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testing my lenses - part 3 - Kiron 105mm 2.8 macro
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 11:14 pm    Post subject: testing my lenses - part 3 - Kiron 105mm 2.8 macro Reply with quote

Kiron 105mm 2.8 in Nikon mount











Last edited by WolverineX on Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:50 pm; edited 4 times in total


PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this one take the cake for your best macro lens. The butterfly came out really nicely!


PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the bee one, great focus and natural colours.


PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have this lens in the Lester A Dine version....It's my go-to macro lens


PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Lester Dine Nikon mount as well. Smile


PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i agree that this is among best macro lenses i have, that including oly 90mm/2


PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may be the work PC that I'm using or the odd issue of pics being uploaded here, but those images don't look that sharp to me?


PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a couple of them. They rock!


PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lets see some infinity shots with crops when you have a chance.

We know it's a fantastic macro Smile


PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

martinsmith99 wrote:
It may be the work PC that I'm using or the odd issue of pics being uploaded here, but those images don't look that sharp to me?


Pictures linked from flick, no degradation by forum software for sure. I found most shoots require additional sharpening if I would see really sharp images in jpg.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

martinsmith99 wrote:
It may be the work PC that I'm using or the odd issue of pics being uploaded here, but those images don't look that sharp to me?


focal plane is narrow. The in focus bits seem very sharp on my monitor Smile


PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Attila wrote:
martinsmith99 wrote:
It may be the work PC that I'm using or the odd issue of pics being uploaded here, but those images don't look that sharp to me?


Pictures linked from flick, no degradation by forum software for sure. I found most shoots require additional sharpening if I would see really sharp images in jpg.


there is no additional sharpening in those photos

@uhoh7 - i'll try to make those infinity shots this weekend


PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WolverineX wrote:
Attila wrote:
martinsmith99 wrote:
It may be the work PC that I'm using or the odd issue of pics being uploaded here, but those images don't look that sharp to me?


Pictures linked from flick, no degradation by forum software for sure. I found most shoots require additional sharpening if I would see really sharp images in jpg.


there is no additional sharpening in those photos

@uhoh7 - i'll try to make those infinity shots this weekend


Or even medium distance. I'd be interested in how it compares with my two 105mm in general use; Tamron and Komura.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodrim wrote:
WolverineX wrote:
Attila wrote:
martinsmith99 wrote:
It may be the work PC that I'm using or the odd issue of pics being uploaded here, but those images don't look that sharp to me?


Pictures linked from flick, no degradation by forum software for sure. I found most shoots require additional sharpening if I would see really sharp images in jpg.


there is no additional sharpening in those photos

@uhoh7 - i'll try to make those infinity shots this weekend


Or even medium distance. I'd be interested in how it compares with my two 105mm in general use; Tamron and Komura.


oki doki Wink
now that's one order infinity, one order medium...do you want fries with that Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No thanks, but if you could include a scantily clad young woman, now we're talking.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodrim wrote:
No thanks, but if you could include a scantily clad young woman, now we're talking.


blonde,brunette or redhead? Wink


PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the rare occasion that I've used this lens for portrait work, due to its sharpness, I've always slapped a diffusion filter on it.


PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here are some samples people asked for

first infinity samples:






and here are medium distance samples:






PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, those 'infinity samples' are actually more like 'near infinity', aren't they?

From my experience this lens is fabulous for macro and close focus work, but I don't like it much for landscape (infinity) shots.


PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

symphonic wrote:
Well, those 'infinity samples' are actually more like 'near infinity', aren't they?


no, they are taken at infinity, because infinity on this lens starts after 7 meters

symphonic wrote:
From my experience this lens is fabulous for macro and close focus work, but I don't like it much for landscape (infinity) shots.


people specially asked for these type of samples to see how this lens acts as mid-tele lens


PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the character of the lens.
WolverineX wrote:
symphonic wrote:
Well, those 'infinity samples' are actually more like 'near infinity', aren't they?


no, they are taken at infinity, because infinity on this lens starts after 7 meters


When it taken at infinity, why the background of the first picture (with the red poppy) is out of focus?


PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ForenSeil wrote:


When it taken at infinity, why the background of the first picture (with the red poppy) is out of focus?


beats me...maybe because it's a macro lens originally? i don't know


PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WolverineX wrote:
ForenSeil wrote:


When it taken at infinity, why the background of the first picture (with the red poppy) is out of focus?


beats me...maybe because it's a macro lens originally? i don't know


What? It's obviously not at infinity. Nevertheless, it's a very sharp lens.


PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a comparison done last August against the Nikkor 105/2.5 AI-S which shoots OK at infinity...

There was no PP done to the images...if I were to go back and sharpen them with USM,they would be much improved.

The first shots of the fence posts the sun was directly at my back... the last shots at 150 meters was almost into the sun,with the sun directly above the house....

To check images at full size,click on the image.

Kiron 105 at 10 meters 100% crop


Nikkor 105 at 10 meters 100% crop


Kiron 105 at 10 meters 200% crop


Nikkor 105 at 10 meters 200% crop


Kiron 105 at 75 meters 100% crop


Nikkor 105 at 75 meters 100% crop

Kiron 105 at 75 meters 200% crop


Nikkor 105 at 75 meters 200% crop


Kiron 105 at 150 meters 100% crop

Nikkor 105 at 150 meters 100% crop


Kiron 105 at 150 meters 200% crop


Nikkor 105 at 150 meters 200% crop


Kiron 105 at 150 meters 300% crop


Nikkor 105 at 150 meters 300% crop


PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

new samples using Olympus E-M5