This is in response to the 'good lenses from unclean brands' thread. It appears people have good things to say about lots of different lenses. So I'd like to hear about lenses that are disliked and why they are disliked. i know some people may dislike a lens because it is 'soft' but others will love it for the same reasons. Or maybee a lens is overrated and commands a higher price than it should. Cool thing about this thread is that people may learn about situations where unliked lenses shine.
15 inch f5.6 Wollensak Telephoto.
The pictures dont do it justice. this lens is big. Too heavy for my Zone Vi. I thought I might mount it on a speed graphic someday but probably I will just sell it.
Ilex 65mm f8 wide-angle paragon.
i love this lens and I hate it. it took me allmost 2 years to find an Ilex #1 shutter at a good price. Its very hard to work with. the edges go dim quickly and there is not much movement available. The most aggrivating thing is that there are no filter threads. I've had a little luck just holding a filter over it. This lens is a pain in the ass to use, but it is nice and sharp.
150mm f4.7 Xenar.
It's just blah. The focal length is booring and the sharpness is mediocre. Not much movement to use either.