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There are a number of small lens makers who have been developing lenses particularly for modern mirrorless cameras.  Most of these (but not all) are budget, manual focus alternatives.

July 28, 2021 TTArtisan 7.5mm F2 Fisheye Review and Image Gallery

My first experience with a fisheye was actually with another TTArtisans lens, in this case the TTArtisans 11mm F2.8 Fisheye I reviewed in 2020. Fisheye lenses are unique and far from traditional, as typically we are looking for minimal distortion while the fisheye effect is really all about distortion.  That does provide a [Read more...]

May 31, 2021 TTArtisan 21mm F1.5 ASPH Review

The TTArtisan 21mm F1.5 ASPH is the second lens I’ve reviewed from Chinese lensmaker TTArtisan.  The first was an 11mm F2.8 Fisheye lens, which is hardly a conventional lens.  That lens was good enough, however, that I was open to testing another TTArtisan lens.  A 21mm F1.5 lens is slightly more conventiona [Read more...]

May 31, 2021 TTArtisan 21mm F1.5 ASPH Photo Gallery

The TTArtisan 21mm F1.5 ASPH is the second lens I’ve reviewed from Chinese lensmaker TTArtisan.  The first was an 11mm F2.8 Fisheye lens, which is hardly a conventional lens.  That lens was good enough, however, that I was open to testing another TTArtisan lens.  A 21mm F1.5 lens is slightly more conventiona [Read more...]

April 12, 2021 Viltrox AF 24mm F1.8 STM FE Review

The first Viltrox lens I tested was a wide angle lens for Sony FE (full frame mirrorless).  I did that review only two years ago, but it is astounding how much has changed during that time. In a very short period Viltrox has really built a reputation.  Almost no one had heard of Viltrox when […] [Read more...]

April 9, 2021 Viltrox AF 24mm F1.8 STM Image Gallery

The first Viltrox lens I tested was a wide angle lens for Sony FE (full frame mirrorless).  I did that review only two years ago, but it is astounding how much has changed during that time. In a very short period Viltrox has really built a reputation.  Almost no one had heard of Viltrox when […] [Read more...]

February 19, 2021 7Artisans 35mm F0.95 Review and Images

I had my first experience with a 7Artisans lens not quite a year ago when I reviewed the 55mm F1.4 from them.  I had seen 7Artisans mentioned a number of times because they fill an important niche in the market.  They design affordable wide aperture manual focus lenses in a variety of mounts, giving both […] [Read more...]

January 20, 2021 Viltrox AF 33mm and 56mm F1.4 EF-M Reviews

Photography is expensive, so a lot of the gear that I end up reviewing is often outside the budget of many people.  Fortunately there has been a rise in the past 3-4 years of what I classify as “boutique third party brands”.  These are smaller startup lensmakers who don’t have a widely established rep [Read more...]

December 3, 2020 Meike 50mm F1.2L RF Review and Gallery

There’s no question that Canon has developed some very impressive lenses for their EOS R full frame cameras, and the new EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras are also impressive.  What is also undeniable, however, is that many of the new Canon RF mount lenses are also very, very expensive.  Case in point:  I spent [&he [Read more...]