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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.

Review: Laowa 10-18mm 4.5-5.6 FE C-Dreamer

Introduction

laowa 10-18mm zoom c-dreamer 4.5-5.6 ultra wide 42mp a7 a7rII a7rIII review sharpness
Laowa FE 10-18mm 4.5-5.6 C-Dreamer on Sony A7rII

It seems every two years we see an interesting ultra wide angle FE lens by Laowa. First the Laowa 15mm 2.0 Zero-D FE at Photokina in 2016 and now 2 years later the Laowa 10-18mm 4.5-5.6 C-Dreamer FE at Photokina 2018.
The Voigtländer 10mm 5.6 E held the crown for being the widest rectilinear lens, now we have a zoom lens starting at 10mm but going all the way up to 18mm by Laowa. Is the image quality good enough to get this over the Voigtlander?
Last Update: 100mm filter holder added, handling section updated, more samples added, conclusion updated (03/27/19)

Sample Images

laowa 10-18mm zoom c-dreamer 4.5-5.6 ultra wide 42mp a7 a7rII a7rIII review sharpness
Sony A7rII | Laowa FE 10-18mm 4.5-5.6 | 10mm | f/5.6
laowa 10-18mm zoom c-dreamer 4.5-5.6 ultra wide 42mp a7 a7rII a7rIII review sharpness
Sony A7rII | Laowa FE 10-18mm 4.5-5.6 | 10mm | f/11
laowa 10-18mm zoom c-dreamer 4.5-5.6 ultra wide 42mp a7 a7rII a7rIII review sharpness
Sony A7rII | Laowa FE 10-18mm 4.5-5.6 | 10mm | f/11 | polarizer
laowa 10-18mm zoom c-dreamer 4.5-5.6 ultra wide 42mp a7 a7rII a7rIII review sharpness
Sony A7rII | Laowa FE 10-18mm 4.5-5.6 | 10mm | f/11
laowa 10-18mm zoom c-dreamer 4.5-5.6 ultra wide 42mp a7 a7rII a7rIII review sharpness
Sony A7rII | Laowa FE 10-18mm 4.5-5.6 | 10mm | f/5.6

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Review: 7artisans 28mm 1.4 FE-Plus

Introduction

7artisans leica summulix 28mm 1.4 f/1.4 wide angle fast 42mp sony feplus resolution contrast coma review
7artisans 28mm 1.4 FEplus via Hawk’s Factory adapter on Sony A7rII

So far the only native 28mm prime lens is the Sony FE 28mm 2.0. Now 7artisans is offering a version of  its 28mm 1.4 M-mount lens with an optical design adjusted to the thick filter stack of the Sony cameras. This is the first 7artisans lens reviewed here, so let us find out what this new manufacturer has to offer.

Sample Images

7artisans leica summulix 28mm 1.4 f/1.4 wide angle fast 42mp sony feplus resolution contrast coma review
Sony A7s | 7artisans 28mm 1.4 | f/1.4
7artisans leica summulix 28mm 1.4 f/1.4 wide angle fast 42mp sony feplus resolution contrast coma review
Sony A7rII | 7artisans 28mm 1.4 | f/1.4
7artisans leica summulix 28mm 1.4 f/1.4 wide angle fast 42mp sony feplus resolution contrast coma review
Sony A7rII | 7artisans 28mm 1.4 | f/1.4

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Review: Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8

Introduction

42mp high res resolution canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter 45mm 2.8 f/2.8 45 review
Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8 via Sigma MC-11 on Sony A7rII

The Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8 hit the market in 1991. It is now one of the cheapest Tilt/Shift lenses you can find, but is there still a place for this lens in today’s world of high resolution sensors? Let uns find out in this review!

Sample Images

42mp high res resolution canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter 45mm 2.8 f/2.8 45 review
Sony A7rII | Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | Full Tilt+Shift Left and full Tilt+Shift Right combined
42mp high res resolution canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter 45mm 2.8 f/2.8 45 review
Sony A7rII | Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | Tilt Left
42mp high res resolution canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter 45mm 2.8 f/2.8 45 review
Sony A7rII | Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | Tilt Diagonally

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Review: Canon TS-E 17mm 4.0L

Introduction

canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter 17mm 4.0 f/4.0 TSE 4,0 1:4
Canon TS-E 17mm 4.0L via Sigma MC-11 on Sony A7rII

The Canon TS-E 17mm 4.0L is still the widest shift lens available ten years after it hit the market. We have seen many great ultra wide angle lenses for the shorter flange focal distances mirrorless cameras, so is there still a place in today’s mirrorless world for this lens?

Sample Images

canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter 17mm 4.0 f/4.0 TSE 4,0 1:4 review
Sony A7rII | Canon TS-E 17mm 4.0L | f/8 | Shift Up
canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter 17mm 4.0 f/4.0 TSE 4,0 1:4 review
Sony A7rII | Canon TS-E 17mm 4.0L | f/8.0 | portrait orientation horizontal shift pano
canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter how to
Sony A7rII | Canon TS-E 17mm 4.0L | f/4.0 | Shift Up

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