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Wow! This is post number 400.

OK, the last posts were more like links and not written texts.

But that’s all I can manage to do ATM. Forgive me, PLS.



Infos on some of my favourite lenses…



A set like this is pretty complete!


A film review about some Spartans that try to defeat the massive Persian army?

No, this is my post number 300.

Unfortunately, I did not continue the original idea of this blog, I simply did not have the time to do so. But at least I have published some nice links to other websites and interesting articles about photography. Well, better that than nothing, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰



I have really neglected the original reasson for this blog. I just didn’t have the time to do some “lens test shootings” or if I shot with a lens could not really find the time to write about it here.

As soon as my time allows I promise I will continue with the lens reports. Need to update the lens list first of all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

No lack of interest…

… but a serious lack of time!

I haven’t presented and reviewed lenses for several weeks now. There was just too much to do in my job.

But soon I will be on holiday and catch up… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Week 14: Soligor C/D Zoom+Macro 3.5-4.5/28-105 MC

Another Soligor C/D lens.

As said in the last entry, the “C/D” lenses were for Soligor what “Series 1” was for Vivitar, “AT-X” is for Tokina, “EX” is for Sigma and “L” is for Canon.

When I was looking for this lens in the internet, I could not find anything about it that did not come from my own pen. It seems that nobody who writes in the net has ever owned or used this lens. Again, this is a pity. This 28-105 is really good. Unfortnately, I only have this lens in Canon FD-mount and thus can only refer to its performance on film or with a corrective EOS adapter. The latter would not be fair, so I concentrate on how I like this lens on my Canon FTb QL (see picture).

This Soligor lens is well built and offers with its one-touch-zoom a nice handling. The performance is good and it’s reasonably fast. I like the contrast it produces and on a Canon film SLR, it might be considered a highly recommendable “allround zoom”.

I do not own a FD-NEX-adapter; if I did, I could test it without a corrective lens on a digital sensor. Perhaps one day I can do that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This 28-105 has a rather huge front lens (72mm diameter) which helps to prevent vignetting but might trigger some flare, so you have to be careful with the position of the sun. But actually, I could not observe any particular flare dispositon of this lens.

If you shoot with a Canon film SLR, this lens can be the only lens you want (perhaps apart from a fast 50mm).

Week 13: Soligor C/D Zoom+Macro 3.8-5.3/35-200 MC

There is not much to find out about this lens in the net (as you can see here) and I have never seen anybody else using it, which really is a shame since it is a fine zoom lens, very good on film and very nice on a digital APS-C DSLR (even though the equivalent focal length is not that thrilling any more then).

I liked that lens (I have to use past tense, because I sold the lens some time ago) a lot on my Nikon film bodies and it was nice on my EOS 350D. On a digital fullframe cam (such as my EOS 5D) it is not that good any more, still useable but it shows the typical drawbacks of a zoom lens with that focal range (35 to 200, wide angle to medium long tele): weak corners and visible distortion.

It’s built is very nice, as with all Soligor “C/D” lenses which used to be some kind of top series similar to the “Series 1” by Vivitar or the “AT-X” by Tokina.

It’s no bokeh king and sharpnesswise it’s good but not extraordinary, but the contrast it renders is pretty nice and it has no real “no-go” flaw. And if we consider the extensive zoom range and allow for some compromises this is a lens that we could easily call “recommendable”.

Week 12: Tokina SZ-X 4-5.3/28-105 SD

This Tokina was one of the first manual focus zoom lenses I got and I kept it for quite a while, because I really liked it. I have sold in meanwhile together with the Nikon EM. I just needed to get rid of some of my gear. Someday it gets too much. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, this Tokina lens is not a fast one (f/4-5.3) but it’s well built and doing without the fastest apertures probably was a very wise decision by the lens makers. This lens surprises with its image quality.
Of course, you cannot expect the same quality as with Zeiss or Leica zooms but if you consider the price you can find it for, it’s amazing.

But since the same things do not need to be written twice, I’d like to point you at a nice experience report on this lens on a well-made website: “Lens Porn!” If you follow this link, you’ll find several wonderful photos that were taken with this Tokina.

Here is one of those I took:
Tokina SZ-X 4-5.3/28-105 SD


Several types of viruses have forced me to my knees with a blow during the last two weeks.

I am late with my lens presentation, but I promise, as soon as I’m fit again, I will catch up.

Week 11: Canon FL 3.5/28


There is hardly anything to find about this lens on the internet. Even on PBase you won’t find a lot. That’s a shame, since it is not only a beautiful lens but also a rather good one. The FL-series is the older one by Canon, even older than the FD-series. And a f3.5/28 is perhaps not considered worthwhile because it is a “slow” lens, most 28mm lenses are faster.

This lens, however, earns to be used. FL/FD lenses cannot just be adapted to a modern EOS cam, you have to use an adapter with a corrective lens (see other posts about my FL lenses) and such a lens can deteriorate image quality, it surely generates more flare than without. On film (Canon FTb QL) it provides excellent results.

Distortion is nicely low and CA’s are well controlled. It would be intersting to use that lens with a non-corrective adapter on my NEX-3. Here you find a discussion about using FL-lenses.

Some shots from the thaw in winter 2011:

last snow