Tair 3s (Russian) 300mm f4.5
The item used here was purchased in a used but near new condition. The kit comes with the Zenit 12s, Tair 3s 300mm lens, Helios 44M 58mm lens, the gun stock to mount the lens and camera and a bunch of coloured filters and such. Its clear that the item has not been used much especially with the gun stock as the leather straps have never been put on and are still in as new condition. Only a few marks are on the 300mm lens.
I like the rendering of this lens and the colours out of the camera are vivid and bright. The 16 aperture blades (not the usual 6, 7 or 8) help keep the bokeh smooth when stopped down. Sharpness wide open aint great however the closer the object your taking is the better the sharpness. CA evident but generally quite well controlled, better than the Panasonic 100-300mm which even exhibited CA on the brick wall shot. F5.6 shows and increase level of sharpness and f8 reveals a leap in sharpness and CA control. F11 is also fine to use with even f16 being usable on a four thirds or m43 body. So if your after max sharpness f8-f11 is the way to go. Focusing is very direct and sensitive on the Photosniper version of the Tair 3 and can be a little hard to make fine adjustments. Even though it doesn’t meet the 100-300mm Panasonic in terms of sharpness, the bokeh and colours and CA control does make it an interesting lens, but its not for pixel peepers or those demanding tack sharp images. J
In the Sample pics there are some of birds taken in front of water, one in particular was shot toward the sun and had the sun reflecting off the water which many lenses would find hard to keep that part of the bokeh smooth but this late 80's Russian handled it with open arms .
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