscapes **************** ++ good travel performer ++ very good sharpness at f 8-11 to f 11-16 even with wide angle 28mm + scarecely visible CAs even in the corners, stopped down ++ no flare at all ++/+ 100-135mm with macro ring and f 11 very nice macro photos possible better than the set lens 18-55 WR at 28mm but how to distiguish the earlier versions from the better one? the 371 version has a golden ring, which indicates the improved lens with ED element :lol::lol::lol: (changed review after many test photos) :fedup::fedup::fedup: PS. these very good values may not suit to full frame, where the edges show more visible CA's

Review of: Sigma 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 DG by joe8 on Tue October 8, 2019 | Rating: 6 View more reviews 
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+ a really good performer for voyages + good sharpness and contrast, good color rendition -/O but strong and visible CA's in the edges at 200mm and 28mm :o:o:o 6.5 points inspite of CA's

Review of: Sigma Zoom Master AF 35-70mm 1:3.5-4.5 MC by joe8 on Tue October 8, 2019 | Rating: 5 View more reviews 
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O this lens suffers of a lack of sharpness, some flare and somne CA's + ony bokeh is really good O chaep plastic housing (and plastic lenses Only recommended for beginners and very small prints up to 10x15 cm or 4 x 6 '' :lol::lol::lol: 5.5 points

Review of: Sigma AF 28-200mm f3.8-5.6 Aspherical UC by joe8 on Tue October 8, 2019 | Rating: 6 View more reviews 
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:mad::mad::mad: - this lens suffers of strong CA's, clearly visible, unfortunately + Nevertheless it is a good performer for voyages and trips with good sharpness stopped down. + good sharpness -/O strong CA's at WA 28mm and tele 200mm :o:o:o recommendation with 6.5 points

Review of: Sigma 35-80mm F4-5.6 DL AF by joe8 on Tue October 8, 2019 | Rating: 6 View more reviews 
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:o:o:o ohoooh O wide open moderate to good sharpness -/O to much CA's in the corners (Sigma illness) + stopped down to f 11 good sharpness O/+ somme visible CA's remain in the edges stopped down to f 11 + good AF O some flare wide open + good color rendition recommended for beginners and for prints up to 13x18 cm - not for posters totally 6.4 points for a good performer with some weakness wide opene and in the edges:confused:

Review of: Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm Line by joe8 on Sat September 14, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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what a wonderfull lens !!!:lol::lol::lol: I've got the 15/10 elements version of Vivitar Serie 1 ++ excellent sharpness ++ nice bokeh +/++ wide open scarecely visible CAs - with f 8-11 none ++ excellent color rendition ++ high contrast ++ full metal / glass constuction:fedup: 9.7 points for the first 3.5 version with macro 1:2 ps. with a 36 mm macro ring and focal reductor (2/1 elements of a 8x30 binocular fitted into a small macro ring !!!) I've got an excellent macro les 2.8/50-150 with exorbitant sharpness:lol::lol::lol: (very low price because of a small fungus at the edge of the front lens - not remarcable with APS-C.)

Review of: Sigma 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 Macro Compact Hyperzoom by joe8 on Fri August 30, 2019 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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Overvaluated lens +/O stopped down good sharpnes + good colors and contrast if stopped a few down O some flare wide open O/- sometimes strong visible purple fringung /CA's :o:o:o -/O wide open not so sharp in the corners 7 points

Review of: Sigma 75-300mm DL Macro AF by joe8 on Wed August 28, 2019 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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this old longer and heavier lens is much more sharper and better than the actual 70-300 lenses + no plastic lenses therein ! /armed glass - metal construction + high contrast + good sharpness O weak 300mm, less sharp + few CAs sometimes visible:fedup: stopped down to f 11 good to very good at f 135 to 200 mm :lol: recommendes with 8 points

Review of: Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 1:3.8-5.6 [Model 71D / 71A] by joe8 on Tue August 27, 2019 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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:):):) + good performer for trips with APS-C only (because of the big zoom range)/ c'est un bon copain pour des voyages, mais pour APS-C seulement :fedup::fedup::fedup: ++ very good and sharp results beween 70-135 mm (nearly no CAs/ well corrected) piqué et correction sont très bien entre 70 et 135 mm (presque pas d'abberrations chromatiques) + usefull for macro shootings with extension tubes in this a.m. middle range/ utilisable pour des excursions macro avec des bagues d'extension dans cette domaine (70-135 mm) O/+ moderate to good sharpness at 28 mm and at 200 mm/ netteté acceptable à 28 et 200 mm -/O unfortunately, some visible CA's and a few soft in the edges :o:o:o/ malheureusement quelques aberrations chromatiques dans les coins et là un peu flou + stopped down to f 9-13 best results / meilleurs résultats avec ouverture entre f9-13 CONCLUSION / Résumée: ==================== averidge 8 points - not so good for full frame 24 x 36 cm/:mad::mad::mad: en moyenne 8 points - pas si bien pour le plein format 24x36 cm for big posters you must improve sharpness by PhSh / pour des photos agrandises au grand format il faut améliorer la netteté par PhSh à votre ordinateur NB: the update model DI is a still better performer (changed review) PS: le modèle ID plus nouveau est mieux (c'est pourqoi mon résultat a été changé)

Review of: Tokina RMC 35-70mm f4 constant by joe8 on Tue August 27, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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there are two 35-70 lenses of Tokina with constant f. There is a still better one 3.5/35-70. It is very rare !!! Same look, same housing, but 3 achromate lenses with perfect correction. the 4/35-70 has none. here my evaluation for the 3.5 version ++ perfect sharpness up to the corners with f 5.6-11 ++ high contrast ++ very good color rendition ++ CAs very well corrected much more better than modern AF lenses:lol::lol::lol: 10 points

Review of: Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 180mm f/2.8 Pentacon Six mount. by joe8 on Mon August 5, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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a jewel of lens construction :) ++ excellent sharpness ++ excellent bokeh ++ excellent color rendition ++/+ scarecely flare ++ no CAs ++ with focal reducer 0.7 an excellent 2.0/120 macro lens - extremely sharp and no CA's because of fluorite glass:fedup: 9.5 points and very high recommendation !!! NB. Best apertures 5.6-11

Review of: Makinon / Hanimex 300mm f4 by joe8 on Mon August 5, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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same 5/5 lens construction as OLYMPIA 4/300 and SUPER ALBINAR 4/300 - I've got no monday production :lol::lol::lol: with some intelligent modification - see below - a wonderfull sharp and usefull tele lens ! 0/+ all these 4/300 lenses have wide open, i.e.not stopped down to f 8-11 one problem - few CA's in the edges, but not stronger than modern AF zoom lenses 70-300 mm, but much more sharper !!! ++ But stopped down to f 8-11 CA's will disappear nearly totally and sharpness will be excellent !!! + nice neutral color rendition ++/+ stopped down to f 8-11 high contrast. As teacher of digital photography I've bought a lot of different "cheap" 4/300 lenses for my pupils. Like Zeiss sonnar 4/300 this lens is one of the best single lenses at low costs !!!:confused: Who has the money buy a short 4/300 A of Pentax, but it is very rare !!! ++ with a (self made of a binocular 8x30) focal reducer O,85 and 36mm extension tube excellent macro shootings of butterfies, so you'll have an approx. 3.5/255 macro lens with - stopped down to f11 - very good results :fedup: the construction is 5/5 - with focal reducer between camera and lens 7/6, and with additional tele-converter 1.8x high definition sioccore 5/3 additionally on the top I've got approx. 3.5/460 mm in 12/9 construction !!! This will be with digital crop factor 3.4/690 mm for birds shootings. Important Remark: the actual 4/300 ED is naturally usuable without CA's starting with full open aperture f4, but for a much more higher price, but stopped down this lens you'll have similar sharpness. The former M42 4/300 Takumar is - compared with this lens - terrible, because of the very strong CA's - they will not disappear over all aperture range. 9.5/100 points for my lens - scrarecely different to the excellent Sonnar 4/300 of CZJ with fluorite glass.

