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My name is Bastian and I am your expert here when it comes to ultra wide angle lenses, super fast portrait lenses (ranging from a 50mm f/0.95 to a 200mm f/1.8) and I also have reviewed way too many 35mm lenses. Don't ask me anything about macro or wildlife shooting though.

Review: Nikon 200mm 2.0 IF-ED Ai – The first of its Kind

Introduction

nikon 200mm 2.0 ai ai-s if ed f/2.0 super tele fast 1977 sport reportage press review 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting
Nikon 200mm 2.0 IF-ED on Sony A7rII

The Nikon Nikkor 200mm 2.0 IF-ED Ai from 1977 is not only one of Nikon’s most famous lenses, it is also one of the few super fast tele lenses in the ~200mm range I did not yet get my hands on. I have been watching the eBay auctions for this lens for years and at the end of 2023 I managed to find one in mint condition at a price I could afford. So finally, here we are, to have a closer look at the first of its kind.

Sample Images

nikon 200mm 2.0 ai ai-s if ed f/2.0 super tele fast 1977 sport reportage press review 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting
Nikon Z6 | FTZ II | Nikon 200mm 2.0 | f/2.0
nikon 200mm 2.0 ai ai-s if ed f/2.0 super tele fast 1977 sport reportage press review 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting
Nikon Z6 | FTZ II | Nikon 200mm 2.0 | f/2.0
nikon 200mm 2.0 ai ai-s if ed f/2.0 super tele fast 1977 sport reportage press review 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting
Sony A7III | Nikon 200mm 2.0 IF-ED | f/2.0
nikon 200mm 2.0 ai ai-s if ed f/2.0 super tele fast 1977 sport reportage press review 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting
Sony A7III | Nikon 200mm 2.0 IF-ED | f/2.0
nikon 200mm 2.0 ai ai-s if ed f/2.0 super tele fast 1977 sport reportage press review 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting
Sony A7III | Nikon 200mm 2.0 IF-ED | f/2.0
nikon 200mm 2.0 ai ai-s if ed f/2.0 super tele fast 1977 sport reportage press review 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting
Sony A7III | Nikon 200mm 2.0 IF-ED | f/2.0 | pano from 4 shots | 130mm f/1.3 equivalent

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Review: Voigtländer 50mm 1.1 Nokton – Better than its reputation?

Introduction

Voigtländer VM 50mm 1.1 nokton noctilux review sharpness comparison leica m10 24mp 42mp 61mp m11 bokeh vignetting coma
Voigtländer 50mm 1.1 Nokton on Leica M10

Not counting special editions Cosina released ten different 50mm rangefinder lenses by now. This Voigtländer 50mm 1.1 Nokton was the first super fast one, featuring an all spherical design similar to the Leica 50mm 1.0 Noctilux. Despite its appealing f/1.1 maximum aperture, this has never been one of Cosina’s more popular lenses – which is clearly reflected by its used price, as you can often find it for ~$500. For a lens this fast that is not a bad price, reason enough to have a closer look at this lens myself.
This lens will be reviewed on the 42mp Sony A7rII and the 24mp Leica M10.

Sample Images

Voigtländer VM 50mm 1.1 nokton noctilux review sharpness comparison leica m10 24mp 42mp 61mp m11 bokeh vignetting coma
Leica M10 | Voigtländer 50mm 1.1 Nokton | f/1.1
Voigtländer VM 50mm 1.1 nokton noctilux review sharpness comparison leica m10 24mp 42mp 61mp m11 bokeh vignetting coma
Leica M10 | Voigtländer 50mm 1.1 Nokton | f/1.1
Voigtländer VM 50mm 1.1 nokton noctilux review sharpness comparison leica m10 24mp 42mp 61mp m11 bokeh vignetting coma
Leica M10 | Voigtländer 50mm 1.1 Nokton | f/2.0
Voigtländer VM 50mm 1.1 nokton noctilux review sharpness comparison leica m10 24mp 42mp 61mp m11 bokeh vignetting coma
Leica M10 | Voigtländer 50mm 1.1 Nokton | f/1.1

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Review: Yasuhara Anthy 35mm 1.8

Introduction

yasuhara anthy35 35mm 1.8 contrast resolution sharpness review sony 42mp 61mp a7rv a7riv a7rii a7iii coma vignetting bokeh
Yasuhara Anthy 35mm 1.8 on Sony A7rII

Yasuhara has a bit of an illustrous history. Founded in 1998 by a former Kyocera camera engineer, an M39 rangefinder camera has been sold under that brand from 1998 to 2004. The company then disappeared but resurfaced in 2011, now designing lenses. The founder passed away in 2020, so I am not sure if there will be any new products under this brand. Nevertheless, I did get my hands on their Yasuhara Anthy 35mm 1.8 for E-mount, so let’s have a closer look at this somewhat exotic lens.

