Reviews

1, July, 2017

Lens Review: Flektogon 35mm f2.8

The Flektogon 35mm f2.8 is a middle version of the well known 35mm Flektogon family. Chronologically, the zebra Flektogon stands between the first all-chrome version and the […]
1, June, 2017

Vintage Mounts Reviewed and Tested

We are reviewing a few vintage mounts in order to better understand how lens manufacturers positioned and upgraded their lens line ups. Also, we’ll see which […]
1, June, 2017

Lens Review: Helios 44 Series

History and Design Helios 44 58mm f2 is one of the best known Soviet vintage lenses. Production started after World War II and continued for half […]
1, June, 2017

Lens Review: Takumar 135mm f3.5

The 135mm f3.5 Takumar is a medium telephoto lens made by the Asahi Optical Company. One of the best telephoto vintage lenses, the 135mm Takumar has […]
1, June, 2017

Lens Review: Pancolar 50mm f1.8

This 50mm f1.8 Pancolar was the standard fast lens of the Carl Zeiss Jena company from the 1950s until the late 1980s. At that moment Pentacon […]
1, June, 2017

Lens Review: Takumar 24mm f3.5

The 24mm f3.5 Super-Takumar is a wide-angle lens in the M42 mount made by Asahi Pentax during the late 1960s. The lens has the same well-known […]
1, June, 2017

Lens Review: Tair-11A 135mm f2.8

The 135mm f2.8 Tair-11A is a medium telephoto lens which was made in the Soviet Union for about 40 years, until the late 1980s. It mainly […]
1, June, 2017

Lens Review: Jupiter-9 85mm f2

The 85mm f2 Jupiter-9 is a short telephoto lens which was made in the Soviet Union from the early 1950s up to the early 1990s. It […]
1, June, 2017

Vintage Lenses Prices and Value

How much should I pay for vintage lenses ? Why do prices vary sometimes ? We’ll highlight some useful insight for you to understand the context […]
1, June, 2017

5 Reasons to Buy Vintage Lenses

1. Price & Value Yes, we know: price is an important aspect for anyone who decides to buy a certain product. Most vintage lenses have a […]
1, June, 2017

Which Vintage Lenses Have the Best Construction?

Most vintage lenses are well built and very reliable. One reason is that until the late 1970s, lenses were made of metal and glass, instead of […]