Review of: Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 300mm f/4 by joe8 on Mon August 5, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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++ this lens of Carl ZEISS JENA is an apochromate lens 5/2 construction with ED fluorit glass !!! :):):) ++ excellent sharpness at f8 ++ with focal reductor 0.7 excellent sharp marco shootings 2.8/210 possible ++ nearly no CA's ++ excellent bokeh ++ excellent color rendition full points

Review of: Tokina RMC 70-210mm F/3.5 by joe8 on Sat August 3, 2019 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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++ excellent performer ++ f 8-11 extremely sharp ++ high contrast ++ nice colors ++ CA's minimized nearly full recommendation !!! mines ha few haze, therefore very cheap :)

Review of: Tamron Adaptall ( Chinon ) 300mm f/5.6 ( CT-300) by joe8 on Tue July 30, 2019 | Rating: 4 View more reviews 
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This 4/4 lens construction has absolutely very strong visible CA's. Mines. Perhaps a monday product? The color fringings are orange-red and green-blue visible still at normal notebook size viewing (12,5%). Stopping down and the CA's will remain. No change at all. It is the worst tele lens, I ever had used on my pentax cameras:o:o:o It is a shame lens for Tamron ! :lol: They would have better done to include two achromates at least, additionally ! I regret - no recommendation from me because of strong CA's! :o:o:o PS. maybe there is an earlier or later 6/4 element version - this must be better. I've bought a TAMRON 23A - this lens is really extremely sharp and because of 15/11 element construction nearly free from CA'S (Sorry - mines - i.e.5.6/300 - has been delivered without achromatic elements = 8 inner reflections against the sunlight instead of 10 reflections of a 6/4 design! It was a 4/4 elements construction as above mentioned.): o:o:o

Review of: Tokina 35-70mm F3.5-4.8 A Macro by joe8 on Fri July 26, 2019 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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same lens as exakta and vivitar + quite sharp O lower sharpness and some visible CA's in the edges + stopped down to f 8-11 quite good results:)

Review of: Sigma 70-210mm F3.5-4.5 APO by joe8 on Tue July 23, 2019 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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****** changed review ****** I'm not totally convinced of promised so high quality of SIGMA APO:lol::lol::lol: the test shots with HSS flash in a room were really good, the outdoor shootings were showing some weaknesses, unfortunately, especially in macro mode at 210mm with APS-C ! stopped down to f 8-11 :lol::lol::lol: +++++++ 9 Points ++++++++ ++ very good sharpness for portraits / landscapes etc. ++/O no visible CA's - in the corners, too / well corrected, but not in macro mode at 210 mm (the edges show visible purple fringing, not disappearing when stopping down !!! ++ high contrast ++ neutral color rendition ******************MACRO FUNCTION ****************** ONLY 7 POINTS + good macro sharpness O/+ but AF is not so precise, if macro function is activated ******* :mad::mad::mad: -/O half of the macro shots in field (butterflies) were not sharp because of AF error !!! O/+ wide open some flare and not so sharp in macro function rare to find for Pentax totally a good performer, but in macro mode not an totally excellent performer. I'd expected much more because of the APO design !!! :o:o:o this sigma lens is nevertheless much more better than later produced apo 70-300 macro lenses of Sigma in extreme tele range !!! :lol: recommendation because of many good shots of landscapes and portraits!!! AF weakness in macro mode !!! ****** 8.5 points, totally ****** :eek::eek::eek: The Cosina / Soligor / Pentax 3.5/100 with sioccore 1.8x High Defenition front converter is still sharper for macro shootings :o:o:o

Review of: Cosina ( Vivitar etc) 100mm F3.5 MC Makro by joe8 on Tue July 23, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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An excellent macro lens at a low price. :):):) Macro tele lenses cost generally 300-500 dollars, in averidge. this lens - similar to soligor - is a good decision, rarely to find, unfortunately ! ++ sharpness with f 8-11 excellent :fedup: ++ CA's at f 8-11 nearly none +/++ high contrast ++ neutral color rendition ++ light weight :):):) For butterflies I'm using generally a front lens tele converter Sioccore 1.8x high definition and an additional macro ring of 35 mm. 5/4 elemments of Cosinon + 5/3 elements of Sioccore = a 10/7 macro tele construction in MF of 3.5/180 of excellent resolution, because the sioccore glass elements are to heavy for the AF-motor of Cosinon!!! Because of the quick movements of these insects you'll need a HSS flash. With 1/1000 sec synchro time + HSS flash the insects will be shooted sharp enough at f 11-16 9.5 points :)

Review of: Hanimex 135mm F2.8 by joe8 on Wed January 23, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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There are such as the Revuenon's different kind of production lines of this lens by HANIMEX. The shortest lens and the MC line are the best ones, because of the better 5/4-elements construction ++ very high sharpness:) +/++ high contrast ++ neutral color rendition +/++ some very few CA's in the corners +++ excellent macro pictures with macro ring :lol::lol::lol: +++ very low price 9,5 points and full recommendation !!!

Review of: Vivitar (kobori) 35-105 f/3.2-4 by joe8 on Wed January 23, 2019 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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++ sharpness at tele range very good 9 points O sharpness at wide angle in the corners 7 points (Pentax SMC-A 3.5-4.5/35-105 is at wide angle much more better:lol:) ++ good colours ++ high contrast O some ghost reflexes ainst the sun ++ with macro ring at 105 mm extremely sharp a good performer at a low price :lol:

Review of: Cosina 28mm f/2.8 MC MACRO by joe8 on Tue December 11, 2018 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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++ very sharp lens ++ high contrast und good color rendition a very good lens at a low price:):):)!

Review of: Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar MC 135mm, f3.5 by joe8 on Mon December 10, 2018 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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++ very sharp lens + high contrast ++ nertral color rendition + few CA's wide open for macro shootings with macro tubes ! 9.5 points:)

Review of: Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegor / Pentacon 200mm F4 by joe8 on Sat December 8, 2018 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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++ wonderfull lens with very high sharpness ++/+ scareceley visible CA's ++ high contrast and very nice neutral color rendition highly recommended

Review of: Pentacon / Meyer Optik Lydith 30mm f/3.5 by joe8 on Sat December 8, 2018 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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inspite of its simple optical design with 5/5 elements a very good lens ++ very sharp lens in the center:lol::lol::lol:, stopped down a few ++ CA's not remarkable ++ very nice bokeh ++ nice color rendition + high contrast stopped down a few to 5.6-8 O/+a few weak and not so extreme sharp in the extreme corners /stopped down to f 11 sharp, too optimal for portraits, street shootings, flowers etc. and video clips :) ********************************************* ((extreme fine details with fuji 24 MP systhem)):fedup::fedup::fedup: 170 lines /mm = 85 LP/mm in the center of the frame. This is a professional level. ********************************************* new by MEYER GÖRLITZ, GERMANY, extremely expensive !!!

Review of: Carl Zeiss Jena 80mm f/2,8 MC by joe8 on Sat December 8, 2018 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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++ very sharp, well constructed lens without any weakness ++ high contrast ++ excellent color rendition ++ best ZEISS quality:):):) my favorite lens for portaits

Review of: Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 50mm F/1.8 by joe8 on Tue November 27, 2018 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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+++ extremely sharp at f 5,6-11 ++ no remarquable CA's ++ high color saturation +/O some few flare against the light 9,5 points

Review of: Tokina RMC ( vivitar, hoya, soligor etc) 2-ring 35-105mm f3.5 by joe8 on Sun November 11, 2018 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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for its low price only some few CA's wide open at 35 mm to criticize:), but much more better than the later Tokina lenses with smaller apertures +/++ good sharpness - stopped down a few +/++ neutral colors +/++ good contrast +/++ few flare +/++ close ups at f8-11 okay heavy glass/metal-construction with a big front lens 8,5 points - my recommendation

Review of: Tokina SZ-X 28-200mm f/3.5-5.3 by joe8 on Sun November 11, 2018 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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I'd tried the Sigma AF variant with so much more CA's and the Tamron AF variant with much less sharpness in the corners and some strong CA's at 200mm. //J'ai essayé les objectifs Tamon and Sigma AF modernes, malheureusement avec moindre piqué et plus haut pourcentage d`aberrations chromatiques. So I've remained by my maual focus Tokina 28-200 with much more optical qualities, inspite of manual sharpening.//Ainsi je fovorise cet objectif quoiqu'il faut faire la mise au point par la main. ******************************************************** TIP: HIGH ISO 400-800 and f9-13 for best results ******************************************************** +++ extremely sharp between 50 and 135 mm with macro ring and f11 - netteté extrème entre 50 et 135 mm avec bague macro. +++ absolutely no midframe - corner CAs between 50 and 135 mm (stopped down) - ACs guerre visibles entre 50 et 135 mm et dans le centre et dans les coins de l'image (diaphragme demi-fermé) ++ very sharp along the full zoom range (for corners stopped down a few) - très net quelque soit la focale ++ very neutral color rendition - très bonne neutralité des couleurs +/++ high contrast - haut constraste ++ very few flare - le flou est minimal my full recommendation for this big zoom range:) - big posters possible / agrandissement possibles :) 9,6 points !!

Review of: Albinar 28mm f2.8 ADG Macro by joe8 on Sat November 10, 2018 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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++ very sharp lens - similar to Pentax 2,8/28 + inspite the 7/6 construction there are some few CA's in the corners + good colors, good contrast and nice bokeh ++ with high quality tele-converter 7/5 very sharp macro pohotos possible:)

Review of: Osawa 80-200mm F4.5 by joe8 on Mon July 31, 2017 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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+/++ stopping down to f 8-11 even with macro ring very sharp photos + some few CA's wide open ++ high contrast, good color rendition, scarecely flare:lol::lol::lol: a decentered lens couldn't have these advantages:o 3 items of this lens and phantastic sharp photos

Review of: Soligor C/D 80-200mm F3.5 by joe8 on Mon July 31, 2017 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 


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inspite of visible CA's wide open ans some flare it is a good performer for those Photographers, who stop down normally to f8-11.:lol: Doing this, shootings will become very sharp. Even modern tele lenses need to stop down a few, beacause of their plastic lensens thererin rob high optical capabililies - inspite of sone ED-lenses. Thi si made of glass and metal. 8,5 points for this lens

Review of: Tamron 77D/177D AF 28-80mm F/3.5-5.6 Aspherical by joe8 on Mon July 24, 2017 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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+ a good performer, but not the best lens ever. + sharpness, color rendition,. contrast are okay O sometimes some flare anf visible CA's in the cornders 7,5 points :rolleyes:

