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Buying the right lens to suit your photography is really important. Our lens reviews offer independent views with hands-on opinion and honest verdicts aimed to give you all the important information you need to make the best buying decisions, and may help you find a hidden gem.

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John Riley reviews the Pentax SMC P-FA 20-35mm f/4.0 AL "Vintage" lens, with the full-frame Pentax K-1 DSLR.

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John Riley takes the vintage Vivitar 28-200mm f/3.5-5.3 lens on a trip to Wales to find out how it compares with zoom lenses of today.

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John Riley reviews the Olympus G.Zuiko 40mm f/1.4 Auto-S classic lens from the 1960s, originally designed for Olympus PEN (half-frame) cameras, it is now being tested with Micro Four Thirds and will work with digital Olympus PEN cameras.

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John Riley reviews the "Zenit" MC Helios 44-4K 58mm f/2.0 vintage lens in K-Mount, with a full-frame DSLR. Also known as the 44M, in M42 mount.

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John Riley reviews the SMC Pentax-M 75-150mm f/4 Zoom vintage Pentax K mount lens, with the full-frame Pentax K-1.

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John Riley reviews the first Canon L series lens, the Canon EF 100-300mm f/5.6L, with the 50mp Canon EOS 5DS R.

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John Riley reviews the vintage Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm f/2.8 lens with the 50mp Canon EOS 5DS R.

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John Riley reviews the Voigtlander Zoomar 36-82mm f/2.8, a vintage parfocal zoom lens with constant f/2.8 aperture.

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John Riley reviews the Chinon 28mm f/2.8 - a vintage manual focus lens, that can be used on modern cameras, including the full-frame Pentax K-1.

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John Riley reviews the Asahi Pentax Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 Model I (8-Element), and finds out if the lens deserves the legendary status it has.

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John Riley reviews the Asahi Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f/3.5 lens on a 36mp Full-Frame Pentax K-1 DSLR.

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John Riley review the vintage Vivitar Auto Macro 55mm f/2.8 lens on the 36mp full-frame DSLR, the Pentax K-1.

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