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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Olympus 12-100 f4 Pro - Initial Impression


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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.

My last holiday was done with 2 Panasonic GM5 cameras paired with the Panasonic 12-32 ...


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Panasonic-Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150 f3.5-5.6 Mega O.I.S. For Four-Thirds Mount


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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.

Panasonic G81 - Panasonic-Leica Vario-Elmar 14-150 f3.5-5.6

 

Panasonic G81 - Panasonic-Leica Vario-Elmar 14-150 f3.5-5.6

 

 

Panasonic G81 - Panasonic-Leica Vario-Elmar 14-150 f3.5-5.6

 

 Panasonic G81 - Panasonic-Leica Vario-Elmar 14-150 f3.5-5.6

 

Panasonic G81 - Panasonic-Leica Vario-Elmar 14-150 f3.5-5.6

 

 

 

Weight: 520g
Size: 90mm x 79mm
Aperture: f3.5 - f22
MFD: 50cms
Filter: 72mm
Price: €1000

I believe I paid in the region of €1200 for ...


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posted by Dil on 03/04/17 16:00  under Lenses

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

My Favourite Kit Lenses


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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”.

There are times a lens comes out ...


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Panasonic 14-42 f3.5-5.6 PZ Power O.I.S.


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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.
Weight: 95g
Size: 27mm x 61mm
Aperture: f3.5 - f22
MFD: 20cm
Filter: 37mm
Price: €330

Olympus E-M10 II - Panasonic 14-42 f3.5-5.6 PZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10 II - Panasonic 14-42 f3.5-5.6 PZ

 

 

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Olympus 14-42 EZ f3.5-5.6


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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)
Weight: 91g
Size: 23mm x 61mm
Aperture: f3.5 - f22
MFD: 25cm
Filter: 37mm
Price: €280

 

 Olympus E-M10 II - Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ

 

Olympus E-M10 II - Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10 II - Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10 II - Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10 II - Olympus 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ

 

 

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3 EZ


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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)
Weight: 212g
Size: 83mm x 57mm
Aperture: f3.5 - f22
MFD: 20cm
Filter: 52mm
Price: €230

 

Olympus E-M10II - Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10II - Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10II - Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3EZ

 

 

Olympus E-M10II - Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3EZ

 

 

I like the range 24mm - 100mm in FF ...


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posted by Dil on 01/01/17 14:00  under Lenses

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Mitakon (ZY Optics) Speedmaster Pro Ver.(M67) “The Dark Knight” 50mm f0.95 for FE Mount


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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.

 

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Update: 135mm Lens - Samyang 135mm f2 for E Mount


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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.

This new lens has an FE Sony mount as the Sony native lens selection is rather lacking. I have some A mount lenses but ...


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Friday, November 11, 2016

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH


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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.

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 ...


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posted by Dil on 11/11/16 20:00  under Lenses

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Samyang 100 f2.8 Macro for FE-Mount


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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 ...


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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sony E PZ 18 - 105 f4 G OSS


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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 ...


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posted by Dil on 08/20/16 16:00  under Lenses

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

My X-Mount Lens Solution (Partly Solved)


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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 ...


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posted by Dil on 08/07/16 19:00  under Lenses

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Commlite Update + Canon 40 f2.8 STM


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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 ...


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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Zeiss Tessar 85mm f4 ZM


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                                   Zeiss T* 85 F4 Tessar ZM

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 ...


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posted by Dil on 02/27/16 15:26  under Lenses

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

135mm Lenses on the Sony A7r


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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 ...


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posted by Dil on 12/28/14 16:00  under Lenses

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Some 50mm, 75mm and 100mm manual focus lenses on the Sony A7r


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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 ...


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posted by Dil on 12/04/14 15:30  under Lenses

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