This is a review of the Canon FD 4/300 L, a 35 years old professional tele lens which gives really nice results on todays mirrorless cameras.
I think the FD 300mm 1:4 L is a great lens, it’s optical performance is close to excellent, it isn’t that big nor too expensive and the handling on the Sony Alpha 7 is quite good.
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The SAL135f18z is an marvel of a lens, which gives spectacular results and features AF with some minor drawbacks. In this review I share my experience with it from a personal point of view.
The ZA135 is a high end lens with Sony A-mount: it is big, it is expensive and it is one of the best lenses I ever used.
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This is my now final review of the Sony SEL2470z.
Keep in mind that I do lots of landscape photography so I emphasize certain aspects others won’t find as important and vice versa.
This is the fourth lens released for the Sony FE-System.
In theory it should be good for many applications like reportage or travel photography. In this review I will try to assess how well it performs.
Size: (diameter x length): 73mm x 94.5m
Filter Thread: 67mm
Minimum Focusing Distance: 40cm
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The LA-EA4 makes it possible to use Sony A-mount lenses like the mighty ZA 1.8/135 on E-mount bodies like the Sony Alpha 7 or Nex-6 with full AF support and aperture control.
In this article I want to give an overview about its functionality and share my experience with it.
This adapter was loaned to me by Sony for this review.
Dimensions (approx. mm, W x H x D): 78.5 x 86.5 x 44.5
Weight (approx.): 160g
Price: $349.99 in the US (check on Amazon.com), around 250€ € in Germany (check on Amazon.de)
The Adapter is much bigger than adapters for manual lenses because it has to include an AF module, an AF motor and a second motor to control the aperture.
It replaces the older LA-EA2 which wasn’t full-frame compatible and it can be used with APS-C cameras like the Sony Nex-6 or a5000 as well as with full-frame cameras like the Sony a7.
The LA-EA4 uses Sony’s SLT technology, so a semitransparent mirror redirects a some of the light coming from the lens to a AF sensor. This makes it possible to have liveview and fast phase detection AF at the same time. The cost for this is that 1/3 stop of exposure is lost so you have to compensate with a longer shutter speed or higher ISO.
The adapter is compatible with almost every A-mount lens made by Minolta or Sony from 1985 until today, the only exceptions are most Xi lenses and the Macro-Zoom, Sony Australia has a list of incompatible lenses.
It won’t work for older fully manual lenses which carry the MC or MD name tag. For those lenses check out my manual Minolta lenses post.
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The Carl Zeiss 16-70mm 1:4 made by Sony is an expensive standard lens for the Nex / APS-C E-mount line of cameras. It combines a very useful focal range with a decent moderate speed and size.
All in all I think it is an interesting lens but it has some weaknesses which will be a deal breaker for some photographers.
You can buy the Zeiss 4/16-70 at Amazon.com for $998or for 799€ at Amazon.de (affiliate links)
About this review
I am a landscape and nature photographer and focus more on aspects which are important to me.
All images are taken with a Nex-6, processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and can be found in full resolution at flickr by clicking on the image.
Size (diameter x length): 66mm x 75mm
Filter Thread: 55mm
Cose Focusing Distance / max. Reproduction Ration: 0.35 m / 1:4.35
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