Long Term Review: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD

Introduction

The Tamron 2.8/28-75 Di III RXD is the first third party E-Mount autofocus zoom lens. I am excited about this lens because it defines a milestone for the E-Mount system: until now, we only had a choice between Sony’s budget line, Samyang and the other (super-)expensive Sony/Zeiss options. The three classic third party manufacturers (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina) have been very tentative in their commitment to the E-mount system, and this lens is the first one that really changes this situation. The specs of the lens look spectacular on the paper, so let’s find out about its performance in the field.

In this review I will check the performance of my own copy that I used for several months now.

Sample Images

Tamron 2.8/28-75 | Sony A7iii | 36mm | f/10 | full size
Tamron 2.8/28-75 | Sony A7iii | 28mm | f/2.8 | full size
Tamron 2.8/28-75 | Sony A7iii | 75mm | f/3.5 | full size

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Rolling-Review: Sony FE 24mm 1.4 GM

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Sony FE 24mm 1.4 GM on Sony A7rII

The FE 24mm 1.4 GM – also known as the first Sony lens I (Bastian) ever preordered. At Photokina some of us had a look at this lens and Jannik, Bastian and David all decided to buy it. As Bastian and Jannik have now received theirs, we are starting our rolling-review that will be steadily updated as we get to know the lens better. 

10/17/18: Rolling-Review started by Bastian
10/19/18: Janniks lens arrived, Aperture series, bokeh, flare, samples and CA updated
10/20/18: Vignetting and close up updated

10/29/18: David’s copy arrived and partly tested. Discussion of comparison with Batis 25 added. Flare with bright  sun in frame test on A7rIII added..

11/01/18: Lateral CA and coma updated

Last Update:

Sample Images

Sony A7III | Sony FE 1.4/24 GM | f/8 | full size
Sony A7III | Sony FE 1.4/24 GM | f/1.4 | full size
Sony A7III | Sony 1.4/24 GM | f2.2 | full size

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How to: Create Environmental Portraits

Introduction

Sony A7rII |Voigtlander VM 35mm 1.7 +5m PCX | f/1.7

With the Sony FE 24mm 1.4 GM hitting the shelves soon and the ongoing Instragram hype it might be a good time to talk a bit about environmental portraits.
What is an environmental portrait and what is the difference compared to a normal portrait? Which lenses work best? Which mistakes I made in the past but you can already avoid today?
These are the questions I will try to answer in this article.

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Carl Zeiss C-Sonnar T* 50mm f1.5 ZM: A Detailed Review

We have become used to old lens formulas being revived and sold for occasionally huge sums of money to collectors and photographers hoping to create images with a magical vintage look. All of us here have been very sceptical about this. Mostly they have been simple lenses in simple bodies with poor technical qualities being sold for more than the price of the latest and greatest glass. From one perspective the legendary C-Sonnar from Zeiss is like this. It’s a classic design dating from 1932 whose principal design goal at the time was to reduce the number of air glass surfaces because the coatings of the day were so primitive. Why do we need it now? But Zeiss bought it back in 2006 in M mount as part of the ZM series. The optical design is not much changed, but it comes with modern coatings. Many prize it for magical rendering and flattering portraiture, others think it shows that not even Zeiss is above trying to rip off nostalgic hipsters. Read on and find out who is right!

Specifications

Diameter 56 mm
Length 45 mm
Filter Thread 46 mm
Weight (w/o adapter) 250 g
Max. Magnification (w/o close focus adapter) 1:15
Close Focusing Distance from the sensor (w/o CFA) 0.9 m
Number of aperture blades 10
Elements/ Groups 6/4
The Carl Zeiss C-Sonnar T* 1.5/50 can be purchased via our affiliate links at Amazon.com or else B&H Photo Video. You can get it new on eBay.com here, or you can get it used on eBay.com here.

Image Samples

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Photokina Recap Part 7: Tripods, Filters, Accessories

When I go to Photokina I am actually most interested in looking at new tripods, ballheads, bags and other accessories as most stores only have very limited stuff on display, and here you can often have a look at the manufacturer’s whole line up.
I will only cover the companies that I found to bring something new or interesting to the table.

Gitzo

I am a long time Gitzo user but the latest releases don’t really get me excited. Gitzo started producing a line of shoulder bags and backpacks. Whether you like the style or not is obviously a matter of personal taste, but I found most of them to be too heavy for what they offer.

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