Tag Archives: f/3.5

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

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

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… Continue Reading

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

Industar 50mm F3.5 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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Chinon 200mm F3.5 Test  & What Makes a Beautiful Image?!

Chinon 200mm F3.5 Test

Just over 2 years ago I’ve done one of my first ever vintage lens video comparisons. I simply picked out 4 very cheap 200mm primes, curios to see how these unknown lenses would stack up against each other and to see if they were usable at all.  One lens stood out to me as the… Continue Reading

4 Low Budget Lenses for Amazing Lens Flare

The 4 Best Lenses for Amazing Lens Flare

There are many reasons why I love vintage lenses. Their character is much more obvious than on most modern lenses with lens flare being one of the most distinctive characteristics of such lenses. In fact, one of the main reasons why Helios 44-2 is one of my favorite lenses is because the flares this lens… Continue Reading