Film, Camera and Lens Review Index

These are quick links to the film and kit review posts on the blog as they soon get lost over time. I must find a more attractive way to display these but until then..

Hope you find them useful.

Film Reviews

Adox CMS20 – Claimed to be the world’s finest grain film, and not without reason.

Adox CHS50 – My last roll but a replacement film by Adox in development.

Rollei Blackbird – An unusual film with a dark look.

Silvermax – Adox’s new 35mm Black and white film. This ‘first impressions’ review used Rodinal as the developer.

Silvermax – This time in D76/ID11 and a different result.

Silvermax – On a bright day in Ilford ID11. Very nice!

Agfapan APX100 – not so much a review – just the results of a day’s shooting.

Expired Kodak Gold in an Olympus Trip which produced some interesting results

Replacing Efke 820 IR film with Rollei IR 400 – The Rollei film is good stuff – maybe even better than the Efke film.

Ilford Pan F+   A distinctive black and white film with a fine grain structure – well worth a go.

Ilford Pan F+ in Neofin Blue – a good alternative developer yielding low grain sharp negs.

Fuji Neopan Acros 100 – a very useful general purpose medium speed film.

Fuji Neopan Professional 400 – A high quality film almost indistinguishable from a 100 ASA emulsion – amazing!

Ilford Delta 3200 – High speed grainy goodness at 1600 ASA in D76.

Ilford Delta 3200 – Even grainier at 3200 in D76 – lovely!

Ilford Delta 3200 at 3200 developed in Rodinal – variable grain between insane and just grainy!

Kodak Tri-X at 400 and 1600 ASA – As good as it’s formidable 60 year reputation suggests.

Kit Reviews (Old Film Cameras!)

Olympus OM1N – All manual 35mm mechanical camera, and my all time favourite.

Olympus OM2N – An OM1N with very advanced aperture priority auto mode (my second all time favourite).

Olympus Trip – A cheap but very effective 35mm compact which needs no batteries.

Olympus Trip compared to an Olympus EPL3 – has 40 years of imaging technology evolution really made that much difference?

Using Manual Focus Lenses on a DSLR

Canon 60D

A General intro – using fast manual focus lenses to get that special ‘pro’ lens look on the cheap.

Canon 60D and Manual Focus Lens Summary – If you don’t want to wade through the detailed tests, here’s the summary!

Canon 60D and a Vivitar 17mm f3.5 – an ultrawide prime from the 1980’s and (surprisingly) very good

Canon 60D and a Zuiko 24mm f2.8 – a mid range wide angle with a performance which is genuinely is outstanding.

Canon 60D and a Zuiko 28mm f2 – A top end lens from the OM system which is as good as its reputation suggests.

Canon 60D and a 50mm f1.4 – a very good combination!

Canon 60D and a Zuiko 50mm f3.5 – A good all-purpose lens useful from infinity to just a few cm.

Canon 60D and a Helios 85mm f2 – loads of character and pretty cheap!

Canon 60D and a Zuiko 85mm f2 – more rational, cold and clinical than the Helios but a better all-purpose lens.

Canon 60D and a Zuiko 100mm f2. 8  – an odd focal length, but capable of some good results with some work.

Canon 60D and a 135mm f2.8 – not bad but the gap between an AF zoom and an old prime lens are starting to narrow.

Canon 60D and a Vivitar 70-210 f3.5 Series One – Exceptional quality and an amazing macro mode.

Canon 60d and a Zuiko 200mm f4 – A superb lens, but at these focal lengths focus in dull light is getting difficult.

Canon 60D and a Monster 300mm f4.5 – An even more extreme telephoto and beautifully made.

Canon 60 D and a Meyer Optik Gorlitz Primotar – A cheap alternative to a Lensbaby plastic lens?

Canon 60D and a Sigma 50mm f1.4 ‘ART’ – Sharp as sharp can be but some AF problems.

Canon 5d Mk2

Canon 5d MK2 and a Helios 85mm f2 – It keeps it’s character on full frame!

Canon 5d MK2 and a Zuiko 85mm f2 – Much improved on full frame, even better than the Helios!

Canon 5d Mk2 and a Zuiko 50mm f1.4 – Just as good on a 5DMK2 as a 60D.

Canon 5d Mk2 and a Sigma 50mm f1.4 ‘Art’ – Maybe the best lens so far!

Canon 5d Mk2 and a Zuiko OM 50mm f3.5 Macro – loads of fun and good results too.

Canon 5d Mk2 and a Zuiko 28mm f2 – My favourite lens is still pretty good but showing its age.

Canon 5d Mk2 and a Canon 28-105 f3.5-4,5 – Nothing earth shattering, just, well, OK for the price.

Canon 5d MK2 and a Vivitar 17mm f3.5 – remarkably good for the price.

Sony A7R

Sony A7R and a Zuiko 50mm F1.4 – No anti-alias filter and 36Mp of resolution – even better than the 5d Mk2!

Sony A7R and a Zuiko 28mm f2 – Not bad, but 36Mp of resolution is pushing this lens to it’s limits.

Sony A7R and a Helios Jupiter 85mm f2 – Nowhere near 36Mp of resolution, but the bokeh and character make it worth using.

Sony A7R and the Zuiko 50mm f3.5 – A versatile macro with stunning performance at f8!

Sony A7R and a Tokina SD 28-70 f3.5-5.6 – A fun lens but not quite up to the job…

Sony A7R and a Zuiko 85mm f2 – As good as it gets in the centre, but the edges aren’t quite 100%.

Sony A7R and a Zuiko 18mm f3.5 – For such an exotic lens, well behaved and sharp enough. Just avoid f3.5!

Sony A7R and a Zuiko 135mm f3.5 – A solid if unspectacular performer in a tiny package.

Sony A7R and a Plastic Lens Lenbaby – Fun, odd and generally weird images – I like it, you may not!

Sony A7R and a Vivitar 70-210 f3.5 macro – Great macro, good at the shorter zoom range but the long end lets it down.

Sony A7R and a Zuiko 24mm f2.8 – disappointing at the edges but great in the centre – best used on APSC sensors I think!

Sony A7R and a Zuiko 50mm f1.8 – Small, light, very well behaved and getting close to resolving 36Mp across the frame at f8.

Sony A7R and a 21mm f3.5 – Slightly soft at the edges but otherwise excellent for the money.

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