Category Archives: Reviews

Carl Zeiss Super Speed S16 Cine Lenses | In-Depth Overview

Carl Zeiss Super Speed S16 Cine Lenses | In-Depth Overview

Ever since I got into video/filmmaking, I’ve been dreaming about owning a set of cine lenses, however as you’ll know, they are not exactly affordable, which is partially why I got into vintage lenses as I find them to share a lot of qualities found in cine lenses. Fortunately, the release of BMPCC allowed me… Continue Reading

VIVITAR 55mm F2.8 1:1 MACRO REVIEW

VIVITAR 55mm F2.8 1:1 MACRO REVIEW

Modern MACRO lenses tend to be quite expensive, therefore it’s something that many leave out of their kit. When it comes to vintage though, MACRO lenses are actually very affordable. One such example is the Vivitar 55mm F2.8, a Komine made lens, which was also sold under many other less popular brands including Elicar, Panagor, Soligor,… 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

SANKOR 16F Anamorphic Lens REVIEW

SANKOR 16F Anamorphic Lens REVIEW

I’ve very excited to finally share this post with you guys. Some time ago I came across an Instagram user SAMAMORPHIC, who produces some of the most beautiful, atmospheric and dreamy anamorphic content. Eventually we got taking and I found out that Sam uses a Sankor 16F (an anamorphic lens that is new to me)… 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

E.Ludwig Meritar 50mm F2.9 REVIEW

E.Ludwig 50mm F2.9

There are a few reasons why people choose vintage lenses over the modern equivalents. One of them is that organic, film-like character that is missing in most modern lenses. The E.Ludwig Meritar 50mm F2.9 is one of such lenses, bursting with character that many of us really love! The only lens I’ve tried so far… 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