Review: Zhong Yi 90mm 1.5 M

Introduction

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Zhong Yi 90mm 1.5 via metabones adapter on Sony A7rII

If you thought there weren’t enough super fast portrait lenses in the M-mount world available 2021 may prove to be an interesting year for you: in addition to TTArtisan’s 90mm f/1.25 there is also a (slightly more reasonable?) 90mm f/1.5 lens by Zhong Yi being released. Let us have a look what this lens has in store for us!
Lens is being tested on 42mp Sony A7rII and 24mp Leica M10

Sample Images

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Leica M10 | Zhong Yi 90mm 1.5 | f/1.5
zhong yi 90mm 1.5 f/1.5 review test comparison leica m m10 m10r m9 sony a7rii 42mp 24mp contrast bokeh sharpness coma milky way astigmatism
Leica M10 | Zhong Yi 90mm 1.5 | f/1.5
zhong yi 90mm 1.5 f/1.5 review test comparison leica m m10 m10r m9 sony a7rii 42mp 24mp contrast bokeh sharpness coma milky way astigmatism
Sony A7rII | Zhong Yi 90mm 1.5 | f/1.5

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Review: Laowa 85mm 5.6 2:1 Macro

Introduction

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Laowa 85mm 5.6 Macro on Sony A7rII

I have a soft spot for lenses with unique parameters and a compact 85mm macro lens offering a staggering maximum magnification of 2:1 while being only 260g heavy certainly fits the bill. But everything comes at a price and a maximum aperture of f/5.6 does not exactly sound appealing, so let us find out in this review if this ends up being an issue and who this lens is for.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Laowa 85mm 5.6 Macro | f/5.6
laowa 85mm 5.6 2:1 ff ii macro twice life size makro mirko 42mp 61mp resolution bokeh sharpness contrast
Sony A7III | Laowa 85mm 5.6 Macro | f/5.6
laowa 85mm 5.6 2:1 ff ii macro twice life size makro mirko 42mp 61mp resolution bokeh sharpness contrast
Sony A7III | Laowa 85mm 5.6 Macro | f/11

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Guide to best Sony E-Mount 35mm Lenses for a7III/a7II/a7rIV/a7RIII

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35mm is a very popular focal length with a wide range of applications ranging from landscape over astrophotography to environmental portraiture and many consider it the best choice when only using one prime lens. We decided to summarize our experience with all the native E-mount and a few legacy 35mm lenses for the Sony A7 series to give you a compact and independent resource for choosing the best 35mm lens for your needs.

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Last update: November 2021

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Review: Voigtlander VM 35mm 2.0 Apo-Lanthar

Introduction

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Voigtländer VM 35mm 2.0 Apo-Lanthar on Leica M10

The Voigtländer VM 35mm 2.0 Apo-Lanthar is the second addition to Voigtländer’s Apo-Lanthar lineup for M-mount.
I am going to have a look how it performs on the Leica M10 and also on the Sony A7rII to see what you are giving up using this lens on your E-mount camera instead of the native version I already reviewed here.
This lens will be reviewed on the 42mp Sony A7rII and the 24mp Leica M10.

Sample Images

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Leica M10 | Voigtländer VM 35mm 2.0 Apo-Lanthar | f/8.0 | pano from 4 shots
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Leica M10 | Voigtländer VM 35mm 2.0 Apo-Lanthar | f/2.0
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Leica M10 | Voigtländer VM 35mm 2.0 Apo-Lanthar | f/2.0

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Review: Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.5 II MC Vintage

Introduction

Voigtländer VM 50mm 1.5 II MC Vintage with lens hood attached on Sony A7rII
Voigtländer VM 50mm 1.5 II MC Vintage on Leica M10

50mm lenses have been one of the staple horses of Cosina/Voigtländer for a long time and – as of the time I am writing this review – the Voigtlander 50mm 1.5 II Nokton Vintage is one of the latest additions to this ever growing line up.
It would best be described as their “most compact, still very fast and with a modern rendering” option and we will have a look how it performs in this review.
This lens will be reviewed on the 42mp Sony A7rII and the 24mp Leica M10.

Sample Images

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Leica M10 | Voigtländer VM 50mm 1.5 II MC | f/2.8
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Leica M10 | Voigtländer VM 50mm 1.5 II MC | f/1.5
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Leica M10 | Voigtländer VM 50mm 1.5 II MC | f/1.5

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