Current state of affairs - Warning lens P0rn!


robbiec

Link Posted 21/05/2013 - 09:01
Very nice
Have a 90mm Vivitar f/2.5 (Komine) getting serviced at the moment, that is my current '135'
I often wonder about the DA*50-135, seems to be one of those lenses that owners rave about and rarely let go.
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rparmar

Link Posted 21/05/2013 - 13:11
I complain about the Vivitar 135/2.8 Close Focusing being too big and heavy for my typical usage. It's 425g and 86mm long.

No doubt the DA*50-135 is an excellent lens. But it's 765g and 136mm. For that much effort I'd like to cover a 645 sensor at least! (Never mind "full-frame"!)

The Vivitar 90/2.8 macro is supposedly not up to the standards of the Vivitar Series 1 90/2.5 Macro, but is far smaller and lighter. It will be great to hear how it does, especially newly serviced. You don't read a lot of definitive info on this lens since people chase its more expensive sibling.
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Cuchulainn

Link Posted 21/05/2013 - 14:39
mikew wrote:
Just a gentle wry comment about having too much gear and risk stifling creativity. Today I went out with one camera which I am not allowed to name which has a fixed focal length of 23mm on APS and the K5 plus 4 lenses in the bag. How many lenses did I use on the K5? One - the 70 Ltd. I took more with the un-named camera than the K5 because it's so simple to use and always delivers. Having two cameras was a dratted nuisance really but just now and then I needed the 70.

Mike

That was me on Sunday - I love the unnamed camera, it's fantastic! And yes, coupled with a DA 70 (on a k-30 in my case), I had two very nice options for a whole range of photos. The only reason I even thought of using one of the other lenses with me was when it looked like rain and the 18-135 came out of the bag, but it was quickly replaced by the 70mm again.

Mike-P

Link Posted 21/05/2013 - 14:50
rparmar wrote:

The Vivitar 90/2.8 macro is supposedly not up to the standards of the Vivitar Series 1 90/2.5 Macro, but is far smaller and lighter. It will be great to hear how it does, especially newly serviced. You don't read a lot of definitive info on this lens since people chase its more expensive sibling.

I had the 90/2.8 and it's an excellent lens, really enjoyed using it. IQ is not far off and as you say a lot lighter and smaller that the 105mm S1.

I took this last night with the 105mm S1 ... I was seriously thinking of selling it but am having second thought now.



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robbiec

Link Posted 21/05/2013 - 15:11
Hmm, liking that lots
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rparmar

Link Posted 21/05/2013 - 16:46
Nice! These lenses do have a way with flowers.
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rparmar

Link Posted 22/05/2013 - 18:22
It's long overdue, but here is my in-depth look at my favourite 135mm lens.

A look at the Vivitar 135mm Close Focusing lens

Vivitar 135mm Close Focusing lens part two
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robbiec

Link Posted 22/05/2013 - 22:23
Nicely done Robin!
Review from a user perspective than a set of charts is always refreshing. Great shots (examples) as well.
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rparmar

Link Posted 22/05/2013 - 23:42
They were just grab shots really, as I'd rather see how the lens actually works in practice than in a lab.

Besides, I suck at being a scientist. (I did try!)

Thanks for the comments.
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robbiec

Link Posted 23/05/2013 - 11:38
So my first Carl Zeiss (T* 2/50 Makro-Planar) lens has arrived. Before I have even mounted it on a camera and taken a shot I know that i'm in trouble, serious trouble. These things are just beautifully built. Damping on the focusing ring feels luxurious. The hood clicks into place with a tactile and audible click. Not overly heavy but has that hewn from solid feel that smacks of quality. Little things but they all add up to an overwhelmingly favorable first impression and make me want more!
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robbiec

Link Posted 23/05/2013 - 14:17
Found a subject in the car park at work...

First shot with CZ T*50/2



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robbiec

Link Posted 25/05/2013 - 00:39
Started with these:




Now the cull is complete.
Down to these select few




Have I been too rash? Interested in your observations.
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Last Edited by robbiec on 25/05/2013 - 01:08

InFESTation

Link Posted 25/05/2013 - 00:55
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm (shame I can't suss out out how to make the font GREEN)
Pint o' rough & a game o' darts anyone

rparmar

Link Posted 25/05/2013 - 01:18
Except you've still got the A50 because you took the photo with it.

Not too rash IMO. 35, 50, 55 totally redundant. I'd want something wider and longer but that doesn't suit you so much so...

Job Done!
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robbiec

Link Posted 25/05/2013 - 01:24
I've promised myself just one more this year... the Distagon 25
Actually the A50 is looking suspect now. The Makro-P gets closer and its OOF rendering is kinda awesome. Never mind that it is sharper across the frame, smoother focusing and just well a more rounded, more versatile lens for me at least. 2/3rds of a stop? can live without it. Only thing i'm worried about the Zeiss is that perhaps it might be a teeny bit too sharp for faces
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