on Mar 12, 2015 2:29:27 GMT
Your kind comment is much appreciated. I have started checking out existing sites which offer user ratings for different lenses as they could provide a good, independent starting point. The ML lenses only have 1 turkey by common consent and that is the 28-210 (not made at the Tomioka facility). I think the difficulty may come in the form of different experiences from people with their lenses as even within a production batch, there can be slight variations. I have read negative comments from users about some of the stars in the Yashica firmament such as the DS-M Tomioka 55 1.2, ML 24mm, ML 500 f8 and ML 100-300 among others - as you know, these are all superb lenses so sifting through negative comments to try and get to the truth will be a long task. But I think it will be worth trying and we have some very helpful contributors on this Forum who will, I'm confident, give us their honest opinions.
It would be great to be able to offer a rating system that is dynamic, that is to say, capable of changing according to the number of inputs (as with photodo.com) but that would be a very complex task and beyond my computing/programming skills. Probably, our best option is initially to offer a 0-5 star rating which is an overall assessment; we can invite those who wish to rate the lenses to send us their rating along with brief comments on build quality, optical quality and handling characteristics. Those data can then form the basis of a more comprehensive rating system that we might consider in the future if sufficient interest is shown. I'm happy to help with all this and perhaps we can even offer a price guide - this would certainly make our Forum the 'go to' place for those thinking about buying a Yashica lens.