Hi, anyone have an opinion on Phoenix lenses - particularly the wide to telephoto zooms (28mm - 200, 210, 300mm), and how they would compare with Sigma, Tamron or Tokina?
"RE: Phoenix Lenes"mythrenegade Basic MemberWed 16-Jan-08 12:23 PM
Phoenix and vivitar are generally the same. I used a Vivitar 28mm 2.8 for years with fine results. I am looking right now at a 12x18 enlargement of a picture I shot with a Soligor 70-230 lens. No one would confuse that with a fine piece of glass... As I look at the picture, I'm amazed at how good it looks, especially when you consider I shot it on a hazy day with no filter and no meter.
I guess my point is that unless you are planning to shoot test charts all day, you are likely to be pretty happy with any lens that fits your particular needs. I still try to buy the sharpest lenses possible because I like my pictures to look as good as they possibly can, but most low-end lenses will still give you a great picture.
The Phoenix lens will not "test out" as well as a Tokina, or even a Tamron or Sigma. At the same time, if it fits what you are looking for in a lens, you are likely to be pretty happy with it.
Below is the shot I was referring to. For the 12x18 I cropped out the corners (and a lot of the grass), which do show light falloff. This was taken with a Nikomat FTN, the Soligor 70-230, using sunny 16 (meter was broken), for a 1/500 @f16 on Fuji Superia X-TRA 400.
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#1. "RE: Phoenix Lenes" | In response to Reply # 0Paul_Fisher Charter MemberWed 16-Jan-08 12:23 PM
Some of the Phoenix lenses are really quite good optically, though they feel very plasticky and look like toys. The best example is the 100/3.5 macro, which is very sharp. The 19-35 zoom is also quite sharp, though very prone to flare.
For a while I had a Vivitar 100-300 zoom, which I sold when I bought my Tamron 70-300LD Macro. I was never happy with the Vivitar - it was only reasonably sharp, but its feel (especially when used on a manual camera) was very poor. Herewith a pic taken with the 100-300, handheld at 300mm.
I think the main issue with these lenses is that you can get some optically very good ones, but there is likely to be a lot more sample variation than with the higher priced optics. And none of them feel like "real" lenses.
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