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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:02 am    Post subject: Photax Paragon 135mm f2.8 Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

First my apologies for the English.
I found this cheap lens, and I was surprised that this lens is quite good.



More sample photos of this lens >> [url]goo.gl/3X4cqW[/url]


PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's interesting...I have an Auto Super Paragon 135 / 2.8 - M42 screw mount - that is also a very good lens and looks very much like yours, the only big difference is the DoF markings and the focus mark. Mine is typical Cimko with the unequal green diamond and yours has the red elongated rectangle with the red dot inside it, which I think might be early Tokina - maybe Sun ?

but whoever made it, if it's as good as mine you will enjoy it.


PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just visited your blog to see the other images and they are indeed impressive.
The old saying that it is difficult to find a bad 135mm lens, is pretty true.
Your other 135's also show good results - perhaps the photographer may have something to do with it as well.
Well done
Thanks for sharing
OH


PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:05 pm    Post subject: photax -Paragon Reply with quote

I have the equiv 300mm. Interesting because its f5 rather than the usual 5.6. Impeccable construction suggests this was a more up market lens - even the focus grip is milled metal rather than rubber. And I have seen a matching 200mm on evilbay, also a 28mm and a 35mm and a zoom or two so clearly there was a range sold under this banner.

Optically it was IMO pretty good but not as good as my tamron 54B particularly wide open - prone to fringing/"glow". I have no idea who the manufacturer might have been.



PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lloydy wrote:
That's interesting...I have an Auto Super Paragon 135 / 2.8 - M42 screw mount - that is also a very good lens and looks very much like yours, the only big difference is the DoF markings and the focus mark. Mine is typical Cimko with the unequal green diamond and yours has the red elongated rectangle with the red dot inside it, which I think might be early Tokina - maybe Sun ?

but whoever made it, if it's as good as mine you will enjoy it.


mine is 58mm filter size


PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one is 55mm as well. It's a nice compact lens, and very well made. I used it a lot and got good results with it.





PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:55 pm    Post subject: Re: photax -Paragon Reply with quote

marcusBMG wrote:
I have the equiv 300mm. Interesting because its f5 rather than the usual 5.6. Impeccable construction suggests this was a more up market lens - even the focus grip is milled metal rather than rubber. And I have seen a matching 200mm on evilbay, also a 28mm and a 35mm and a zoom or two so clearly there was a range sold under this banner.

Optically it was IMO pretty good but not as good as my tamron 54B particularly wide open - prone to fringing/"glow". I have no idea who the manufacturer might have been.



The Paragon and Super Paragon lenses were imported and sold in the UK by the now-defunct company Photax Ltd. 'Paragon' was a registered trade-mark of Photax, and I've always assumed that the brand was specific to the UK. But perhaps not - or maybe some have migrated in recent times thanks to eBay . . .

Super-Ps were auto iris, Ps were pre-set. These were very much budget-price lenses - around half the price of the equivalent Tamron models, for instance - but they were well reviewed in the Uk photo press. Seeing that Photax was a relatively small advertiser across the then photo journals, this was probably a fair indication that they were actually good rather than the not entirely unusual white-washing of the big-spenders' products. They came with a 5-year warranty and the range included various zooms, although no extreme wide angles or super-speeds. Nor can I remember a mirror lens.


PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: Photax Paragon 135mm f2.8 Reply with quote

riocwirawan wrote:
I found this cheap lens, and I was surprised that this lens is quite good.


Dear All,

I found this one online for a very good price, but I don't know if it fits my Sony Alpha camera.

The seller says it needs an adapter, but I don't know what adapter.

Could somebody help, please?

Looking forward to your kind reply.

Greetings,

AL


PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Photax Paragon 135mm f2.8 Reply with quote

al1985 wrote:
riocwirawan wrote:
I found this cheap lens, and I was surprised that this lens is quite good.


Dear All,

I found this one online for a very good price, but I don't know if it fits my Sony Alpha camera.

The seller says it needs an adapter, but I don't know what adapter.

Could somebody help, please?

Looking forward to your kind reply.

Greetings,

AL


It depends on the mount this lens has. I am not sure but I think only M42 screw mount lenses can be adapted to Sony Alpha mount with a proper adapter.


PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Photax Paragon 135mm f2.8 Reply with quote

riocwirawan wrote:
Hello everyone,

First my apologies for the English.
I found this cheap lens, and I was surprised that this lens is quite good.


More sample photos of this lens >> [url]goo.gl/3X4cqW[/url]


Could be a part of Mitake series: http://forum.mflenses.com/the-story-of-mitake-t64648.html


PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there,
I already bought the photax paragon 2.8 lens on ebay for around 45 euros and I am really satisfied. I took some photos with it and several videos as well. I did the same with the 18-135 stm at 5.6 whit is the max aperture at 135. The photax paragon is as sharp as the 18-135 and deliver a nice image quality. A little bit desaturated compared with the canon but same contrast apearance. No color aberration at this focal aperture.
When stop down to f 2.8 still the image stands very very well. It is slightly less sharp as expected at f2.8 but as i say almost perfect,(the helios 58mm perfoms very bad compared with this lens in all aspects at 2.0) and the image has a beautiful almost not visible color aberration which i like.Today is cloudy in Seville, yeah is posible, and there are no flares at all... bokeh is super, also improved because this 135mm looks like 150 or so, compared with the 18-135, perhaps it has something to do with the m42 mount on a canon dslr. Focus ring has 90 degrees. Excelent built,
the pics that looks the same focal length are the photax paragon at 5.6 and 2.8
the one that looks shorter is the 18-135 stm at 135 f5.6
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alberto wrote:
Hi there,
I already bought the photax paragon 2.8 lens on ebay for around 45 euros and I am really satisfied. I took some photos with it and several videos as well. I did the same with the 18-135 stm at 5.6 whit is the max aperture at 135. The photax paragon is as sharp as the 18-135 and deliver a nice image quality. A little bit desaturated compared with the canon but same contrast apearance. No color aberration at this focal aperture.
When stop down to f 2.8 still the image stands very very well. It is slightly less sharp as expected at f2.8 but as i say almost perfect,(the helios 58mm perfoms very bad compared with this lens in all aspects at 2.0) and the image has a beautiful almost not visible color aberration which i like.Today is cloudy in Seville, yeah is posible, and there are no flares at all... bokeh is super, also improved because this 135mm looks like 150 or so, compared with the 18-135, perhaps it has something to do with the m42 mount on a canon dslr. Focus ring has 90 degrees. Excelent built, all metal, though is not vey heavy. I wanted to give my impressions with this lens which I become to love, because it was really difficult to find information about it on internet.


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