Jannik’s flickr page

Bastian’s flickr page

Phillip’s flickr page – Phillip’s everyday photography

Phillip’s  second flickr page – Full resolution images, images for this blog and postprocessing samples

Our facebook page – Phillip’s German blog Bastian’s workshop site (in German)

Forums Alternative Gear and Lenses – Our favorite forum for lens and camera related talk. We can only recommend the  Sony A7(r) Images Thread.

Systemkamera Forum –  a German community for mirrorless cameras

Lenses – Roger Cicala is a photo geek par excellence and runs the quality control department of lensrentals. Which is great for the photocommunity because when he tests lenses he can test many copies of the same lens so his data is much more reliable than for example mine because he can test many copies and not just one.

Ron Scheffler’s Blog – Ron has published some really informative tests mostly on rangefinder lenses – good coverage of all mirrorless systems – A large collection of old magazine tests‘s flickr sets of many manual lenses

Minolta – Dennis has created the most comprehensive database on Minolta lenses I know of, especially useful is his Minolta lens index

Das Minolta Forum – a German forum for Minolta and Sony related talk. Their Knowledge about Minolta is huge and Phillip’s love for Minolta was kindled there. – Stephan has published some great reviews of the most important A-mount lenses and he also tested some Minolta Rokkor lenses on a Nex-5n and an a7. Some parts of his homepage are in German. – the site has many reviews from the film era which are still informativ today

Ad Dielmans lens gallery – high quality images of most Minolta Lenses – Many tests of Minolta lenses on the Nex-5n


Ben Horne’s Youtube Channel – He is a large format landscape photographer and produces some awesome video journals

Thomas Heaton‘s Youtube Channel – Also a landscape photographer – online magazine about landscape photography, a bit film centrist and British but I like that

Optical Knowledge

Introduction to lens design by Brandon Dube lens aberations

Other – Matt is a friend of Phillip and writes about Samsung NX cameras and lenses.



13 thoughts on “Links”

  1. To whom it may concern
    I would like to check with you, on SEL2470Z about the lens. Where is the lens made? As mine is made of plastic at outer of the lens. Hope to hear from you.


  2. Hi Phillip, thanks for your informative site. Have you used, or do you know about, the Tokina Minolta AF 28-70mm AT-X Pro f2.6-2.8 on the Sony A7R? Thanks for your kind reply. Gilbert

  3. Hi!
    First of all, thank´s for great info and thoughts about lenses and cameras. Also nice pics that can give the reader some positive new creative ideas.
    A lens tip: Sigma 70 mm f2,8 macro. I have used it in my work as a professional Photographer together with Sony A7mk2 and a Metabone (Canon). The 70 mm is sharp from corner edges to the center already on f2,8 (some vignetting). It has a nice way of dealing with details that are not in focus, and is very usable at f16 with excellent result specially att closer distances with leaf, fungus, plants etc . Landscape works perfectly with this lens, since there are not many lenses that can separate the needles in e.g. a distant Pine forest,
    Lasse Arvidson, Photographer specialized in Forestry and forest in the Nordic countries. My work is mainly for magazines and Forestry companies.

  4. Hi Phillip,

    I’ve been inspired by your blog to test my own lenses and have been looking for a way to best view/present my results for comparison purposes. I like the format that you follow here, showing the sample photo with red rectangles over sections of the image, then showing 100% crops of those areas at various apertures. What software do you use to create this layout? I’ve tried using Lightroom to create contact sheets but I’m struggling to figure out, e.g. how to create same-size crops of the same section of an image from multiple frames, how to add text, etc. Could you possibly point me to an online tutorial that shows how to do this?

    1. Hi Steph,
      I use Photoshop to create these. I export my 4-7 images as layers to PS and there I have created actions to crop the relevant parts and put them into my template. Quite difficult to explain but I just use basic PS-techniques. It has been many years since I learned those skills though and I wouldn’t know an online resource.

      1. Thanks for this, Phillip. At least now that I know that I need to learn how to use layers and actions in Photoshop!

  5. Hi Phillip,
    I really like your website and am happy that you now have a few contributors to help you.
    May I recommend you try to do a review of the Vivitar 135mm Auto Telephoto Close Focusing 1:2.8 lens ? This lens really shines in my lens stable, and is a very good complement to my Minolta MC/MD squad…
    Thanks to you and your team for your excellent work, it is a pleasure to read any new article written.


  6. Phillip,
    Love your web content and photos. I found this article this morning and thought the content was very good.

    In the further reading section, there are some very good examples of micro contrast vs. some more modern zooms with little to no micro contrast.

    I read the short review of the Minolta MD 24mm 2.8 on yuor site and wondered how it compared to the Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 24mm 2.8. My copy seems to be very good and has very nice color rendition. Here’s a photo I took with it on my A7 II.


  7. Curious if you will be reviewing the IRIX Firefly 15mm f/2.4 lens. They are going to release (soon) an adapter for use on the Sony FE mount.
    It should compete with the Laowa 15mm and perhaps even the Tokina Firin 20mm.
    Your thoughts?

    1. Crazy flare, soft corners at wider apertures, huge vignetting and at over 700g with adapter (which needs to be very high quality for a 15mm) I am pretty sure no one in the team is interested. Price is the only advantage I see and the adapter will add to the costs.

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