Author: viktor pavlovic

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New Meyer-Optik-Görlitz Primoplan 75/1.9 Prototype – Hands On

Introduction Meyer-Optik-Görlitz is an old German company founded in 1896 by famous optician Hugo Meyer and businessman Heinrich Schätze in Görlitz, Saxony. Company passed through turbulent periods in its history, almost disappearing as a brand during cold war (when it was absorbed by VEB Pentacon and VEB Carl Zeiss group). There were some attempts to revive lens…

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TechArt Pro Leica M to Sony E – Autofocus Adapter – User Review

Disclaimer: We would like to start a tradition of user reviews on VBL site. This is one of the first user reviews published here and we are happy that it comes from a great person and very experienced photographer. If you are interested on publishing your review of photographic equipment - lenses, cameras, accessories, post…

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Sony A99 Mark II Initial thoughts and hands-on experience

Sony A99 MII, company new flagship DSLR is about to hit shops. Sony however announced, that because of an unexpected demand, first batches will be of limited quantity and most probably won't cover all pre-orders. Meanwhile, on WEB forums, we can read different opinion about this announcement, including suspicion about faking the "high demand" part,…

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Laowa 12mm f/2.8 and Laowa 15mm f/2 – 2 UWA lenses from Venus optics with close to zero distortion!

There were so many exciting gadgets on Photokina, that it was easy to miss two very interesting lenses. Luckily my friend mentioned Irix lenses https://www.facebook.com/Irixlens/, and while I didn't find their stand, I spot instead Laowa. Venus Optics - producer of Laowa lenses is a new Chinese camera lens manufacturer based in Hefei, Anhui, which already…

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Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Hands-On (Photokina 2016)

I already published Loxia 85/2.4 hands-on in the Photokina coverage article, but it deserves its dedicated space, so here it is, slightly reorganized and with some new content. I had a short interview with Mr. Cristophe Casenave, senior product manager in Zeiss and expert on weather sealing. VBL:Aren't you afraid that Batis and Loxia are…

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Sony FE 50/2.8 Macro – Hands On (Photokina 2016)

Sony FE 50/2.8 Macro lens, made for FF (but can be used also for APS-C of course) Sony E-mount cameras, was somehow quietly announced few weeks before Photokina 2016. On the show itself, this lens remained outside attention of the visitors, so I decided to give it a try and it certainly worth it. Here…

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Photokina 2016 – rolling coverage

Every 2 years, Photokina - largest photo exhibition in Europe and one of the largest in the world is opening its gates in Cologne. It starts tomorrow - 20.9.2016 and we will be there. If you can, come and visit this event, because it really worth it, and if you can't but you still want…

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Zeiss Loxia 85/2.4 introduced. We will try it on Photokina in a few days.

Today Zeiss officially announced new lens for its Loxia line, made exclusively for Sony E mount (for now). New lens occupies traditional portrait focal length and we hope to get hands on it at upcoming Photokina. While this is certainly interesting proposition, I have to admit that it makes me feel very old and confused.…

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