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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!

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!

Sony FE 35mm f1.4 ZA review

25 Mar 2019 Thomas

The Sony FE 35mm f1.4 ZA is a standard wide prime lens for Sony's mirrorless cameras. It's one of many 35mm lenses now available for the full-frame mirrorless Alphas, so in his in-depth review, Thomas compares it to several alternatives to help you make the right choice!

Zeiss Batis 40mm f2 CF review

11 Mar 2019 Thomas

The Zeiss Batis 40mm f2 CF is a short standard prime lens designed for Sony e-mount mirrorless cameras. The 40mm focal length falls between more common 35mm and 50mm models, but is closer to ‘normal’ coverage on a full-frame system, while the close focusing distance makes it more useful than many rivals. Find out if it’s for you in our…

Sigma 40mm f1.4 Art review

06 Mar 2019 Thomas

The Sigma 40mm f1.4 Art is a short standard lens designed for full-frame sensors and available in Nikon, Canon, Sigma, Sony E and Leica L mounts. The 40mm length falls between more common 35mm and 50mm models, but is actually closer to ‘normal’ coverage with a natural perspective that’s ideal for general-use. Thomas compares it to rivals in his in-depth…

Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM review

04 Mar 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM is a standard prime lens for the EOS M mirrorless system, delivering 51mm equivalent coverage coupled with a fast focal ratio that’s ideal for shallow depth-of-field effects. It's the lens the EOS M faithful have waited seven years for. Find out if it was worth the wait in my in-depth review!

Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM review

26 Feb 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 135mm f1.8 G Master is a telephoto prime lens for its Alpha series of full-frame mirrorless cameras, delivering a classic telephoto view with minimal distortion and very shallow depth-of-field effects. I tested a final production sample for my review.

Sony FE 85mm f1.4 GM review

11 Feb 2019 Thomas

Sony's FE 85mm f1.4 GM is a high-end prime lens for its mirrorless cameras. The short telephoto focal length and bright f1.4 focal ratio make it ideal for portraits and the de-clickable aperture ring is ideal for video work. Thomas compared it to the Sigma ART and Zeiss Otus, as well as the budget Sony f1.8 versions to help…

Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis review

04 Feb 2019 Thomas

The Zeiss 25mm f2.0 Batis is a wide-angle prime lens designed for Sony’s mirrorless cameras, delivering a popular field-of-view that’s wider than 28mm without the distortion related to even wider options. In my review I’ve compared it against Sony’s more expensive but faster FE 24mm f1.4, as well as the Sigma 24mm f1.4 ART and Zeiss Otus 28mm for good…

Sony FE 24mm f1.4 GM review

28 Jan 2019 Thomas

The Sony FE 24mm f1.4 G Master is a wide-angle prime lens designed for full-frame Alpha mirrorless cameras. The lens delivers a popular field-of-view with a bright f1.4 focal ratio that's ideal in low-light and for a shallow depth-of-field. Find out why this is one of the best 24mm lenses we've tested in our full review!

Canon RF 35mm f1.8 IS Macro STM review so far

18 Jan 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 35mm f1.8 IS Macro STM is a mild wide-angle lens for the EOS R full-frame mirrorless system. It’s the smallest, lightest and cheapest lens for the system to date, and a flexible all-rounder with 1:2 close-up capabilities. Ahead of my full review, check out my sample images and videos!

Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f2.8 review

14 Jan 2019 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f2.8 is an ultra wide zoom designed for Fujifilm's X-Series mirrorless cameras. It delivers the widest coverage in the system to date, making it ideal for landscape, architectural and astrophotography. It's an unashamedly high-end lens and you can find out more in my review!

Nikon Z 50mm f1.8S review

18 Dec 2018 Thomas

The Nikon Z 50mm f1.8S is a standard prime lens for Nikon’s full-frame Z mirrorless cameras. A popular focal length for street photography and general-purpose use, it’s the third native Z lens to be released, but up against several adapted rivals. Find out why Thomas finds it the best choice it in his in-depth review!

Sigma 56mm f1.4 review

10 Dec 2018 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 56mm f1.4 is a short-telephoto lens available for Sony E (APSC) or Micro Four Thirds mounts, on which it delivers equivalent coverage of 84 or 112mm respectively. The focal length and bright f1.4 focal ratio make it ideal for events as well as street or tighter urban views. Find out why it's become a favourite in my review!

Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 review

04 Dec 2018 Thomas

The Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 is a short telephoto prime lens for Sony’s e-mount mirrorless cameras. It’s a perfect lens for portraits, weddings or events whether mounted on a full-frame or a cropped body and includes optical stabilisation. Find out how it compares to Sony’s 85mm lenses in Thomas’s review!

Sony FE 85mm f1.8 review

26 Nov 2018 Thomas

Sony's FE 85mm f1.8 is a short telephoto lens for Sony mirrorless cameras. Costing one third of the FE 85mm f1.4 G Master, it represents a fairly light and relatively affordable option for anyone wanting to shoot portraits, street or details. In Thomas's review he compares it against rivals from Zeiss, Tamron, Sigma and Sony!

Nikon Z 35mm f1.8S review

14 Nov 2018 Thomas

The Nikon Z 35mm f1.8 S is the first wide-angle prime lens for Nikon’s mirrorless Z-system. A popular focal length for street photography and general-use, it features an f1.8 focal ratio and fast and quiet focusing. Thomas compared it to several rivals for his in-depth review!

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 review

05 Nov 2018 Thomas

The Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 is a general-purpose zoom for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. It offers a classy step-up from Sony’s entry-level FE 28-70mm f3.5-5.6, and is less than half the price of the FE 24-70mm f2.8 GM. Find out if it's the ideal kit zoom for Sony full-framers in Thomas's review!

Canon RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM review so far

29 Oct 2018 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM is a general-purpose zoom for Canon’s EOS R mirrorless system. It delivers a popular range that takes you from wide-angle to short telephoto, with a constant f4 focal ratio, optical stabilisation and Nano USM focusing. Ahead of my full review, check out my sample images!

Canon RF 50mm f1.2L USM review

25 Oct 2018 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 50mm f1.2L USM is a standard prime lens for Canon’s EOS R full-frame mirrorless system. One of the first four native RF lenses, Canon claims it’s their ultimate 50mm in terms of quality. To find out I compared it against the classic EF 50mm f1.2L USM in my in-depth review!

 

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