How Is The Site
- To begin, choose "Begin Viewing Lens Comments" from the menu
- The scrolling Index frame on the left provides a set of
short-cuts into the comments.
- You will be able to access two kinds of information:
- "Brief Comments" - simple short phrases about a
given lens or lens comparison
- "Detailed Comments" - more extended quotations from
sometimes lengthy discussions of given lenses or lens
- The short-cuts from the Index menu on the left will take you
to Brief Comments. The list which appears here when you begin will
also contain Brief comments.
- By clicking on the name (lens designation) at the start of a
group of comments you will be able to go "sideways" between Brief
and Detailed comments on a given lens.
- NOTE: In cases where there has been much discussion
about a lens, all of the Detailed Comments have NOT been
summarized within the Brief Comments. I have tried to be true to
the original opinion when I edited the originators' messages for
the Detailed Comments portion, and I try to give an accurate
representation of the range of opinions when I select and edit
from Detailed Comments for he Brief Comments section. But hey, you
may find that I screwed up. Let me know and I will fix any problem
and/or return all of the fees you have paid me to use this site.
To get the full flavor of comments made about a lens you should
always go to the Detailed Comments.
- Each type of information is organized by the focal length of
the lens in question; this follows the usual conventions for this
type of listing: Wide Angle before Telephoto, faster lenses before
slower ones of the same focal length, older lenses before newer
ones of the same focal length and maximum aperture.
- You should always check to see if there is information
available on a lens similar to the one you are concerned
with. Many Pentax Discuss message threads wander among several
lenses and it is difficult to parse those discussions into short
meaningful phrases on a particular lens. Thus, you may find a
passing comment about a 43mm f/1.9 or a 50mm f/1.7 lens in the
comments on 50mm f/2.0 lenses. In some cases I have pasted the
same comments into more than one location.
- I originally adopted the category system originally used by
Boz Dimitrov on his excellant web site (see
links) ; however, I
have integrated some of what he called "special purpose" lenses
into this list; the common macro lenses are an example of this.
Boz has since conceded the point and he also now integraates the
"special purpose" lenses into the general listing.