Upload & Sell: On
I guess most people would be surprised to find out which lenses took these images below here. They certainly aren't on anyone's love-list and there's no buzz at all about them. Yet they consistently produce very good results and their 100% crops look pretty sweet too!
Massive crop - tho not 100% - Wide Open I think too. - 1/100s, ISO100, GH1
This one shows a lot of spherochromatic abberation. This is a very common disadvantage of the anti-indulgence approach.
Yeah. It does.
But in response to both you and Philip, I think lenses having some good qualities in this case sharpness, resolution, ultra low cost, color, and a long length, are like paint brushes in more ways than one. Most artists don't want to paint their entire body of work with just one brush or even one brush type. I think the way this lens renders it's CA is an enhancement overall. Of course one has to know their tools and be aware of what it's good for. Like most canvas painters wouldn't wanna use a roller to paint in detailed clouds this lens isn't going to cut it for distant landscapes against an overly bright sky which include lots of foreground objects (maybe). But for bug-hunting from 5 or 6 meters away, it rocks! And that's usually how I go out (I almost said "roll" ) - with a fairly specific activity in mind, be it bugs & flowers, birds, cityscapes, events specific, street, traditional Japanese architecture, 4 different kinds of landscape, and so on.I pick one or maybe two focal lengths for what I'm intending to do so I don't need a lens that's good at all or even any two things. I just need one that renders interestingly given the selected subject of interest.
I don't really need or even want to shoot a Leica 120 or a Voigtlander 125 all the time across all or even many subjects. The Voigtlander can not for example, make that BG grass look nearly as interesting IMO. So I still prescribe just flying semi-blind and trying all kinds of inexpensive lenses as you go along. The buying and selling aspect of that method is indeed part of the hobby and is quite fun! I've met a lot of very interesting people and learned many things by doing so. It's very often not a sterile buy or sell event ya know - It's human interaction and that leads to interesting acquaintances etc.
Here's what the uncropped, unprocessed, image looks like BTW:
~ 6m away, on the GH1, 1/100s, ISO 100, 300mm, f/6.7, overcast day, Sept 9th, 3:15pm.
I like this one a lot.
Thanks! That's with a $35 Sigma 100-300mm f/4.5 DL at 290mm with a very low Sun shining on.
The dragonfly above is with a $30 (I think) Tokina-AF 100-300mm f/5.6-6.7 BTW.