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Review: Samyang 50mm 1.2 XP

Introduction

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Samyang 50mm 1.2 XP via metabones adapter on Sony A7rII

Back in 2018 Samyang – mostly known for cheap manual focus lenses like the 14mm 2.8 and the 85mm 1.4 at that time – wanted to show what they are capable of and released the first lens of their “Premium MF XP Series”, the Samyang 50mm f/1.2 XP. These faster XP lenses are only available for Canon EF mount and it seems they were devoid of any size constraints during development and even come with electronic contacts and electronic diaphragm controlled by the camera.
Despite all this it seems no one bought them though – was it due to bad marketing, lack in optical qualities or simply because of the massive size of these lenses? Let us find out in this review!

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Samyang 50mm 1.2 XP | f/1.2
samyang 50mm 1.2 xp premium mf canon ef sony a7r 42mp review sharpness bokeh coma vignetting contrast
Sony A7III | Samyang 50mm 1.2 XP | f/1.2
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Sony A7III | Samyang 50mm 1.2 XP | f/1.4

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Review: Sigma 50mm 1.4 EX – Still worth getting in 2020?

Introduction

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Sigma 50mm 1.4 EX with Sigma MC-11 adapter on Sony A7rII

Back in 2008 the Sigma 50mm 1.4 EX was the biggest and most expensive 50mm f/1.4 lens with AF for DSLRs. Now, 12 years later, it looks reasonably sized compared to its modern competitors and can be found used for bargain prices.
But is it a lens still worth considering in 2020? Let us find out in this review!

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Sigma 50mm 1.4 EX | f/1.4
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Sony A7III | Sigma 50mm 1.4 EX | f/1.4
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Sony A7III | Sigma 50mm 1.4 EX | f/1.4

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Review: Laowa 15mm 4.5 Zero-D Shift

Introduction

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Laowa 15mm 4.5 Shift with metabones adapter on Sony A7rII

For 11 years the Canon TS-E 17mm 4.0L was the widest shift lens available and now it is not Nikon but Laowa who challenges them with their 15mm 4.5 Shift. May this be the new king for wide angle architectural photography?

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Laowa 15mm 4.5 Shift | f/11 | shifted up | higher resolution
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Sony A7rII | Laowa 15mm 4.5 Shift | f/11 | shifted up
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Sony A7rII | Laowa 15mm 4.5 Shift | f/11 | shift pano
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Sony A7rII | Laowa 15mm 4.5 Shift | f/11 | shifted up

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Review: Zhong Yi Mitakon 135mm 1.4 Speedmaster

Introduction

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Zhong Yi Mitakon 135mm 1.4 Speedmaster on Sony A7rII

The Zhong Yi Mitakon 135mm 1.4 Speedmaster is a very rare and also unique big aperture portrait lens. So far only ~100 have been made and trying to find useful information on it is more than difficult, so with this review I will try to change that.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Zhong Yi 135mm 1.4 | f/1.4
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Sony A7III | Zhong Yi 135mm 1.4 | f/1.4
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Sony A7III | Zhong Yi 135mm 1.4 | f/1.4

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Guide to the best Portrait Lenses – Sony A7 series

We summarize our experience with all the native E-mount and a few legacy lenses in the 85-135mm bracket for the Sony a7 series to give you a compact and independent resource for choosing the best portrait lens for your needs.

We also have a 9-20mm ultra wide angle lenses, guide to 21-35mm wide angle lenses, 35mm lenses, 50mm lenses and macro lenses.

Unlike most other review sites we have no association with any lens manufacturer apart from occasionally loaning a lens for a review. No fancy trips and meals.

Before any short introduction we tell you how long we have used a lens and if we have borrowed it from a manufacturer. But in most cases we have bought the lenses new from retail stores or on the used market. 

If we have left any question unanswered please leave a comment and we will do our best to answer it.

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Last update: November 2020

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