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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.

The Manual Photographers Series Part 0.2: BastianK

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Hi Bastian,
can you tell us a little bit about yourself and why you use manual Lenses?

Bastian: I am a bridge engineer from Germany and my lovestory with manual lenses began with the 50mm 0.95 Mitakon and the 12mm 5.6 Voigtlander used with the Sony A7. I couldn’t believe it being possible to get consistently sharp results with a lens like the 50mm 0.95 after I have so badly failed using an Ai-s Nikkor 50mm 1.2 on my D800 (which was even equipped with an EG-s focusing screen).  The 12mm 5.6 on the other hand was a total relief in terms of size and weight and so I was hooked. Right now I have sold almost all of my Nikon gear. If you are curious you can read the whole story here: my transition from Nikon to Sony.
It is also a matter of fact that by the time I was using manual lenses I realised I don’t need AF for most of what I am doing and so today I am confident enough to even shoot weddings without AF lenses.

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Sony A7s | Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G | f/11.0 | higher resolution
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Sony A7s | Leica Summicron-M 90mm 2.0 pre Asph | f/11.0 | higher resolution
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Sony A7s | Loxia 21mm 2.8 | f/10.0 | higher resolution

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Review: Laowa 12mm 2.8 Zero-D

Introduction

Sony A7rII with Laowa 12mm 2.8 Zero-D and Sigma MC-11 adapter
Sony A7rII with Laowa 12mm 2.8 Zero-D and Sigma MC-11 adapter

It is a very interesting time for wide angle junkies like me: after the smallish Voigtlander 10mm 5.6 and 15mm 4.5 I now get the chance to review the fast Laowa 12mm 2.8 Zero-D. It is the fastest rectilinear lens wider than 14mm and the widest rectilinear lens as fast as f/2.8 and I am very curious to find out about the optical qualities!
Last Update:
Review finalized, Longitudinal CA, Bokeh, Alternatives, preliminary conclusion added (08/09/16)

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Laowa 12mm 2.8 Zero-D | f/8.0 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Laowa 12mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | ISO6400 | 25s | full resolution
sony a7 a7rii a7rm2 laowa venus optics zero distortion wide angle 12mm 2.8 fast coma bokeh
Sony A7rII | Laowa 12mm 2.8 Zero-D | f/11 | full resolution

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Tripods for Mirrorless Cameras

Introduction

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When it comes to tripods mirrorless cameras have different requirements than DSLRs and so you can often get by with a lighter tripod. Unfortunately there are many manufacturers to chose from and even more commercial claims which are often misleading. As I have not only used quite a few myself but also witnessed the joy and frustation people experienced with their tripods during my workshops, I want to share my experiences with you.

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Review: Canon EF 135mm 2.0L – the Lord of the Rings on Sony a7rii

Introduction

Sony A7rII with Sigma MC-11 and Canon EF 135mm 2.0 L USM
Sony A7rII with Sigma MC-11 and Canon EF 135mm 2.0 L USM

The Canon EF 135mm 2.0L is often referred to as being the “Lord of the Red Rings” and many think it is one of the – if not the best and sharpest among all L-lenses. On the other hand the optical design dates back more than 20 years now, so let us find out how the lens performs when coupled with the 42mp A7rII!

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII |Canon EF 135mm 2.0 L | f/2.0 | full resolution
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Sony A7rII |Canon EF 135mm 2.0 L | f/2.0 | full resolution
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Sony A7rII |Canon EF 135mm 2.0 L | f/5.6 | panorama from 4 shots | full resolution

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Review: Canon EF 70-200m 4.0L USM

Introduction

Sony A7rII with Sigma MC-11 and Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L USM
Sony A7rII with Sigma MC-11 and Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L USM

For a long time I have been searching for a lightweight telezoom with very good optical properties, well defined sunstars and a justifiable price. By chance I  came along some nice photos my friend Chris from Cologne took with his Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L USM and after talking to him he even offered to lend me the lens for a review. So find out if my search has finally come to an end!

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII |Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L | 165mm f/4.0
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Sony A7rII |Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L | 70mm f/11.0 | full resolution
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Sony A7rII |Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0 L | 70mm f/4.0 | full resolution

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