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September 6, 2019 Sigma 500mm F4 OS Sport Review

The realm of super-telephotos has been nearly exclusively the domain of the first party lens makers like Canon and Nikon. At the sidelines of most major sporting events you will see a lot of “great whites” (Canons) and a few black Nikon giants, but that’s pretty much it. Building such lenses is risky, as the […] [Read more...]

September 3, 2019 Zeiss Otus 100mm F1.4 Image Gallery

The Otus series is the pinnacle of engineering on the full frame (35mm) space, and I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with each of the previous three releases (1.4/55mm, 1.4/85mm, and 1.4/28mm).  Zeiss in venturing a little further into the telephoto space with another extreme instrument – the Zeiss Otus 100 [Read more...]

September 1, 2019 Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 (F045) Image Gallery

Tamron has pulled out the stops for its 40th anniversary of their SP brand (Super Performance).  The Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD (F045) is (according to them), the finest optical instrument that they have made.  It certainly is a beautifully made, beautifully performing lens, and it is extremely well priced compared to [Read more...]

August 28, 2019 Zeiss Batis 85mm F1.8 Review

I recently completed a six-way comparison of all the currently available autofocusing lenses for Sony’s full frame mirrorless (FE) platform. These lenses cover a wide range of price points, from $379 (all prices USD) for the Viltrox AF 85mm F1.8, to $598 (Sony 85mm F1.8), $699 (Samyang AF 85mm F1.4), $1199 (Zeiss Batis 85m [Read more...]

August 23, 2019 Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 RXD (A046) Review

Tamron released their new 28-78mm F2.8 RXD lens for Sony full frame mirrorless (FE) last year to great fanfare, as it provided a legitimate alternative to the very large and very expensive Sony 24-70mm F2.8 G Master lens.  The 28-75 RXD went on to be the best selling lens of the year (period!) in its […] [Read more...]

August 20, 2019 Sigma 500mm F4 Sport Image Gallery

While I’ve done a wide variety of reviews along the way, I’ve rarely taken on the challenge of reviewing super-teles from any brand.  That kind of lens isn’t really a part of my personal workflow, and I feel that the kinds of tests needed for such a lens are somewhat outside the scope of my […] [Read more...]

August 19, 2019 Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM Review

I recently completed a six-way comparison of all the currently available autofocusing lenses for Sony’s full frame mirrorless (FE) platform. These lenses cover a wide range of price points, from $379 (all prices USD) for the Viltrox AF 85mm F1.8, to $598 (Sony 85mm F1.8), $699 (Samyang AF 85mm F1.4), $1199 (Zeiss Batis 85m [Read more...]

August 12, 2019 Sony FE 85mm F1.8 Review

I recently completed a six-way comparison of all the currently available autofocusing lenses for Sony’s full frame mirrorless (FE) platform. These lenses cover a wide range of price points, from $379 (all prices USD) for the Viltrox AF 85mm F1.8, to $598 (Sony 85mm F1.8), $699 (Samyang AF 85mm F1.4), $1199 (Zeiss Batis 85m [Read more...]