A Few More Team Lenses for Sale

Many of us here at the Phillipreeve team acquire too many lenses. We never get given lenses, but we buy a lot because we are lensaholics. Some of us more than others.

From time to time we have too many. I (David) always seem to have too many. What happens is I buy something that is supposed to replace a previous piece of kit, but I come up with a stupid excuse for a special niche use case which justifies keeping the thing that was supposed to be be replaced.

New year’s resolution: goodbye to niche use cases. If I have two equally good lenses (or lenses with slightly different benefits and costs but doing the same basic job) toss a coin and sell one!

So I thought I’d give you guys a chance to buy them. You get the benefit that you know who we are, I get the benefit of, well, free advertising I guess.

So what I will do is list three lenses that I have taken photos of ready for sale, and then list a few more that I am happy to sell, but won’t take photos or research what would be price fair to buyer and seller unless you send me a message and ask me to do that. Of course if I take photos etc of those extra lenses, you aren’t obligated to buy: but please don’t ask unless you are at least genuinely interested!

Extra lenses I’m prepared to sell include: HD Pentax 35mm f2.8 macro, Sigma 2.8/150mm macro (second model), Loxia 50mm, CV Heliar 40mm f2.8 with a beautiful Yeenon helicoid that makes it quite nice to focus, Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8, Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8.

I live in AUSTRALIA so they will be priced in AUD; I include a USD equivalent just for your info, but if you buy it’s the AUD price that counts!  Postage is 20AUD to anywhere in Australia. I am prepared to post to most countries at whatever the post office courier service will change. It’s probably about USD50.  If I send it to another country, the service is quite reliable, but your country may have duties, taxes, and some hassle picking it up – this varies from none to quite a lot so you need to know what YOUR country does. You will be responsible for all taxes import duty or hassle.

Condition of all is optically mint; cosmetics I’d grade excellent (genuinely excellent, not Japanese eBay excellent!) to mint, but judge by photos.

Send me a message if you are interested in these three, or any of the others listed above!

Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar ZF.2 135mm f2.0

Price: $1240 AUD (about USD 890 or 790 euro)

Original box, documents, hood and both caps.

If you want a Novoflex adapter to Sony E as part of the package, it’s an extra $60AUD.

Perhaps the best built lens I have every used. Lovely bokeh and a sharp as a tack from wide open. Selling because I bought the GM to have autofocus.

Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8

I have loved this gorgeous featherweight. It’s a great lens, and very light, just fits in your travel bag and this copy is very sharp. Selling because I got the 14GM. Temptd to keep the Batis because it’s lighter, and quite a difference in FL. But it’s too much cash invested in UW, and I can always crop the GM if I really want this FL (or use my 21mm)

Price: AUD 1150 (about 830 USD or 740 euro)

Original box, documents, hood and both caps.

Canon L 200mm f2.8

I reviewed this lens here, and like it a lot. 200mm f2.8 lenses are very rare now, because the assumption is everyone wants a 70-200 f2.8 zoom. But a prime is smaller, lighter and this one is very even from edge to edge.  I’m selling because I need to raise the cash to pay off my GM135 and I figure I can crop that to get a tighter look when needed. Again, must resist niche case arguments to keep a lens!

No box, but does include original caps and hood.

Thanks for reading if you have got this far, and a reminder of what else I am prepared to sell:

HD Pentax 35mm f2.8 macro, Sigma 2.8/150mm macro (second model), Loxia 50mm, CV Heliar 40mm f2.8 with a beautiful Yeenon helicoid that makes it quite nice to focus, Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8, Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8. Maybe more soon!

Review: TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 M

Introduction

ttartisan 28mm 5.6 m m-mount pancake review smallest leica contrast sharpness resolution
TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 on Leica M10

When people hear TTArtisan many may connect that name to very fast lenses like the 50mm 0.95 or the 90mm 1.25, but today we are looking at something very different: a compact 28mm 5.6 for M-mount.
A maximum aperture of f/5.6 doesn’t sound that exciting, but then tiny lenses are always welcome here, so let’s have a closer look!
The lens is being tested on 24mp Leica M10 and 42mp Sony A7rII.

