Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 Wide Prime Lens Review

December 15th, 2012 226 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

Olympus Imaging Australia announced the development of the new M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 wide-angle prime lens.
The 34mm equivalent M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 will utilise a high-performance optical design and a premium metal exterior. Its fast f1.8 aperture is ideal for natural and low-light wide-angle photography of various kinds, including street photography and reportage.
A design mockup of this lens will be exhibited at Photokina 2012, the world’s largest photographic and imaging equipment trade fair in Cologne, Germany, from September 18th to 23rd, 2012.
The M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 is expected to be available in the first half of 2013 The corners on full-frame are soft at f/2 and f/2.8, get good at f/4 and f/5.6, and therefore are sharp by f/8.

Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZE Review

December 15th, 2012 170 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

This Zeiss 25mm f/2 Distagon is really a full-frame, manual-focus-only, fully meter- and EXIF-combined lens for Nikon or Canon SLRs.
In comparison mind-to-mind in the test range, the Zeiss 25/2 is a lot sharper in particular apertures than any one of Canon’s latest ultrawide zooms such as the 16-35mm f/2.8 L II or 17-40mm f/4 L, or even the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM. If you are a Canon full-frame shooter who desires more sharpness than you are getting from Canon’s ultrawide contacts, this can be a significant step-up if you do not mind manual focus with full exposure automation.
It is way better made robotically other SLR contacts today.
This Zeiss lens is manual-focus only. It won’t autofocus on any camera.
Unlike present day plastic zooms, this really is all-metal. If you are accustomed to putting your Nikon and Canon plastic special gems lower in your glass table or desktop, back away – you have to be careful with one of these heavy metal and rock Zeiss contacts.
Thank heavens each version focuses within the same direction just like Nikon’s and Canon’s contacts.
Focus is stiff, slow and incredibly damped. It wants two fingers to wrench it around it will not just flick having a finger.
It’s very dense.The red-colored footage engravings are extremely dark and never particularly visible. They stick out a lot more during these photos compared to reality.
The Eos 550d mount doesn’t have red-colored index us dot around the outdoors, just like Canon contacts. You need to search for the red-colored us dot on the rear of the mount, that is a discomfort!
There’s no “25″ engraved quietly. You need to just know, or consider the front from the lens without any cap.
This Zeiss 25 2 is way better than Canon’s ultrawide zooms or even the EF 28mm f/1.8 USM.
This Zeiss is a touch less contrasty within the center at f/2, improving at f/2.8 and optimum by f/4.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Review

July 14th, 2012 118 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

Developed to be especially compact for an FX-format zoom lens, this 24-85mm NIKKOR is ideal for people who want a walkabout lens that offers the freedom to shoot a wide variety of day-to-day moments and subjects. The versatile 24-85mm range covers most commonly used focal lengths with ease: from landscapes to portraits, you can go fairly wide or zoom into distant objects without needing to change lenses.

Sharp and Steady
Complementing the versatile focal range is Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction technology (VRII) — that allows substantially sharper handheld images across the zoom range and dramatically reduces image blur, especially when shooting towards the telephoto end of the range. VRII also enables you to shoot using shutter speeds up to four stops slower, enabling you to shoot more effectively when shooting in low light.

Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating ensures superb color reproduction, while Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass and three aspherical lens elements help deliver stunning sharpness and contrast, even at maximum aperture.

Good to Go
Well-balanced in terms of size, weight, price and image quality — and boasting a weather-sealed mount — this lens offers a worthwhile combination of precision NIKKOR optics, broad focal range and lightweight build for people on the go.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm Review

June 16th, 2012 92 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

While I hope to create a full Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools available on the site. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for me to post information and standard results for the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens.

If you want a single lens that can cover every imaginable shooting situation, from wide-angle groups to ultra-high-power zoom shots, look no further than the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. Boasting the longest reach of any NIKKOR all-in-one zoom lens, it delivers the equivalent of 450mm – enough reach to bring the most distant action up close. Nikon’s second generation VR II technology ensures every photo and HD video is razor-sharp, and Nikon’s advancements in lens design deliver consistent, exceptional performance in any setting. It’s also great for close-up shooting. Even more amazing, the AF-S NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR does all this in a surprisingly compact, lightweight lens.

FujiFilm M Mount Adapter For X-Mount Review

May 26th, 2012 125 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

The new M-Mount Adapter  seems to provide full compatibility, including support for the camera’s viewfinder framing corrections. Via the camera’s Mount Adapter Settings you’ll be able to create profiles for up to six lenses with corrections for distortion, peripheral illumination, and color shading across the frame.

It sounds well-built — aluminum mount on the body side, stainless steel on the lens side, connected by aluminum.