Review: Samyang 10mm 3.5 XP

Introduction

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Samyang 10mm 3.5 XP via Sigma MC-11 on Sony A7rII

The Samyang 10mm 3.5 XP is a bit of an odd lens. It is still the widest lens for DSLRs, but it was announced at a time when no one really cared about DSLRs anymore. And it came out after the Voigtländer 10mm 5.6, which surely didn’t help the marketing department. And in the meantime we also got the Laowa 9mm 5.6, which is even wider, has great optics and is small at the same time. So is there still a reason to get the Samyang 10mm 3.5 XP in 2022? Let’s find out in this review.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Samyang 10mm 3.5 XP | f/8.0
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Sony A7III | Samyang 10mm 3.5 XP | f/8.0
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Sony A7III | Samyang 10mm 3.5 XP | f/6.3
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Sony A7rII | Samyang 10mm 3.5 XP | f/3.5
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Sony A7III | Samyang 10mm 3.5 XP | f/4.5

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Review: Techart LM-EA9 Leica-M to Sony-E Autofocus Adapter

Introduction

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Techart LM-EA9

When the original Techart LM-EA7 adapter had been released it was a revelation: turning your manual focus lenses into autofocus lenses, how great is that? But there were also quirks to overcome, some reliability issues and incompatibilities with later camera models.
Now 5 years later there is a fully reworked, improved version. Does it solve all the issues we had with its predecessor? Let’s have a closer look at this new Techart LM-EA9.

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Lens & Accessory Summer Sale

Many of us here at the Phillipreeve team acquire too many lenses (and sometimes also accessories) and with some of the manufacturers it also isn’t easily possible to return the review samples after we reviewed them, therefore a bunch of stuff is for sale now.
Update August 8th: removed the sold items, added new ones.

Bastian

I will ship to all european countries and all prices are without shipping. If you live in Germany you can add 6€ for shipping, within EU should be around 16€.
Payment is possible via Paypal or Bank Transfer.

I will only ship insured with DHL. If you want to come to Stuttgart you can also check out the lens you are interested in in person and we have a little chat.

All the items come without warranty.

If you are interested leave a comment with your Email address and I will get back to you.

PS: I am also interested in buying a Kolari Modded Gen2 or Gen3 Sony camera located in Europe.


The following lenses are former review samples where the manufacturers weren’t able to provide return shipping labels. The money I get for these lenses will either go directly to the manufacturer or shall that not be possible will be donated to a good cause (e.g. animals or cancer research).
These lenses have only been used for the reviews, so the condition is as new.

Caution: I am on vacation from 13th to 27th of August so no shipping is possible during that time.

TTArtisan 35mm 2.0 Apo (Leica M)

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TTArtisan 35mm 2.0 Apo-Aspherical M

The lens that has been reviewed here. Comes with hood and caps.
The hood is slightly loose on this early production model, I added a bit of tape at the bottom to keep it in place, if you find a slightly thicker rubber seal that should also work. Rangefinder coupling accurate.

399€ + shipping

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Review: Brightin Star 23mm 5.6 Pancake

Introduction

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Brightin Star 23mm 5.6 on Sony A7rII

I always think we need more Pancake lenses, but except for the Samyang 24mm 2.8 and the recently reviewed TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 we didn’t get that many options in the Sony FE world yet. The latest addition is this Brightin Star 23mm 5.6. The first odd thing to notice: it is a fixed aperture lens, so it is always f/5.6 and cannot be stopped down further.
Can it still be a viable addition to your kit? Let’s find out…

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Brightin Star 23mm 5.6
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Sony A7III | Brightin Star 23mm 5.6
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Sony A7III | Brightin Star 23mm 5.6

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Review: Brightin Star 50mm 0.95 FE

Introduction

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Brightin Star 50mm 0.95 on Sony A7rII

It is an interesting time we live in. Just 5 years ago only few people knew a maximum aperture as fast as f/0.95 even exists let alone were able to afford a lens being that fast. Now we have such lenses with different focal lengths and at affordable price points. One of the most affordable ones is the Brightin Star 50mm 0.95 FE, so let us find out what this lens has in store for us and how it compares to some of the other super fast 50s.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Brightin Star 50mm 0.95 | f/0.95
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Sony A7III | Brightin Star 50mm 0.95 | f/0.95
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Sony A7III | Brightin Star 50mm 0.95 | f/0.95

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