Jun 28

Review: Voigtländer 10mm f/5.6 Hyper-Wide Heliar (Sony E-Mount)

How wide can an ultra-wide go?  It’s a question you’ll find yourself asking when you get ready to mount the Voigtländer 10mm f/5.6 Hyper-Wide Heliar: the widest rectilinear lens ever made for a camera. As soon as you look through the viewfinder with this lens mounted, you’ll have your answer: almost unfathomably wide. The 10mm …

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Jun 12

Review: Panasonic Leica 100-400mm f/4-6.3 DG Vario-Elmar OIS

Micro 4/3 has long been a great system for getting quite a bit of reach out of a small package, though pro-grade super-telephoto lenses have been missing from the system until this year.  While Olympus released an excellent 300mm f/4 prime lens, Panasonic chose to enter this space with this lens: the Leica 100-400mm f/4-6.3. …

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May 28

Review: Sony FE 50mm f/1.8

Sony has been cranking out new lenses in 2016, with a total of 5 new lenses announced over the first 5 months of the year.  In addition to the long-awaited fast aperture G Master line, Sony also released two options that were more modest in aperture: the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 and this lens: the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8. …

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May 19

Review: Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Today I’m looking at another lens from Sony’s new G Master series of professional-grade optics, the FE 85mm f/1.4 GM.  This is the only prime currently in the GM series of lenses, and fills a need for many professional shooters, providing a very fast f/1.4 aperture in the classic 85mm focal length.  The FE 24-70mm …

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May 10

Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM vs. Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 vs. Canon 100mm f/2

Today I’m comparing the new Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master against the two full frame portrait primes I happen to own.  I know many would like to see a comparison with the Batis 85mm (reviewed here), but alas, I do not have one handy.  Still, this is an interesting comparison, as it pits the newest …

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May 05

Review: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Early this year, Sony announced three new members of a new lens line, the “G Master” line, to denote top end professional grade lenses. Two of them are the key pro-grade zoom lenses that are essential to high-end systems: the 24-70mm f/2.8 and the 70-200mm f/2.8, while also releasing a fast portrait prime in the …

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Apr 23

Review: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN (Sony E-Mount)

A few years back, Sigma made some waves with the release of three very affordable, but moderate aperture prime lenses for mirrorless cameras. The Sigma 19mm f/2.8, 30mm f/2.8 and 60mm f/2.8 are still among the very best values in the mirrorless world, providing very high quality optics at a fraction of the price of …

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Apr 16

Review: Olympus Pen-F

It’s been almost seven years since Olympus entered the Micro 4/3 market with the Olympus Pen E-P1.  The Pen name harkened back to Olympus’ half frame line of film cameras that began in 1959. After several iterations of the Pen lineup, Olympus has borrowed the full name of one of those film bodies for its …

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