Category Archives: Lens Tests

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

Comparing Helios 58mm F2 Lenses

Comparing Helios 58mm F2 Lenses

I originally created this post in 2012. Since then I’ve learned a lot about these lenses and Helios 44-2 has become my favorite lens, so I decided to revise it with more up to date info and additional test (second part of the post) Original Test (revised): A lot of people claim that the Helios… Continue Reading

Tokina RMC 17mm F/3.5 Review + Test Footage

Tokina RMC 17mm F/3.5 REVIEW

As far as vintage wide angle primes go, once you go below 20mm, there aren’t many to choose from at all! Tokina RMC 17mm F3.5 is one of the most affordable ultra wide vintage lenses out there, so if you are on a budget, this is the one you should be taking a closer look… Continue Reading

20$ Telephoto Zoom | Vivitar 70-300mm Review

20$ Telephoto Zoom | Vivitar 70-300mm Review

When I first took the Vivitar 70-300mm F4.8-5.8 out of my “cheap telephoto lens bag” I didn’t know what to expect from it. It was a bright, sunny day and I was heading out to a Zoo,, so I though to myself: this one has a great reach, it’s small and light, exactly what I… Continue Reading

Using “Krasnogorsk” Lenses on BMPCC | In-depth Review

Using "Krasnogorsk" Lenses on BMPCC | In-depth Review

Krasnogorsk lens review has been a long time coming. I first discovered them in 2013 when I reviewed their little brothers, the Kiev-16U trio. At the time there were no adapters that would allow Krasnogorsk mount lenses to be used on any modern cameras, but shortly after I bought my set, RAFcamera released the Krasnogorsk… Continue Reading

Vivitar Series-1 70-210mm F2.8-4.0 REVIEW

Vivitar Series-1 70-210mm F2.8-4.0 Review

Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm is one of the most difficult lenses to review. Want to know why? There are at least 5 versions of this lens, so chances are that next time you’ll find one, it might be different from mine, but let’s try to figure this out anyway 🙂 Versions: The only quick and… Continue Reading

Tamron 24-48mm f/3.5-3.8 REVIEW

Tamron Adaptall-2 24-48mm

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… Continue Reading

OPTEX / CENTURY 16:9 1.33x Anamorphic Lens Review

Optex/ Century 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… Continue Reading