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Whats the Best and Worst Lens Ever


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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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
11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2008 4:45PM

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 11 17.9k 8 Norway
29 Mar 2008 6:10PM

Quote:Amateur Pornographer


PMSL...
sidaorb Plus
8 3.9k 2 England
29 Mar 2008 6:12PM

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 11 17.9k 8 Norway
29 Mar 2008 6:13PM

Quote:Whats the Best and Worst Lens Ever


Interesting title.

M'feels it needs a few parameters defining... Wink
Paul Morgan Plus
13 16.2k 6 England
29 Mar 2008 6:16PM

Quote:Whats the Best and Worst Lens Ever


Digital or film ?

For film zuiko or Rokkor
dark_lord Plus
10 1.5k 152 England
29 Mar 2008 6:33PM
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
10 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2008 6:44PM
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 Plus
13 16.2k 6 England
29 Mar 2008 6:47PM

Quote:try thinking Lensbaby


The fastest manual focusing lens on the market and very sharp Smile
dark_lord Plus
10 1.5k 152 England
29 Mar 2008 6:49PM
OMG, yes I'd forgotten Sirius and Hanimex lol
User_Removed 11 17.9k 8 Norway
29 Mar 2008 6:59PM

Quote:Hanimex...


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

Wink
29 Mar 2008 7:41PM
The little pinhole in the tin foil on the last pinhole camera I made... was the worst and yet the best

DTL
User_Removed 11 17.9k 8 Norway
29 Mar 2008 7:55PM
{sob!!}

Wink
NeilS Plus
7 950 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2008 8:03PM
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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