Review of: Tokina AF 35-70mm f3.5-4.6 Macro by joe8 on Mon July 24, 2017 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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the small zoom range of this lens and two achromate glass elements therein will guaranty nice image quality and ++ high sharpness and ++/+ very few CAs Besides Pentax AF 35-70 one of the better lenses of its class. Tokina 3,5/35-70 MF is a few better and still a few sharper - nearly free from CA's :) :):)80 LP/mm= 160 lines/mm with 24 MP GOLD AWARD - highly recommended

Review of: Tokina 70-210mm F4.5 AF 745 by joe8 on Sun July 23, 2017 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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++ a very good performer :fedup::fedup::fedup: ++ excellent sharpness in the center :):):) +/++ very good sharpness in the corners (with wide open aperture) + few CA's in the corners. if high contrast appears ++ quick (a few noisy) AF ++ very nice color rendition ++ scarcely flare ++ high contrast ++ very well corrected / scarecely visble CA's :lol::lol::lol: much more better than the 4-5,6 AF version in the edges wide open ((even sigma apo macro 3.5-4.5/70-210 is not so sharp in the cornes far distant )) :confused::confused::confused: one of my best tele zooms - full recommendation ! :lol::lol::lol:

Review of: Soligor MC C/D 70-200 f/4.5-5.6 MACRO+ZOOM by joe8 on Sun July 23, 2017 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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:lol::lol::lol: perhaps I've bought an item of another production line of this lens. The inscripure "MC" of my lens is white, not yellow as above to see!!! So I've got an improved version, probably!!!:confused::confused::confused: ***** For me a bad lens has huge CA's and enormous flare or it is impossible to get really sharp pictures with it - but nothing of these negative deviations has my lens. ***** I'd got a 4.5/80-200 this should be rated with 6 points (strong CA's,. not so sharp). But this 4.5-5.6/70-210 is a quite different optical construction. And the new edition of this lens has 210mm instead of 200mm. For a review it is necessary to control the technical specification and perhaps the housing.:fedup::fedup::fedup: Now my totally different impressions (mines is much more shorter!!!): ++ excellent sharpness in the center of the picture, if stopped down a few + scarecely CA's in the corners (nearly not visble) ++ very good color rendition ++ high contrast for macro shootings with short bellows oder macro ring as well suitable: f8-11 very sharp pictures:lol::lol::lol:

Review of: Super Albinar 80-205, f/4.5 Auto Zoom by joe8 on Sun July 23, 2017 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 


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Super Albinar lenses are quite fine optical products, similar to Tokina and Vivitar / Les objectifs Super Albinar sont de haute quailté comme ceux de Tokina et Vivitar I've got no monday product. so mines is really very sharp / j'ai eu la joie de recevoir un objectiv parfait - c'est pourqoi le mien est très net. :lol::lol::lol: + very few edge CA's / peu d'aberrations chromatiques dans les coins :):):) ++ high contrast, good color rendition / images avec haut contraste et bonne saturation des couleurs + flare scarecely if aperture is wirde open / peu de flou au diaphragme ouvert :fedup::fedup::fedup::fedup: ++ excellent macro photos with macro ring stoped down to f11 at 135mm, approximately / macrophotos excellentes possibles, si le diaphragme est fermé à f 11 et 135 mm avec bague d'extension I'm using regulary a self made focal reductor achromatic biconvex lens from 8x30 binocular, fitted into an usual macro ring :fedup: extreme sharpness, but tele shooting reduced to 150mm only, but still sharper. / Je me suis accomodé à utiliser une bague macro avec une lentille bi-convexe achromatique d'un binoculaire 8x30, qui me donne la possibilité d'atteindre encore un plus de netteté, mais au désavantage d'un raccoursissement de la focale à 150mm (mais cela suffit pour les photos des papillons) :):lol::)

Review of: Tokina 70-200mm F 1:4.5-5.6 by joe8 on Sun July 23, 2017 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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++ very good performer:):):) ++ open very sharp ++ extremely sharp at 135mm with macro ring, if stopped down at f8-11 ++ very high contrast, very nice color rendition ++ zero flare one of my best lenses

Review of: Tamrom 100-300mm f5-6.3 1:4 tele-macro by joe8 on Sat July 1, 2017 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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++ very well corrected lens ++ very sharp stopped down at f8-11 excellent contrast, very nice colors you must use 400 to 800 ISO very content with it perhaps other users have got a "monday production":lol:

Review of: Tokina RMC/SZ10 100-300mm f/5.6 by joe8 on Sat July 1, 2017 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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+ sharp lens, but not very sharp, especially at 300mm telephoto - this lens seems to be overcorrected +++ there are nearly no visible CA's but 250 to 300 mm are really a few weak and not so sharp;) and gives you less contrast stopped down to f 11-16 better results

Review of: Super Cosina 80-200mm F4.5-5.6 MC Macro by joe8 on Sun May 7, 2017 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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very similar to Exakta, Tokina and Vivitar lenses ++ stopped down a few extremely sharp within the full focus range:) ++ high contrast, no flare, nearly no CA`s, very nice colors I use this llens in combination with an achromatic focal reductor, which reduces the tele-impression, but gives me still a few more sharp pictures - and all CA's can be eleminated. Try it :lol:

Review of: Tokina RMC / SL135 135mm 2.8 by joe8 on Sun May 7, 2017 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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similar to Vivitar 2,8/135 is this single lens also a good choice for macro's or close-ups' shootings with macro ring or an achromate in front of the lens. stopped down to f 4-5,6 interesting bokeh stopped down to f 8-11 very sharp butterlies love it very much :):) ++ very fine, neutral color rendition ++ very nice bokeh ++ high contrast, when stopped a few down O but sometimes some few flare

Review of: Cosina (Phoenix, Vivitar, Promaster, Voightlander 28-210mm AF / IF f/4.2-6.5 by joe8 on Tue April 11, 2017 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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this lens is very similar to Soligor and Penatx FA lens ++ approx. 135mm is usuable with macro ring for really sharp cole-ups. ++ best results between f8-11: ++ nice colors, high constrast, scacely flare + low CA's I like it :lol: 95% recommended!

Review of: Albinar ( Samyang ) 80-200mm f/3.9 by joe8 on Mon April 10, 2017 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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An interesting macro lens, which optical qualities are - for a zoom lens - nearly perfect (similar to a Zeiss single lens) and incuding a macro extension ring. So you don't need bellow or additional extension tubes.:lol::lol::lol: Wow !!! this is not often to find. I perceived the integrated macro tube later, because it is unusual, that by a ring can be activated it, if you pull lens to approx. 150- 200mm. :):):)You must turn the full 5cm ring to the right side and "MACRO RATIO" will appear. 1:5. What an additional inexpensive feature ! I've developped a special self made macro ring from VIA with a focal reductor therein (mono ocular, 30mm diameter glass, achromate 2/1 elements). By this way focal range reduces to approx 50-125mm, but macro shootings are extremely sharp up to 1:2 - 1:1,5 with f 11, approximately.:lol:. An enormous advantage !!! ++ very sharp macro shootings available:fedup::fedup::fedup: - MUCH MORE THAN AVERIDGE !!! ++/+ very few CA's in the corners in macro mode, scarecely visible - visible only on very big posters. ++ neutral color rendition ++ high contrast A special tele macro tele lens of 200mm will be much more expensive.... (500 to 1000$) you must accustom only to use 2 rings: front ring and you special a.m. macro ring - but results will be excellent:):):) highly recommended by me!!!:fedup: Ps the Super Albinar 3,5/80-200 version is in the centre very sharp, too, but in the corners strong visible CA's of the other, brighter f3,5-version!!! The better version is the 3.9/80-200. I love it ! :):):) LENS RESOLUTION 75 LP = 150 lines /mm at very high level (with Fuji x-T100 24 MP) - self tested by test poster 48x72 cm. (with K-5 16 MP 60 LP = 120 lines /mm) - these are very good single lens values !!!

Review of: Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS FISH-EYE by joe8 on Mon March 20, 2017 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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There are two versions of 12 mm - I've bought the 2.0 version with simpler optical construction :o sharpness of my item is not so dramaticaly good: I must stop down to f 8-11, in order to get sharp pictures just up to the extreme corners on the left side. :eek: I suppose, that my lens has been decentered still by factory. I.e. it is sharper on the right side and not so sharp on the left side, that is why it must stopped down so hard. If I've improved my pictures by PhSh (sharpness), nice pictures a good lens, but not 10 full points for my monday production - I regret only 7.5 points, but nevertheless recommended (only fuji x-t100 reduces CAs by internal program)

Review of: Tokina ?SZ-X 80-200mm f4.5 (PKA mount) by joe8 on Sun March 19, 2017 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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very similar to the lens Tokina 4/80-200 the same 12/9 elements construction:) a good performer with macro ring, too stopped down to 5,6-11 really very sharp good color rendition high contrast 8,5 points

Review of: Tamron 278D AF 80-210mm 1:4.5-5.6 by joe8 on Thu August 4, 2016 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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perhaps there are some troubles of production or an improvement of newer lenses? My tokina 2,6-2,8/28-70 or Meyer Domiplan 2,8 was my worst lens because of strong CA's - but this one is a normal lens, well corrected, not without CA's, but acceptable.:lol: flare stopped down a few not remarcable,nice colours, good contrast this is not my best lens, but for me a really fine performer averidge 8,6 points = 9 points

