Vintage Lens Reviews

Review of vintage manual focus lenses for vintage 35mm SLR film cameras


3 Favorite Manual Focus Prime Lenses

'A quick discourse on the adaptation of legacy manual focus prime lenses for use on a 2x crop-sensor Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC)' Against the odds of acquiring high-priced auto-everything prime lenses for my crop-sensor mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC), I am looking, instead, at legacy manual focus primes with a similar or a near-to focal length equivalent as alternate options.

40mm Focal Length Prime Lenses

'A quick look review at three 40mm focal length manual and autofocus lenses for your 35mm full-frame cameras' For still photographers using 35mm full-frame cameras, a 40mm focal length prime lens, normally a tiny and lightweight pancake, is probably the only lens you will need on your camera most of the time.

A Trio of Olympus Pen F/FT MF Lenses

'A trio of Olympus Pen FT lenses, the F.Zuiko Auto-S 38mm F1.8, E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm F3.5, and E.Zuiko Auto-T 150mm F4' I have a trio of well used and battered Olympus Pen-FT manual focus lenses, which were originally produced for the Olympus Pen-F half-frame SLR camera system, carefully stored away in their silica gelled plastic packs in the storage bin.

Minolta MD Zoom 28-85mm F3.5~4.5

'A quick look at a lens that turned out to an outstanding surprise, couldn't ask for more' One of the more interesting lenses I have in my collection is a fantastic sleeper, the two-touch varifocal Minolta MD Zoom 28-85mm F3.5~4.5.

Nikon Nikkor Ai-S 85mm F2

'A quick look review at the Nikon Nikkor 85mm F2, a lens with a fine reputation for its excellent sharpness' The Nikon Nikkor Ai-S 85mm F2, a highly popular manual focus prime, is an excellent choice as your first telephoto lens.

Sigma Mini-Wide 28mm 1:2.8

The lens was a product back when there were a high demand for 28mm and 135mm primes for users to add to their existing 50mm primes which was the standard for 35mm SLR film cameras. The Sigma Mini-Wide was well accepted and stayed close to the top among favorites, not only because of its excellent design, small and compact but also because of its reasonable pricing.

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

'Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, the world's first wide-angle zoom lens, with images shot on a 2x crop-sensor digital ILC' Imagine being able to replicate the use of four wide and ultra-wide-angle primes from 21, 24, 28, and 35mm with a single zoom unit that combines the four focal lengths into one, albeit longer in length and heavier in weight than the any of the four.

Tamron Adaptall-2 70-210mm F4~5.6

'A quick look review of the Tamron Adaptall-2 70-210mm F4~5.6 (58A/158A) lens with images captured on the Olympus Pen E-P5' I suppose every mail-order film camera and lenses enthusiast may have one, tucked away in the far corner of the dry-box, or placed in storage, an item which does not seem to fit right into the scene first time you received it.

Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 28-80mm F3.5-4.2

'A quick look review of the Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 28-80mm f/3.5-4.2 (27A) lens with images captured on the Olympus Pen E-P5' Compared to the compact and lightweight Tamron Adaptall-2 70-210mm F4~5.6 (58A/158A), the Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 28-80mm F3.5-4.2 (27A) is the complete opposite.

Zuiko OM Auto-W 21mm F3.5

'A quick look review at the ultra-wide-angle Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-W 21mm F3.5' One of the legacy lenses I have in my collection, which also happens to be my favorite, is the Zuiko Auto-W 21mm F3.5, a rectilinear ultra wide-angle manual focus lens first introduced for the Olympus OM 35mm SLR series in 1971.

Zuiko OM Auto-Zoom 35-70mm F4

'A quick look review at the Olympus-OM System S Zuiko MC Auto-Zoom 35-70mm F4 with images shot on the Olympus E-P5' A standard zoom lens, one that can be used in place of popular primes with focal lengths of a moderate wide-angle, a standard, and a short telephoto is one of the regulars that one can find in a photo enthusiast's camera bag.

Zuiko OM Auto-Zoom 75-150mm F4

'A quick look review of the Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-Zoom 75-150mm F4 lens' The Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-Zoom 75-150mm F4, a two-touch parfocal telephoto zoom, was the first zoom lens produced for the OM-System cameras.

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