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June 21, 2018 Tamron 70-210mm f/4 VC USD Review (A034)

In the past two years the “third party” lensmakers have really been taking it to the “first party” lensmakers (Canon and Nikon). Both Tamron and Sigma had a renaissance around six-seven years ago where they shifted from making lenses noted more for their price (and price-to-performance ratio) than any particular standout quality of the lenses […]

June 4, 2018 Sony a73 (a7III) Review

Sony chose the WPPI Conference in February, 2018 to drop the bombshell that we now know as the Sony a73 (ILCE-7M3). I call it a bombshell in that while many camera makers hold back a lot of key features on their “entry-level” full frame cameras (that typically fall around this $2000 USD price point), it […]

May 25, 2018 Kamlan 28mm f/1.4 Review

Towards the end of 2017 I spent time with my first Kamlan lens – the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 compact prime lens. There were things that I praised, including a very nice build quality (all metal and glass) and nice rendering (including good color rendition and excellent bokeh quality). There were other things I liked less, […]

December 29, 2017 Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Review

Wow!  It has been a long, long time I have received a new Canon L series prime lens.  It was two years ago that I reviewed the excellent Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II, and since that point I have reviewed no new L series prime lenses and only two Canon L series zooms (the somewhat […]

December 8, 2017 Tamron Canada Extends Lens Warranty to 10 Years!

Those who own Tamron lenses purchased within the last ten years here in Canada got a great treat yesterday – Tamron Canada has announced an unparalleled 10 year warranty on all Tamron lenses purchased in Canada.  Canon and Nikon only offer a one year warranty, so this is a pretty mind-boggling warranty duration!  Take a […]

November 21, 2017 Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM ART Review

Sigma has done a fairly amazing job of reinventing themselves as a company in the past five years. It can be easy to forget that Sigma was known not as a maker of mostly “cheap” lenses not all that long ago, and often their primary claim to fame was delivering a less expensive product than […]

November 13, 2017 SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Review

For a long time the landscape of lenses has been concentrated on a few major lens makers. The first party players, making lenses for their own cameras, and a few established third parties like Zeiss, Sigma, and Tamron. In the last decade a Korean company, Samyang/Rokinon, has broken in and has become a significant player […]

October 10, 2017 Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Review

There are few lenses more important to a lens makers lineup than the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. A 24-70mm is valued because of the versatility of its zoom range, which covers a number of very important focal lengths, including 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 70mm. All of these (save perhaps 70mm), are focal lengths that prime […]