Category Archives: Reviews

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

KOWA Vidoscope REVIEW | Affordable 2x Anamorphic Lens

KOWA Vidoscope REVIEW | Affordable 2x Anamorphic Lens

KOWA – a very popular name in anamorphic community. KOWA anamorphics usually represent a great image quality & amazing flares, but that comes at a hefty price tag. In this review I’ll be taking a closer look at what might be the cheapest KOWA anamorphic lens, so let’s see if it deserves the KOWA name!… 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

DSO “TRUMP” Rehoused Helios Lenses | REVIEW

DSO “TRUMP” Rehoused Helios Lenses | REVIEW

You might know how much I love the Helios 44-2, the cult Soviet 58mm F2.0 prime, but a very skilled lens technician, Richard Gale obviously took his love for this lens much further. His DSO FF58 modified Helios 44-2 lens is well known and used by many DOPs, who looking for that magical look you… Continue Reading

The Russian Tank | TAIR-3 300mm F4.5 Review

The Russian Tank | TAIR-3 300mm F4.5 Review

I don’t use vintage telephoto lenses (over 200mm) very often; in fact this a first time I’m reviewing a 300mm telephoto prime. As you might know, due to the lack of the optical image stabilization, such lenses can be difficult use for video. A rock solid tripod is a must and the actual lens has… Continue Reading