Category Archive: Reviews

Apr 15

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS

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Fujifilm just keeps on churning out lenses to fill out its two-year old X-Series system.  This rate of production is outstanding on its own, but what is most amazing is the catering to the enthusiast.  In just two years, Fuji has managed to create a nearly complete enthusiast lens lineup.  The only things missing now …

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Apr 05

Review: Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8

Olympus 25mm f/1.8

The normal prime lens space in the Micro 4/3 system has recently become a bit more crowded, as Olympus has finally released their fast normal prime lens, the 25mm f/1.8.  Panasonic has had their excellent Leica 25mm f/1.4 for several years now, and Olympus has decided to concentrate on creating an extremely compact high quality …

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Mar 20

Review: Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 DG Nocticron OIS

As the Micro 4/3 lens lineup becomes more mature, there are fewer and fewer gaps left.  While there are several good Micro 4/3 lens options in the short telephoto range, one thing that has been missing a bit is a high-speed 85mm equivalent lens with autofocus.  Voigtländer released the excellent 42.5mm f/0.95 last year, satisfying …

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Mar 13

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R

The long-awaited Fuji 56mm f/1.2 is here.  Since first appearing on the Fujifilm lens roadmap over a year ago (then as a 56mm f/1.4), Fuji has upped the speed by a third of a stop, finalized the design and shipped one of the last missing links in the Fuji X prime lens lineup: a fast …

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Mar 03

Review: Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

Fuji has been releasing a host of new camera bodies for their X System, with a total of four new cameras in the past year.  The latest breaks from the rangefinder-style tradition of the X-Series and brings us a mini-SLR style mirrorless camera in the X-T1.  While it shares many of its features and capabilities …

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Feb 04

Review: Fujifilm MHG-XE Grip

When Fuji announced their new ultra-wide zoom lens in mid-December, they also quietly announced new add-on grips for the XE series cameras and the X-Pro 1.  The new X-T1 has a similar grip as well.  While similar in design to the original grips released for the X-E1 and X-Pro1, the new MHG (Metal Hand Grip) …

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Feb 02

Review: Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Planar T* (Fuji X-Mount)

Last year, Zeiss released its brand new line of lenses dedicated to APS-C mirrorless cameras.   Here, I’ll be reviewing the ‘normal’ lens in that release, the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Planar T*.  While the version of the lens I reviewed was for Fujifilm X-Mount, the optics and internals should be identical between this and …

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Jan 23

Review: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS

Panasonic Lumix 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS

The new Panasonic GM1 was created with small size in mind.  To that effect, Panasonic saw fit to design a new kit lens for the tiny camera.  The result is the collapsing Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS.  Panasonic not only managed to make a lens that is barely larger than the miniscule 14mm f/2.5 pancake, but …

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