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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 […]

September 28, 2017 Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review

One of my most popular articles that I’ve ever written was entitled, “Why I chose a Canon 6D over a 5D Mark III”. The original Canon 6D was a bit of a unicorn: on paper it wasn’t very impressive, with a weak AF system and some obvious limitations imposed by Canon to create separation from […]

September 16, 2017 Sigma DN Series Lenses (for Sony) Galleries

After I finished taking a look at the Zeiss Touit series for Sony APS-C mirrorless, I wanted to also take a look at Sigma’s offerings for Sony E-Mount.  These are the Sigma DN lenses, and include a 19mm, 30mm, and 60mm f/2.8 lenses in their ART series along with, oddly, a 30mm f/1.4 lens that […]

September 6, 2017 Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC G2 Image Gallery

While doing my recent review of the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 OS ART I got a persistent question from my readers and viewers, “When are you going to review the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 G2 lens?”  The answer is now!  The G2 version of Tamron’s popular stabilized 24-70mm lens was delayed for a while in the […]

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, […]

September 1, 2017 Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM ART Review

There are few lenses more important to a manufacturer’s lineup than a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, making Sigma’s 24-70 ART one of their most significant releases this year. 24-70mm is an extremely versatile focal length, covering wide angle (24mm), standard/normal (35/50mm), and short telephoto for portraiture (70mm). Professionals love them because of that versatility in framing […]

August 22, 2017 Canon EOS SL2/200D/Kiss X9 Image Gallery

Canon released the first SL series camera (SL1/100D) about four years ago, and, while it didn’t make an immediate splash, it grew in popularity for those looking for the compactness of a mirrorless body (or near to it) in a DSLR.  The SL2/200D/Kiss X9 (Canon confusingly has different names for its cameras in different markets) […]