Review: AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift

Introduction

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AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift on Sony A7rII

This AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift is already the third AstrHori lens I am reviewing here. Their lenses often feature a “little extra” over the competition to make them more interesting. In this case this isn’t just a compact 18mm lens, a ±6mm shift function has been added on top. Judging by the size of this lens, especially the diameter of the lens elements, I am wondering how useful that shift function will be though. But let’s have a look together in this review.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII UT | AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift
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Sony A7III | AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift
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Sony A7rII UT | AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift
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Sony A7rII UT | AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift

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Lens & Accessory New Year’s 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 January 30th: removed all the sold items

Bastian

I will ship to all european countries and all prices are without shipping. If you live in Germany you can add 7€ 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.

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Former Review Samples:


Funleader 18mm 8.0 Pro

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The E-mount sample from this review.

Comes in full retail packaging. Centering not perfect (right side worse).

39€ + shipping

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Review: AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye

Introduction

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AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye on Sony A7rII

Fisheye lenses have a somewhat limited range of possible applications and I would definitely consider them niche products. Probably this is also the reason most of the big manufacturers seem to have given up on having any of these in their portfolios. So if you are looking to add a fisheye lens to your kit your only real option are lenses like this AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye from smaller manufacturers. As can be seen from the picture above this is a huge lens, but can its performance keep up with its dimensions? Let us find out in this review!

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye | f/4.0
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Sony A7III | AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye | f/2.8
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Sony A7III | AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye | f/11
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Sony A7III | AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye | f/2.8

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Review: TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt

Introduction

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TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt on Sony A7rII

A 50mm 1.4 Tilt lens? Some of you might be having a Deja Vu now, as just recently I reviewed the AstrHori 50mm 1.4 Tilt lens. This TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt features a completely different optical and mechanical design though, so let’s find out together in this review which is the better lens.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt | f/1.4 | tilted
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt | f/1.4 | tilted
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt | f/1.4 | untilted
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt | f/1.4 | tilted
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt | f/1.4 | untilted

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Working with Tilt/Shift lenses

Introduction

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Canon TS-E 17mm 4.0L via Sigma MC-11 on Sony A7rII

Tilt/Shift lenses are rather exotic, they are mostly used for architecture or table top photography, and with the wide availability of post processing (correcting converging vertical lines and focus stacking) you see them very rarely nowadays, even amongst professional photographers .
In this article I will tell you what Tilt/Shift lenses are all about and what they can be used for.

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