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Nikon 28mm f1.4E review

26 Jun 2017 Thomas

The Nikon 28mm f1.4E is a medium wide lens corrected for full-frame DSLRs. It fills a gap between the existing 24mm f1.4 and 35mm f1.4 lenses in the Nikon lineup, and features high-end optics, tough build quality and a price to match. Find out why Thomas reckons it's worth the price in his review!

Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 review so far

23 Jun 2017 Gordon Laing

The XF 23mm f2 is a wide lens for Fujifilm's mirrorless X-Series. Delivering a 35mm equivalent field-of-view, it's an ideal general-purpose lens and perfect for street shooters. I've been comparing it against the XF 23mm f1.4, but ahead of my review, here's some sample images!

Leica DG 8-18mm f2.8-4 review

03 Jun 2017 Gordon Laing

The Leica DG Vario Elmarit 8-18mm f2.8-4 is an ultra wide angle zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system. Mounted on a Panasonic or Olympus mirrorless body, it delivers equivalent coverage of 16-36mm, providing a flexible range from modest to ultra-wide. Check out my sample images in my review so-far!

Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS review

22 May 2017 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master is a telephoto zoom for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. It delivers the longest reach of Sony's e-mount lenses and boasts high performance for subjects near and far. I've been using the FE 100-400mm at a variety of events on Alpha A9 and A7r Mark II bodies. Check out my experiences and images so…

Sony FE 12-24mm f4G review-so-far

17 May 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's FE 12-24mm f4G is an ultra-wide zoom for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. It delivers the widest coverage in the e-mount lineup to date, and exploits the short sensor to mount distance of mirrorless to achieve a smaller and lighter barrel than rivals for DSLRs. I've been shooting with it, so check out my sample images!

Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8 GM review-so-far

17 May 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's FE 16-35mm f2.8 G Master is a wide zoom for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. The fifth G Master lens, it completes a 'trinity' of f2.8 models, joining the FE 24-70mm f2.8 and FE 70-200mm f2.8. It aims for high resolution and attractive bokeh, while maintaining quality at all distances. I've been shooting with it, so check out my samples!

Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 OS review

08 May 2017 Thomas

The Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 OS is one of the smallest, lightest and most affordable long telephoto zooms around. Corrected for full-frame bodies, it's available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma DSLR mounts and works on Sony mirrorless with the MC-11 adapter. In his in-depth review, Thomas finds out how it compares against rivals that are generally more expensive.

Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art review

03 Apr 2017 Thomas

The Sigma 135mm f1.8 ART is a mid-length telephoto lens with a bright aperture, available in Canon, Nikon or Sigma mounts. It's corrected for full-frame DSLRs and works on Sony's mirrorless bodies with an adapter. Find out why Thomas reckons it's Sigma's best ART lens to date in his in-depth review - one of the first published!

Sigma 12-24mm f4 Art review

22 Mar 2017 Thomas

The new Sigma Art AF 12-24/4.0 DG HSM is a worthy successor to Sigma's AF 12-24mm 4.5-5.6 II DG HSM model from 2011. Optical performance is very good and other aspects of the lens are also improved: The focal ratio is now a constant f4.0, AF is faster, and you get compatibility with Sigma's USB dock to fine tune various characteristics of AF…

Tamron TC-X14 / TC-X20 teleconverter review

17 Mar 2017 Thomas

With their second generation telephoto zooms Tamron also offers two new 1.4x and 2x teleconverters (dubbed TC-X14 and TC-X20) which are specifically designed to work with the SP 70-200/2.8 VC G2 and the SP 150-600/5.0-6.3 VC G2. I had the chance to extensively test the Tamron SP 70-200/2.8 VC G2 (model A025) with the TC-X14 and TC-X20. They let this zoom-lens reach…

Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC G2 review

06 Mar 2017 Thomas

Tamron's SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a 2.9x telephoto full-frame zoom available in Canon and Nikon DSLR mounts. It's the second generation (A025) model with closer focusing, improved AF and stabilisation, and compatibility with Tamron's USB "TAP-in" console. In his review-in-progress, Thomas finds out if it's worth spending the extra.

Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM review

20 Feb 2017 Gordon Laing

The Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM is a high-end ultra-wide zoom lens designed for Canon's full-frame EOS DSLRs. It's the World's widest rectilinear zoom lens, boasting minimal geometric distortion despite the extreme coverage. Ideal for shooting large buildings inside and out, expansive landscapes or simply very large group shots, find out how it performs in my Canon 11-24mm review!

