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January 13, 2020 Samyang AF 18mm F2.8 Review (Sony FE)

Korean lens maker Samyang (also sold as Rokinon in some markets) has had a bifurcated approach to lens development on Sony’s FE (full frame mirrorless platform). They have released (at this point) a traditional trinity of wide aperture F1.4 primes (35, 50, and 85mm – all of which I’ve reviewed if you click the link [&helli [Read more...]

January 10, 2020 Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3G OSS Image Gallery

I personally welcomed the announcement of the Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS lens.  Tamron helped create a huge market for the “affordable super-telephoto” class of lenses when it released the 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD back at the beginning of 2014.  Many amateur photographers will never be able to afford t [Read more...]

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 6, 2020 Tamron 35mm F2.8 OSD M1:2 Review (F053)

The Tamron 35mm F2.8 OSD M1:2 (F053) is one of a trio of new prime lenses for Sony FE recently announced and released by third party lens maker Tamron. Tamron first entered the FE space with two zoom lenses (17-28mm F2.8 RXD and 28-75mm F2.8 RXD) which have been very well received, and now Tamron […] [Read more...]

January 4, 2020 Samyang AF 18mm F2.8 Image Gallery

The Samyang AF 18mm F2.8 is a welcome addition to Samyang’s “Tiny Series” of lenses.  It’s wonderfully compact (60mm long) and weighs only 145g, and yet covers a prime focal length for landscapes, astrophotography, and other wide angle work with a reasonably bright maximum aperture.  If the opti [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...]

December 30, 2019 Samyang RF 14mm F2.8 Review

When Canon released the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless camera last year it arrived with a fair bit of controversy.  There were some key areas where Canon lagged behind the competition despite offering some innovation in other areas.  My consensus (largely echoed by other reviewers) was that there was a lot of potent [Read more...]

December 27, 2019 Canon RF 50mm F1.2L Review

From the beginning of Canon’s move into full frame mirrorless, it was clear that the strength of the platform is in its lenses.  Being unshackled from the limitations of the EF mount (which debuted in 1987!!!) has unleashed all kinds of fresh creativity from Canon, and within just a relatively brief period since the l [Read more...]