All posts by BastianK

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.

Lens & Accessory Autumn 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 now.
Update November 14th: added new items, removed sold items, reduced prices.

Bastian

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 16€.
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 and I will get back to you.

PS: I am also interested in buying a Kolari Modded Gen2 or Gen3 Sony camera located in Europe Found one!


The following items are from my personal collection:


Zhong Yi Mitakon 135mm 1.4 (EF-Mount)

I once bought a sample of this lens and also wrote a short review. Unfortunately that sample had mechanical defects and I had to return it.
One day my contacts at Zhong Yi offered me to buy this later improved (more durable mechanics, sturdier tripod collar) model and in the end I decided to go for it. Truth be told, I am doing little portrait and brenizer work lately and could put the money to good use when it comes to non-photography related expenses. So if one of you guys or girls is interested in getting this exotic lens I would part with it.

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Review: 7Artisans 35mm 2.0 | 50mm 2.0 | 85mm 2.0 Spectrum Cine lenses

Introduction

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7Artisans 35mm 2.0 | 50mm 2.0 | 85mm 2.0 Cine Spectrum lenses

Affordable yet compact cine lenses are a big and interesting market for new lens manufacturers these days, but only few of these lenses cover the whole fullframe area. The guys at 7Artisans decided to enter the market with their Spectrum Cine lens line up consisting of a 35mm, 50mm and 85mm lens, all with a T-Stop of 2.0 and shared mechanics. Let’s have a closer look.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | 7Artisans 35mm 2.0 Spectrum | T2.0
7artisans cine spectrum fullframe s35 16:9 35mm 2.0 50mm 85mm bokeh sharpness flare vignetting gears handling build quality foucs breathing
Sony A7III | 7Artisans 85mm 2.0 Spectrum | T2.0
7artisans cine spectrum fullframe s35 16:9 35mm 2.0 50mm 85mm bokeh sharpness flare vignetting gears handling build quality
Sony A7III | 7Artisans 85mm 2.0 Spectrum | T2.0

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Review: Cobalt Image Basic Profiles, Film and Digital Emulations

Introduction

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Leica M10 | MS-Optics 135mm 2.4 | f/2.4 | Cobalt Portra 400

I have already been talking about editing pictures with the help of profiles in the past in the articles How I edit my pictures and Emulating Filmlook. This time I will have a look at the Cobalt Image profiles.

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Sony A7III | VM 75mm 1.5 Nokton | f/2.8 | Cobalt Portra 800
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Sony A7III | 28mm | Cobalt Portra 160

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Review: Mr. Ding Optics 50mm 1.1 Noxlux M

Introduction

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Mr. Ding Noxlux 50mm 1.1 on Leica M10

The Syoptic 50mm 1.1 was one of the big surprises for me in 2022, as it was a very capable, fast 50mm lens with surprisingly appealing bokeh rendering and a very affordable price tag.
Unfortunately there were also some issues: almost unreachable filter thread, loose focus rings in the first production run and allegedly some issues with product support.
Now the “official” and improved version of this lens is available branded as Mr. Ding Studio 50mm 1.1 Noxlux. Let’s have a look together.
This lens will be reviewed on the 42mp Sony A7rII and the 24mp Leica M10.

This lens is in many aspects identical to the Syoptic 50mm 1.1, so I will reuse a few sections of my review of that lens.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Mr. Ding 50mm 1.1 | f/1.1 | LM-EA9
mr. ding optics studio 50mm 1.1 noctilux leica nokton voigtländer review m10 42mp 24mp sony a7rii contrast resolution bokeh coma noxlux
Sony A7III | Mr. Ding 50mm 1.1 | f/1.1 | LM-EA9
Sony A7III | Mr. Ding 50mm 1.1 | f/1.1 | LM-EA9
mr. ding optics studio 50mm 1.1 noctilux leica nokton voigtländer review m10 42mp 24mp sony a7rii contrast resolution bokeh coma noxlux
Sony A7III | Mr. Ding 50mm 1.1 | f/1.1 | LM-EA9

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Analogue Adventures – Part 10: Kodak Portra 160

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Portra 160 is the “professional” grade average speed color film from Kodak. This one roll of Portra 160 cost me as much as a triple pack of Gold 200, so was it worth it?

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Leica M6 | MS-Optics 24mm 2.0 Aporia | f/8.0 | Portra 160
Kodak portra 160 analogue leica m6 contax canon fd olympus om
Leica M6 | MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia | f/8.0 | Portra 160 | cropped
Kodak portra 160 analogue leica m6 contax canon fd olympus om
Leica M6 | MS-Optics 35mm 1.4 Apoqualia | f/4.0 | Portra 160
Kodak portra 160 analogue leica m6 contax canon fd olympus om
Leica M6 | MS-Optics 24mm 2.0 Aporia | f/8.0 | Portra 160

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