Category Archives: Lens Tests

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

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

Kinoptik Tegea 5.7mm F1.8 / T2 Review | Ultra-Wide Super16 Lens

Kinoptik Tegea 5.7mm F1.8 Review

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Tarmon Adaptall-2 28mm F2.5 REVIEW

Tarmon Adaptall-2 28mm F2.5

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… 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