Category Archive: Reviews

Dec 17

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 mounted on an X-T1 with Vertical Grip

Fujifilm’s X-Series interchangeable lens system has only been around for a bit less than three years, and in that time, they’ve managed to put together a rather impressive lens lineup.  However, missing from that lineup until recently are pro-grade fast zoom lenses.  While the fast standard zoom is set to be released in 2015, Fuji …

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Dec 04

Review: Olympus M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO

2014 is shaping up to be the year of the professional grade telephoto zoom lens.  Sony started off the year with their full frame 70-200mm f/4 for E-mount, and Olympus, Fuji and Samsung all announced new f/2.8 zooms at Photokina this year.  Today we’re looking at Olympus’ brand new M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens, which …

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Nov 23

Review: Panasonic Lumix LX100

Panasonic Lumix LX100

Panasonic has had a long line of premium compact cameras in their LX lineup.  Previously, these cameras featured fast lenses, premium construction and fairly good image quality, considering the relatively small sensor.  However, with the rise of high-end compact cameras with large sensors, such as the Sony RX100 series and Canon’s G1X lineup, Panasonic felt …

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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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