Review: Laowa 35mm 0.95 – The world’s fastest 35mm lens

Introduction

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Laowa 35mm 0.95 FF on Sony A7rII

By now I have used over 150 lenses – of which 20 are 35mm lenses and most of them reviewed here – and it is safe to say that nowadays I am rarely excited about a new release in this focal length range. This Laowa 35mm 0.95 is not only the fastest 35mm fullframe lens though, it is also the widest f/0.95 fullframe lens – so two records in one lens (as of 2021 and counting).
Such bold designs often spot noticeable compromises, will this also be the case here? Let us find out in this review.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Laowa 35mm 0.95 | f/0.95
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Sony A7III | Laowa 35mm 0.95 | f/0.95
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Sony A7III | Laowa 35mm 0.95 | f/0.95
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Sony A7III | Laowa 35mm 0.95 | f/0.95

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Review: TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 E

Introduction

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TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 E on Sony A7rII

The TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 M is one of my favorite affordable modern manual focus lenses, now after the M-mount version we are getting a native (and cheaper!) E-mount version.
What has changed? Optically: nothing, mechanically: a bit, MSRP: a lot. So let us have a closer look which makes more sense to get as an E-mount user.

This lens is optically the same as the M-mount version so I will reuse many sections of my review of the M-mount version here.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 E | f/1.4
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 E | f/1.4
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 E | f/1.4

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Review: Sony FE 35mm 1.4 GM – The perfect 35mm lens?

Introduction

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Sony FE 35mm 1.4 GM on Sony A7rII

A fast 35mm lens is one of the most popular lenses for wedding and reportage photographers. In the Sony world we had to wait a long (read: very long) time for a really good one though, as the Sony FE 35mm 1.4 ZA was a bit of a dud with its huge sample variation and even the third party manufacturers were a bit late too the game (I am looking at you, Sigma 35mm 1.2 Art DG DN).
Now Sony has proven they know what the duds in the lineup are and after 5 years released the Sony FE 35mm 1.4 GM to rule them all. Let us have a look, if this really is the perfect fast 35mm lens.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Sony FE 35mm 1.4 GM | f/1.4
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Sony A7III | Sony FE 35mm 1.4 GM | f/1.4

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A beginner’s guide to bird photography – Episode 1: Sharpening your senses

Long-eared owl | Sony A7RIV* | Sony 1.8/135 GM | 1/1000s | f1.8

Many of you may have wondered where I have been in the past year. My last review has been published long ago and the dust settles on my blog activities. There is a good reason: I have been out there and had an intense time learning new skills in a totally different field of photography. Now I am ready to share my knowledge in a beginner’s guide for bird photography.

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Review: Laowa 33mm 0.95 CF APS-C

Introduction

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Laowa 33mm 0.95 CF APS-C on Sony A7rII

Regulars know we only rarely review APS-C lenses, but a 33mm f/0.95 lens with floating elements did manage to catch my attention, especially as it should give an idea of what to expect from the future full frame lenses of Laowa’s Argus line, so let us see what the Laowa 33mm 0.95 CF has in store for us!

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Laowa 33mm 0.95 CF | f/0.95 | crop mode
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Sony A7III | Laowa 33mm 0.95 CF | f/0.95 | crop mode
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Sony A7rII | Laowa 33mm 0.95 CF | f/0.95 | crop mode

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