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Sony FE 20mm f1.8 G review

30 Mar 2020 Thomas

The Sony FE 20mm f1.8 G is an ultra-wide prime lens designed for Alpha mirrorless cameras. It captures comfortably more than a 24mm, making it ideal for expansive landscapes, tight interiors, wide astro photography, as well as vlogging or environmental portraiture. Find out why you'll want it in our in-depth review!

Tamron 20mm f2.8 Di III M1:2 review - sample images

28 Mar 2020 Thomas

The Tamron 20mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 is an ultra-wide prime lens for Sony’s E-mount mirrorless cameras. It's part of a three lens series from Tamron all of which let you focus closer than most rivals. Ahead of my full review I have a selection of sample images for you!

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art review

13 Jan 2020 Thomas

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art is a general-purpose zoom with a bright and constant f2.8 focal ratio, designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and available in the native Sony E and Leica L mounts. Find out if it's a viable alternative to Sony and Panasonic's own premium zooms in our full review!

Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S review - preview

08 Jan 2020 Thomas

The Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S is a professional telephoto zoom designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. The ninth Z-mount lens becomes only the second zoom in the series with a fast f2.8 focal ratio and complements the Z 24-70mm f2.8 S standard zoom; and it is the first Z-Nikkor to have optical image stabilization. Find out more…

Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 III review

23 Dec 2019 Thomas

The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 III is an exotic and unusual lens: one of only three f0.95 models available for full-frame bodies at the time of writing, and by far the cheapest too. Available in Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z-Mounts, we tested it against luxury f0.95 rivals in our full review!

Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 S review

25 Nov 2019 Thomas

The Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 S is a wide-angle prime lens for Nikon’s Z-series mirrorless cameras. It’s the widest native prime in the series so far, delivering classic coverage with a bright aperture. Like other native Z lenses though, it’s up against adapted F-mount options, so in his complete review, Thomas publishes a series of in-depth comparisons!

Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 Noct review

18 Nov 2019 Thomas

The Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct is a prime lens for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras with standard coverage coupled with anything but a standard aperture. It features a unique f0.95 focal ratio gathering almost 4 times more light than f1.8 lenses, earning the "Noct" title. Find out why Thomas describes it as an extraordinary lens in his full…

Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE review

04 Nov 2019 Thomas

The Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE is a mild wide-angle prime lens for Sony's Alpha mirrorless cameras. It offers a bright aperture and autofocus, and is priced below the Sony FE 35mm f1.4 ZA, FE 35mm f1.8 and even the FE 35mm f2.8 ZA. Find out why it gives you a lot of bang for your buck in Thomas's full…

Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM review so far

24 Oct 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM is a bright telephoto zoom for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. It’s shorter and lighter than the EF version and focuses closer too, although - spoiler alert - the barrel now extends as you zoom it. I went hands-on for my first-looks preview!

Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN Art review so far

21 Oct 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN Art is an ultra-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. Ahead of our in-depth review, I tried the L-mount version on a Lumix S1R and Sigma fp to bring you a broad range of…

Sony E 70-350mm f4.5-6.3 G OSS review

26 Sep 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sony E 70-350mm f4.5-6.3 G OSS is a telephoto zoom for its E-mount mirrorless cameras with APSC sensors, like the A6000 series. It's designed as a premium option for those who demand better quality and desire longer reach without the even higher cost or bulk of the full-frame and G Master options. Find out why it comes recommended in…

Sony FE 35mm f1.8 review

23 Sep 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 our full review!

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!

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!

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…

 

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