Review of: tokina RMC 35-135mm f4-4.5 by joe8 on Thu August 4, 2016 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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good performer, sharp lens, equivaent to tamron lens good colour rendition, contrast and bokeh:) similiar new lenses are much more expensive and not so much better:(

Review of: Enna Munchen Tele-Ennalyt 240mm f4,5 by joe8 on Tue July 26, 2016 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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an excellent old M42 lens, very well corrected, to use with many adapters :fedup::fedup::fedup: O/+ aperture wide open good sharpness and some few CAs ++ stopped down a few: very sharp ++ very nice bokeh because of 8 blades +/++ good to very good CA correction +/O few flare wide open ++ very nice color rendition +++ with achromatic focal reductor extremely sharp and nearly no CAs in the center for macro shootings with extension tube :lol:. this is one of my best macro tele lens besides zeiss sonnar 4/135 and porst auto N 2.8/135 :):):) phantastic close ups at aperture 11 with macro ring 36mm and achromatic focal reductor = 7/4 elements (4/150 mm macro approx.) :eek::eek::eek: PS. there are three editions: one a few longer "zebra" in bigger (1) and slim fit (no photo) and another in normal plastic construction (2) as a.m.. Both are very similar in lens systems and photographic results. I've bought two versions; the slim, smaller zebra and the plastic version. Very usefull for butterfly shootings because of the langer distance to the object. full recommendation and 9.5 points !:):):)

Review of: Soligor 60-300mm F 4-5.6 MC C/D Zoom + Macro by joe8 on Fri May 27, 2016 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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I've compared it with sigma 75-300 apo. the sigma is really sharp, but not so sharp at 300mm tele as the Soligor, and sigma apo (old big version) has more CA's:lol: wide open pentax 55-300 needs f 13 for really good sharpness at 300 mm (very good correction of CAs) soligor 60-300 shows very high sharpness with f 9.5 a really nice lens - inspite of manual focus: (high value and it's rare) ++ excellent sharpness + low CA's (advice at 300 mm f 8-11 usefull) ++ very fine contrast, color rendition and bokeh 9,5 points and highly recommended :lol::lol::lol:

Review of: Sigma UC 28-70mm F3.5-4.5 by joe8 on Sat May 21, 2016 | Rating: 6 View more reviews 
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not my taste. - cheap optical construction -- much flare O sharpness stopped down ok, not so in the corners - for beginners ok:( I*ve sold it vivitar, soligor, and tokina are better in this range

Review of: Vivitar 70-210mm 1:4.5 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by joe8 on Sat May 21, 2016 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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++ good optical construction ++ very good sharpness + stopped down to f8-11 high contrast (wide open a few weak) ++ nice colors ++ fery few CA's in corners

Review of: Albinar 28mm F2.8 Manual Focus by joe8 on Tue March 22, 2016 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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perhaps I've got a better (older?) version with a 7/6 optical construction, not 5/5 elements and for 55mm filters an additional weight of approx. 20 g. I've tried to use this lens as macro lens with a converter 7/5 elements - wow :):):) + very sharp O/+ some few CA's in the corners in landscapes ++ really very sharp flowers and butterflies. excellent sharpness until edges on close-ups My front lens of mines seems to be much more bigger. So pay attention: the 7/6-element version is much more better. This above mentioned 5/5-lens is the newer one, and it seems to be not so good !!! The older version is much more better ++++++++ pay attention to 2 further Super excellent ALBINAR lenses +++++++++ :lol::lol::lol: 2.8/135 and 3.5/80-200 (very rare) :lol::lol::lol: The 2.8/135 is - inspite of 4/4 elements only - at f 8-11 excellent in colors, contrast, sharpness and correction of CAs The 3.5/80-210 is very inexpensive and my secret tip: it has an integrates macro ring. The correction in the edges is similar to modern zoom lenses at a much more higher price. But it is very rare to find (2 ring zoom). :fedup::fedup::fedup:

Review of: Porst 50mm f1.7 Color REflex MC Auto by joe8 on Tue March 22, 2016 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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I've got a fine, nice item without optical defaults as another Pentax-friend. may be decentered monday product will be worse ??? I can confirm, this is a very precious lens at a really low price: ++ very high sharpness, + good sharpness in corners (there is one unique standard lens - "Tessar 2.8/50". produced by ZEISS JENA, Germany, spelled ''eagle's eye" which has in corners at f 8 as high resolution as in center - compare test in www.e-photozine.com) ++ excellent color rendition, ++ very nice bokeh and contrast. +/++ very few flare +/++ very well controlled, scarely visible very small CA's on big posters :):):) fully recommended - 9.5 points PS. I am using this lens regulary with Kenko macro tele converter 2x - 7/5 construction, which means 6/5 + 7/5 = 13/10 element macro lens at f8-11 for very well corrected, very sharp macro shootings of butterflies and bees !!! A further variant is the PORST AUTO N 2.8/135 (not auto D!) with 5/4 elements and front 1.8x sioccore high definition tele converter (5/3 elements) for far distant photo objects (with macro ring). :):):)

Review of: Prakticar Pentacon MC 50mm f/1.8 by joe8 on Tue March 22, 2016 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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with adapter is this 6/4 - construction a very, very sharp lens at f 5,6-8 :):):) low price and high GDR-quality of Carl Zeiss Jena high contrast, phantastic color rendition, fine bokeh, wow! my full recommendation!!!

Review of: Yashica 50mm f/1.7 Yashinon DS-M by joe8 on Tue March 22, 2016 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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very similar to the zeiss planar 1,7/50 very sharp, nice bokeh, good color rendition, high contrast best results f 5,6-8:):):)

Review of: Pentacon 135mm f2.8 Auto MC by joe8 on Tue March 22, 2016 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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*** changed review because of false calibration of earlier bought lens ***could be, that it was an error in production. PRACTICAR LENSES are in reality fine CARL ZEISS JENA lenses - this is very similar to the famous SONNAR tele lens ! The exterior of this lens is very beautifull, ++ blue multi-coating :):):) +/++ very good sharpness, stopped down a few :):):) O some visible CAs wide open :mad: +/++ stopped down a few scarecely visible CAs O/+ a few warm color rendition :o (must be corrected sometimes by PhSh) highly recommended because of very fine sharpness (stopped down to f 5.6-8) of this optical 5/4 elements construction :fedup::fedup::fedup:

Review of: Carl Zeiss Jena - Tessar 50mm f/2.8 (Preset) by joe8 on Tue March 22, 2016 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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comparted with Domiplan 2,8/50 (3/3) with heavy CAs in the edges : another world:) (4/3 elements) so called "Cooksches Triplet" with achromatic rear element my first item for EXA, but with adapter suitable to x-e1 = excellent sharpness, x t-100 = extreme sharpness my second item for Pentax k-x k-5 k200d k-s1 with M42 screw mount = very good sharpness O/+ wide open with f 2.8 fair to good sharpness and some few CAs, especially in the corners and in bokeh area ++ with aperture f5,6-11 very sharp (eagles eye :fedup:) in the center and in the corners +/++ good to very good contrast ++ excellent neutral color rendition + nice bokeh ++ close ups: excellent center and corner sharpness with f 8-11 with an additional achromatic macro lens in front of this lens: phantastic results :lol: (no difference to expensive high tech lenses) 9.5 points and very highly recommended (because there is no weakness in the corners as usually, stopped down a few) - one of my best standard lenses, tested by ephotozine with result 3.500 x 5.250 lines = 18,4 MP at f5.6-11 (only to reach with APC-C Fuji x-t100 (100-1000 iso) or K-1 (full frame at 100-400 iso) :):):) kind regards - yours very faithfully joe

Review of: Revuenon Special / Mamiya-Sekor ( pantor ) 35 f2.8 by joe8 on Tue March 22, 2016 | Rating: 4 View more reviews 
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sharpness stopped down 6 points, wide open 2 points, averidge 4 points:o I've sold it, because of weak sharpness in the edges stopped down much more better not my favorite

Review of: Albinar Super Albinar 135mm F2.8 close focus by joe8 on Tue March 22, 2016 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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With this lens I made a lot of macro shootings. / Avec cet objectif j'ai fait uns foule de photos macro.:fedup::fedup::fedup: ++ stopped down to f8-11 extremely sharp :) / extrèmement net si l'on ferme le diaphragme à f 8-11 ++ very good contrast / haut contraste +/++ high color rendition and saturation / bonne saturation de la couleur + some very few CA's in the corners wide open/ quelques aberrations chromatiques au diaphragme ouvert my high recommendation:):):) / bien recommandé par moi

Review of: Revuenon Special / Mamiya-Sekor 135 f2.8 by joe8 on Tue March 22, 2016 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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+ not very expensive, but good :) + contrast, color rendition, sharpness ok recommendation yes, for portraits ok Ps. there are a lot of Revuenon lenses on the market, all 4/4-constructions. PHOTO-Quelle had a lot of joint ventures like PORST.:lol::lol::lol: My Revuenon Special looks a few different in caro gum outfit. ++ The best one is the shorter AUTO REVUENON MC in approx. same housing as images obove. Best results therewith when shooting macro pictures at f 11 and with macro ring. extremely sharp.:lol::lol::lol: PS: There is one Revuenon 2.8/135 of plastic housing - it has less coating and therefore some flare, BUT 5/4 elements and extreme sharp maco close-ups. It has been made by ENNA or/and ISCO with the same optical design and same plastic housing, too. One PORST has probably the same origin. But these lenses are yery rare to get.:):):)

