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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.

January 9, 2020 Yasuhara Anthy 35mm F1.8 RF Review

With any new camera system there is a vulnerable period where the quantity and quality of lenses available for the system can either make or break its momentum.  Canon has been weathering that storm on its “R” full frame mirrorless platform, where of the ten RF mount lenses from Canon at this point, only two [&h [Read more...]

January 2, 2020 Yasuhara Anthy 35mm F1.8 RF Image Gallery

With any new camera system there is a vulnerable period where the quantity and quality of lenses available for the system can either make or break its momentum.  Canon has been weathering that storm on its “R” full frame mirrorless platform, where of the ten RF mount lenses from Canon at this point, only two [&h [Read more...]

November 6, 2019 Brightin Star 12mm F2 Image Gallery

Brightin Star is the somewhat oddly named brand (I suspect this is a Chinese idiom that gets lost in translation) that has started to produce a variety of budget manual focus lenses for a number of the popular mirrorless camera systems, including Sony, Fuji, Canon M, and m43.  The Brightin Star 12mm F2 caught my […] [Read more...]

June 21, 2019 Viltrox AF 85mm F1.8 STM Review

The Viltrox AF 85mm F1.8 STM is the first full frame autofocus lens from Viltrox designed for Sony FE…and I’m the first reviewer in the West to get my hands on one!  The 85STM sports a beautiful build quality (very premium) along with a STM autofocus system.  I’ll be exploring how Viltrox has does in [Read more...]

June 4, 2019 Kamlan 50mm F1.1 MK II Review

The first Kamlan lens I ever tested was the predecessor of this lens.  I reviewed it in 2017, and came away with the impression that while there were things I really liked (nice build and beautiful bokeh), the lens was more of a novelty at wide apertures due to being soft and low contrast.  The […] [Read more...]

June 3, 2019 Viltrox AF 85mm F1.8 STM Sony FE Image Gallery

The Viltrox AF 85mm F1.8 STM is the first full frame autofocus lens from Viltrox designed for Sony FE…and I’m the first reviewer in the West to get my hands on one!  The lens sports a beautiful build quality (very premium) along with a STM autofocus system.  I’ll be exploring how Viltrox has does in [ [Read more...]

May 24, 2019 Viltrox 85mm F1.8 MF FE Review

I first heard of Viltrox late in 2018 when they announced three new lenses for Sony and Fuji mirrorless systems.  One of those lenses (the first that I reviewed) was a 20mm F1.8 fully manual lens for Sony FE.  The other two lenses were both 85mm options, including an autofocusing 85mm lens (with a STM […] [Read more...]

May 1, 2019 Kamlan 50mm F1.1 MKII Image Gallery

The first Kamlan lens I ever tested was the predecessor of this lens.  I reviewed it in 2017, and came away with the impression that while there were things I really liked (nice build and beautiful bokeh), the lens was more of a novelty at wide apertures due to being soft and low contrast.  The […] [Read more...]