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Sony E 16-55mm f2.8 G review

17 Sep 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sony E 16-55mm f2.8 G is a high-end general-purpose zoom for E-mount mirrorless cameras with APSC sensors, like the A6000 series. It’s Sony’s first f2.8 zoom designed for APSC mirrorless and one that owners of its higher-end cameras in the series have been crying out for. Find out if it meets expectations in my full review!

Sigma 35mm f1.2 Art review

16 Sep 2019 Thomas

The Sigma 35mm f1.2 DG DN Art is a mild wide-angle lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and available in the Sony E and Leica L mounts, the latter working on Leica, Panasonic and Sigma L-mount bodies. The brightest 35mm lens with autofocus to date, it delivers attractive bokeh and impressive sharpness. Find out why you'll want it in our…

Nikon Z 85mm f1.8 S review

10 Sep 2019 Thomas

The Nikon Z 85mm f1.8 S is a short telephoto lens designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z mirrorless system. It becomes the first native prime lens in the system aimed at portrait photographers who desire classic head-and-shoulders compositions with shallow depth-of-field effects. Thomas compares it to rivals in his in-depth review!

Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art review

06 Sep 2019 Thomas

Sigma's 50mm f1.4 ART is a high-end standard lens with autofocus for Canon, Nikon, Leica-L or Sony mounts. We've completely updated our original review, retesting it at higher resolutions and comparing it to new primes lenses from a variety of manufacturers. Find out why it remains one of the best 50mm lenses around in our review!

Sony FE 50mm f1.8 review

20 Aug 2019 Thomas

The Sony FE 50mm f1.8 is the most affordable standard prime lens for Alpha mirrorless cameras with a bright f1.8 focal ratio that's ideal for delivering shallow depth-of-field effects. There's lots of 50mm options for Sony's cameras, but the FE 50mm f1.8 is by far the most affordable with autofocus. Heres's Thomas's in-depth review!

Sony FE 55mm f1.8 ZA review

13 Aug 2019 Thomas

Sony's FE 55mm f1.8 ZA is a prime lens for full-frame Alpha mirrorless cameras that delivers close to standard coverage. It was one of the first lenses available for the FE mount, and has since been joined by a selection of alternatives, but it remains a popular option due to its compact size and decent quality. In his review Thomas…

Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8 GM review

08 Aug 2019 Thomas

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. Find out how it measures-up in our full review!

Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III review

31 Jul 2019 Thomas

The Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD is a small and light wide-angle zoom with a fast f2.8 focal ratio that's designed for Sony E-mount full-frame cameras. It nicely complements Tamron’s earlier 28-75mm f2.8 and comes in at a lower price than Sony’s FE 16-35mm f2.8. See how they compare in Thomas's review!

Sony FE 50mm f1.4 ZA review

15 Jul 2019 Thomas

The Sony FE 50mm f1.4 ZA is a standard prime lens designed for Sony's E-mount mirrorless cameras and corrected for full-frame bodies. It’s Sony’s top-end option with Zeiss optics and a fast f1.4 focal ratio. Find out how it compares to the other options in Thomas’s full review!

Sony FE 35mm f1.8 review

09 Jul 2019 Thomas

The Sony FE 35mm f1.8 is a mild wide-angle prime lens for its Alpha mirrorless cameras. It’s Sony’s third native 35mm lens that’s corrected for full-frame bodies, but pitched at a more affordable price and similar in build and quality to the FE 85mm f1.8. Find out why it's a great option for the money in out full review!

Canon RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM review - preview

09 Jul 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM is the first super-zoom lens for Canon’s full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. It sports the longest zoom range in the system so far while also becoming one of the more affordable models to date. Both make it an ideal ‘kit-zoom’ for the lower cost bodies like the EOS RP. Find out more in…

Leica DG 10-25mm f1.7 review

08 Jul 2019 Gordon Laing

The Leica DG 10-25mm f1.7 is a high-end zoom with a fast f1.7 focal ratio for Micro Four Thirds. Mounted on a Panasonic or Olympus M43 body, it delivers equivalent coverage of 20-50mm, providing a flexible general-purpose range from wide to standard. Highly compelling for photographers and especially videographers, check out my in-depth review!

Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE review - sample images

07 Jul 2019 Thomas

The Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE is a mild wide-angle prime lens for Sony's Alpha mirrorless cameras. Announced in 2017, it offers autofocus and at 540 EUR / 528 USD it is priced below the Sony FE 35mm f1.4 ZA, FE 35mm f1.8 or even the FE 35mm f2.8 ZA. Ahead of my full review, check out a selection of…

Panasonic Lumix S Pro 50mm f1.4 review so far

24 Jun 2019 Gordon Laing

The Lumix S PRO 50mm f1.4 is a high-end prime lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras using the L-mount. 50mm is an ideal general-purpose length while the fast f1.4 focal ratio allows shallow depth-of-field effects. Leica’s optical design delivers excellent results, albeit at a correspondingly ambitious price. Check out my sample images and bokeh tests in my Lumix S PRO 50mm…

Panasonic Lumix S PRO 70-200mm f4 review so far

17 Jun 2019 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix S PRO 70-200mm f4 OIS is a telephoto zoom designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras employing the L-mount. Delivering a classic range for portrait shooters or nearby sports and wildlife, it’s the most affordable telephoto for the L-system to date. Find out how it performs in my review-so-far!

Sony FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G OSS review so far

11 Jun 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G OSS is a super-telephoto zoom for Alpha mirrorless cameras aimed at sports, aviation and wildlife photography without breaking the bank. I went hands-on with the new lens, trying it out for football, birds and jetskis. Find out how I got on in my review-so-far!

Sony FE 600mm f4 GM OSS review so far

11 Jun 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 600mm f4 GM OSS is a super-telephoto lens for the Alpha mirrorless system aimed at professional sports and wildlife photographers. It’s the 10th G Master lens and becomes the longest focal length in the native e-mount catalogue. I tried it out for my hands-on review-so-far!

Sigma 28mm f1.4 Art review

20 May 2019 Thomas

The Sigma 28mm f1.4 Art is a medium wide-angle lens designed for full-frame bodies and available in Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony E and Sigma mounts, with the Leica L version arriving later in 2019. It joins Sigma's highly-respected Art series, filling a gap between their 24mm and 35mm options. Thomas put it through its paces in his in-depth review!

Canon RF 28-70mm f2L USM review so far

09 May 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 28-70mm f2L USM is a general-purpose zoom for Canon’s EOS R full-frame mirrorless system boasting an industry-leading f2 focal ratio. It may miss out on the wider 24mm coverage of typical 24-70mm f2.8 zooms, but uniquely boasts an extra stop of aperture. Ahead of my full review, check out my sample images and videos!

Zeiss Otus 100mm f1.4 review

08 May 2019 Thomas

The Zeiss Otus 100mm f1.4 is a high-end telephoto corrected for full-frame sensors and available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. It’s the fourth in the acclaimed Otus series, joining the 28mm, 55mm and 85mm models, all sharing the same f1.4 focal ratio, manual focusing and uncompromised optics. Find out how it compares to the Sigma 105mm f1.4 ART…

Canon RF 85mm f1.2L USM review - preview

08 May 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 85mm f1.2L USM is a short telephoto lens designed for the full-frame mirrorless EOS R system. The fifth native lens for the EOS R system, it’s primarily aimed at portraiture where the focal length delivers a flattering perspective and the fast f1.2 focal ratio allows very shallow depth-of-field effects. Find out more in my preview.

Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S review

30 Apr 2019 Thomas

The Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S is a compact ultra-wide angle zoom designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. This fourth native lens in the Z system is ideal for landscape and architecture, and is the first full-frame ultra-wide zoom to take relatively compact and affordable 82mm filters. Find out if it's right for you in my complete review!

Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA review

24 Apr 2019 Thomas

The Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA is a wide-angle prime lens for Alpha mirrorless cameras. Launched with the original A7 full-frame bodies, it remains a popular choice for anyone wanting the most compact general-purpose lens for the system. Find out how if it’s still a contender against multiple rivals and alternatives in our full review!

Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S review

15 Apr 2019 Thomas

The Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S is a general-purpose pro zoom designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. The first zoom in the Z series with an f2.8 focal ratio, it also features a dedicated focusing ring, custom button and OLED display. Find out if it's worth paying the premium over the f4 model in our in-depth review!

 

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Sigma lens reviews


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