Review of: Meyer-Optik Görlitz Domiplan 50mm f/2.8 by joe8 on Tue March 22, 2016 | Rating: 2 View more reviews 
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it was my worst lens. I sold it, because of weak sharpness and strong CA's in the edges. (perhaps bad justage?) good sharpness in center 6 points, in the edges only 2 points, medium 4 points no recommendation.:o it has no achromate therein:lol:. only 3/3 elerments. my Zeiss tessar 2,8/50 is much more better:confused: if you close aperture to 8-11, sharpness will increase and CA'*s will be reduced:):):). not for big posters, because of weak sharpness in the edges, for pictures 9x13cm to 13x18cm still sufficient

Review of: Vivitar TX mount (tokina) 24mm F2.8 by joe8 on Sat September 19, 2015 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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good sharpness but the corners are not so sharp and some CA's visible:o not my favorite, but not bad

Review of: Vivitar 70-200mm F3.8 Macro by joe8 on Sat September 19, 2015 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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:) what a discovery: very similar to Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 4/80-200 very nice color rendition, very good contrast, excelllent sharpness and very few CA's one of my favorites for tele and macro shootings with macro ring:) I've used it for star shootings; too. nearly wide open: very clear and sharp photos. For 7/5-elements- tele-convertrer using suitable, too

Review of: Sigma 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 DL Hyperzoom Macro by joe8 on Sat September 19, 2015 | Rating: 4 View more reviews 
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:fedup: my item shows some problems: it is really good sharp from 50-135mm at aperture f11-16:confused: 28 mm terrible CA'S on the right side can not be eliminated by PhSh. and doubble contoures (decentric lens) I think it could be a production failure:o. colours are not so good as tamron 28-200 some visible flare wide open I can use 50-200 without big problems;) within this range 6--7 points, wide angle only 2-3 points - medium therefore only 4-5 points. weakly recommended by me:lol: ps.I've discovered that f13 gives much more sharpness in the corners. after eliminating CA's by Phsh better results unsharp corner remains, unfortunately:( it is a poorly good lens, but you need curgenty PHSH to eleminate CA's and to improve sharpness for big posters. I prfer F11-16 with this lens and prefer f13 in order to get pictures good ennough.

Review of: Tokina RMC ( soligor ) 70-210mm f3.5 2 ring zoom by joe8 on Sat August 29, 2015 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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an old heavy metal-glass construction:) very bright in viewfinder. some visble CA's. not good for macro shootings :o good color rendition you must turn zoom ring for changing focus - an advantage in my opinion this lens has my recommendation

Review of: Tokina AF (235) 3.5-4.5/20-35mm version I by joe8 on Sat August 29, 2015 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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because of it's high contrast and very fine sharpness 8 points, nevertheless. some visible CA's must be eliminated by PHSh, unfortunately. Sharpness and contrast are marvellous. very nice color rendition. like it very much.:) my high recommendation

Review of: Tokina AT-X 28-85 mm F 3.5-4.5 by joe8 on Sat August 29, 2015 | Rating: 5 View more reviews 
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nice heavy lens, b u t strongly visible CA's:mad: Tokina had done better to intergrate one or two achromatic lenses more or one ED-glass, additionally.:lol: For such an important focus range engineers must do their best. I sold it after some disappointing shootings together with the 2,8/24, and 35-105 - according to my opinion - one of the worst lenses of the Tokina range, unfortunately. I prefer really sharp, well corrected lenses as 3,5/35, 2,8/135, 3,5-4,5/28-70 SD, 4/100-300 SD or 4/80-200 of Tokina. these are my fovorites

Review of: Cosina Cosinon Auto 50mm F1.7 by joe8 on Mon August 24, 2015 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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O/+ against the light some few flare wide open +++ sharpness from f5.6 to 8 excellent because of 6/4 element construction +/++ very small CA's wide open, disappearing if stopped down a few ++ nice color rendition an excellent performer at very low costs:) Highly recommended 8.5 points :):):)

Review of: Hoya 35-105mm 3.5 HMC Macro by joe8 on Fri August 21, 2015 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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+ a really good performer, stopped down to f8-11: good sharpness, but with macro ring visible CA's, it is not a macro lens:o 8,5 points

Review of: Cosina Cosinon-S 50mm F1.8 by joe8 on Fri August 21, 2015 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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very similar to Pentax lens:) 1.8/55 6/5 element construction. ++ very good color rendition, +++ really very high sharpness, especially at f 5.6-11 + very small CA's wide open, disappear if lens is stopped down a few ++ very good contrast 8.5 points highly recommended :):):)

Review of: Tokina SZ-X... 80-200 f1:4.5-5.6 by joe8 on Fri August 21, 2015 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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for portraits wide open opimally usuable:) very nice color rendition, excellent sharpness wide open and stopped down a few for macro shootings f11 excellent.love it very much. an achromatic focal reductor integrated into your macro ring eleminates some very few CA's and you'll get optimal / extreme sharpness for macro pictures with rhis lens .:) very high value :lol:of this cheap lens

Review of: Albinar 135mm F/2.8 ADG Coated Optics by joe8 on Fri August 21, 2015 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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most of my analog macro shootings made with this 4/4-lens naturally ZEISS Sonnar still few better. Albinar is cheap, but a good metal/glas-construction, too. ++ best results with f8 high contrast, nice colors and very good sharpness:) ++ for macro shootingS I USE AN ACHROMATIC FOCAL REDUCTOR INTEGRATED IN A MACRO RING: Naturally, Sonnar lenses 3,5/135 and 4/135 eleminating all CA's perfectly in combination with achromatic focal reductor, taken from a binocular 8x30. Albinar with this combination showing still few CA's:confused: in the corners, the center is free of them and rerally sharp. For this low price and its fine results 9 points

Review of: aus JENA (Carl Zeiss) "S" (Sonnar) 135mm f4 (zebra) by joe8 on Thu March 12, 2015 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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inspite my item has the same problem with focus ring and a few dust, I've fitted my k-x to higher contrast (filter). This improves contrast and eleminates some flare. I use it only for butterflies with an additional macro ring - an achromatic 2/1 lens element integrated in the ring = focal reducer 0.7x. ++ excellent sharpness ++ 5/4 lens construction and fluorite glass will guarantee nearly no CA's So I've changed optical construction from 5/4 to 7/5 with astonishing results: absolutely no CA's and very high sharpness of details:lol::lol::lol: Because of my very sharp macros: 9.5 points totally

Review of: Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.8 Ultron by joe8 on Thu March 12, 2015 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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high contrast f5.6 very sharp very good colors very expensive:o

Review of: Pentacon 29mm / 2.8 MC Auto (M42) by joe8 on Thu March 12, 2015 | Rating: 5 View more reviews 
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the Zeiss 1.8/50 and even 2.8/50 are much more better stopped dowt to f8-11 it is a good performer, but flare and CA's are its problems. not so content with it. I sold it.:(

Review of: Ricoh Rikenon P Zoom 1:3.5-5.6 28-210mm Macro by joe8 on Thu March 12, 2015 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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between 50 and 135 excellent sharp even with macro ring anf f11 (10 points) At the extreme edges of focus very sharp (8 points) averidge 9 points color rendition very good contrast very high a very good performer:)

Review of: Sigma 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 II Macro by joe8 on Thu March 12, 2015 | Rating: 4 View more reviews 
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very good AF, but color rendition not so satisfying for me CA's in the corners:o for beginners good and sufficient. for amateur or profs: ther are better lenses in the market Therefore only 4 to 5 points

Review of: Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 EX DF by joe8 on Thu March 12, 2015 | Rating: 5 View more reviews 
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for such an expensive lens I am looking forward to best results in CA's and corner sharpness. My item was really disappointing in this matter. Even stopped down to f 6.7 not really fully sharp in the corners and visible CA's:o WITH WIDE ANGLE: My cheaper lenses with f3.5-4.5 wide open has better results (perhaps productiuon mistake) I'VE SOLD IT:(

Review of: Soligor 135mm f2.8 Tele-Auto - T4 mount by joe8 on Thu March 12, 2015 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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a good lens, but CA's:o, wide open not so good for macro shootings ok with f 11-16. I've sold it

Review of: OSAWA 70-210 "macro" 1:4-5 by joe8 on Thu March 12, 2015 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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+++ excellent macro performer at f11 through the full zoom range with macro ring ++ excellent sharpness ++ excellent colors ++ very good correction of CA's (wide open very small fringing):fedup: if you find one item;buy it. very content with it:lol: highly recommended with 9.5 points :):):)

Review of: Exakta 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8 by joe8 on Thu March 12, 2015 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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I've got a lot of lenses. Especially the wide angle has often problems with sharpness or CA's, but not this lens. very sharp even in the corners, no visible CA's f5.6-8 extremely sharp. Perhaps former reviewer have got item with some mistakes therein? My lens is an excellent performer:lol:

