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  • Canon FD 55mm f1.2 S.S.C. Lens Review

    Canon FD 55mm f1.2 S.S.C. Lens Review

    Canon FD 55mm f1.2 S.S.C. is a great performer! I bought this lens along with a few other FD lenses and a Canon A-1 camera. I did not specifically seek it, nor was even aware that such a lens existed before I had it. ‘Best manual lenses’ lists or reviews rarely mention it, so I did…

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  • Mamiya Sekor 50mm f2 M42 Lens Review

    Mamiya Sekor 50mm f2 M42 Lens Review

    Mamiya Sekor 50mm f2 is one of the four standard prime lenses for Mamiya TL and DTL cameras, released back in 1966. Mamiya was a professional camera manufacturer and made many excellent camera lenses – most of them are often overlooked by enthusiasts in favour of the better-known brands. Lenses in the range are the…

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  • Mamiya Sekor 58mm f1.7 Lens Review

    Mamiya Sekor 58mm f1.7 Lens Review

    Mamiya Sekor 58mm f1.7 is another vintage lens from the 1960s – having a somewhat rare focal length and aperture combination, producing soft bokeh and strong object separation.  History and versions Mamiya Sekor 58mm f1.7 F.C. – Exakta mount Mamiya Sekor 58mm f1.7 F.C., released in 1961, alongside the Mamiya’s first production SLR camera –…

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  • Voigtländer Septon 50mm f2 Lens Review

    Voigtländer Septon 50mm f2 Lens Review

    Voigtländer Septon 50mm f2 was top of the line lens for the Bessamatic cameras – introduced in 1959 and made until 1967. This lens competed with the best lenses from other German manufacturers like Carl Zeiss and the wave of Japanese imports coming into the market. It was exceptionally well made, utilised the best materials…

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  • E. Ludwig Meritar 50mm f2.9 Review

    E. Ludwig Meritar 50mm f2.9 Review

    E. Ludwig Meritar 50mm f2.9 was the entry-level option for the Ihagee Exakta line of cameras and cost only 59 Deutschmarks back in 1959. For comparison, another standard Exakta lens – a Biotar 58mm f2 cost six times as much. Given it was considered a cheap lens at a time, I was not expecting too…

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  • Carl Zeiss Ultron 50mm f1.8 Lens Review

    Carl Zeiss Ultron 50mm f1.8 Lens Review

    Carl Zeiss Ultron 50mm f1.8 is a lens for short-lived Zeiss Ikon Icarex line of cameras. Famous on the internet – it generally has good reviews and recommendations, so I wanted to try it for myself. It turned out to be one of my favourite vintage lenses. I use it a lot, taking it on…

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  • Carl Zeiss Sonnar 85mm f2.8 QBM Lens Review

    Carl Zeiss Sonnar 85mm f2.8 QBM Lens Review

    Carl Zeiss Sonnar 85mm f2.8 is a beautiful Carl Zeiss lens made in West Germany. It’s a sharp lens with a rare optical design – it only has four elements in 4 groups. Compared to some of today’s lenses, four element designs are unique – Zeiss Batis 85/1.8 has 11 elements in 8 groups. Element…

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  • Mamiya Sekor 55mm f1.8 M42 Lens Review on EOS R

    Mamiya Sekor 55mm f1.8 M42 Lens Review on EOS R

    Mamiya Sekor 55mm f1.8 that I am reviewing here is an outstanding quality lens – made by Mamiya in Japan in the 1970s — made entirely out of metal, like most good lenses of those times. Considering the price, it is the best vintage standard lens out there with bags of character and enough sharpness…

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