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM review

06 Feb 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EF 50mm f1.8 STM is a low-priced standard prime lens for the EOS range of DSLRs. It's the long-awaited replacement for the EF 50mm f1.8 II, Canon's most successful lens, yet one that's 24 years old. The latest version promises smoother out-of-focus effects and a closer focusing distance. Find out why it's a no-brainer in my Canon EF 50mm…

Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art review

17 Jan 2017 Thomas

The Sigma 85mm f1.5 Art is a short telephoto prime lens designed for full-frame bodies and available in Canon EF, Nikon and Sigma mounts. It's a highly anticipated update to the previous 85mm f1.4 from Sigma and anyone following the Art series won't be disappointed as Thomas declares it the best 85mm f1.4 with autofocus he's tested!

Nikon 70-200mm f2.8E VR review

27 Dec 2016 Thomas

The 70-200mm f2.8E is Nikon's latest version of the classic, bright, telephoto zoom. Nikon's done a complete optical redesign to improve performance. They've also made some external changes, swapping the focus and zoom rings and adding extra function buttons to the lens. Find out if it's worth the extra in our Nikon 70-200mm f2.8E review!

Tamron 150-600mm G2 review

03 Nov 2016 Thomas

The Tamron SP 150-600/5-6.3Di VC USD G2 (A022) is a nice upgrade of Tamron's original 150-600/5-6.3 (A011) super-telephoto zoom. It has improved optics and weather sealing, effective image stabilization, and solid build. But its price tag puts it at the top of comparable 150-600mm zooms right there with the Sigma's 150-600mm "Sports" and even above Nikon's 200-500/5.6E VR. So the question…

Leica DG 100-400mm f4-6.3 review

26 Sep 2016 Gordon Laing

The Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4-6.3 is a super telephoto zoom for Micro Four Thirds. On an Olympus or Panasonic body, it delivers an equivalent range of 200-800mm: the longest reach of any native lens in the system, ideal for wildlife and sports. Find out if it's worth paying the premium over the 100-300mm in Gordon's review!

Nikon 105mm f1.4E review

14 Sep 2016 Thomas

The Nikon 105mm f1.4E ED is a unique lens. It is the only current f1.4 105mm lens for full-frame bodies and it delivers beautiful-looking images with very attractive Bokeh and very good contrast and sharpness across the full-frame sensor, even with the aperture opened to f1.4. This performance coupled with the build-quality of a professional Nikon lens and a…

Leica DG 12mm f1.4 review

05 Sep 2016 Gordon Laing

The Leica Summilux 12mm f1.4 is a wide-angle prime lens for the Micro Four Third system. Mounted on an Olympus or Panasonic body, it delivers 24mm equivalent coverage, while the f1.4 focal ratio is the brightest for this focal length in the MFT catalogue. Find out how it compares to other 12mm options in Gordon's review!

Samyang 135mm f2 review

08 Aug 2016 Thomas

The Samyang 135mm f2.0 ED UMC is a top-performing lens. It delivers beautiful-looking images with excellent contrast and sharpness on a high resolution full-frame camera, even with the aperture opened to f2.0. In addition it has the very low longitudinal CAs of an apochromatic lens and offers a beautiful background Bokeh. And this all at a low price of…

Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135mm f2 review

01 Aug 2016 Thomas

The Zeiss 135mm f2.0 Apo Sonnar is one of the best 135/2.0 lenses available. It delivers beautiful-looking images with crisp contrast and very fine resolution across the board, even with the aperture opened to f2.0. And this performance is coupled with a tank-like build-quality. But the price-tag of 1800 USD/EUR means that any negative aspects of this lens come under…

Tamron 85mm f1.8 VC review

20 Apr 2016 Thomas

The Tamron SP 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD is the first and only stabilized large aperture 85mm lens for owners of Canon or Nikon DSLRs. So this gives the lens a pretty unique position. With its f1.8 focal ratio plus image stabilization you can shoot static subjects for longer under challenging light conditions than with a non-stabilized f1.4 lens. My…

Tamron 90mm f2.8 VC II review

22 Mar 2016 Thomas

The Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di Macro VC ii (model F017) is the second iteration of an already well respected macro lens. So things could only get better compared to the original model F004, couldn't they? Yes, indeed: the new model F017 is the improved version of its older self. Although to be honest, the improvements over its predecessor…

Zeiss Otus 28mm f1.4 review

16 Feb 2016 Thomas

The Zeiss 28mm f1.4 Otus is a unique lens. It is the only current f1.4 28mm lens for full-frame bodies and it delivers beautiful-looking images and superb quality across the board, even with the aperture opened to f1.4. This performance coupled with the tank-like build-quality and new design support Zeiss' claim to have developed and manufactured the best wide-angle…

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