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Whats the Best and Worst Lens Ever

3 May 2008 12:31PM
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 14 7.0k 1 Wales
3 May 2008 2:33PM

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 14 41.0k 269 England
3 May 2008 2:50PM
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.
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
3 May 2008 2:51PM
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 12 60 United States
3 May 2008 7:52PM
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).
randomrubble 13 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2009 5:08PM

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 13 15.2k 216 England
30 Jun 2009 5:29PM
I've not used them all yet, so can't really say....
f8 14 9.2k 22 England
30 Jun 2009 6:02PM
The worst one was the quart size,made by Express Dairy marketed by Minolta.
Paul Morgan 16 19.0k 6 England
30 Jun 2009 8:10PM
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.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
1 Jul 2009 10:17PM
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 14 675 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 9:35AM
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.
Fairclough 8 174
2 Jul 2009 11:26AM
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 11 978 3 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 7:14PM
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
screwdriver 11 35 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2009 12:57AM
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.

jimthistle73 14 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2009 1:28AM
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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