Review: Thinktank Retrospective 5 and 7 shoulder bag

Introduction

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Retrospective 5

Camera bags. We are all looking for the perfect one that is bigger on the inside than the outside. Over the years I tried a whole lot, but when it comes to shoulder bags I always come back to the Thinktankphoto Retrospective Series. So find out why this is the perfect shoulder bag for me.

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Mr. Li Interview: Design process of the 10-18mm and the future of Laowa

As reviewers we analyze lenses and try to learn about every major and minor aspect of their performance. With experience you start to notice how lens designers trade certain qualities for others. Some manufacturers for example prioritize image quality with little regard for size and weight while others trade a little bit of optical perfection for much better portability. The Voigtlander 1.2/40 is a great example for this, and because of this it is my most used lens at the moment. Laowa’s 2/15 is another good example. We usually only see the end result but know little to nothing about the process of how a lens was developed. So we jumped at the chance of learning to know Mr. Li in person at Photokina and ask him a few questions. Read our first interview with Mr. Li to learn more about his background and the development of the 2/15.

Mr. Li (on the right)

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Review: Minolta M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0

Introduction

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Minolta M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0 on Sony A7rII via Hawk’s factory helicoid adapter

Many of you might not even know that Minolta also produced M-mount lenses and even an M-mount camera (Minolta CLE). The M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0 is the longest of the three lenses and thanks to a reader who allowed me to use it for a few weeks I can present you this review now.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Minolta M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0 | f/4.0
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Sony A7rII | Minolta M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0 | f/4.0
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Sony A7rII | Minolta M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0 | f/4.0 | 10mm extension tube

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Short-Review: Benro 150mm Filterholder for Canon TS-E 17mm 4.0 L

Introduction

Benro 150mm Filter Holder for Canon TS-E 17mm 4.0 L

I am always looking for new photography related accessories that might be useful for what I do. Furthermore when holding a workshop or going out with other photographers I constantly have a closer look at other equipment that I wouldn’t have bought myself to see how it works in the field.

Unfortunately every once in a while I come across a product flawed by design (sometimes deeply) and then usually the Team of phillipreeve.net has the misfortune of listening to my complaints. They suggested to make a series out of this so others might be warned about these products. This is one of these flawed products.

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Review: Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton

Introduction

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Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton via Hawk’s Factory helicoid adapter on Sony A7rII

After Voigtlander gave us the 40mm 1.2 we now also get a 50mm 1.2 (for now M-mount only). Is it just a slightly longer version of the 40mm or actually a better lens in the end? Read on to find out.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/4.0
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Sony A7s | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2

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