This is part two of “Fuji with manual and vintage lenses” which I started last May (read part 1). It has taken me a long to find time to do this but nevertheless here we are! In this second entry I’m going to look at “Miranda 70-210mm f4.5-5.6 ” zoom lens, a M42 lens mounted on Fujifilm XT-1.
A good branded zoom lens is pretty expensive and for me I can’t justify buying one for personal use. Luckily there are pretty affordable vintage ones that can produce pretty good images and more than adequate for hobbyists or even more serious shooters. There are many options so I set a budget of £20 to see what I can find and there it was waiting for me to give it a new home!
This is a great lens and has exceeded my expectations. As you can see from all the sample photos it has great sharpness and a good bokeh effect when used at maximum focal length. You will lose auto focusing with this as expected so it’s a little tricky to get the focus right in low light but during the day and when you can set the shutter speed high enough to avoid handshakes you can capture some amazing photos with it while not being bankrupted! See more samples on the gallery below. Click to go to the flickr page( all photos are edited including some colour & sharpness changes)