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I like to be outside with my camera and I am also a gear head with a love for manual lenses.

Sony FE List – a new tool

After a significant amount of work I am a little proud to present you the complete Sony FE list. The idea was to create a tool which makes it quick to look up and compare the specifications of every fullframe E-mount lens with CPU. You can reach it quickly at list.philllipreeve.net.

The list isn’t in it’s final form but it felt like it was time let it into the wild. If you have any suggestions on how to improve it or spot a mistake please leave a comment.

As always: Sharing the list is much appreciated :).

Phillip

Review: Voigtlander 75mm F1.5 Nokton VM

The Voigtlander 75mm F1.5 is a very compact yet fast medium tele. In this review I test it’s performance on the Sony a7 series. Users of a Leica M should also gain a few insights from this review but I haven’t used it on a M.

Image Samples

Most images in this review can be found in full resolution in my Voigtlander 1.5/75 flickr set.

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Lenses to sell

Because we all have way more lenses than we can actually use we have a number of lenses to sell.

Bastian

Shipping: I am shipping at cost with DHL and only to the EU. To Germany that’s 4.99 €, to the rest of the EU usually 13.99 €.
Payment: Bank Transfer or Paypal for Friends.
Contact: just leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Laowa 15mm 4.0 Macro (E-mount)

laowa 15mm 4.0 f/4 macro f/4.0 review 42mp high resolution makro close focus flare e-mount a7rii a7riii
Laowa 15mm 4.0 macro with hood attached

Overall Condition: 5/5 (only used for the review)
Cosmetical Condtion: as new
Optics: as new
Includes: lens, hood, both caps and original box

Price: 410€ + shipping

David

Shipping: Australia Post Tracked Parcel within Australia

EMS (via Australia Post) worldwide. Will charge at cost, if you enquire and tell me where you are I can find out. But typically $35USD to most places.

Payment: Paypal for Friends

Contact: :eave a comment, or dbm305@gmail.com

Lenses

Voigtländer 10mm f5.6 E mount. Mint (4.7/5)

Price: $US 790 + shipping.

Images etc: if you contact me with your email address I can send you images, don’t have time to do it right now!

 

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Review: Voigtlander Nokton 21mm F1.4 E

The Voigtlander 1.4/21 is a relatively compact super fast lens for the Sony FE system. In this review I evaluate it’s performance in a wide range of scenarios.

Image Samples

Most images in this review can be found in full resolution in my Voigtlander 1.4/21mm flickr set.

 

Specifications

Diameter 70.5 mm
Length 79.5 mm
Filter Thread 62 mm
Weight (no hood, no caps) 539 g
Max. Magnification 1:7
Close Focusing Distance from the sensor 0.25 m
Number of aperture blades 12
Elements/ Groups 13/11

The Voigtlander 1.4/21 sells for $1199 at CameraQuest | Amazon.com or B&H. 1399€ at ebay.de or ebay.co.uk (affiliate links).

Changelog

  • 28.6.2019 – Start of review
  • 2.7.2019 – Added some Samples, linked full resolution images and updated alternatives section
  • finalized review

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Sony FE 35mm F1.8 announced

Sony just announced the  35mm F1.8. We will preorder it and review it as soon as possible. Here is what information we have found so far.

Specifications

Diameter 66 mm
Length 73 mm
Filter Thread 55 mm
Weight 280 g
Max. Magnification 1:4
Close focusing distance 22 cm
Number of aperture blades 9, rounded
Elements/ Groups 11/9 – one aspherical element
You will be able to pre-order it soonish at amazon.com | B&H Photo for $748 and support the blog (affiliate links). The price in Germany will be 699€ and it should be available from August. 

Handling

Comes with AF/MF switch and configurable focus stop button.

Sony claims linear focus. Yay!

Hands-on images

dpreview.com

Sample Images

imaging-resource.com – 24 full resolution images mostly wide open

Sony.net – some are available in full resolution, heavily processed

Promo video with more bokeh samples

Images Quality

Bokeh

Out of focus highlights seem to be rendered with a smooth transition and some color fringing.

Cat’s eyes  are about average.

The transition zone appears

The first samples don’t tell us much. In the not that demanding scenario bokeh looks smooth without the stronger bokeh fringing of the FE 2/28.

One still-frame of the video shows busier corners at longer distances and also some LoCA in the model’s hair but it is a more challenging scenario.

Chromatic Aberration

I see quite a lot of of axial CA in samples.

Sharpness

The off-center eye of the model shot at f/1.8 looks very sharp. There are no samples yet to judge sharpness of the corners.

Sony’s MTF diagram looks very promising as well. Sharper in the center than the 1.8/85 with little astigmatism one only a little stronger falloff in the corners and certainly sharper than the FE 2/28.

Samples show rather strong coma wide open.

First Impressions

From the spec sheet two aspects stand out to me: The weight and the magnification. At 280g the Sony is 90g lighter than the competing Nikon Z lens and 20g lighter than the Canon RF lens. it is less than half the weight of Sony’s own ZA 1.4/35. While it doesn’t reach the 1:2 magnification of the Canon RF 1.8/35 macro a magnification of 1:4 is very respectable for a 35mm prime.

The samples available so far don’t make me excited since there seems to be quite a bit of CA and bad coma correction as I would expect from a lens of this speed and weight but on the other hand it is very light, sharpness looks good and bokeh mostly fine.

I was a bit surprised by the price in the US, usually we have to pay quite a bit more in the EU but the difference is smaller this time. The prices seems to be a bit steep but if no further weaknesses become appear it could be justified since a 1.8/35 covers a wide range of applications.