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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 guide to 21-35mm wide angle lenses and 10-20mm ultra wide angle lenses.

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Review: Minolta M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0

Introduction

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Minolta M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0 on Sony A7rII via Hawk’s factory helicoid adapter

Many of you might not even know that Minolta also produced M-mount lenses and even an M-mount camera (Minolta CLE). The M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0 is the longest of the three lenses and thanks to a reader who allowed me to use it for a few weeks I can present you this review now.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Minolta M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0 | f/4.0
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Sony A7rII | Minolta M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0 | f/4.0
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Sony A7rII | Minolta M-Rokkor 90mm 4.0 | f/4.0 | 10mm extension tube

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Review: Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton

Introduction

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Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton via Hawk’s Factory helicoid adapter on Sony A7rII

After Voigtlander gave us the 40mm 1.2 we now also get a 50mm 1.2 (for now M-mount only). Is it just a slightly longer version of the 40mm or actually a better lens in the end? Read on to find out.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/4.0
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Sony A7s | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2

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Carl Zeiss C-Sonnar T* 50mm f1.5 ZM: A Detailed Review

We have become used to old lens formulas being revived and sold for occasionally huge sums of money to collectors and photographers hoping to create images with a magical vintage look. All of us here have been very sceptical about this. Mostly they have been simple lenses in simple bodies with poor technical qualities being sold for more than the price of the latest and greatest glass. From one perspective the legendary C-Sonnar from Zeiss is like this. It’s a classic design dating from 1932 whose principal design goal at the time was to reduce the number of air glass surfaces because the coatings of the day were so primitive. Why do we need it now? But Zeiss bought it back in 2006 in M mount as part of the ZM series. The optical design is not much changed, but it comes with modern coatings. Many prize it for magical rendering and flattering portraiture, others think it shows that not even Zeiss is above trying to rip off nostalgic hipsters. Read on and find out who is right!

Specifications

Diameter 56 mm
Length 45 mm
Filter Thread 46 mm
Weight (w/o adapter) 250 g
Max. Magnification (w/o close focus adapter) 1:15
Close Focusing Distance from the sensor (w/o CFA) 0.9 m
Number of aperture blades 10
Elements/ Groups 6/4
The Carl Zeiss C-Sonnar T* 1.5/50 can be purchased via our affiliate links at Amazon.com or else B&H Photo Video. You can get it new on eBay.com here, or you can get it used on eBay.com here.

Image Samples

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Review: MS-Optics Aporis 135mm 2.4 Fluorit MC

Introduction

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Sony A7rII with metabones Leica-M adapter and MS-Optics Aporis 135mm 2.4

The Aporis 135mm 2.4 is the latest and also longest lens made by MS-Optics, a one-man-lens manufacturer. It even features one of Canon’s famous CaF2 Fluorit glass elements, which is mostly used in their great super tele lenses for minimizing color aberrations. Does it help to actually combine fast maximum aperture, small size and good image quality?

Sample Images

Sony A7rII with metabones Leica-M adapter and MS-Optics Aporis 135mm 2.4 bokeh loca portrait
Sony A7rII | MS-Optics Aporis 135mm 2.4 | f/2.4 | higher resolution
Sony A7rII with metabones Leica-M adapter and MS-Optics Aporis 135mm 2.4 bokeh loca
Sony A7rII | MS-Optics Aporis 135mm 2.4 | f/4.0
Sony A7rII with metabones Leica-M adapter and MS-Optics Aporis 135mm 2.4 bokeh loca
Sony A7rII | MS-Optics Aporis 135mm 2.4 | f/2.4

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