These $5 Lenses Are Surprisingly Good!

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  1. Fun video Kai and Lok! Oh and Lumix S5’s human AF works quite well, but Panasonic really need to add BEE focus mode next!

  2. I have that Tamron lens, and being how it is, it’s actually quite superb when it comes to explaining to people/students what PHYSICALLY happens when aperture changes and a few other concept, lenses like that are very good for hands on learning, and makes it easier to bridge the gap between theory and reality, I’ve had many people have the Eureka moment when they suddenly see realize how all of this works, which is harder to achieve with more modern lenses where demystifying basics photographic concepts becomes harder …

  3. Wow Kai and lok sooo much memories.used to watch these guys waaaaaay back in the DigitalRevTV days. I found them when I was getting into photography. Dudes are legends along with miss alamby L

    1. Same story here. Found them when getting into photography and deciding which camera to buy. Learned so much while having as much fun!

    2. Yeah he was the guy i found like in 2013 when i got interested more into cameras

  4. In the 1980s Tamrons were the lenses that every ordinary photographer wanted, almost as good as the crazy priced camera manufacturers’ own glass.

    1. Adaptall series lenses were seriously impressive. Good glass, and you just bought the Adaptall Ring to switch the mount of the lens. Always love using them.

  5. I got a Hannimex 72-162 f3.5 Macro zoom lens with auto K mount for AUD40. Adapted to a Canon APSC DSLR with AF confirm adapter (cost AUD18), it has reasonable IQ and the dial to instantly switch to macro mode is so handy. With OVF Camera beeps when object is in focus. With live-view, Magic Lantern displays focus peaks in red.
    Reverse mounted with a 55mm to EF reversal ring (cost AUD9), this lens became a very sharp and versatile MACRO LENS.

  6. Actually the f/3.5 macro version of that older 70-150 is the only lens I had for my D7000 when I first ‘switched’ to a DSLR. I still have it but the actuator for the iris got lost so it’s got to be switched into manual to shoot and back to auto to meter and focus.

  7. That 80-210 was my main zoom I used in high school in the early 80s. I bought it new and loved it. Back then I was using it with a Minolta XG-1.

  8. Yeah I went with vintage adapted lenses a few years ago.
    Old Takumars and of course the Soviet Helios series.
    Once you understand the strengths and weaknesses they have much more character than these perfect lenses that Canon and Fuji make.
    Though the manual only operation does slow one down.

  9. I got the push pull about 6 years ago, it has the most beautiful glass and I love mine. It’s niche because tele manual focus is hard but I love it for portrait and macro work. I think my copy is sharper or more contrasty than that copy though. I also never shot video…

  10. I have the Tamron 80-210 with the adaptall 2 / Olympus mount. It’s actually a fun lens, but the built in hood can get in the way of filters like in the video. I bought it with an OM-1 film camera for a bit more than your $5 though…. (still cheap). I just wanted the camera but it needed a lens. It adapts to my Canons nicely.

  11. Miss you guys together. Should do consistent stuff like this together, digitalrev was one of the reasons I’m an artist today.

  12. I’ve been a fan of using these old lenses for a while and the results are always amazing

  13. You got it right, if you’re just starting out a vintage lens is great, I still have a couple of Tamron Adaptall2 lenses that I got years ago for basically pennies, and I still use them from time to time….

    The glass is still like new

  14. The Tamron SP series is just wonderful, covering all focal lenghts with superb optics, for that era.

  15. Very amusing. I have a collection of Canon FD glass and found that the ‘ones to go for’ are the primes, manual focus with a zoom is quite a challenge. The only downside especially if using them on crop sensor bodies is the crop factor, truly wide angle lenses from back then are rare and very expensive, 24mm and 28mm especially the latter being fairly common and fairly cheap. 🙂

  16. I like how the last video was about the Noct being one of the most expensive lenses ever and this one is about cheap bargains. You just can’t get that sort of variety anywhere else.

  17. I love shooting with old school lenses. they work very well for softer focus shoots and black and white photography. some of the Russian lenses I use give results that you just can’t get with modern glass.

  18. I am always surprised by the results every time I put a vintage or bargain lens on my a6400. I use a suite of CCTV C-Mount lenses on it for anything that I’m doing that is fixed camera, fixed focal plane type shooting. Great for interviews. Sure, you do get vignette on them (especially below 35mm) but the extreme sharpness that comes from the newer lenses can make watching interviews can almost be a distraction in and of itself.

  19. From the $13,000 Leica Noctilux to $5 lenses. Kai is looking out for all of his demographic.

  20. Woah! The Adaptall 03a was the first lens I bought to go with my kit lens when I first got into photography. So cool to see it get featured here!

    P.S. There is also an updated Adaptall 103a without the integrated lens hood in case you want to use the full zoom range with your step up ring

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