Review of: Tokina 20-35mm 3.5-4.5 by joe8 on Fri February 6, 2015 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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some CA's afford to stop down this lens to f 8-11 / quelches ACs visbles, c'est pourquoi qu'il faut fermer le daiphragme à f 8-11 :fedup::fedup::fedup: doing this, you'll have much fun with it :lol::lol::lol: beaucoup de plaisir avec cet objectiv après avoir effectué ce pas :):):) ++ excellent colors / couleurs excellentes ++ very good sharpness / haut piqué ++ high contrast / haut constraste +/O some few CAs visible at wide open aperture quelques aberrations chromatiques visibles à diaphragme ouvert :o:o:o

Review of: Vivitar Series 1 19-35mm F3.5-4.5 by joe8 on Tue December 30, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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stopped down to f 8-11 very sharp:) good colors for this low price very highly recomended

Review of: Tokina SD 70-210mm F4.0-5.6 by joe8 on Tue December 9, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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I use this lens especially for 70mm shootings with f 8-11, ++ extremely sharp at 70mm :fedup::fedup::fedup: If I compare these pictures with other ones, nothing is better. very big posters available. try this and the opinion about it of my precedors will change perhaps a few. one ED element is very precious in this lens like the ED performance of 3.5-4.5/28-70 NB.the short end gives phantastic sharpness to my pictures:):):) the long end pf 210 mm without any CA's wide open at f 5.6 - better in sharpmess and CA correction than Sigma Apo 3.5-4.5/70-210 !!! :):):) because of excellent correction - for macro shootings with macro ring usable - excellent sharpness for close ups, too (concern MF and AF version):lol::lol::lol: highly recommended, even the AF version of this lens ! **************************************************************************************************************** IMPORTANT: lack of sharpness or CA's must be a mistake in production, if they exist for trhis lens ****************************************************************************************************************

Review of: Tokina SZ-X 721 MF 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 by joe8 on Tue December 9, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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an excellent performer, dued to the small beginning aperture and the good optical construction. A typical Tokina lens. high sharpness, good contrast, fine color rendition. with macro ring nice macro shootings posssible:lol: f8 excellent sharpness:)

Review of: Tokina RMC / SMZ845 80-200mm f/4.5 by joe8 on Tue December 9, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Usuable for big posters with high performance cameras as k200 in low iso postion. it is very similar to the 4/80-200 version of Tokina. An excellent lens, for macro shootings, too very small CA's are neglectable:):):)

Review of: Tokina RMC 75-150mm F3.8 Constant Aperture by joe8 on Tue December 9, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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this lens must be stopped down a few (2 steps) such as the most single lenses of 1,4/50,:lol:. Then most of them show their high qualities. I'm not a friend of totally wide open apertures. That's why the construction with 3 achromatic lenses reaches high sharpness in my opinion. Pentax and other brands have so much cameras with 8oo to 1600 iso performances with to give us high quality shootings, so that we a capable to use such a lens in higher iso range,too With macro ring very and flash - stopped down nearly fully (f11) - very sharp photos.:):):) Perhaps there are two different models in the market and i've got an improved version? I'm very content with it.Because of the low price and the very good results full points

Review of: Tokina RMC / SMZ105 35-105mm F3.5-4.3 by joe8 on Tue December 9, 2014 | Rating: 5 View more reviews 
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I'm convinced of Tokina lenses, generally.And there are a lot of fine exemplaries with high quality standard, but this lens was a disappointing one for me. my lens showed visible CA's. I don't know, if this were a production default. that's why I sold it. for macro shootings not so good.ok it's not a macro lens, but competitors from Tamron in this zoom range a class better.:o

Review of: Sigma MF 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 by joe8 on Mon December 8, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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an excellent very well corrected lens much more better than the later, smaller 70-300 constructions :o:o:o ++ excellent sharpness :):):) ++ high contrast + very few CA's wide open ++ excellent color rendition ++ scarcely flare heavy because of glass lenses :) this is a very good sigma lens highly recommended !!! 9.5 points

Review of: Sigma 24-70mm F3.5-5.6 by joe8 on Mon December 8, 2014 | Rating: 5 View more reviews 
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good sharpness, but very light construction this is not my fovorite for start into digital photography ok, but for further progresses, you need better lenses for its low price ok

Review of: Sigma 24-70mm F3.5-5.6 UC by joe8 on Mon December 8, 2014 | Rating: 5 View more reviews 
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cheap,not my favorite, very light construction, not bad, but there are really better lenses:o

Review of: Tokina (RMC / SL200 ) 200 mm F3.5 by joe8 on Mon December 8, 2014 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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stopped down to f8 to f11 good sharpness but the flare - ohooh:o with light in back ok, but against the light some difficulties: strong flare neverless I recommend it slidely

Review of: Vivitar 75-205mm F3.8 Macro Focusing by joe8 on Mon December 8, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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similar to zeiss 4/80-200 in optical construction. usuable with macro ring, too very,very sharp, stopped down a few. One of my best tele zoom lenses !:lol: I use it for astro photos :)

Review of: Tokina AF 70-210mm F4.0-5.6 by joe8 on Mon December 8, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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+/++good performer at 70 mm + suitable for macro shootings, too - with macro ring :fedup::fedup::fedup: ++ high contrast, nice colors ++ very good sharpness in the center :) :):) O wide open strong CA's in the corners, unfortunately, disappearing with f 11 :o:o:o O at 210 mm not so sharp in the corners, sharpness better with f 11, too :o:o:o **************************************************************************************************************** the Tokina 4.5/70-210 AF is the better choice, sharp wide open in the corners and less visible CA's For infinity shootings the 4.5 Tokina is even better than Sigma APO macro 3.5-4.5/70-210 (more sharpness in the edges with Tokina 4.5) :eek::eek::eek: ****************************************************************************************************************

Review of: Tokina AT-X 525 50-250mm f/4-5.6 by joe8 on Mon December 8, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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An excellent lens usuable for macro shootings with macro ring, too large zoom range and one touch ring makes it very comfortable in using it. one of my favorites it must be stopped down a few for best results:)

Review of: Tokina SZ-X 270 SD MF 28-70mm F3.5-4.5 by joe8 on Mon December 8, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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the old version may be not so nice, but the newer version with ED-fluorite-lens 10 lenses and 9 elements instead of 8/8 seems to be much more better.:lol::lol::lol: one achromatic element more has enormous effect. ************************************************************************************** VERY IMPORTANT :):):) pay attention to SD version with red ring :lol::lol::lol: ************************************************************************************** I've bought some items for my pupils. We've got extremely sharp results..Some portrait shootings with analogue K-2, Z 20 P and MZ 5 have been astonishing for prof.photogrphers (1 shooting for a model set card) - ZEISS similar sharpness ! :fedup: ++ f8-11 extremely sharp :lol: ++ High contrast, ++ very nice colors, ++ nice bokeh ++ CA's scarcely, nearly not visible, with f 6.3 - f 11 totally eliminated So it is one of my hottest tips for a set lens, may be for analog or digital photography:):):) Pay attention !!! There are two versions: the ED version is the better one resolution approx. 75 LP/mm = 150 lines/mm. This is a professional value ;)

Review of: Cosina ( Vivitar ) 35-70mm 1:3.5-4.8 MC MACRO by joe8 on Sun November 30, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Pay attention !!! :) :) :)Obviously, there are two different editions of this lens !!!:lol:The better one has a bigger front lens, the cheaper one has a smaller front lens. The better one has been named Cosinon, the cheaper one Cosina !!! In order to get the better one, the middle ring must be structured like the big front ring. highly recommended lens, small lens with high performence, good contrast, nice colors, really very few CA's, scarecely visible in big poster size. My lens is - Cosinon 3.5-4.5/35-70 ! - zoomed to 35mm much more better than the famous Pentax Takumar 3.5/35. Why for? The Pentax has strong CA's in the corner:o - but this has nearly none.:fedup: If you can get one, buy it:) very sharp in the corners when stopping a few down to f8 50mm are sharper than DA 18-55 standard lens. sometimes an older lens construction seems to be better than some recent zooms with gold rings at a high price:lol: suitable for beginning adults and children photographers perhaps other guys has got one with decentered optics pentax F35-70 has a few better color rendition, a few higher contrast still wide open ps.don't forget: new Pentax DA lenses have a plastic housing;too . in different colours;) I've discovered that standard sharpness is the best with k200. with k-5 of my son I must sharpen with PhSh after shooting, and colors are not so brilliant as with k200. perhaps this is the reason of different results full recommendation. Compare and verfy with test indicated below: some test picture+video with this lens visible at: blog.bkspicture.com/review_Cosina_Cosinon-Z_35-70mm_f3.5-4.5_MC.html if you'll make a double click on the picture you'll discover an at least 60x80cm poster confirming my recensation for f 8 Ps. The cheaper Cosina edition is not so sharp at 35 mm in the corners and has therein some visible CA's - 3 points less

Review of: Tamron Adaptall-2 35-135mm f/3.5-4.2 (22A) by joe8 on Sun November 30, 2014 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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only 7 points, because the resolution at 35mm wide angle is still good in the corners, too. but some really visible CA's. The rest is good enough .nice lens, but even used: not cheap. good colors, still good contrast. for close-ups with macro ring not so good, as macro lens less suitable (some remaining strongly visible CA's) heavy full glass-metal construction.

