Author: Klaus

Introduction Some of the OEMs now offer ultra-wide zoom lenses with some coverage into standard focal lengths. In Sony land, the most prominent example is the Sony FE 20-70mm f/4 G. Tamron has picked up the gauntlet by releasing the Tamron 17-50mm f/4 Di III VXD. So it may not be a full substitution for a conventional standard zoom lens like the Sony, but it offers a little extra at the wide end, which some may prefer. It is very competitively¬†priced at $700 USD (750EUR) – that’s a whopping $500 less than for the Sony lens. So, it’ll be interesting…

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Introduction In the last 5 years or so, the ultra-wide lens market has gone bonkers. During the DSLR era, 14mm was about the widest (rectilinear) you could get. These days, it’s down to 9mm for prime lenses and 10mm for zoom lenses.Sure, there are applications, but these are all very niche. Unless you are really into this, “longer” ultra-wides make more sense – the 17-20mm range is a reasonable target for most of us.This is still wide enough for some drama but keeping a distance from insanity. The Viltrox AF 20mm f/2.8 FE fits in here. If you followed our…

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Introduction Tamron had quite a run in recent years with rapid releases of new lenses for mirrorless systems. Obviously, they must have been doing something right because their revenue even exceeded competitor Sigma recently. It’s worth noting that Sony has a 15% stake in the company. So, in a way, Sony is also supplying lenses to Nikon and Fujifilm. Anyway, this article is about the Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD, an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens available for Sony and Fujifilm APS-C cameras. It is somewhat ambitiously priced at around $800USD/EUR, so let’s see whether it’s worth the extra premium over…

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Introduction As of the time of this review, Canon R-mount is still a closed system. If you are a professional photographer, you won’t mind much because the system is very much aligned to pros.However, things are a little more complicated if you can’t tax-deduct your purchases. Third-party lenses are all but absent, and the only budget tele-zoom lens option is the Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM.It is a comparatively slow lens, but it is quite affordable at around $ 650 USD or 600 EUR, even when comparing it to similar (albeit slightly faster) third-party options in other systems.The lens…

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Introduction Time flies also in the mirrorless camera world. Some of the lenses released early in this era are getting a little long in the tooth – like the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS, which was released back in 2014.It’s a fine lens also used by yours truly for a while. However, just like moths longing for the sun, we get excited when new stuff is coming around – in this case, the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS macro II.While the name may imply a mild evolution, it is actually a very different lens compared to its predecessor.…

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Introduction TTArtisan may not yet be a household name among most photographers. However, they have released some ambitious designs in the past, and they are now slowly moving towards offering more mainstream products – and the latter means, first and foremost, lenses with autofocus, camera-controlled aperture and EXIF data. One of them is the TTArtisan AF 27mm f/2.8, available in X-mount (tested here), E-mount and Z-mount. The paper specs aren’t all that hot upon first sight – it’s an APS-C format lens equivalent to “42mm f/4.2”. However, just like its Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 WR counterpart, it is tiny, making…

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Introduction The Samyang AF 12mm f/2 E has been on the market for quite some time, so we are a bit late to the game here.However, the design of the lens isn’t new anyway – it dates back to the Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS, a manual focus lens.Even so, it’s certainly one of the more interesting prime lenses for APS-C cameras. It’s wide, it’s fast, and it’s affordable at just $300/340EUR.Samyang emphasizes its suitability for astrophotography due to the fast max aperture of f/2. While it may be fast enough, we’d probably wish for something wider for this specific…

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Introduction Over the years, we have seen quite a few Chinese players, but most of them are still on the exotic side of things – except Viltrox. And since last year, they seem to be in full attack mode in the medium to high-end market. Especially the Viltrox AF 75mm f/1.2 XF Pro and AF 16mm f/1.8 FE surprised us with a combination of great quality at an affordable price.¬†And the Viltrox AF 27mm f/1.2 XF Pro just made it into our lab. As the name implies, it is for the Fujifilm X mount, but other mounts will follow shortly.…

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Introduction Samyang has been a lens manufacturer for quite a while but only recently released their first zoom lens – the Samyang AF 24-70mm f/2.8 FE. And Samyang wouldn’t be Samyang if they didn’t undercut the competition by quite a margin. The lens has an MSRP of just $999, but you can get it for as low as $800US/750EUR if you shop around. Quite a steal – on paper, at least. That’s a third of Sony’s own offering here and a couple of hundred bucks less than the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DN DG ART. The price tag alone is no…

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Introduction Having multiple lens grades to choose from is great from a consumer perspective. Sony knows this as well and is offering no less than three of them (GM, G & consumer). However, Sony isn’t alone with this, even within the E-mount ecosystem. Sigma is doing something similar with their ART, SPORTS and Contemporary lineup. Interestingly, they even offer different variations of the same lens TYPE here and there.They’ve got the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN ART alongside the Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary – that’s quite a unique approach to all this. And today, we’ll have a look…

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