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…

WIN 1 of 5 Industar 50mm F3.5 Pancake Lenses

WIN 1 of 5 Industar 50mm F3.5 Pancake Lenses

I’m very excited to announce the Industar 50-2 50mm F3.5 Lens Giveaway! If you don’t know much about this lens, make sure to check out my in-depth review here. If you saw the video above you’ll know that this time there are 5 lenses instead of one, so a much better chance of winning one. A quick word on…

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…

Tarmon Adaptall-2 28mm F2.5 REVIEW

Tarmon Adaptall-2 28mm F2.5 REVIEW

28mm lenses are some of the most affordable vintage lenses that one can buy.  Almost every manufacturer made them, sometimes in multiple versions. Today I will be talking about the 28mm lens that I’ve been using the most myself, not that I think it’s the best out there, but you will soon understand why it…

Shooting “Milkshake” Web Series on Vintage Russian Lenses

Shooting “Milkshake” Web Series on Vintage Russian Lenses

  Recently one of VLFV readers, Phil Abatecola got in touch to share his experience using (mostly) Russian vintage lenses to shoot his feature length web series. There were loads of things Phil had to take into consideration when building up his “Kremlin Kit” for the series and I felt that it will definitely be a…

Vintage 20mm Shootout

Vintage 20mm Shootout

This shootout has been long time coming! I’ve collected quite a few vintage 20mm lenses in the last few years with Canon FD being my latest addition. I just sold my Pentax-A 20mm F2.8 and I decided that I have to do this shootout before I send it out to its new owner. It would…

ILLUMINA (LOMO) Super35 High Speed Cine Lenses

ILLUMINA (LOMO) Super35 High Speed Cine Lenses

A fellow filmmaker & my go to guy when it comes to info on Russian lenses, Tomasz Wolski aka Film Cyfeowy has recently written a wonderful article for the Polish Filammking Magazine “FilmPro” (check out their Website & Facebook). The article is about Illumina MK-II Cine lenses from LOMO, a legendary producer of film cameras…

Lens Turbo II vs Metabones Speed Booster In-Depth Comparison

Lens Turbo II vs Metabones Speed Booster In-Depth Comparison

As a very happy owner of the Canon FD to Sony E-mount Zhengyi Lens Turbo (Version 2) by ZY Optics I’ve been very curious to find out how it stacks up against the very respected Metabones Speedbooster, therefore I decided to do a quick, real life test to see if Lens Turbo gets anywhere close…