Sample Images

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Leica M10 | TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 | f/5.6
ttartisan 28mm 5.6 m m-mount pancake review smallest leica contrast sharpness resolution
Leica M10 | TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 | f/5.6
ttartisan 28mm 5.6 m m-mount pancake review smallest leica contrast sharpness resolution
Leica M10 | TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 | f/5.6
ttartisan 28mm 5.6 m m-mount pancake review smallest leica contrast sharpness resolution
Leica M10 | TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 | f/5.6
ttartisan 28mm 5.6 m m-mount pancake review smallest leica contrast sharpness resolution
Sony A7III | TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 | f/5.6

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Analogue Adventures – Part 1: Choosing a Camera

Introduction

Agfa Isolette – roughly worth its weight in strawberries

I shot analogue with two cameras in the past, a Nikon F80 and a Nikon FE2.

The F80 is actually a very modern camera which supports AF, VR, matrix metering and a few other things, but the rubber got sticky and I got rid of most of my Nikon lenses quite some time ago, so I have little incentive to use it these days.

The FE2 was better at giving the “analogue” feeling, but some parts of the mechanics are broken as the film advance doesn’t work properly. So on my first and only roll of film with this camera I ended up with a bunch of useless quadruple exposures.

The adventure of analogue photography ended for me here.

Until the day I was strolling through Stuttgart and discovered a camera store displaying a Nikon FM2, FM3a and F3 – all in mint condition and all – at least to my eyes – beautiful cameras. I got the idea of getting one of those, because: why not shoot some film for a change?

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Review: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art

Introduction

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art is one of many fast 85mm lenses for the system. Is this lens the cheaper and lighter alternative to the Sony GM 85mm f/1.4 we were hoping for?

Sample Images

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art | f/4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art | f/1.4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art | f/1.4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art | f/1.4

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The Team’s Kit – January 2022 Edition

A photographers kit tells a lot about his interests and preferred subject matter so we thought it might be interesting to give you an overview of the team’s current kit(s).

In the past we wrote several “The Team’s favourite lenses articles which might be interesting to you, if you would like to track the development of our interests.

Phillip’s kit

Lens Number of Pictures Share
Voigtländer 1.2/40 631 36%
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN 429 24%
Sigma 35mm F2 Dg Dn 292 17%
Zeiss Loxia 2.4/25 105 6%
Voigtländer APO Macro 2.5/110 99 6%
TTArtisans 1.4/50 87 5%
Samyang 1.8/75 AF 58 3%
Sony FE 4/16-35 ZA 34 2%
Voigtländer 3.5/21 23 1%

Breakdown of my three star images taken in 2021 by lens used

Voigtländer 1.2/40 (most used lens by some margin)

It has been my most used lens for years now. It got some competition by the Sigma 2/35 and TTA 1.4/50 but it at least outcompeted the Sigma for me.

In early 2021 my daughter was born and that has of course changed my life and with it my photography. Maybe 50% of the images I take are of her and here the compact Voigtländer again showed its versatility. For portraits the bokeh is almost always very smooth. If I focus very close I sometimes like the softer look caused by much increased SA and when I don’t I stop down to f/1.7 to get rid of it.

Sony a7RII | Voigtländer 1.2/40 | f/1.7

Before my daughter was born and when she was very young and sleeping a lot, I did many photo rides. Most often with the 1.2/40 and the Sigma 100-400 in my sling bag. I would like to bring my Loxia 2.4/25 as well but that doesn’t fit in the bag so I am happy to stitch when the 40mm are too narrow.

Sony a7RII | Voigtländer 1.2/40 | f/4

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Manual Lenses | Sony Alpha