Review of: Tamron Adaptall-2 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (71A/171A) by joe8 on Sun November 30, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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++ nice colors and ++ high contrast, + very smooth bokeh. + sharpness is good at 28mm to 35mm ++ excellent sharpness between 70 and 135mm:) - with macro ring sharp close ups - + and good at 210mm O few CA's of the last version must be eliminated only wide open, especially at the high ends of zoom range. f 8-11 they are scarcely visible. (the early versions have much more visible CA's) as teacher of digital photography I've bought 8 items of this lens. there are 2 types non AF adaptall II and at least three types AF (one with the additional name SUPER). The adaptall version 171A seems to be the best non AF version, my best AF version is the 371D. It is a MACRO version. I think that Tamron has improved this lens step by step during the years.:):):). This may be the reason for so different ratings. :lol::lol::lol:

Review of: Tamron Adaptall-2 80-210mm f/3.8-4 (103A) by joe8 on Sun November 30, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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this lens has one achromate more than its precedor 03A, which means that I can use it without stopping down so much. If I shoot with my focal reductor (2/1=achromatic, too), my close-ups become marvellous::) 03A is very good, 103A is excellent. both lenses have very nice color rendition, very good contrast. I've used both exemplaries (4items) in school with my pupils. very good experiences with them.This lens will give you very sharp results. Pictures can be used for big posters after interpolation by Photoshop f.e., and sharpening. If you find one, buy it.

Review of: Vivitar 70-210mm F4.5-5.6 Macro by joe8 on Tue September 2, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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My item has high contrast, very high sharpness, for macro with macro tubes, too, and a very good color rendition very content with it nearly no CA's there are s u r e l y 2 different types of this lens: 11/8 of plastic housing and 12/8 constructuion of metal. the better one is the 12/8 elements:) (I've both!) One achromatic lens more in opical construction has made here a big difference. This is the evaluation of the better one ps. the better version is made of glass and metal, it is heavier, - the simpler one with one achromate lens less version is made of plastic and light. One difference more: the better one has blue color painting for MACRO-inscripure, the cheaper one in orange color :):):). May be that color have been changed for different countries ? My best macro photos with tis lens, achromatic focal reductor and macro ring at f 11 :eek:

Review of: Tokina AF (235) 3.5-4.5/20-35mm version II. by joe8 on Tue September 2, 2014 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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Inspite of some CA's, which must be eliminated by Photoshop, this is a very nice lens with high contrast and good colors.

Review of: Tokina AT-X PRO SV 28-70mm F2.8 by joe8 on Tue September 2, 2014 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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a good lens, my item has some visible CA's on wide angle good colors and good contrast

Review of: Osawa 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro MC by joe8 on Tue September 2, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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my item is quite different. :lol::lol::lol: I've got still an other Osawa mark II (4-5/70-210)and was really convinced by quality. This lens is constructed especially for close ups, plants flowers, portraits. Far distant object are quite sharp;but near it seems a few sharper. I am using it regulary at 105 mm as macro lens with macro ring. A pure macro tele lens is much more expensive. because oh its low price and no visible CA's in tele position and very high sharpness of my item 9.5 points +++ extreme high sharpness at 105mm with f 8-11, if close ups are shooted +++ no visible CA's in tele mode :fedup: very well corrected ++ very good sharpness at 50 mm + good sharpness at 35 mm, corners a few weak and small CA's visible in the edges ++ excellent color rendition and ++ contrast is very fine, too highly recommended :):):)

Review of: Schneider-Kreuznach (Samsung) 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 D-Xenon by joe8 on Tue September 2, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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very similar to pentax kit lens I. high contrast, nice colors, but 18mm not so sharp in the corners and sometimes asome visible CA's. best results between 24 and 35 mm, stopped down a few, nearly as sharp as a single lens in middle focal area.excellent for this price

Review of: Vivitar 24mm f2.8 Auto-aperture MC close-focusing by joe8 on Tue September 2, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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sharpness only 9 points because wide open less contrast, but from f 5,6 to f 11 very good to excellent sharpness. excellent color rendition. high contrast stopped down, very nice close-ups

Review of: Samsung D-Xenon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 by joe8 on Tue September 2, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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similar to pentax kit lens. very nice bokeh.usefull with achromatic macro lens on the top. this lens must be stopped down step by step from 18 to 55mm, if you'll get satisfying results. 18 mm only for close ups (because of not so sharp corners) f4.5 enough sharp 24mm very sharp f4.5-5.6 35mm extremely sharp f 5.6 in center, very sharp in corners 45mm very sharp f 8 55mm sharp f11. very nice colors, very high contrast (besides 18mm) I use it from 24 to 55mm. very content with it.but my fovorite focal length is 35mm

Review of: aus JENA (Carl Zeiss) "S" (Sonnar) 135mm f3.5 by joe8 on Tue September 2, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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my lens is a few dusty in the interior. very similar to tele-tessar 4/135 of west german zeiss. wide open sharpness 8, but stopped down to f8-11 sharpness 9, and with one of my macro tubes with integrated bi-convex achromate as focal reductor the sharpness is incredible 10+. the optical base construction is 5/4. but my jena S has been improved by special fitting into a small M42 ring and using of an achromatic front lens of a binocular 8x30 to an excellent 7/5 element building. these achromates are very important for macro shootings.:) excellent results and 10 points !!! I don't want to miss this lens. One of my best ones 135 mm.

Review of: Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm 1.8 Pancolar MC by joe8 on Tue September 2, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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there are two types on the market, an older 6/4 and a newer 6/5 construction. the striped look has the better construction, but is wide open a few weak. the newer construction has higher contrast, but few CA's in the corners wide open. Both are phantastic lenses, similar to Pentax 1,7/50 and 1,8/55. Pentax's SMC coating is still better for contrast rendition and not so weak wide open,naturally. But for portrait or nature shooting this lens is very precious and useful.

Review of: Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm F2.8 Tessar by joe8 on Tue September 2, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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The German so called "eagles eye" in 4/3 scheme is an old achromatic "triplet of Cook" construction of CARL ZEISS JENA, but very effective. / cet objektif - nommé oeil d'un aigle - a une lentille achromatique et un schéma 4/3 très simple, mais effectif ! :):):) You can use it for close-ups with an achromate either in front or on back side between lens and SLR. This optical system will change to 6/4. results are really very nice and sharp, afterwards. So you don't need an additional macro lens, which is very expensive. (ok by this way you'll miss the floating macro tube until 1:1,perhaps) But you'll get phantastic macros, nevertheless. O/+ wide ope some CAs visible, disappearing at f 8 / diaphragme fermé: ne plus de ACs visibles ++ nice color rendition / couleurs jolies ++ wide open still not so sharp, but f 8-11 will give you an excellent sharpness up to the edges. And the contrast will increase enormously. 80 LP = 160 lines / lignes / mm = 2.650 lines / lignes (APS-C) :lol::lol::lol: :fedup::fedup::fedup:

Review of: Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm F3.5 Sonnar MC - Zebra by joe8 on Tue September 2, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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this lens has an achromate in its front part, that's why it is very precious for macro shootings, if you use it together with a macro tube with integrated biconvex achromatic lens of a binocular 8x30 f.e..It's like a focus reducer for astronomy. i've done so with a macro ring Pentax of the cheap brand VIA. The original 5/4 construction will change by this way to an optical high value macro lens of approximately 2.8/100 with 7/5 consttruction. Such as a ZEISS original lens, but this part is really very expensive. Ok it's only an auxiliar construction, but at very low cost and gives you really excellent results. try it...:)

Review of: Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 (Version 2) - made by Tokina by joe8 on Wed May 7, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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:)I've both versions,difference scarcely,excellent corrected, nice macro feature,very good sharpness,nice bokeh for converter using favorable, similar to some excellent old manual 2,8/70-210 and much more better than some new modern plastic buildt lenses :lol:

Review of: Carl Zeiss 35mm F2.4 Flektogon MC by joe8 on Sat April 5, 2014 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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I'am irritated that nobody has discovered visible terrible CA's in the edges, reducing value of this lens,unfortunately. Only mines? :o:o:o Nevertheless it is - stopped down to f 8 - 11 a very good lens with very high contrast and good sharpness:fedup: very near objects (close ups) can be shooted. So you'll have much fun with it. totally a good lens, but Pentax 2.4/35 is still better. :fedup::fedup::fedup: PAY ATTENTION: The older 2.8/35 zebra version of CZJ Flektogon with a big front lens has much more flare against the sun light, but it is really a lot sharper and has nearly no CA's in the edges, stopped down at f 5.6-11.:fedup::fedup::fedup: This is due to the achromatic element in the older version of the lens and the bigger construction !Compare a.m. photo III and IV supersize, - I like both !!! 8.5 points for both ! PS.: Further Carl Zeiss Jena lenses 2.8/50, 1.8/50, 2.8/80 six, 4/135, 2.8/180 six, and 4/300 six with best optical qualities are available and also highly recommended :):):) .

