Category Archive: Reviews

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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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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Jul 03

Review: Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN Art (Sony E Mount)

Sigma first ventured into the mirrorless space with the release of two lenses for Sony E-Mount and Micro 4/3 in January of 2012 with the 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lenses.  Around a year later, they released updated versions of these lenses with a new body style, and perhaps minor changes to coatings, …

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Jun 26

Review: Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1.7 DG Summilux

Panasonic and Leica have had a long partnership in the photographic industry, and one of the bright spots in that arrangement is the excellent prime lenses that the pair have produced for the Micro 4/3 system.  The latest Panasonic Leica prime fills out the wide end of the range.  The Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1.7 DG …

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Jun 22

Mini-Review: Vello RS-C1II Remote Release for your Fuji X-T1

Vellow RS-C1II Wired Remote Switch, plugged into the Fuji X-T1

One of the changes made in the name of weathersealing the Fuji X-T1 was the removal of the threaded shutter button.  The X-Pro 1 and the X-E series all contained this threaded shutter release.  As a result, those looking for a remote shutter release for these cameras could purchase the rather expensive Fuji electronic release, …

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Jun 17

Review: Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Last August, Sony announced not one, but two constant f/4 standard zoom lenses for their APS-C mirrorless cameras: The Carl Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 OSS (Reviewed Here) and Sony’s first G lens for the E-Mount: The PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS, which I’ll take a close look at today.  The 18-105mm f/4 covers a nearly 6x …

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Jun 15

Review: Carl Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T* ZA OSS

Carl Zeiss has been making lenses for longer than most anyone in the industry, and while they still produce their own lens lines for a variety of camera mounts, they have a more intimate relationship with Sony, producing a variety of E and A mount exclusives.  Today’s review focuses on a somewhat recent release for …

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Jun 07

Review: Rokinon (Samyang) 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye II (Fujifilm X-Mount)

Since mirrorless is still so early in its development, it’s rare that I get the opportunity to review a second version of the same lens.  That’s the case today, however, as I take a look at the Samyang 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye II.  The second version of this fisheye lens for mirrorless cameras is not a …

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