Category: Lenses & Cameras Reviews

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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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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…

With the ZEISS Loxia 2.4/85, the ZEISS Loxia lens family has grown to four focal lengths and is therefore able to cover the focal length range from 21mm to 85mm. 3

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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Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Review

During our reviews of Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8 and Zeiss Batis 18/2.8, we mentioned several times also Batis 25/2. It was about the time, to give it its own review space and to take a deeper look on its performance. Let’s start with Technical specification (all data belongs to Zeiss a.g. - original link: http://www.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/en_de/camera_lenses/batis/batis225.html) Technical…

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Great exposure latitude of Sony A7r sensor!

I just wanted to share with you, the story of one image, that could have been lost forever, if shot on film or some other digital cameras such as my (otherwise lovely and trusty) Canon EOS 5D Mark II. By exposure latitude, I mean the amount of over or underexposure, that after correction still can…

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Zeiss Batis 18/2.8 Review

To make a complex review as we like to do here, we need to have lens for at least 3 weeks, ideally for much longer. When the new gear comes however, producers can't give as testing samples for so long, thus we can either lower the quality of our tests or wait until it become…

ZEISS Lens Gears are available in four different sizes for all ZEISS Otus, ZEISS Milvus and ZEISS Loxia lenses 0

ZEISS at NAB 2016 in Las Vegas

Good news for video makers who love Zeiss lenses. Zeiss is introducing set of gear focus rings for Otus, Milvus and Loxia lenses. On top of that Otus and Loxia lenses can be purchased as a set in a top notch carrying case that will protect them on location. Here is related announcement with the…

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