Monday, October 16, 2017
Manual Focus Lenses I Like
For those of us that like using manual focus lenses, I'm sure that we all have our favourites that we always grab on the way out the door. I have a few so I thought I would mention them here. maybe I can get a few tips an what you like, and maybe, just maybe, you can recommend one that I haven't tried and turns out to be a gem.full
I believe this manufacturer to be ...
Monday, October 2, 2017
Lens Envy For The Mirrorless Systems
I'm sure you've all heard the term GAS before. It's very common in photographers who think that the next piece of new kit is going to improve their photography. Of course it doesn't but there's no point preaching to them, because they just want new toys to play with. I'm not sure if Gear Acquisition Syndrome is only symptomatic to photographers, but I'm assuming it isn't.
I know all photographers go through this at some ...
Friday, September 1, 2017
Spur of the Moment Purchase - Sony FE 70-300 f4.5-5.6 G OSS
Spur of the moment purchase - Sony FE 70-300 f4.5-5.6 G OSS
Size: 144mm x 84mm
Aperture: f4.5-5.6 - f22-f29
Let me just say out front that this was a spur of the moment purchase. Do I need it? No. I just wanted it and for the following ...
Friday, August 18, 2017
New Lens Expectations
I've been so impressed with the Samyang lenses that I started thinking about them in general. Although they are all manual focus lenses, once you get used to them you really don't miss autofocus at all. Well, that's me speaking of course. Horses for courses and all that.
I now have the 12 f2 for MFT and for Fuji X mount.
This lens is small, unobtrusive, weighs in at 260g and ...full
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Tamron Firmware Update for their -150 F/3.5-5.8 Di III [Model C001] Lens
It's been a number of weeks since I've posted. Life just gets in the way sometimes.
I though the fact that Tamron have brought out a firmware update for their 14-150 F/3.5-5.8 Di III [Model C001] was worth mentioning. I reported some time ago that the lens performed better on my Panasonic GX7 than on any other camera. If you look back at the FW update notes, version 1.1 was actually ...full
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Olympus 12-100 f4 Pro - Initial Impression
Not having the willpower to say no to such things, I went ahead and purchased the Olympus 12-100 f4 lens. After looking closely at my use of lenses I came to the conclusion most of my images were taken between 12mm and 200mm and not really being a lover lens changes, the 12-100 f4 would be my ideal “travel” lens. full
My last holiday was done with 2 Panasonic GM5 cameras paired with the Panasonic 12-32 ...
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Panasonic-Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150 f3.5-5.6 Mega O.I.S. For Four-Thirds Mount
Brought onto the market by Panasonic in 2007, this lens was my permanent buddy on one of my 4/3 Panasonic L1 bodies. It always went with me on my holidays and it has seen a lot of action over the years.
Size: 90mm x 79mm
Aperture: f3.5 - f22
I believe I paid in the region of €1200 for ...full
Thursday, February 16, 2017
My Favourite Kit Lenses
Every manufacturer bring their cameras to market with a standard (normally sub-par) kit lens. Normally I discard these as “not-up-to-my-standard” and they end up in a corner somewhere. The only reason I get some of these lenses is when I can’t find a body only offer but sometimes these lenses surprise me with their image quality. Some of them are not to be discarded as I stated above, “sub-par”.full
There are times a lens comes out ...
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Panasonic 14-42 f3.5-5.6 PZ Power O.I.S.
Having just tested the Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ I was expecting the same sort of performance from this lens. Lets just look at these two for a minute; both are 14-42mm, both are f3.5-5.6 and both have a power zoom (or electronic zoom). Lets see the specs for the lens:
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42 f3.5-5.6 PZ Power O.I.S.
Size: 27mm x 61mm
Aperture: f3.5 - f22
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Olympus 14-42 EZ f3.5-5.6
Nice and compact, very light and allows you to put this, attached to an Olympus E-M10 or E-M10 II, in your jacket pocket. All the lens has on the outside is the zoom ring, and that is it.
Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ (28 - 84mm in 35mm terms)
Size: 23mm x 61mm
Aperture: f3.5 - f22
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3 EZ
This lens (or my copy) can't be described as Olympus' greatest achievement. I think this was the kit lens with one of the earliest EM models. Forgot which but it doesn't really matter.
