Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm F1.2 REVIEW

Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm F1.2 REVIEW

This time I’m reviewing a modern lens, but as mentioned in the video above, it shares a lot of things I like about vintage lenses, which is the main reason why I wanted to review it. As a fan of Zhongyi Lens Turbo II focal reducer, I was excited about an opportunity to test out…

SANKOR 16F Anamorphic Lens REVIEW

SANKOR 16F Anamorphic Lens REVIEW

I’ve very excited to finally share this post with you guys. Some time ago I came across an Instagram user SAMAMORPHIC, who produces some of the most beautiful, atmospheric and dreamy anamorphic content. Eventually we got taking and I found out that Sam uses a Sankor 16F (an anamorphic lens that is new to me)…

Tamron 24-48mm f/3.5-3.8 REVIEW

Tamron 24-48mm f/3.5-3.8 REVIEW

Tamron Adaptall-2 24-48mm f/3.5-3.8 might sound like an average vintage lens with unamusing focal range, especially on a Super35 camera, but it’s actually not your average zoom. The 24-48mm is actually a respected lens which performs beautifully on full frame cameras, making it a great wide-to-mid range zoom. When used on a full frame camera…

WIN 1 of 2 E.Ludwig Meritar 50mm F2.9 (CLOSED)

WIN 1 of 2 E.Ludwig Meritar 50mm F2.9 (CLOSED)

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, stay tuned for the August one, coming soon! It’s time for another giveaway and this time you have a chance to add the E.Ludwig Meritar 50mm F2.9 to your lens kit. If you don’t know much about this lens, make sure to check out my in-depth review here. I’ve added a second…

E.Ludwig Meritar 50mm F2.9 REVIEW

E.Ludwig Meritar 50mm F2.9 REVIEW

There are a few reasons why people choose vintage lenses over the modern equivalents. One of them is that organic, film-like character that is missing in most modern lenses. The E.Ludwig Meritar 50mm F2.9 is one of such lenses, bursting with character that many of us really love! The only lens I’ve tried so far…

OPTEX / CENTURY 16:9 1.33x Anamorphic Lens Review

OPTEX / CENTURY 16:9 1.33x Anamorphic Lens Review

  Welcome to my second Anamorphic Lens Review. In my first review I shared my take on PROSKAR-16, which was the first anamorphic lens/adapter I bought myself, but this time I will be reviewing one of my more recent additions, the OPTEX / CENTRURY 16:9 1.33x Focus Through Anamorphic Lens/Adapter, which I think as a…

Tamron Adaptall-2 17mm F3.5 REVIEW

Tamron Adaptall-2 17mm F3.5 REVIEW

When it comes to ultra-wide (non fisheye) vintage lenses, especially the photography ones that many of us now happily use for video, there are only a few options to choose from and most seem too expensive for what they are. When fast, sharp, ultra-wide modern lenses like Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 can be bought for under…

INDUSTAR 50-2 50mm F3.5 Pancake Lens Review

INDUSTAR 50-2 50mm F3.5 Pancake Lens Review

Industar 50-2 is the lens that I meant to buy a long time ago. A lot of photographers and cinematographers around already have one of these and that got me wondering what all the fuss is about. The first thing that you notice about this lens is its tiny size and yet it will work…

Kinoptik Tegea 5.7mm F1.8 / T2 Review | Ultra-Wide Super16 Lens

Kinoptik Tegea 5.7mm F1.8 / T2 Review | Ultra-Wide Super16 Lens

Kinoptik Tegea 5.7mm F1.8 / T2 is a very unique lens. It’s the widest non-fisheye lens that covers Super16 and while not many people use Super16 film cameras nowadays, this lens is still very usable on a number of modern cameras including BMPCC & Digital Bolex as well as a growing number of cameras with…

Affordable Canon FD Lenses for Sony-E & M4/3 | Buyers Guide

Affordable Canon FD Lenses for Sony-E & M4/3 | Buyers Guide

I’m often asked about good lens options for M4/3 & Sony E-mount cameras. Most people are hoping to save quite a lot of money when building a vintage set, so this guide will concentrate on affordable lenses with a price tag no higher than $300 per lens (I’ll also share a full set option for…

PROSKAR-16 Anamorphic Lens Review

PROSKAR-16 Anamorphic Lens Review

Over the last few years I’ve been slowly learning about and collecting various anamorphic lenses. Now that I’ve tried quite a few and understand them quite well, I’m ready to present you my first (of many) anamorphic lens review. I don’t claim to be an anamorphic lens expert and as always, my review is based…

Super-Takumar 55mm F2 vs Helios 44-2 58mm F2

Super-Takumar 55mm F2 vs Helios 44-2 58mm F2

I am real Helios 44-2 58mm F2 “fanboy”; I recommend it to everyone who asks me for a vintage lens advice, but thanks to the video made by fellow vintage lens fan, Victor Bart, there is a “new” kid on the block that we should be taking the notice of.  The lens in question is…