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3 May 2008 - 12:31 PM

Best Minolta AF 50 mm @ f 1.4 worse Minolta AF 100-200mm but what for my Minolta Maxxum 7000 as I now use the Pentax digital system I like the optics it came with.

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c_evans99  117013 forum posts Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2008 - 2:33 PM

Quote: OMG, yes I'd forgotten Sirius and Hanimex lol

Worst I've used was the Halinar on my Halina 3000. Absolutely dreadful, no resolution, shocking barrel distortion, but I still had prints enlarged to 10 x 8 from it. At 15 I was easily impressed Smile

'Best' for me would be the Agfa Solinar - frighteningly sharp, punchy and excellent colour rendition.

Carabosse e2 Member 1139430 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2008 - 2:50 PM

On SLR-type cameras:

Worst: Tamron 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 (fortunately only borrowed!)

Best: Canon 50mm f1.4 in both FD and EF variants, closely followed by Canon 17-40L.

Last Modified By Carabosse at 3 May 2008 - 2:51 PM
riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2008 - 2:51 PM

cheap and sharp 50mm Minolta
medium and useless a vivitar zoom (can't remember the focal length)
pro and good (underated) Nikkor 80-200 F2.8

jmolligo  860 forum posts United States
3 May 2008 - 7:52 PM

I think the best lens made today is the Schneider 110mm Super Symmar XL (large format).
The best smaller format lenses I think would be the Leica 35/2 Summicron or 50/1.4 Summilux(35mm and digital). That's in terms of sharpness.
In terms of best overall - I think it would be the one you keep on your camera the most.
The worst - I don't know - I had a Toyo zoom once for 35mm that had noticably poor results and was ridiculously heavy (good for street photography, because it would make a good self defense weapon).

30 Jun 2009 - 5:08 PM

Quote: The Praktica 50mm f2.8 Domiplan was classed as the worst lens ever tested by one UK photographic mag.

Ressurecting this because I just got a domiplan to try on my Eos bodies and was wondering if anyone has given one (or any other dodgy old M42 lenses) a go, if so any thoughts?

ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014805 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2009 - 5:29 PM

I've not used them all yet, so can't really say....

f8  109169 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2009 - 6:02 PM

The worst one was the quart size,made by Express Dairy marketed by Minolta.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315335 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2009 - 8:10 PM

The 42mm G Zuiko F1.7 attached to my Olympus 35 SP.

Just got a roll of transparencies back and I`m gob smacked with the lens, fantastic.

1 Jul 2009 - 10:17 PM

We used to have a scarecrow competition in our village, so one year I made a photographer. His "camera" was a small cardboard box covered in gaffer tape with a 50mm Domiplan lens stuck on the front. Real classy kit and probably the best use for this lens!

Freefall e2 Member 10675 forum postsFreefall vcard United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 - 9:35 AM

Best I've ever used is the EF 50mm 1.4 - sheer bliss to use it. Not sure I've used a lens bad enough to call it the "worst" - even the Siggy 75-300 had its merits.

2 Jul 2009 - 11:26 AM

Mmmm, fascinating. Lot's of love for fast 50s. Can't knock that. The Sig 50 1.4 is on my shopping list and I LOVED the EF50 1.8.

Best lens ever, the EF 50 1.8. The 1.4s are superior, but nothing gets close to the VfM of the little 1.8. A 70 lens that gives sharper shots than 1k L zooms. Costs bugger all, weighs bugger all, performs like a little superhero. Power to the people!

Worst lens I've ever had... Canon EF 75-300 MkII. I had a Cosina PoS in the same focal range back when I shot manual Pentax, and while it was rubbish, it was cheap rubbish. The EF 75-300 is a branded Canon lens. Basically, you expected the cheapest Daewoo to have compromises, but even the cheapest BMW should have been just a little bit special. And the EF 75-300 just wasn't. So everyone bought the superior Siggy for less.

boony  7978 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2009 - 7:14 PM

worse for me canon 38-76 kit lens i got with an eos 500. awful thing , was like shootiung through frosted glass. best for was siggie 10-20 not for sharpness or anyhting but was the first wide angle zoom i`d ever owned superb flexibility

3 Jul 2009 - 12:57 AM

Worse I ever used was a Tamron 17 - 200mm, really dire, I never got one image I could use out of it.

Best cheap lens, definately the Sigma 70 - 300mm Macro, bought off eBay for 36.00 inc P&P. The water boarder pic in my portfolio was taken with it.


Last Modified By screwdriver at 3 Jul 2009 - 12:59 AM
3 Jul 2009 - 1:28 AM

Boony - is your new profile pic a gents' toilet?

Worst lens I ever bought was my first ever zoom, purchased by accident from ebay. Woke up after a night of heavy, ahem, socialising and found I was the proud owner of a 28-80mm (I think) Vivitar zoom.

Absolutely toss. Every photo I ever took was horribly out of focus.

Best lens? Would have to be my 17-55mm f2.8 Nikon. Sorry for being conventional....

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