Olympus 12-50 f3.5 - 6.3 EZ (24-100 35mm equivalent)
Size: 83mm x 57mm
Aperture: f3.5 - f22
I like the range 24mm - 100mm in FF ...full
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Mitakon (ZY Optics) Speedmaster Pro Ver.(M67) “The Dark Knight” 50mm f0.95 for FE Mount
Having a preference for the 50mm lens, it stands to reason I own a lot of lenses in this focal length. A lot of photographers find the focal length boring, preferring the 35mm view. Not me though, I prefer the 50mm.
Before I go on any further, if you are thinking of purchasing this lens, there are two versions. My version, “The Dark Knight” came out only 3 months after the original version.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Update: 135mm Lens - Samyang 135mm f2 for E Mount
One of my first post was about using 135mm legacy lenses on mirrorless systems. Since then I've acquired another 135mm lens but not one that can be adapted to all systems. The original post was about legacy lenses easily adapted to modern digital mirrorless systems via a cheap dumb adapter.full
This new lens has an FE Sony mount as the Sony native lens selection is rather lacking. I have some A mount lenses but ...
Friday, November 11, 2016
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH
What a beautiful little lens. Comes with a hood and a rubber cap to cover the front element that doesn’t come off when you take it out of your bag. This lens just smells of Leica.full
It’s got Leica in the name and although it’s not built by Leica the quality is visibly superior to your normal Panasonic built lenses. They are built to Leica specifications which was a real coup for Panasonic. Quality is much ...
Friday, November 11, 2016
Samyang 100 f2.8 Macro for FE-Mount
After the purchase of the Samyang 135mm f2 lens, and being very impressed by the image quality I decided to acquire the Samyang 100mm f2.8 Macro also in the E-mount version (I know I've said it before but I'll say it again anyway, there's no way I'm going to pay Sony the prices they're asking for their newer lenses). I did look at the Zeiss equivalent but I had to pick myself up off the ...full
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Sony E PZ 18 - 105 f4 G OSS
Just like with all of my other systems I like a single lens that covers most of my shooting focal length needs when out on a walk and I don't know what to expect at my destination. I would have bought an FF lens for my A7x cameras but I couldn't really find one except the 24-240. The problem with that lens is it's heavy may spoil my walk. So I found one of these ...full
Sunday, August 7, 2016
My X-Mount Lens Solution (Partly Solved)
My last post was just me philosophising a little about what X-Mount lenses to buy or not. I still haven’t acquired the Fujinon 10-24 f4 because it’s just too expensive. Can’t justify it, and if I personally say that about a lens then it’s got to be serious. It doesn't mean that I've given up on that lens though, it's just on hold.
I decided to go another route with my X-Mount lenses with ...full
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Commlite Update + Canon 40 f2.8 STM
I had the opportunity the other day to go for a little walk and I took along the Sony A7II with the Canon 40 f2.8 STM mounted via the Commlite EF - E mount adapter. I have now set back-button AF on all my Sony Alpha cameras but I just couldn't get this to work using the adapter. It's probably not supported so I used the top button in the usual way. Maybe someone out ...full
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Zeiss Tessar 85mm f4 ZM
Zeiss T* 85 F4 Tessar ZMfull
Sometimes, just sometimes you purchase a new piece of equipment and you just fall in love with it. This is the experience I had after purchasing the Zeiss Tessar 85 f4 lens. It's just a wonderful piece of engineering. It's actually quite compact at 95mm with a diameter of 54mm but I class it as being quite hefty weighing in at 310g. As a matter of fact I wanted ...
Sunday, December 28, 2014
135mm Lenses on the Sony A7r
When I was using my Canon 5D (still have it just not using it much) the 135mm f2 L lens was one of my favourites. The focal length just suited my style of photography and, let's face it, the 135mm f2 lens is one of the sharpest lenses ever made. Those who argue with that last statement must have purchased a "Monday morning lens" or just aquired a bad copy. So when I ...full
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Some 50mm, 75mm and 100mm manual focus lenses on the Sony A7r
Over the years I have accumulated a number of manual focus lenses from Olympus, Nikon, Minolta, Zeiss, Canon among others. All of these lenses have been tested (read used) on APS-C and M4/3 cameras with good results for most of them. Those lenses that didn't pass the test on those cameras have no chance of passing on a full frame camera for the simple reason that the sensor uses the sweet spot of ...full
I'm an enthusiastic photographer who likes to tinker with manual lenses on most camera formats.