Review of: Ricoh Rikenon P Zoom 1:3.4-4.5 35-70mm Macro by joe8 on Sat April 5, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 


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nearly no CA's, medium contrast, but very sharp until corners stopped down to f-5,6-8 wide open with sun backside still good sharpness:)

Review of: Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70mm F2.6-2.8 by joe8 on Sat April 5, 2014 | Rating: 3 View more reviews 
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O/- my item is not really very sharp in the edges/ corners O/+ sharpness in the center is quite good - - strong CA's are visible - especially in the corners / edges :o:o:o O contrast Okay -/O perhaps bad lens centration as failure ? 3.5 points - recommendation for small prints and for really intensive treatment with PhSh.:mad::mad::mad:

Review of: Tokina RMC / SZ820 80-200mm f/4 by joe8 on Sat April 5, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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my lens is very sharp, high contrast, nice colors and no flare.:):):) for macro shootings suitable,too:fedup::fedup::fedup: but stop down to f 11 with macro extension tube:fedup::fedup::fedup: nice results if you'll stop down to f8 no fringing no more full recommendation:lol::lol::lol:

Review of: Cosina MC Cosinon-W 28mm F2.8 by joe8 on Sat April 5, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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even with a 5/7 tele-converter enormous sharp at f8. suitable for cose-up photos, too somewhat weak in the corners wide open, disappers when stopped down a few

Review of: Cosina 19-35mm AF f3.5-4.5 by joe8 on Sat April 5, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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for this low price highly recommanded, stop it down to f11 and it will be sharp up to the corners very :)good colors, contrast and sharpness

Review of: Vivitar Series 1 (Version 1 - Kiron 22xxxx) 70-210mm f/3.5 by joe8 on Sat April 5, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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very good contrast, sharpness and color rendition suitable for macro photos with macro ring, very nice pictures with it. much less expensive than a 2,8/70-210 nearly no CA's stopped down a few:)

Review of: Tokina RMC / SL300 (Sears Hoya .. et al) 300mm F5.6 by joe8 on Sat April 5, 2014 | Rating: 7 View more reviews 
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a really good lens with some flare and a good sharpness. I'd got it.Sun in back and stopped down to f 8-11 nice pictures to shoot with it.:) Last element is apochromatic (3/1).That's why CA's are well controlled. Much more better than old M42 4/300 Takumar with 5/5 system amd terrible visible CA's.

Review of: Tokina AT-X SD 100-300 f/4 by joe8 on Sat April 5, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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+++ extremely sharp at 100mm from f5-6-8 to f 8-11 without any CAs :fedup::fedup::fedup: ++ very good sharpnes at 200 mm with f 8 + good sharpnes at 300mm with f 8-11 (few CAs) I use it between 100 and 200mm with a big macro ring of 36mm for butterflies :):):) DEEP SKY SHOOTINGS possible, but f 8 affordable, and ISO 51.200 and 1 sec. shutter speed for Orion nebula f.e. higly recommended with 9.5 points :lol::lol::lol:

Review of: Cosina / Petri 50mm F1.7 NMC Cosinon by joe8 on Tue April 1, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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stopped down to f 5,6 very sharp until the corners, good colours, nice bokeh and very few CA's,:), an excellent lens. my item is very clear in glass, high contrast at f5,6

Review of: Cosina ( Vivitar ) 28-210mm f3.5-5.6 Macro by joe8 on Sun March 30, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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this classic glass metal construction without ED lenses seems to be much more better then modern plastic constructions. very content with this lens for analogue and digital SLR. highly recommended because of high contrast and nice colors. 135mm stopped down to f11 very sharp macro shootings with macro ring possible:)

Review of: Tokina RMC II 24mm F2.8 by joe8 on Sun March 30, 2014 | Rating: 3 View more reviews 
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one or two achromatic lenses additionally would do good to this lens. I had bought this lens but sold it very quickly because of strongly visible CA's:o perhaps a mistake of production?:confused: wide open not really sharp in corners:( I was absolutely not content with this lens:(:(:(sorry ps. pictures like above are improved by Photoshop - strong CA's eliminated, higher contrast and colors much more intensively elaborated:o

Review of: Cosina 70-210 F4.5 - 5.6 Mc Macro by joe8 on Sat February 22, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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just similar macro experiences with this lens for flowers and butterflies one of the best lenses at a very low price :):):) contrast sharpness and bokeh are very fine still wide open suitable for portraits, too with 70mm - very sharp :fedup: nearly as sharp as macro 4/100 takumar at 100-135mm less CA's than o.m.4/100 +++++ warning +++++ ps. pay attention! there are two production lines! the better (old) one has green macro gravure and is shorter and heavier:lol:. the worse (new) one has blue and yellow gravures and is much more light. ok? that's why so different results in judgement!:o but the newer one is a good to very good perfromer, too optical disign 12/8 elements f. the old edition. 10/7 for the newer edition :o:o:o

Review of: Tamron Adaptall-2 80-210mm f/3.8-4 (03A) by joe8 on Sat February 22, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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my lens hasn't these strong CA problems (perhaps version II). Any phenomena of CA will disappear; when stopped down to f11 in close up range and using an achromatic focal reductor. (I use it for 4/100 bellows, too) For this purpose you must fit a glass from 8x30 binocular into a PK maco ring. So I've got a cheap macro zoom from approx 65 to 175mm with excellent optical qualities:lol:

Review of: Ricoh Rikenon 50mm f/2 by joe8 on Sat February 22, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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amazing optical qualities, same satisfying experiences very nice bokeh, good colors, high contrast. I use it with f5,6, in most cases. with high ISO and f4 for asto shootings usuable, too. very good macro photos with small macro ring or achromatic macro lens. a good competitor to Takumar 1;8/50

Review of: Vivitar 28-70mm 1:3.4 or 3.5 -4.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by joe8 on Fri February 21, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Much more brigther than 18-55 :):):) ++ nice contrast, ++ very fine color rendition ++ really very sharp, even in the corners + very low CAs in the corners suitable for close-ups, too, but not a special extreme macro lens:fedup: one of my best wide angle-small tele zooms fot pertraits and landscapes ***************************************************************************************************** VERY IMPORTANT: modern zooms of his range are not so good corrected in the corners ***************************************************************************************************** very good centered optics ;););) nearly perfect - one of my best lenses - full recommendation

Review of: Tamron AF Aspherical LD 28-200mm F3.8-5.6 [Model 171D, 271D, 571D, 171A] by joe8 on Sat February 15, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Great zoom range of improved 571 D version with MUCH MORE BETTER SHARPNESS AND CORRECTION THAN EARLIER 171 D VERSION :lol::lol::lol: PAY ATTENTION: This "sun shine lens" must be stopped down - between f 9 and f 13 best results ! :fedup: +/O aperture wide open only fair sharpness, especially at 200 mm +/++ good to very good sharpness with f 11 over the full range + high contrast ++ beautiful colour rendition ++ very carefully corrected CA's at 28mm :):):) Try to get the newer 571 D version, The lower evaluation concerns the old 171 D version. It is really a big difference between both versions ! Use higher ISO and stop it down + short 1/500 sec, in order to get wonderful pictures with this lens :):):) - FULL RECOMMENDATION Ps. Close ups with 36mm macro ring at 135mm f 11 possible !

Review of: Vivitar / Sunagor Macro Focusing 28-200mm f3.5-5.3 (Kobori) by joe8 on Sat February 15, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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what a sharp universal lens! Especially 100 to 135 mm are very sharp and can be used for macro shootings with macro rings:). high contrast, very few CA's,nice colors I've got 3 items of it for different mounts

Review of: Vivitar 85-205mm f/3.8 by joe8 on Sat February 8, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE FOR MACRO SHOOTINGS BECAUSE OF NEARLY PERFECT CORRECTION FOR CLOSE UPS. :lol::lol::lol: I've undoubtably got one of the best versions This is a very sharp lens similar to the famous and very expensive Zeiss 4/80-200. The old 3-ring-construction has one achromatic element more than many other comparable tele zooms. +++ excellent sharpness (landscapes, portraits, street photography etc.) ++/+ very good to good sharpness - close ups (from 1:3 up to 1:2) +/++ high contrast ++ neutral color rendition +++ no CAs at aperture 5.6-11 (landscapes, portraits, street photography etc.) + CA control good enough for close ups with a.m. long macro ring/ very small CAs visible + agreable bokeh O three ring operation I use it for macro shootings as bees, flowers and butterflies with an additional macro ring of 36 mm :) :) :) Butterflies on a flower are often fleeing very quickly, so that a longer distance to these objects is affordable. With 205 mm tele + 36mm macro ring the distance to the small objects (approx. 3x4 inches = 7.5x10cm) is more than 50 inches or 1,35 meter from the rear side of the camera - a huge advantage ! TRY IT. :fedup::fedup::fedup: The CA-correction is similar and sharpness is still better than of the 3.5-4.5/70-210 APO MACRO of SIGMA at a much more higher price. My lens has no dust no fungus no scratches. Many thanks to Vivitar - VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY ME ! PS. the distance is approx. half at 1:2 (2x3 inches = 5x7.7 cm) with approx 70 cm

Review of: Tokina AF SD 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 by joe8 on Sat February 8, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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for portraits is nothing better. :fedup::fedup::fedup: (very similar to Vivitar and Soligor 3.5-4.5/28-70 macro) brighter than 18-55 easy to handle it. sharp until corners ***** VERY IMPORTANT *****:o the modern big 24-70 lenses cost a lot and are not so sharp in the edges as this lens !!! :lol::lol::lol: one of my fovorites !!! PS. high resolution with up tp 65 LP/mm = 130 lines/mm at iso 200. This is a professional value.

Review of: Vivitar 80-200mm F4 MACRO FOCUSING ZOOM MC by joe8 on Sat February 8, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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a great lens for portraits. macro and nature shootings. stiopped down a few to f8 best sharpness love it very much



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