Category Archive: Reviews

Jan 21

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 R WR

Today I’m taking a look at the second lens in Fuji’s compact f/2 prime range, the 23mm f/2 R WR. This lens joins the existing 35mm f/2 R WR, and recently announced 50mm f/2 R WR, creating a trio of small weathersealed lenses with good optical quality. The 23mm f/2 fills the classic moderate wide-angle …

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Nov 12

Review: Sony Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Planar T*

The normal prime range in the Sony FE mount is beginning to get quite crowded. Today I’m looking at the latest f/1.4 lens in this range, the Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*, which is the fastest of the native FE mount normal primes.  Sony also offers the excellent 55mm f/1.8, the 50mm f/1.8, and …

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Sep 08

Review: Fujifilm X70

Fuji kicked off the X-series with the original X100, a camera that had a distinct retro aesthetic, great image quality and an optical viewfinder.  It made waves and eventually led to Fuji’s successful X-Series of interchangeable lens cameras.  The X100 has seen two more iterations, and today I’m looking at the newest ‘little brother’ of …

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Aug 01

RoboShoot MX-20/RX-20 TTL Flash Triggers for Fuji X

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Today, I’m taking a look at something a bit different from my normal reviews: a wireless TTL flash trigger for the Fuji X series. This set is the RoboShoot MX-20 from Serene automation, which provides through the lens metering via off camera flash using Fujifilm or Nikon flashguns on your Fuji X camera.  I don’t …

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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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