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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: 7Artisans 35mm 1.4 IF

Introduction

7artisans 35mm 1.4 m if internal focus rear m-mount leica m10 sony a7riii a7riv sharpness bokeh resolution contrast review
7Artisans 35mm 1.4 M IF with 7Artisans close focus adapter on Sony A7rII

The 7Artisans 35mm 1.4 IF came as a bit of a surprise as it features an internal focus design. Something, which is still rarely seen among M-mount lenses and a novelty for 7Artisans. But does this also translate to superior optical qualities? Let us find out in this review!
This lens will be reviewed on the 42mp Sony A7rII and the 24mp Leica M10.

Sample Images

7artisans 35mm 1.4 m if internal focus rear m-mount leica m10 sony a7riii a7riv sharpness bokeh resolution contrast review
Sony A7III | 7Artisans 35mm 1.4 M IF | f/1.4
7artisans 35mm 1.4 m if internal focus rear m-mount leica m10 sony a7riii a7riv sharpness bokeh resolution contrast review
Leica M10 | 7Artisans 35mm 1.4 M IF | f/1.4
7artisans 35mm 1.4 m if internal focus rear m-mount leica m10 sony a7riii a7riv sharpness bokeh resolution contrast review
Sony A7III | 7Artisans 35mm 1.4 M IF | f/1.4

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Review: Laowa 11mm 4.5 FF-RL

Introduction

laowa 11mm 4.5 zero-d distortion zero ultra wide w-dreamer uwa hyper wide heliar 10mm distortion zero-d
Laowa 11mm 4.5 on Sony A7rII

Laowa introduced 3 ultra wide angle lenses at roughly the same time in Summer 2020. This 11mm 4.5 FF-RL is in the one in the middle in terms of focal length and maximum aperture, but is it the goldilock’s lens in this set or should you rather stick to the record breaking 9mm lens or the low distortion 14mm lens? Let’s have a closer look!

Sample Images

laowa 11mm 4.5 zero-d distortion zero ultra wide w-dreamer uwa hyper wide heliar 10mm distortion zero-d
Sony A7III | Laowa 11mm 4.5 | f/8.0
laowa 11mm 4.5 zero-d distortion zero ultra wide w-dreamer uwa hyper wide heliar 10mm distortion zero-d
Sony A7rII | Laowa 11mm 4.5 | f/11
laowa 11mm 4.5 zero-d distortion zero ultra wide w-dreamer uwa hyper wide heliar 10mm distortion zero-d
Sony A7rII | Laowa 11mm 4.5 | f/8.0

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Review: Zhong Yi 50mm 0.95 M

Introduction

zhong yi mitakon 50mm 0.95 m-mount leica m10 sony a7riii a7riv sharpness bokeh resolution contrast review
Zhong Yi 50mm 0.95 M via metabones adapter on Sony A7rII

After the TTArtisan 50mm 0.95 we got another unexpected 50mm 0.95 M-mount contender in 2020, this time from Zhong Yi, who already have some experience with making 50mm 0.95 lenses for other systems.
Let us try to found out who offers the better affordable f/0.95 for M-mount!
This lens will be reviewed on the 42mp Sony A7rII and the 24mp Leica M10.

Sample Images

zhong yi mitakon 50mm 0.95 m-mount leica m10 sony a7riii a7riv sharpness bokeh resolution contrast review
Sony A7rII | Zhong Yi 50mm 0.95 M | f/0.95
zhong yi mitakon 50mm 0.95 m-mount leica m10 sony a7riii a7riv sharpness bokeh resolution contrast review
Sony A7rII | Zhong Yi 50mm 0.95 M | f/0.95
zhong yi mitakon 50mm 0.95 m-mount leica m10 sony a7riii a7riv sharpness bokeh resolution contrast review
Sony A7rII | Zhong YI 50mm 0.95 M | f/0.95

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Review: Sigma 180mm 5.6 Apo Macro (MF)

Introduction

sigma 180mm 5.6 f/5.6 apo macro makro light tele lightweight small 200mm sony 42mp a7rii a7riv a7riii adapted contax review resolution sharpness contrast
Sigma 180mm 5.6 Apo Macro via Novoflex C/Y-E adapter on Sony A7rII

Many of us have been looking for a small yet capable tele lens in the ~200mm range and so far we have mostly failed. Is this often overlooked Sigma 180mm f/5.6 macro the lens we have actually been searching for?

Sample Images

sigma 180mm 5.6 f/5.6 apo macro makro light tele lightweight small 200mm sony 42mp a7rii a7riv a7riii adapted contax review resolution sharpness contrast
Sony A7III | Sigma 180mm 5.6 Apo Macro | f/5.6
sigma 180mm 5.6 f/5.6 apo macro makro light tele lightweight small 200mm sony 42mp a7rii a7riv a7riii adapted contax review resolution sharpness contrast
Sony A7rII | Sigma 180mm 5.6 Apo Macro | f/5.6
sigma 180mm 5.6 f/5.6 apo macro makro light tele lightweight small 200mm sony 42mp a7rii a7riv a7riii adapted contax review resolution sharpness contrast
Sony A7rII | Sigma 180mm 5.6 Apo Macro | f/8.0 | panorama from 7 images

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Review: TTArtisan 50mm 0.95

Introduction

ttartisan 50mm 0.95 7artisans noctilux bokeh super fast f/0.95 portrait sharpness leica-m m10 42mp 24mp
TTArtisan 50mm 0.95 on Sony A7rII

The TTArtisan 50mm 0.95 is probably the most anticipated lens by TTArtisan so far, as – at least on paper – it rivals the famous yet unobtainably expensive Leica 50mm 0.95 Noctilux.
And for E-mount users it will be interesting to see if this lens performs better than the Zhong Yi 50mm 0.95 E.
This lens will be reviewed on the 42mp Sony A7rII and the 24mp Leica M10.

Sample Images

ttartisan 50mm 0.95 7artisans noctilux bokeh super fast f/0.95 portrait sharpness leica-m m10 42mp 24mp
Leica M10 | TTArtisan 50mm 0.95 | f/0.95
ttartisan 50mm 0.95 7artisans noctilux bokeh super fast f/0.95 portrait sharpness leica-m m10 42mp 24mp
Sony A7rII | TTArtisan 50mm 0.95 | f/0.95
ttartisan 50mm 0.95 7artisans noctilux bokeh super fast f/0.95 portrait sharpness leica-m m10 42mp 24mp
Sony A7rII | TTArtisan 50mm 0.95 | f/5.6

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