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March 12, 2018 Sony Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* Review

The release of the truly impressive new a7R3 camera from Sony has caught a lot of our attention. The a7R2 also caught my attention because of a great spec list and an impressive sensor, but when I spent time with it in 2017 I was left feeling a little ambiguous. It was just lacking in […]

October 22, 2017 Zeiss Milvus 2/50M Image Gallery

I reviewed the “classic” Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 a few years ago, and concluded that it was a very compelling 50mm option for those that A) are not off-put by manual focus and B) want a much magnification figure than what most 50mm options provide.  I am typically delighted by the focus action of […]

September 5, 2017 Zeiss Touit Series |12mm, 32mm, 50mm| Galleries

I’ve had the privilege of testing some autofocus Zeiss lenses designed for Sony’s E-Mount mirrorless cameras.  Zeiss has a couple of autofocus lines for mirrorless, including the full frame Batis line and then this APS-C mount Touit (pronounced “too-it”) series.  The Touit line includes (at the present) a wide angle 12mm f/2.8 Distagon T* lens, […]

August 5, 2017 Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 Review

There are few focal lengths more important to a lens makers lineup than the 35mm focal length. It, along with the 50mm, tend to makeup the most commonly used focal lengths for those using prime lenses. When Zeiss launched the Milvus lineup in 2015 the initial “batch” included six lens, one of which was a […]

June 29, 2017 Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 Image Gallery

The Carl Zeiss company recently announced another high end prime lens in the Milvus series – the Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4.  The Milvus 35mm f/1.4 is a completely new optical formula and covers one of the the most important focal lengths in any photographer’s bag.  The Milvus 35 is big, heavy, expensive…and beautiful inside […]

April 24, 2017 Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Apo Sonnar T* Review

  So I finally have in my hands an autofocusing Zeiss with image stabilization to boot. Have I died and gone to heaven? Not quite. It is then that I wake up and realize that the Batis 135 isn’t actually for a camera system I own. No, this beautiful Zeiss lens is made only in a […]

April 5, 2017 Zeiss Batis APO Sonnar 135mm f/2.8 Image Gallery

So, for the first time I have my hands on an autofocusing Zeiss with image stabilization.  Only one problem:  it is made for a camera system (Sony E-mount) that I don’t own!  That hasn’t cooled my enthusiasm for this beautiful Zeiss lens with amazing optics, and, while I’m not thrilled with a number of ergonomic […]

March 3, 2017 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO Distagon T* Review

  Ludicrous Mode American automaker Tesla has become one of the darlings of the auto industry with their high performance electric vehicles. One of the ironic aspects of Tesla’s Model S sedan is the ability to unlock “Ludicrous Mode”. Ludicrous Mode is a software enabled setting where everything goes into “hyperdrive” and the already high […]