Last week whilst I was working away from home, a package from the UPS man was left with my next door neighbour, which turned out to be the 2x iPro telephoto lens from the very nice people at Schneider Optics.
The Schneider iPro 2x telephoto lens, lets you optically (not digitally) go from this…
Now I've only been back home for a few days, so haven't really had time to put the lens fully through its paces, but I have had a quick play with it, and being a little disappointed I've decided to share my initial thoughts on this lens.
The lens comes neatly packaged in its own little box, with added handle/case extension, and to my surprise, with a lens cap (this is one of the things I complained was lacking from the other iPro lenses), although you can't leave the lens cap on the lens when stored away in the handle/case extension!!
Just as with the other 2 lenses in the iPro system, the construction is second to none, which is reflected in the price tag. Mounting and using the lens, like with the other 2 lenses, is quick and simple, due to Schneider's bayonet mounting system.
So, with the package and construction out of the way, what is the lens quality like. Well, as you have probably already guessed by my comment earlier, the quality of the results from this $105 USD lens is in my opinion (based on quick test shots) very poor. As the results above and below will show, the lens has what appears to be a very sharp centre sweet spot, but after that everything is extremely soft. I have emailed Schneider about this, as it is possible that I have a faulty lens, but as I'm writing this over a weekend, there response is unlikely to arrive before I post, but I will update as soon as they do.
As I have said above, I've only had a short time to play, and these are just my initial feelings about this new lens, which may change as I spend more time testing and comparing, and of course the sample I have may be faulty, so stay tuned for my full review, which will be in the next week or two.
Note: If like me, you have the Diff Lens Mount Case, then there is some bad news (and good), this new 2x lens will not fit the DiffCase adaptors, but the good new is, Diff are on the case (excuse the pun) and are making a new mould for the iPro lens mounts.