All posts by BastianK

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.

Long-Term Review: Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.4

Introduction

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Sony A7rII with Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.4 Sonnar

The high price tag combined with the modest maximum aperture put many potential buyers off. Nonetheless personally I have used this lens regularly for almost two years now and thought it is time to share my experience in this long-term review.
Last Update: 08/03/18: long time experiences after ~2 years of usage added

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.4 | f/8.0
zeiss loxia 85mm 2.4 long term review
Sony A7rII | Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.4 | f/2.4
zeiss loxia 85mm 2.4 long term review
Sony A7rII | Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.4 | f/5.6 | panorama from 4 shots
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Sony A7rII | Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.4 | f/2.4 | full resolution

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Review: Carl Zeiss Jena 183mm 1.9 Visionar

Introduction

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Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 183mm 1.9 on Sony A7rII

After I tried the Visionar 109mm 1.6 I became quite interested in this line of projector lenses as they offer quite a lot of glass for the money. The 183mm 1.9 is the second longest and extreme of the line. So if you are interested in the look of a 180mm 2.0 but don’t want to spend more than 300€ be sure to keep reading!

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 183mm 1.9 | f/1.9
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Sony A7rII | Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 183mm 1.9 | f/1.9
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Sony A7rII | Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 183mm 1.9 | f/1.9

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Review: Sony RX1RII Sonnar 35mm 2.0

Introduction

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Sony RX1RII with Sonnar 35mm 2.0 lens

We still have no 35mm f/2.0 or f/1.8 with AF for the A7 series cameras, but the Sony RX1RII with the highly regarded Sonnar 35mm f/2.0 is finally coming down in price. So let us find out what this package has to offer.

Sample Images

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Sony RX1RII | Sonnar 35mm 2.0 | f/2.0
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Sony RX1RII | Sonnar 35mm 2.0 | f/2.0
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Sony RX1RII | Sonnar 35mm 2.0 | f/5.6

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