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Canon RF 100-400mm f5.6-8 review so far

14 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 100-400mm f5.6-8 is a low-cost telephoto zoom for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system that’s aimed at sports and wildlife. I went hands-on for my preview!

Canon RF 16mm f2.8 STM review so far

14 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 16mm f2.8 STM is a compact ultra-wide prime lens for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system, aimed at landscape, architecture, astro-photography and vlogging. I went hands-on for my preview!

Sigma 24mm f2 DG DN review

09 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 24mm f2 DG DN is a wide-angle prime lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras, and available in Sony-e and L-mount versions. It’s aimed at anyone who wants a fast-aperture wide angle prime without the cost or heft of 1.4 models. In my review, find out how it compares to a growing collection of rival options!

Sigma 90mm f2.8 DG DN review

09 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 90mm f2.8 DG DN is a short telephoto prime lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras, and available in Sony-e and L-mount versions. It’s aimed at anyone who wants a classic portrait lens in a compact barrel at a reasonable price. In my review, find out how it compares to a growing collection of rival options!

Nikon Z 28mm f2.8 review

06 Sep 2021 Thomas

The Nikon Z 28mm f2.8 is a compact mild wide-angle for Nikon’s Z-series mirrorless cameras, available in two versions. The special edition shares the vintage styling of the Z fc body, while the upcoming standard model looks like previous Z lenses. In my review I tested the SE version, but they're optically identical, so find out how it measured-up!

Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG DN OS review so far

16 Aug 2021 Thomas

The Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG DN OS Sport is a long telephoto zoom designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras with Sony E and Leica L-mounts. It complements Sigma's 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary for those who need more reach. Check out our review so far!

Canon RF 400mm f2.8L RF 600mm f4L review

20 Jul 2021 Gordon Laing

The RF 400mm f2.8 and RF 600mm f4 are the two largest and most expensive lenses for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless system to date. Unashamedly aimed at pro sports and wildlife photographers, they represent Canon at the top of their game. Find out why EOS R is ready for anything in my review of both lenses.

Nikon Z MC 50mm f2.8 review

18 Jul 2021 Thomas

The Nikon Z MC 50mm f2.8 is one of two macro lenses for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras. It achieves 1:1 (1x) magnification without the use of bellows or extension tubes and is corrected for full-frame. Check out our full review!

Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.8 VR S review

12 Jul 2021 Thomas

The Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.8 VR S is one of two macro lenses for Z-mount mirrorless cameras. It achieves 1:1 (1x) magnification without bellows or extension tubes and is corrected for full-frame cameras. Check out our full review!

Olympus 8-25mm f4 Pro review

05 Jul 2021 Gordon Laing

The Olympus 8-25mm f4 Pro is a wide to standard zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system. It delivers a 16-50mm equivalent range, taking you from ultra-wide to standard coverage, making it a very flexible walkaround option whether you’re shooting stills or filming video. Find out why it’s become my favourite general-purpose zoom for M43 in my review!

Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS USM review so far

29 Jun 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS USM is a compact, ultra wide zoom for the EOS R mirrorless system and corrected for full-frame bodies. Announced in June 2021, it’s the widest lens in the RF system to date, and extends the range available in smaller, lighter and more affordable f4 models.

Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC review

17 Jun 2021 Thomas

The Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC is a long telephoto zoom designed for Sony’s mirrorless cameras and corrected for full-frame. It complements Tamron's 70-300mm or 70-180mm f2.8 for those who need more reach. Find out if it's right for you in our complete review!

Fujifilm XF 18mm f1.4 review

14 Jun 2021 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm XF 18mm f1.4 is a wide-angle prime lens for the X-series mirrorless system, delivering standard wide angle coverage equivalent to 27mm when mounted on an X-series body. I've now updated my first-looks review with sample images from a final production model!

Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro review

07 Jun 2021 Thomas

The Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro is a very special lens: one of only a handful that can deliver up to 5x magnification without the use of bellows or extension tubes. It’s corrected for full-frame cameras, and set to 5x can capture an area of just 4.8x7.2mm. In his review Thomas finds out if it’s the best macro for…

Laowa 15mm f4.5 Zero-D Shift review

10 May 2021 Thomas

The Laowa 15mm f4.5 Zero-D Shift is the widest shift lens available for full-frame cameras. The front-end can be shifted 11mm in any direction to minimise perspective distortions when shooting architecture or interiors. Thomas tests it in his latest in-depth review!

Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO review

04 May 2021 Thomas

The Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO from Venus Optics is one of very few macro lenses which can focus from infinity to 2x magnification. Plus this full-frame lens is available in a wide variety of mounts including DSLR and mirrorless. Find out how it performs in our review!

Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG DN Art review

27 Apr 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG DN Art is a wide angle lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras in Sony e and Leica L-mounts. Successor to Sigma’s first Art lens, the new model has high aspirations so I’ve compared it against Sony’s FE 35 1.5 GM as well as Sigma’s f1.2 and f2 models! Find out which is the best 35 for…

Sony FE 14mm f1.8 G Master review

20 Apr 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 14mm f1.8 G Master is an ultra-wide angle prime lens for the full-frame e-mount mirrorless system. It’s not only Sony’s widest prime lens to date, but one of only two 14mm lenses in existence with a bright f1.8 aperture. Find out everything you need to know in my full review!

Sigma 24mm f3.5 DG DN review

12 Apr 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 24mm f3.5 DG DN is a compact prime lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and, at the time of testing, available in Sony e and Leica L-mounts. In my full review I'll compare it to the Sony 24mm f2.8 G!

Viltrox AF 85mm f1.8 II review

07 Apr 2021 Thomas

The Viltrox AF 85mm f1.8 II is the cheapest large aperture 85mm lens with autofocus for Sony E-mount, Nikon Z-mount and Fujifilm X-mount mirrorless cameras. Find out how it compares to rival short telephotos in Thomas's review!

Sony FE 24mm f2.8 G review

23 Mar 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 24mm f2.8 G is a compact wide-angle prime lens for the e-mount mirrorless system. 24mm is a popular focal length, striking a very usable balance between 28mm and ultra-wide models. The 24 2.8 G delivers sharp results and fast focusing from a compact weather-sealed barrel. Find out if it’s the perfect wide prime for you in my…

Sony FE 40mm f2.5 G review

23 Mar 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 40mm f2.5 G is a compact lightweight prime lens designed for full-frame e-mount mirrorless cameras. 40mm delivers slightly wider than standard coverage, striking a compelling balance between traditional 35 and 50mm lenses. In my full review find out why it could be your next standard lens!

Sony FE 50mm f2.5 G review

23 Mar 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 50mm f2.5 G is a compact standard prime lens for full-frame e-mount mirrorless cameras. Announced in March 2021 and costing $599, it delivers natural-looking standard coverage that’s ideal for general-purpose use. Long enough for simple portraits and small group shots, but short enough for some natural and urban views, and a practical option for grabbing details around…

Sony FE 50mm f1.2 GM review

16 Mar 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 50mm f1.2 G Master is a standard prime lens with a very bright aperture for full-frame e-mount mirrorless cameras. The 50mm focal length delivers natural-looking coverage, but the fast 1.2 aperture allows very shallow depth-of-field effects, while Sony’s latest G Master optics promise both high resolution and smooth rendering. Here’s my full review!

 

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Sigma lens reviews


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Tamron lens reviews


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