Review: Canon EF 70-200m 4.0L USM

Introduction

Sony A7rII with Sigma MC-11 and Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L USM
Sony A7rII with Sigma MC-11 and Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L USM

For a long time I have been searching for a lightweight telezoom with very good optical properties, well defined sunstars and a justifiable price. By chance I  came along some nice photos my friend Chris from Cologne took with his Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L USM and after talking to him he even offered to lend me the lens for a review. So find out if my search has finally come to an end!

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII |Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L | 165mm f/4.0
canon ef 70-200 mm 4.0 l non is usm sony a7 series adapter mc-11 commlite
Sony A7rII |Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L | 70mm f/11.0 | full resolution
canon ef 70-200 mm 4.0 l non is usm sony a7 series adapter mc-11 commlite
Sony A7rII |Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L | 70mm f/4.0 | full resolution

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Review: Jupiter-9 85mm 2.0

Introduction

Sony A7s with Jupiter-9 85mm 2.0 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)
Sony A7s with Jupiter-9 85mm 2.0 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)

The Jupiter-9 85mm 2.0 is actually a copy of the Zeiss Sonnar 85mm 2.0 and was produced in the UDSSR after WWII. This is my favourite among the Jupiter lenses tested so far, read on to find out why!

Sample Images

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Sony A7s | Jupiter-9 85mm 2.0 | f/2.0
jupiter 9 85mm 2.0 soviet bokeh portrait sony a7 review e-mount leica close focus flower tulip
Sony A7s | Jupiter-9 85mm 2.0 | f/2.0 | full resolution
jupiter 9 85mm 2.0 soviet bokeh portrait sony a7 review e-mount landscape water waterfall long exposure nd filter
Sony A7s | Jupiter-9 85mm 2.0 | f/11 | full resolution

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Review: Zeiss Planar 2/45 T*

Car Zeiss Planar 2/45The Zeiss Planar was one of the sharpest normal lenses back in the film days. In this review I check how well it performs on the 24MP Sony a7.

Thanks to Uwe for loaning me the lens and Techart adapter for this review!

Sample Images

Zeiss Planar 2/45 Sample Image
Sony a7 | Zeiss Planar 2/45 | f/2 | full resolution
Zeiss Planar 2/45 Sony a7 Sample Image
Sony a7 | Zeiss Planar 2/45 | f/2 | full resolution

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Sony a7 | Zeiss Planar 2/45 | f/8 | full resolution

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My transition from Nikon to Sony

Introduction

transition from nikon to sony a7rii d800

As many of you may have noticed when reading my reviews I am a former Nikon DSLR-user. In the past I had a D40, D5000, D300, D700 and still have a D800 (which is also for sale right now).
I was never unhappy with the results I got from these cameras and I think the Nikon engineers are the best at getting the most out of the Sony sensors. Still I ended up selling most of my Nikon gear. In case you are interested to find out more about this story be welcome to read on!

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Review: Jupiter-12 35mm 2.8

Introduction

Sony A7s with Jupiter-12 35mm 2.8 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)
Sony A7s with Jupiter-12 35mm 2.8 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)

The Jupiter-12 35mm 2.8 is a copy of the Zeiss Biogon 35mm 2.8 and was produced in the UDSSR after WWII. The Jupiter lenses belong to the very few “lowcost” rangefinder lenses, but what do they have in store in terms of optical quality? Read on to find out.

Sample Images

jupiter-12 35mm 2.8 sony a7s sony-e mount stuttgart blue hour opera oper
Sony A7s | Jupiter-12 35mm 2.8 | f/11 | full resolution
jupiter-12 35mm 2.8 sony a7s sony-e mount schwarzwald black forest long exposure nd filter
Sony A7s | Jupiter-12 35mm 2.8 | f/11 | full resolution
jupiter-12 35mm 2.8 sony a7s sony-e mount stuttgart
Sony A7s | Jupiter-12 35mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | full resolution

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Review: Voigtländer 10mm 5.6 E Hyper Wide Heliar

Introduction

Sony A7s with Voigtländer 10mm 5.6 Hyper Wide Heliar E
Sony A7s with Voigtländer 10mm 5.6 Hyper Wide Heliar E

The Voigtländer 10mm 5.6 Hyper Wide Heliar E aspherical is the second native E-Mount lens by Voigtlander and it is also the widest rectilinear lens ever produced. I am a wide angle junkie so I was eagerly awaiting this lens. Read on to find out what one can do with such a wide lens!
Update
(08/28/16): Info on Use for Astrophotography and Use with Filters added

Sample Images

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Sony A7s | Voigtländer 10mm 5.6 HWH E | f/9.0 | full resolution
voigtlander hyper wide heliar 10mm 5.6 stuttgart sony e a7 distortion stuttgart library stadtbibliothek
Sony A7s | Voigtländer 10mm 5.6 HWH E | f/11 | full resolution
voigtlander hyper wide heliar 10mm 5.6 stuttgart sony e a7 italy reflection gosau see lake dolomites
Sony A7s | Voigtländer 10mm 5.6 HWH E | f/9.0 | full resolution

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Filters for digital Photography

Introduction

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Sony A7s with Loxia 21mm 2.8 and Hitech 67mm Filter System

In the film era a vast amount of filters was needed to alter the colours, the temperature or to add certain effects to the photos. In digital photography many of these filters have become pretty much useless as they can be recreated in post processing with the added bonus of more control over the effect without any disadvantages.
But there are also some useful filters which can’t be fully recreated in post processing and still have a place in digital photography and these are the ones I’m going to talk about.
Update 09/27/2016: at Photokina 2016 in Cologne I checked out all the big filter manufacturers and have updated some sections accordingly. I am also working closely with NiSi filters now – not just because I think their filters offer the best quality – but because they listen to their customers and I hope to be able to help them develope the first holder I find nothing to complain about 🙂

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