« on: July 11, 2014, 05:53:29 PM »
As you say, old MF lenses provide a cheap, engaging adventure, often with superb results too.
I like the way you put it, and it's so true. I picked up a Sigma FDn 70-210mm 3.5-4.5 APO the other day that gives stunning results on my NEX, both with a Metabones Speed Booster and without. It's strange to say, and unexpected for a Sigma, but optically that lens is in 'L' territory. Maybe that's why it (deservedly) carries a red stripe.
Thanks for the tip! So far my dabbling in old MF lenses has been limited to primes, so that might be fun to try.
If you can find one it's worth a try. See attached samples. The first is with the Speed Booster, the second without and both are at ~ 210mm and f/5.6. The first photo has a little bit of motion blur due to the relatively slow shutter speed of 1/200, the second is sharper (1/400).
A nice feature of this lens is that it has a screw-in hood that, combined with the one-touch operation and the fact that the lens gets longer as you zoom in, allows you to stabilize the lens very well by holding it (and zooming/focusing) by the lens hood. This is opposite to the way the Canon FD 70-210 f/4 operates because with that lens your hand moves towards the camera as the focal length increases, something I really dislike.
The Sigma 70-210 APO really is an apochromatic lens because there's virtually no color shift or CA to be found. These photo's are uncorrected raws processed in Lightroom.
And third, this is the specific lens I'm talking about.
(sorry everyone for going so far off-topic )