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Whats the Best and Worst Lens Ever

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Freelance_Photographer

Sorry if a simular thread already going, did have a quick look and couldnt find anything.

Just thought I would get members talking and just wondered if there was a vote about the Worst and best lens in the world, what would members vote for.

And to make it even simpiler, lets say

best Cheap lens
worst cheap lens

best middle range lens
worst middle range lens

best pro lens
worst pro lens

Overall best lens ( Of the 3 options above )
Overall Worst lens ( Of the 3 options above )

I will keep a check over coming weeks and will post results of what was voted for at end of month.

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29 Mar 2008 - 2:56 PM

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philtaylorphoto
29 Mar 2008 - 4:30 PM

The Praktica 50mm f2.8 Domiplan was classed as the worst lens ever tested by one UK photographic mag. The 50mm Planar for 35mm Contax was the best ever tested at the time.

The Sigma 120-300 f2.8 got excellent test results in Amateur Pornographer a few years back, the Mk 2 is betterstill.

keith selmes
29 Mar 2008 - 4:45 PM


Quote: 50mm Planar for 35mm Contax was the best ever tested at the time.

In that focal length, for 35mm, I don't believe there is anything better now.

User_Removed
29 Mar 2008 - 6:10 PM


Quote: Amateur Pornographer

PMSL...

sidaorb
sidaorb  83857 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2008 - 6:12 PM


Quote: The Sigma 120-300 f2.8 got excellent test results in Amateur Pornographer a few years back, the Mk 2 is betterstill.

I was well chuffed then having just bought one, then read who reveiwed it........its not that phalic !

User_Removed
29 Mar 2008 - 6:13 PM


Quote: Whats the Best and Worst Lens Ever

Interesting title.

M'feels it needs a few parameters defining... Wink

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315347 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2008 - 6:16 PM


Quote: Whats the Best and Worst Lens Ever

Digital or film ?

For film zuiko or Rokkor

dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101474 forum postsdark_lord vcard England128 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2008 - 6:33 PM

Are you talking current lenses, from the last 10 years, 20 years?
When I started in the 1980s there was a lot of dross about, Soligor, Cosina, Panagor, Paragon, pretty much most of the zooms at that time.
Funny thing was, you'd get people buying a camera because the standard lens (50 mm only in those days) was good, then buy these milk bottle bottom optics as a second lens. I don't think that idea's changed much over the years Wink

randomrubble
29 Mar 2008 - 6:44 PM

My worst? Cheap or otherwise it's a toss up between a Sirius 18-28 or a Hanimex 75-150, for edge sharpness on the likes of these try thinking Lensbaby!

I don't think that anyone that's taken up SLR photography with digital can really appreciate just how phenomenally good pretty much everything on the market is compared with older lenses like these.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315347 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2008 - 6:47 PM


Quote: try thinking Lensbaby

The fastest manual focusing lens on the market and very sharp Smile

dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101474 forum postsdark_lord vcard England128 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2008 - 6:49 PM

OMG, yes I'd forgotten Sirius and Hanimex lol

User_Removed
29 Mar 2008 - 6:59 PM


Quote: Hanimex...

RUN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!

Wink

dave thelens
29 Mar 2008 - 7:41 PM

The little pinhole in the tin foil on the last pinhole camera I made... was the worst and yet the best

DTL

User_Removed
29 Mar 2008 - 7:55 PM

{sob!!}

Wink

Last Modified By User_Removed at 29 Mar 2008 - 7:56 PM
NeilS
NeilS e2 Member 7874 forum postsNeilS vcard United Kingdom
29 Mar 2008 - 8:03 PM

With Digital

Worst lens owned was an opteka 500mm mirror lens, managed to sell it on ebay and still make a small profit, It focused about as well as my first 1DM3 did after the 1.1.3 firmware fix

Best lens EF300L IS 2.8

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