Wish List

I am looking for any 105 mm or shorter focal length lenses to test. My main test camera is a Sony NEX with the appropriate adapter, but I also have a Samsung NX for testing lenses.

I am looking primarily for rangefinder lenses or new design lenses for testing, but if you have a lens you want to see tested and are in the USA use the Contact page.

Wanted to Borrow

Olympus PEN F lenses
Pentax Limited series lenses
Any Leica M or L39 mount lenses
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 (Sony E Mount)

Wanted to Keep

Macro test chart ($400 US)


  1. Sverige says:

    This is small lens. That’s its main claim to fame, not the speed at f2.8, nor the focal length, the equivalent of about 35mm in 35mm photography. But on the small Olympus PEN body, this lens gives you a small package that takes quite good pictures without messing around with a zoom. In particular, it works well as a walking-around street camera, much like an old Leica or a Canon rangefinder of the 1950s/1960s. (See also the optical viewfinder which has image lines specifically for this 17mm lens.)

  2. Russell Bozian says:

    Are you going to retest the Nex lenses on the 5n (which I think you said you’re getting), or on the ‘7? Would be fun to see. Thanks,

  3. admin says:

    I need to update my wish list. I am going to retest all the better lenses on the 7. Mainly the macros or other lenses that are pushing the limits of the 14 MP sensor. I would test on the 5n, but the MP difference isn’t that much from the 3, and I can’t afford to buy all the bodies 🙂 The main reason I got the 7 is I figured the extra high MP would give me a better feel for how the lens performs vs how the sensor performs, although anything above 6 MP starts to stress some of the lenses.

  4. Have you got your hands on a NEX-7?! Wow! Just finding a EVF for the NEX-5N proved to be a struggle, but eventually found one, but need two!

  5. admin says:

    I had one on pre-order but canceled it because I bought a bunch of other stuff to test and wasn’t sure how long it would be. So I will probably pick one up later, but might just get a 5N instead (it seems to have improved corners vs the others). I think everything will be in short supply until Sony gets back to full production! They sure are making a nice product though.

  6. Docmartindi says:

    I´ve read elsewhere that the Canon FDn 2.0/135 performs excellent on the A7. What about testing this lens? The FDn 1.8/85, 2.0/100 and 2.8/200 are also reknown for their sharpness and contrast (on film).

  7. Peter Green says:

    I have found fd and fdn 100mm 2.8 an exeptional lens on nex 6….am now testing fdn135 2.8 and fd135 2.5.

    After doing lts of testing including zeiss contax, zeiss jena etc etc i am very much now focusing on pentax 645 lenses…so far they have really stood out on my nex 6 but would expect them also to be really good on a/ar7…any chance you could test some?
    120mm macro, 150mm 3.5, 45mm 2.8 are beyond belief and the rest are all good

    The a7s really interests me because while you get less pixels you have far better signal to noise ratio and a better ability to use slower lenes…i wonder how this factors into your test results since you dont touch on dynamic range currently

  8. Gabriel says:

    I contacted you about the FD lenses I have that you could test but no reply so not sure if you are still doing this.
    I will getting the 17mm F4 this week too besides the ones mentioned on my email.

  9. admin says:

    Thanks! I will send you an email, sorry, forgot to respond (if I don’t respond in 24 hours I most likely got distracted and forgot) 🙂

  10. Виктор says:

    Можете сделать сравнение Fujifilm Fujinon XF 27 мм F2.8 против Fujifilm Fujinon XC 16-50/3.5-5.6 OIS

  11. admin says:

    I will try to compare those, but don’t have a 27mm. I have been concentrating on Samsung cameras mainly because no one else does (no shortage of Fuji reviews). I do really like the Fuji cameras and will try to review some more lenses once I get caught up (it is a hobby for me).

  12. Cen says:


    great website filled with realy cool vintage lense tests!
    Damn i’m outside US…from Germany…
    I’d like to see test from my loved old lenses:

    Konica Hexanon AR 50 f1.4
    Konica Hexanon AR 135 f3.2
    Vivitar (Komine) 135 f2.8
    Vivitar (Komine) 400 f5.6

    I’ll hope someone inside the US will give you these lenses for testing in near future…

    All the best,