Category Archive: Reviews

Nov 02

Review: Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Art (Sony E-Mount)

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Art

Sigma’s mirrorless lens lineup at the moment consists of a trinity of prime lenses, from wide-angle to short telephoto. We take a look at the widest of the current Sigma DN lenses for mirrorless lenses, the 19mm f/2.8 DN Art. The Sigma 19mm has been around for a little while, but, along with the 30mm …

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Oct 10

Review: Fujifilm VG-XT1 Vertical Battery Grip

One accessory that is common among most manufacturers is an add-on vertical grip with duplicated controls and space for one or two extra batteries. Fuji didn’t provide one of these vertical grips for any of the rangefinder-styled X-series cameras, but with the SLR-styled X-T1, the vertical grip has followed. I’ve had the VG-XT1 vertical battery …

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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 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


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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Jul 11

Review: Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 Makro-Planar T* (Fuji X)

The Zeiss 50mm f/2.8 Makro-Planar, which fills out the trio of Touit lenses for mirrorless cameras, has finally arrived.  This line, for both Fuji X-mount and Sony E-mount, is separate from the lenses that Zeiss creates with Sony specifically for their E-Mount and A-mount cameras.  The Touit 50mm is a true 1:1 macro lens and …

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