Category Archive: Reviews

May 20

Review: Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Sonnar T*

The Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar has been around since the beginning of Sony’s full frame E-Mount launch, and a lot of people consider it an outstanding lens.  I thought about not doing an FE 55mm f/1.8 review, as it’s been out for a while, but after using the lens over the past two weeks, …

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May 12

Review: Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Distagon T*

Sony’s been fleshing out their full frame FE lens lineup for E-Mount fairly quickly over the past year and a half, as the total FE system is now up to 11 native AF lenses.  One of the newest lenses to hit the street is aimed squarely at the professional and enthusiast with the no-compromises Zeiss …

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Apr 20

Review: Panasonic Lumix 35-100mm f/4-5.6 OIS

This past fall, Panasonic made several announcements in advance of Photokina, but one that flew under the radar a bit was the addition of a very compact 35-100mm f/4-5.6 lens. The new 35-100mm is a slower option that sits alongside the excellent 35-100mm f/2.8 from Panasonic. This new lens, which gives the same field of …

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Apr 06

Review: Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

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In late 2013, Olympus released the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens.  It was their first foray into the ‘PRO’ line, which has now been joined by the 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO and will soon add a 7-14mm and a 300mm f/4.  I didn’t get a chance to review the 12-40mm back when it was released, but …

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Mar 28

Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

It’s been three years since Olympus first rolled out their highly successful OM-D line of cameras with the E-M5.  That camera redefined what a mirrorless camera could be, and was the first mirrorless camera that truly made a push for the enthusiast photographer.  Since then, the exceptional E-M1 has followed as well as a lower …

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Feb 25

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR

The past year has seen Fujifilm release several new high-quality lenses.  The latest is the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR.  While the Fuji X-Series has had a relatively fast standard zoom for a few years now, with the 18-55mm f/2.8-4, the 16-55mm fills the need for a constant f/2.8 zoom with a wider 16mm …

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Feb 12

Review: Samsung 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS

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Samsung has been somewhat stealthily building a fairly strong lens lineup for their NX cameras over the past few years, and today I’m taking a look at what is often the core lens in a high-end lens lineup: the fast standard zoom.  Samsung’s 16-50mm f/2-2.8 joins an elite group of standard zooms for interchangeable lens …

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Feb 04

Review: Samsung NX1

Samsung.  It’s not a brand that one typically associates with high-end photographic gear, but rather all manner of other electronics products such as televisions and now smartphones.  But as they’ve done with smartphones and televisions, Samsung has proven the ability to make a splash in new industries and not only compete, but dominate.  Samsung entered …

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