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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.

Review: Zeiss Planar 2/45 T*

Car Zeiss Planar 2/45The Zeiss Planar was one of the sharpest normal lenses back in the film days. In this review I check how well it performs on the 24MP Sony a7.

Thanks to Uwe for loaning me the lens and Techart adapter for this review!

Sample Images

Zeiss Planar 2/45 Sample Image
Sony a7 | Zeiss Planar 2/45 | f/2 | full resolution
Zeiss Planar 2/45 Sony a7 Sample Image
Sony a7 | Zeiss Planar 2/45 | f/2 | full resolution

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Sony a7 | Zeiss Planar 2/45 | f/8 | full resolution

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Review: Sony FE 1.8/50 (SEL50F18F)

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The new Sony FE 1.8/50 is the second more affordable lens after the FE 2/28 which I liked a lot. Has Sony created another winner?

Sample Images

Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/11 | Sony a7 | full resolution
Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/11 | Sony a7 | full resolution
Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/1.8 | Sony a7 | full resolution
Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/1.8 | Sony a7 | full resolution
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Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/1.8 | Sony a7 | full resolution
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Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/1.8 | Sony a7 | full resolution

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Review: Pentax K SMC 28mm 1:3.5

Pentax SMC 3.5/28 K front

The Pentax is a rather small and affordable 28mm lens and  Pentax had a reputation for their very effective coatings. Read on if you want to know why I like it so much on my 24MP fullframe Sony a7.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 63mm
  • Length: 47mm
  • Weight: 261g
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Number of aperture blades: 5
  • Close Focusing Distance: 0.3m
  • Mount: Pentax K

The Pentax K SMC 1:3.5/28 usually sells for around $45-90 at ebay.com (affiliate link). 
In Germany you can buy it for 40-85€ at ebay.de (affiliate link). 

Sample images

Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/3.5 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/3.5 | full resolution

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Quick-Review: Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8

Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8

Specifications

  • Diameter: 66mm
  • Length: 68mm
  • Weight: 415g
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Number of aperture blades: 6
  • Close Focusing Distance: 0.3m
  • Mount: Minolta SR

The Minolta MC 35mm 1:1.8 usually sells for around $115-160 at ebay.com (affiliate link). 
In Germany you can buy it for 120-160€ at ebay.de (affiliate link). 

Sample images

Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8 | full resolution

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Quick Review: Minolta MC/MD 85mm 1:1.7

Minolta MC Rokkor 85mm 1:1.7

Specifications

  • Diameter: 71mm
  • Length: 62mm
  • Weight: 455g
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Number of aperture blades: 6
  • Close Focusing Distance: 1m
  • Mount: Minolta SR

The Minolta MC/MD 85mm 1:1.7 usually sells for around $210-280 at ebay.com (affiliate link). 
In Germany you can buy it for 130-180€ at ebay.de (affiliate link). 

Sample images

Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7
Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7
Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7| full resolution

Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7

Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7 | full resolution

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