Has anyone used a vivitar / cosina / optomax (and whatever other name they are sold under!) 100mm f3.5 macro lenses? I was perhaps thinking of getting one. They are supposed to be optically good but not very ruggedly made.
Among the 3rd party lenses i understand the Tamron 90 f2.5 macro is good one build is strong (rugged) and using since many years.It is fact cannot compete CZ 85 or 135 but no doubt it is worth the price secondly due to adaptall it can be used with any body.
Hi a note about Tamron 90 f2.5 I have owned two of these lenses the older of the two was(is) a quite robust design of all metal construction the second is current production and is not so robust as it is mainly constructed of plastic so if this is important to you I would suggest you check this with seller before purchase. Why not look for an old 85mm 2.8 CZ AE if you do not require Macro as a good second hand tamron is liable to cost about Â£100.
Hope this is some help John.
Hope this helps
Why only think about the 85 and the 135? There was a splendid portrait lens in the ZEISS portfolio: The 3.5/100! According to the brochures it was specially designed for studio and portrait photography. It was tested in a German test as more than excellent ! Very rarely seen, maybe because nobody wants to give it away.
On the other hand, a used 135 is quite cheap and it is (need to mention?) a very good lens. In my opinion, for classical portraits a bit too long. The 2.8/85 is a fine lens, lightweight and high quality (had one, gave it away when I bought a 1.4/85), but not easy to find.