Aug 31

Review: HandeVision Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 (Sony E-Mount)

Speed.  It used to be than an f/1.4 lens was considered quite fast and f/1.2 was the pro-grade ultra-fast aperture.  Very, very rarely, a manufacturer would produce a lens at f/1.0 or very slightly faster…the elusive f/0.95.  Until recently, f/0.95 was an exceptionally rare aperture lens, only produced by Leica with their 50mm Noctilux.  However, …

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Aug 29

Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 vs Canon FL 55mm f/1.2+Speed Booster

Ultra Fast Battle: Canon FL55mm f/1.2 + Speed Booster (left) vs. Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 (right)

Today we are pitting the brand new HandeVision Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 against an ancient lens with a modern adapter.  The Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 mounted to the Metabones Speed Booster gives us a combination resulting in a 39mm f/0.9 lens. Given the similar maximum aperture and similar focal length of these two optics, I thought …

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Aug 26

First Impressions: HandeVision Ibelux 40mm f/0.85

I just received a copy of the HandeVision Ibelux 40mm f/0.85.  This is the fastest lens in production for any system right now, and is available for most of the mirrorless mounts.  This is simply a first impressions post, from a bit of shooting today.  My full review will come sometime in the next week …

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Aug 17

Photokina 2014 Preview

It’s that time again: Photokina is less than a month away, and this year’s show promises to be huge. Photokina occurs every two years in Cologne, Germany and is the largest photography trade show in the world.   Photokina 2014 takes place between September 16 and 21, and will feature over 1,000 photographic exhibitors to …

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Aug 15

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Fuji has done a great job in building a robust lineup for their X-Series mirrorless cameras, but despite releasing the weathersealed X-T1 earlier this year, they hadn’t created a weathersealed lens until now.  The XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR is a wide range super-zoom lens that features Fuji’s new Weather Resistant tag, with rubber …

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Aug 04

Review: Rokinon (Samyang) 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS (Sony E-Mount)

Samyang Optics has been around for over 40 years, but has gained recent notoriety in the past decade by releasing some truly outstanding lenses for SLRs and mirrorless cameras that provide high-end image quality at bargain prices, under a variety of brand names including Rokinon, Bower, Walimex and a few more.  The company has been active …

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Jul 31

Review: Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN Art (Sony E-Mount)

Today I’m taking a look at the newest member of Sigma’s trio of lenses for mirrorless cameras, the 60mm f/2.8 DN Art, which is available for Sony E-mount and Micro 4/3.  The 60mm keeps a similar body style and the same f/2.8 maximum aperture as the 19mm and 30mm lenses that preceded it.  The DN …

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Jul 22

Review: Sony a6000

The Sony Alpha a6000

Earlier this year, Sony abandoned the NEX nomenclature in its lineup of mirrorless cameras, bringing everything into the Alpha line.  The first enthusiast APS-C camera in this new lineup is the Sony Alpha a6000, which replaces the earlier NEX-6 in the Sony lineup, though it could also be argued that the a6000 takes the place …

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