Sample Images

yasuhara anthy35 35mm 1.8 contrast resolution sharpness review sony 42mp 61mp a7rv a7riv a7rii a7iii coma vignetting bokeh
Sony A7III | Yasuhara Anthy 35mm 1.8 | f/1.8
yasuhara anthy35 35mm 1.8 contrast resolution sharpness review sony 42mp 61mp a7rv a7riv a7rii a7iii coma vignetting bokeh
Sony A7III | Yasuhara Anthy 35mm 1.8 | f/1.8
yasuhara anthy35 35mm 1.8 contrast resolution sharpness review sony 42mp 61mp a7rv a7riv a7rii a7iii coma vignetting bokeh
Sony A7III | Yasuhara Anthy 35mm 1.8 | f/1.8
yasuhara anthy35 35mm 1.8 contrast resolution sharpness review sony 42mp 61mp a7rv a7riv a7rii a7iii coma vignetting bokeh
Sony A7III | Yasuhara Anthy 35mm 1.8 | f/1.8
yasuhara anthy35 35mm 1.8 contrast resolution sharpness review sony 42mp 61mp a7rv a7riv a7rii a7iii coma vignetting bokeh
Sony A7III | Yasuhara Anthy 35mm 1.8 | f/1.8
yasuhara anthy35 35mm 1.8 contrast resolution sharpness review sony 42mp 61mp a7rv a7riv a7rii a7iii coma vignetting bokeh
Sony A7III | Yasuhara Anthy 35mm 1.8 | f/2.8

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Review: Nikon AF-S 24-70mm 2.8G N ED IF

Introduction

nikon af-s 24-70mm 2.8 G ed N zoom standardzoom midrange standard tele 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting portrait
Nikon AF-S 24-70mm 2.8G via Monster LA-FE1 on Sony A7rII

By now I have used more than 260 lenses. Interestingly there has never been a 24-70mm 2.8 midrange zoom among those, even though they are really popular, there are a lot of them and pretty much any manufacturer made at least one. In my pursuit of assembling a set of affordable autofocus lenses with nice imaging characteristics, it is now finally time to change that. So let’s have a closer look at this Nikon AF-S 24-70mm 2.8G IF ED N.

Sample Images

nikon af-s 24-70mm 2.8 G ed N zoom standardzoom midrange standard tele 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting portrait
Sony A7III | Nikon AF-S 24-70mm 2.8G | Monster LA-FE1 | 24mm | 2.8
nikon af-s 24-70mm 2.8 G ed N zoom standardzoom midrange standard tele 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting portrait
Sony A7III | Nikon AF-S 24-70mm 2.8G | Monster LA-FE1 | 35mm | 4.0
nikon af-s 24-70mm 2.8 G ed N zoom standardzoom midrange standard tele 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting portrait
Sony A7III | Nikon AF-S 24-70mm 2.8G | Monster LA-FE2 | 24mm | f/11
nikon af-s 24-70mm 2.8 G ed N zoom standardzoom midrange standard tele 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting portrait
Sony A7III | Nikon AF-S 24-70mm 2.8G | Monster LA-FE2 | 70mm | f/5.6
nikon af-s 24-70mm 2.8 G ed N zoom standardzoom midrange standard tele 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting portrait
Sony A7III | Nikon AF-S 24-70mm 2.8G | Monster LA-FE2 | 24mm | f/4.0
nikon af-s 24-70mm 2.8 G ed N zoom standardzoom midrange standard tele 42mp sony nikon z 61mp z6 z7 z8 z9 a7riv a7rv contrast sharpness bokeh vignetting portrait
Sony A7III | Nikon AF-S 24-70mm 2.8G | Monster LA-FE2 | 70mm | f/2.8

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Lens & Accessory Summer 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.
Update July 8th, 2024: added new item, removed sold items

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 17€.
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.

If you are interested, leave a comment with your Email address (it will not be visible to the public) and I will get back to you.


The following items are former review samples:


AstrHori 50mm 2.0 E

astr hori sony fe 50mm 2.0 fullframe lens contrast resolution 33mp 42mp 61mp sharpness vignetting a7riv a7rv a9 bokeh portrait compact
AstrHori 50mm 2.0

The same exact lens from this review.

This lens has only been used for the review and is in as-new condition.
Update: comes with retail box and both caps.

33€ + shipping

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