Category Archive: Reviews

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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Mar 31

Review: Fujifilm X-Pro 2

The Fujifilm X-Pro 2

After four long years, it’s finally here: the Fuji X-Pro 2.  Fuji fans have been waiting for an update to the original X-Series interchangeable lens camera for a long time, and Fuji has seen fit to update quite a bit with this new rangefinder-styled flagship.  While the exterior of the camera looks very similar to …

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Mar 04

Review: Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS

Today I’m taking a look at one of the first FE lenses released for the system, the FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS.  Until the recent announcement of the new G Master 70-200mm f/2.8, this lens was the only option for a native telephoto zoom lens for full-frame E-Mount.  It fills the classic telephoto zoom range …

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Feb 22

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Fujifilm continues the fleshing out of their already impressive lens lineup with their first supertelephoto offering: the Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.  This telephoto zoom has an angle of view similar to a 150-600mm lens on a full-frame camera, providing some serious reach for the Fuji X-Series cameras.  The $1,899 asking price …

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Feb 18

Review: Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T*

Zeiss has been pushing out lens after lens for the full-frame Sony E-mount, with three distinct lines of lenses. They have the Sony-Zeiss lenses where they co-design lenses with Sony, the autofocus premium Batis line, and the compact manual focus Loxia line.  The latest lens in this manual focus line is the ultra-wide-angle Loxia 21mm …

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Feb 10

Review: Olympus 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO

Up for an in-depth look today is the Olympus 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye.  It’s the first prime lens released under Olympus’ PRO moniker, and features a weathersealed high-grade body and fast aperture, which is unique among fisheye lenses. If you’ve never used a fisheye lens before, it’s worth your while to do so, as the extreme …

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Feb 04

Review: Zeiss FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS

The Zeiss FE 24-70mm f/4 was one of the lenses announced at the beginning of the full-frame E-mount system, and it’s had a rather mixed reputation. I’ve seen reports ranging from excellent to terrible regarding the optical quality of this lens, and I’ve been curious to test it for myself.  Over the past week or …

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