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August 11, 2022 Techart LM-EA9 MF to AF Adapter Review and Gallery

Early on  photography was a hobby, not a career for me.  I engaged with other photographers on Flickr, a place where my collective photos have had 30 million views at this point.  In one of the Flickr communities I became aware that some photographers were getting amazing images utilizing vintage film-era lenses o [Read more...]

August 8, 2022 Sigma 20mm F1.4 DN ART Review

It was April 2016 when I reviewed Sigma’s first 20mm F1.4 ART lens, a lens designed for full frame DSLRs.  I came away very impressed with the optical performance of the lens and felt like the greatest negatives were a curved front element that precluded the use of filters, a lack of weather sealing in […] [Read more...]

August 8, 2022 Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG DN ART Image Gallery

It was April 2016 when I reviewed Sigma’s first 20mm F1.4 ART lens, a lens designed for full frame DSLRs.  I came away very impressed with the optical performance of the lens and felt like the greatest negatives were a curved front element that precluded the use of filters, a lack of weather sealing in […] [Read more...]

August 1, 2022 Meike 85mm F1.8 STM Image Gallery

Meike is one of many newer lens companies who have specialized in inexpensive manual focus lenses (though they also have a lineup of slightly higher end cine lenses).  I’ve spent time with three Meike manual focus lenses in the past, including a very inexpensive 50mm F1.7 and a more expensive 50mm F1.2.  I’ve also [Read more...]

August 1, 2022 Meike 85mm F1.8 STM Review

Meike is one of many newer lens companies who have specialized in inexpensive manual focus lenses (though they also have a lineup of slightly higher end cine lenses).  I’ve spent time with three Meike manual focus lenses in the past, including a very inexpensive 50mm F1.7 and a more expensive 50mm F1.2.  I’ve also [Read more...]

July 19, 2022 Laowa 10mm F4 “Cookie” Lens Review

By my count this is (at least) the 13th Laowa lens from Venus Optics that I’ve reviewed.  I’ve long felt that Laowa stands out for their courage in tackling challenging and unique projects, including wide angle macro lenses, very large aperture lenses, and now, a tiny “pancake” lens that Laowa quirkily calls a “co [Read more...]

July 19, 2022 Laowa 10mm F4 Cookie Lens Image Gallery

By my count this is (at least) the 13th Laowa lens from Venus Optics that I’ve reviewed.  I’ve long felt that Laowa stands out for their courage in tackling challenging and unique projects, including wide angle macro lenses, very large aperture lenses, and now, a tiny “pancake” lens that Laowa quirkily calls a “co [Read more...]

June 20, 2022 TTArtisan 50mm F0.95 Review

TTArtisan has continued to surprise me with lenses that in some way exceed my expectations.  Whether it was a surprisingly sharp full frame fisheye lens, a shockingly competent macro lens that cost right over $100, or tiny little prime lenses like the 23mm F1.4 that are surprisingly competent…and cheap.  The most [Read more...]