Offline (Magazine) Test Results For Vintage And Modern Non-C/EF Lenses

Tele Mirror Lenses Test Results by Modern Photography
  Distortion Falloff Resolution in lp/mm Contrast @ 30lp/mm
in % in stops at Center Corner Center Corner
     
Celestron 1250mm F10.0 Mirror 1.5 1.4 1:41x 64 56 44 40
Honeywell 750mm F6.0 Mirror 1.5 0.3 1:40x 64 44 48 38
Lytkarino 500mm F8.0 Mirror 1.0 0.6 1:36x 54 42 40 28
Meade 1000mm F11.0 Mirror < 1.0 0.78 1:34x 50 44 38 32
Olympus 500mm F8.0 Mirror 1.04 0.8 1:??x 45 40 58 55
Questar 700mm F8.0 Mirror < 0.5 0.85 1:40x 64 60 40 37
Sigma 600mm F8.0 Mirror < 1.0 0.82 1:40x 50 40 37 29
Soligor 500mm F8.0 Mirror 1.0 0.75 1:50x 44 32 36 25
Spiratone 500mm F8.0 Mirror < 2.0 0.4 1:41x 44 36 42 34
Tamron 500mm F8.0 Mirror 1.2 0.75 1:40x 48 36 44 28
Tokina 500mm F8.0 Mirror 0.9 0.74 1:48x 44 32 34 28
Vivitar 600mm F8.0 Mirror 1.0 0.5 1:34x 34 27 38 36

Standard Lenses Test Results
Aperture: F1.2 F2.0 F2.8 F4.0 F5.6 F8.0 F11 F16 F22 F32
Carl Zeiss 16mm F2.8 F-Distagon Fisheye
 
tested by Modern Photography
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:51x
Center -- -- 80 80 80 80 80 56 50 --
Border -- -- 25 25 32 36 40 32 32 --
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center -- -- 27 32 38 44 48 48 38 --
Border -- -- 11 14 15 16 17 18 10 --
 
Distortion: plenty
Falloff at F5.6: T0.3
 
Carl Zeiss 18mm F4.0 Distagon
 
tested by Modern Photography
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:51x
Center -- -- -- 72 72 80 80 72 56 --
Border -- -- -- 28 35 45 55 55 50 --
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center -- -- -- 44 44 44 44 44 44 --
Border -- -- -- 20 20 22 23 23 24 --
 
Distortion: 1% (pincushion)
Falloff at F5.6: T1.1
 
Nikon 200mm F4.0 Micro-Nikkor
 
tested by Modern Photography
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:49x
Center -- -- -- 44 44 44 49 49 44 39
Border -- -- -- 39 39 39 44 44 44 35
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center -- -- -- 38 42 48 49 46 40 30
Border -- -- -- 21 22 26 29 27 25 23
 
Distortion: 1% (pincushion)
Falloff at F5.6: T0.35
 
Olympus 21mm F2.0 Auto Zuiko
 
tested by Modern Photography
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:49x
Center -- 49 62 87 87 78 69 62 -- --
Border -- 31 35 39 39 44 44 49 -- --
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center -- 40 46 48 56 58 51 46 -- --
Border -- 18 20 30 40 42 42 42 -- --
 
Distortion: 0.9% (barrel)
Falloff at F5.6: T1.12
 
Olympus 50mm F1.2 Zuiko
 
tested by Modern Photography 11/1983
Measured Focal Length: 52.48mm Measured Open Aperture: F1.26
 
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:50x
Center 45 50 56 63 63 63 56 56 -- --
Border 58 60 64 68 76 78 75 67 -- --
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center 35 40 45 50 56 56 50 45 -- --
Border 26 30 44 60 73 74 66 61 -- --
 
Distortion: <1% (barrel)
Falloff at F5.6: T0.3
 
Olympus 50mm F3.5 Macro Zuiko
 
tested by Modern Photography
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:48x
Center -- 60* -/- 60 76 76 60 48 -- --
Border -- 42* -/- 52 68 62 58 53 -- --
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center -- 43* -/- 54 68 60 60 38 -- --
Border -- 40* -/- 56 65 65 56 47 -- --
 
Distortion: n.a.
Falloff at F5.6: n.a.
*at F3.5
Soligor 28mm F2.0 C/D
 
tested by Modern Photography
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:48x
Center -- 54 60 68 76 68 60 60 -- --
Border -- 24 24 30 34 43 38 38 -- --
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center -- 38 46 57 59 58 57 50 -- --
Border -- 32 36 39 41 38 35 33 -- --
 
Distortion: n.a.
Falloff at F5.6: n.a.
 
Soligor 135mm F2.0 C/D
 
tested by Modern Photography
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:50x
Center -- 35 50 50 56 56 56 56 50 --
Border -- 32 32 35 45 50 45 45 35 --
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center -- 37 52 58 65 67 64 59 52 --
Border -- 43 44 47 51 47 47 44 40 --
 
Distortion: n.a.
Falloff at F5.6: n.a.
 
Spiratone 18mm F3.5 Ultra Wide. PC Ø72
 
tested by Modern Photography
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:48x
Center -- -- 54* 61 68 68 60 n.a. -- --
Border -- -- 25* 27 30 34 34 n.a. -- --
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center -- -- 36* n.a. 33 34 38 38 -- --
Border -- -- 18* n.a. 22 24 27 24 -- --
 
Distortion: 3.2% (barrel)
Falloff at F5.6: T2.5
*at F3.5
Tamron 17mm F3.5 SP [51B]
 
tested by Modern Photography
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:48x
Center -- -- 60* 67 54 54 54 67 54 --
Border -- -- 48* 50 64 66 64 56 43 --
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center -- -- 38* 38 43 54 54 48 38 --
Border -- -- 31* 40 49 57 56 51 42 --
 
Distortion: <1% (pincushion)
Falloff at F5.6: T1.25
*at F3.5
Tamron 90mm F2.5 SP MF 1:2 Macro [52B]
 
tested by Modern Photography
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:48x
Center -- -- 49* 62 62 69 69 62 55 44
Border -- -- 55* 55 55 62 62 62 49 44
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center -- -- 49* 72 76 66 64 53 45 33
Border -- -- 28* 54 60 55 52 47 40 30
 
Distortion: 0.5% (pincushion)
Falloff at F5.6: T0.15
*at F2.5
Vivitar 28mm F1.9 VMC Auto Wide Angle S1
 
tested by Modern Photography
Resolution in lp/mm at 1:48x
Center -- 48* 54 60 60 68 60 54 -- --
Border -- 34* 38 43 43 48 48 43 -- --
 
Contrast @ 30lp/mm in %
Center -- 30* 46 55 58 60 57 47 -- --
Border -- 20* 20 25 38 52 54 56 -- --
 
Distortion: <1% (pincushion)
Falloff at F5.6: T1.1
*at F1.9

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