Category Archives: Full-Frame (35mm film)

Canon FD 17mm F4 | REVIEW

Canon FD 17mm F4 | REVIEW

As you may know, I’m a big fan of Canon FD lenses and it’a finally time to review one of the widest lenses in Canon FD line-up, the 17mm F4! WHY: Many people will ask: Why bother with such slow and fairly expensive 17mm prime, when every cheap modern kit lens more or less matches… Continue Reading

PETZVAR 105mm F3.2 PL Mount Lens | Swirly Bokeh Monster

PETZVAR 105mm F3.2 PL Mount Lens | Swirly Bokeh Monster

A few weeks ago I received an email from Denys Ivanichek, asking for some feedback and suggestions regarding a very interesting lens he has been working on! I’m sure a lot of you heard the name PETZVAL! I learned about such lenses when Lomography created their New Petzval 85 lenses back in 2013, which became… Continue Reading

MY TOP 3 GO-TO “Vintage Lenses For Video”

MY TOP 3 GO-TO “Vintage Lenses For Video”

I’ve reviewed so many vintage lenses in the last few years, but which ones do I actually use on daily basis? The video above and info below should finally answer this question. My top 3 most used vintage lenses are: Helios 44-2 58mm F2 Canon FD 50mm F1.4 Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm F2.4 I… Continue Reading

Canon FL 55mm F1.2 REVIEW | Cheapest F/1.2 Lens!

Canon FL 55mm F1.2 REVIEW | Cheapest F/1.2 Lens!

Many of us desire to own at least one super fast lens! It doesn’t really matter if it’s worth it or not, we are simply drawn to the speed and the idea of owning an F1.2 lens! The problem is that most of these lenses are pretty expensive, even the vintage ones, but in this… Continue Reading

Cheapest CARL ZEISS Lens | 50mm F/2.8 | In-Depth Review

Cheapest CARL ZEISS Lens | 50mm F/2.8 | In-Depth Review

  (Dec 2016 Revision) Everyone loves Carl Zeiss lenses, but not everyone can afford them, at least not the modern ones or even the popular Contax series. If you are one of these people who can’t quite afford, but really want to own a “Zeiss”, fortunately there is a lens can be bought for as… Continue Reading

WIN CANON FL 55mm F1.2 LENS with EDMIKA EF MOUNT

WIN CANON FL 55mm F1.2 LENS with EDMIKA EF MOUNT

I’m super excited to announce the Canon FL 55mm F1.2 Giveaway! It’s the most expensive and the fastest lens that I’ve given away, so definitely something a bit special, made even better by the custom EDMIKA mount, designed specially for this particular lens. It usually retails for $75 directly from www.edmika.com, but EDMIKA very kindly… Continue Reading

Buying Bargain Lenses! Which? Where? When?

Buying Bargain Lenses! Which? Where? When?

Foreword: This post is aimed at people who are just getting into vintage lenses, but maybe even a seasoned vintage lens user will find some useful info here. When it comes to buying lenses, things can get pretty confusing, especially at the start. There are so many brands, models, types, focal lengths, etc and there… Continue Reading

Fast Lenses VS Slower Equivalents

Fast Lenses VS Slower Equivalents

When we buy lenses, most of us generally try to get the fastest model in every focal length we go with. Like many others I generally believe that the faster lens will give me better performance! My argument is that if I stop down a faster lens by a stop, I will get nicer images… Continue Reading

Battle of Cheap 17mm Primes | Tamron Adaptall-2 vs Tokina RMC

Battle of Cheap 17mm Primes | Tamron Adaptall-2 vs Tokina RMC

I’m often asked about cheap vintage wide angle primes and the two that I always recommend are the Tamron Adaptall-2 17mm F3.5 and Tokina RMC 17mm F3.5. While they do not sound very exciting when compared to lenses like Tokina 11-16mm F2.8, it’s important to remember is that these vintage prime lenses offer “full frame”… Continue Reading