Aug 28

Fuji 56mm f/1.2 vs. Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 vs. Contax G 90mm f/2.8

Today we have a quick battle of portrait lenses.  Two of them are current mirrorless portrait primes, both of which are extremely highly regarded.  The third lens is a rangefinder lens from the 1990s that is still considered to be an utterly phenomenal optic. The battle: Fuji 56mm f/1.2 vs. Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 vs. …

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Aug 28

Review: Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar T*

The Zeiss name has been synonymous with high-end optics for a century.  In the past 30 years, they’ve become known for creating lenses with beautiful color and contrast and biting sharpness.  This legacy continues with the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* for Sony E-Mount.  Zeiss and Sony have long held a partnership in the …

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Aug 23

Review: Sony A7R II

Sony has been quite busy the past two years in fleshing out what is still the only full-frame mirrorless camera system.  The latest addition to this growing set of the cameras is the impressively specified A7R II.  The A7R II follows up the very successful A7R by giving it the same upgraded body style that …

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Aug 15

Review: Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO

The Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO adds the ultra-wide angle range to the PRO line of f/2.8 zoom lenses recently introduced by Olympus for the Micro 4/3 system.  The 7-14mm f/2.8 is a faster and supposedly superior optic to Panasonic’s excellent 7-14mm f/4 lens that has been a staple of the Micro 4/3 system for many …

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Aug 14

Sony A7R II vs. A7 II – Print Test

I just got the new Sony A7R Mark II in for review today, and I’ve only had a few hours to mess around with it.  This is an exciting camera that packs a lot of great features, including a 42 MP sensor into a small package.  There are a lot of great things to discuss …

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Jul 29

Review: Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T*

Zeiss has an interesting strategy when it comes to the Sony FE mount. There are three lines of Zeiss lenses.  The first, is a joint venture with Sony to co-design native lenses such as the FE 16-35mm f/4 and FE 55mm f/1.8.  Then there’s Zeiss’ autofocus Batis line, and finally the small manual focus Loxia …

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Jul 22

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR

Fuji’s hard work at fleshing out their X series lineup continues at a frantic pace.  Today I review the brand new XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR, a lens that has the field of view of the classic 135mm long-portrait lens that has been a staple of many systems over the years. The 90mm f/2 …

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Jul 15

Review: Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

Sony has been heavily concentrating on fleshing out the full frame E-mount system with quality lenses, which is something that they didn’t really do with their APS-C e-mount lineup. As such, less than two years after the introduction of the A7, the FE lineup has grown into a rather full featured system.  Today, I review …

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