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My name is Bastian and for many years I have been mostly shooting Nikon DSLRs. As of today I have made my transition from Nikon to Sony and I am mainly using small but capable manual lenses. My passion is landscape photography but I also like to delve into other subjects from time to time.

Lens aberrations explained – Part 1

Introduction

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In many of our lens reviews we talk about certain kinds of aberrations, so this article shall give you an overview of typical lens aberrations, tell you in what lenses to encounter them and how to cope with them.
We may publish another article in the future that will go further into detail, not only naming the aberrations, but talking about what causes them.

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Leica M10 – The Camera (?)

Introduction

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Leica M10 with Voigtlander VM 75mm 1.5

Leica M10. The Camera. Photography reduced to its essentials. This is what Leica says about this camera. If you care what I think of it: keep on reading.

For many people owning a Leica camera is a dream. But why is that so? Is it simply the high price tag, the Bauhaus look or the huge “Made in Germany” writing, not hidden on a sticker at the bottom of the camera, but easily visible on the back?
It surely isn’t image quality or ease of use. You get more of both, elsewhere, for less. This is why Leica cameras are often perceived as vain men’s luxury items, that happen to be able to take photos from time to time.

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Leica M10 | 7Artisans 28mm 1.4 FE+ | f/1.4
leica m10 review rangefinder messsucher comparison vergleich sony a7iii a7rii R2 42mp 24mp wide angle portrait
Leica M10 | Voigtlander VM 75mm 1.5 | f/1.5
leica m10 review rangefinder messsucher comparison vergleich sony a7iii a7rii R2 42mp 24mp wide angle portrait
Leica M10 | TTArtisan 21mm 1.5 | f/1.5

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Review: Zhong Yi Mitakon 135mm 1.4 Speedmaster

Introduction

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Zhong Yi Mitakon 135mm 1.4 Speedmaster on Sony A7rII

The Zhong Yi Mitakon 135mm 1.4 Speedmaster is a very rare and also unique big aperture portrait lens. So far only ~100 have been made and trying to find useful information on it is more than difficult, so with this review I will try to change that.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Zhong Yi 135mm 1.4 | f/1.4
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Sony A7III | Zhong Yi 135mm 1.4 | f/1.4
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Sony A7III | Zhong Yi 135mm 1.4 | f/1.4

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Review: TTArtisan 35mm 1.4

Introduction

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TTArtisan 35mm 1.4 on Sony A7rII

We already reviewed the 7Artisans 35mm 1.4 and now we have a more complex 35mm 1.4 by TTArtisan. Unfortunately the lens does not seem to optimized for the Sony filter stack, so how good a performer is this lens when used on a Sony camera? Let us find out in this review!

Update 03/01/20: added sharpness infinity chart for Leica M10 and a few additional information regarding its use on a rangefinder camera

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 35mm 1.4 | f/1.4
ttartisan 7artisans 35mm 1.4 asph sharpness mirrorless spiegellos review coma astro milky way milchstraße coma koma
Sony A7III | TTArtisan 35mm 1.4 | f/1.4
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 35mm 1.4 | f/1.4

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Review: TTArtisan 21mm 1.5

Introduction

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TTArtisan 21mm 1.5 with TTArtisan M->E adapter on Sony A7rII

The TTArtisan 21mm 1.5 is not only a fast but also a very compact wide angle lens. Does the small size take its toll, or will this be a similarly positive surprise as the similarly sized 7Artisans 28mm 1.4? Let us find out how it performs on the Sony A7rII and the Leica M10!

Sample Images

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Leica M10 | TTArtisan 21mm 1.5 | f/5.6
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Sony A7rII | TTArtisan 21mm 1.5 | f/1.5
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Sony A7rII | TTArtisan 21mm 1.5 | f/8.0

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