Many photographers think that good lenses are razor sharp lenses. I don’t agree with such statement. What is important for me is how lens is affecting final picture. Depending on type of photography I may prefer lens with strong vignetting or with soft corners. The real gems however are those lenses which creates uncommon pictures. I especially like wide aperture primes creating uncommon bokeh. When I saw sample images from Vivitar VMC Series 1 28mm F1.9 I had to buy it for its unique and busy bokeh.
I’ve mentioned earlier in Panagor 24mm lens test that Kino Precision is considered a manufacturer of one of best legacy lenses. One of brands these lenses were available under was Kiron. The only Kiron lens that I have is Kiron MC 28mm F2. It has very solid metal build and weights 255 grams without caps. Lets check its performance to see if it is really that good.
Every photographer probably has one or few focal lengths he likes most. There is also one focal length which may be most unpopular. Do you like 28mm primes? Or do you hate them? Many 28mm legacy lenses are often mentioned as low quality, opticaly poor and not worth buying. They however have one great feature… Low price. It may be one of cheapest wide angle available for your full frame mirrorles and/or film camera. In this and following tests we will take closer look at three legacy lenses and one recent zoom. Lets start with Minolta MD 28mm F2.8.
It is believed that some of the best legacy lenses were produced by Komine and Kino Precision. They were available under various brands and one of them was Panagor. I have Panagor PMC Auto Wide Angle 24mm F2.5 lens and we will check how it is compares to previously tested Tokina and Sigma 24mm. Panagor is quite small and lightweight, only 217 grams without caps. It has slightly better light (F2.5 vs F2.8) and a larger front element with filter size of 55mm vs 52mm in Tokina and Sigma. Will it be better? Let’s see.