Tag Archive: lens

Apr 09

Review: Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

The Sony full-frame E-Mount lens lineup is beginning to get crowded at the 85mm focal length, but Sony’s latest entry, the FE 85mm f/1.8, is the first to come in at a relatively affordable price: $598.  The lens joins the existing Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 ($1199), the Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 ($1399) and the Sony …

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Nov 10

Review: Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon T*

Zeiss has been making waves the past few years, and their two lines in the full-frame Sony E-Mount have largely been well received.  Today I’m looking at the wide-angle member of the autofocus 25mm f/2 Batis.  This lens is a new optical formula based on the Distagon design, rather than the Biogon design that is …

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Aug 27

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8

The latest addition to the growing lineup of Fujifilm X series lenses is the smallest in the system: the XF 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens.  This wide normal pancake promises high image quality in an extremely tiny package.  It’s also the second Fuji lens to come without a dedicated aperture ring, presumably due to the small …

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Jun 20

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R

When the X-series of mirrorless cameras from Fujifilm launched last year, it began with three prime lenses: an 18mm f/2, a 35mm f/1.4 and a 60mm f/2.4 Macro.  This gave the system a nice base to start with, and provided three very high quality primes for the serious photographer.  Later last year, Fuji expanded the …

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Feb 20

Review: Olympus 15mm f/8 Body Cap Lens

Olympus 15mm f/8 Body Cap Lens

This past fall, Olympus announced a rather interesting lens…the smallest lens yet for the Micro 4/3 system, and one of the smallest interchangeable lenses ever made.  This optic?  The 15mm f/8 body cap lens.  This tiny lens/body cap is classified by Olympus as an “accessory” rather than a true lens, and the lens doesn’t carry …

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Jan 18

Review: Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN

Sigma has been around for over 50 years, and they’ve been primarily known as a third-party manufacturer of SLR lenses, though they’ve also made their own SLR cameras and some high end compact cameras as well. Over the past decade, they’ve started to make some very high-end glass. Recently, they dipped their toes into the …

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Dec 11

Quick Impressions: Olympus 15mm f/8 Body Cap Lens

Earlier this year, Olympus announced one of the odder lenses for Micro 4/3.  A $49 ‘lens’ that doubles as a body cap: The 15mm f/8 Body Cap Lens  This is what you could call an ‘ultra-pancake’.  And, like it’s name implies, it’s roughly the same size as a standard Micro 4/3 body cap.  The lens …

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Nov 12

Review: Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro

Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro

Quite a while back, Olympus hinted at their first true macro lens for Micro 4/3…the 60mm f/2.8.  It’s taken a while to come to market, but it finally saw official release this past September.  I was lucky enough to pick one up shortly thereafter.  Olympus priced this lens competitively, at $499, coming in well under …

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