Are vintage 35mm lenses as sharp as modern lenses

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QuietOC
QuietOC Veteran Member • Posts: 4,411
Re: Are vintage 35mm lenses as sharp as modern lenses

In my experience it is unlikely that a vintage wide angle lens will compare well with even a cheap modern lens.

For example my $115 7Artisans 35mm F2 is much sharper than the $210 Minolta MD 35mm F1.8 I sold. I have a Vivitar 35mm F2.8 that gets fairly sharp in the center, but it has more optical issues than the 7Artisans. The 7Artisans doesn't compare well with $200 to $300 AF 35's.

My Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 USD is very nice--arguably the best 35mm I've had. It is rather bulky when adapted.

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