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Review: TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 – Return of the Nifty Fifty

Introduction

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TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 on Sony A7rII

In the SLR era the “Nifty Fifty” was the lens of choice for many: a compact, fast and at the same time affordable 50mm lens. For the Sony FE system the next best thing we got so far is the Sony FE 50mm 2.5 G, but it isn’t as fast and also not that affordable.
To my surprise TTArtisan is now the one trying to revive the Nifty Fifty and despite being a mirrorless design it is as small as the smallest SLR 50s. But did they succeed? Let’s find out in this review.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 | f/2.0
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Sony A7rII | TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 | f/8.0
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 | f/2.0

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Review: Laowa 12-24mm 5.6

Introduction

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Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 on Sony A7rII

The Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 is Laowa’s second ultra wide angle zoom, the first being the Laowa 10-18mm 4.5-5.6. The 10-18mm offers a very appealing focal length range in a compact package, but there were some optical compromises hard to overlook. This 12-24mm lens is supposed to yield better optical performance at the cost of a less extreme angle of view at the wide end. Is it the better lens at the end of the day? Let us find out in this review.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 | 12mm f/8.0
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Sony A7III | Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 | 12mm f/5.6
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Sony A7III | Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 | 12mm f/5.6
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Sony A7rII | Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 | 18mm f/8.0
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Sony A7III | Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 | 24mm f/5.6

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TTArtisan Leica M to E 6-bit Adapter – Product of the Year?

Introduction

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Voigtlander VM 75mm 1.5 via TTArtisan M->E 6-bit adapter on Sony A7rII

Since I bought my first E-mount camera seven years ago I have been using adapted M-mount lenses. Missing Exif data have always been a nuisance though and while the “Lens Compensation” camera app was a ray of hope, it didn’t exactly work all that well.
Now TTArtisan came up with a product which I have pitched to so many manufacturers before: a semi programmable Leica-M to Sony-E adapter. Let’s have a closer look!

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Review: Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift

Introduction

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Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift on Sony A7rII

Over the years Laowa has steadily been expanding its line up of shift lenses, after the 17mm 4.0 MSC and the record breaking 15mm 4.5 Shift we are now getting their third shift lens, the Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift. Let’s have a closer look at this latest addition.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift | f/8.0 | shift pano
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Sony A7rII | Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift | f/11 | shift pano
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Sony A7III | Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift | f/8.0

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Review: Syoptic 50mm 1.1

Introduction

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Syoptic 50mm 1.1 M on Leica M10

The M-System seems to be extremely popular in China, as we still see an increasing amount of manufacturers offering new M-mount lenses from this country. The latest is Syoptic with this 50mm f/1.1, sometimes referred to as “Mr. Ding 50mm lens”. Some of the few samples I found online showed very appealing bokeh rendering, so I ordered one as soon as it was possible in Europe. It took longer than expected, but I finally have it in my hands, so let’s have a closer look.
This lens will be reviewed on the 42mp Sony A7rII and the 24mp Leica M10.
Update March 2022: tests of E-mount version added

Update October 2022: An improved version of this lens has been released under the “Mr. Ding Studios” branding. You can find a full review here.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Syoptic 50mm 1.1 E | f/1.1
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Sony A7rII | Syoptic 50mm 1.1 E | f/1.1
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Leica M10 | Syoptic 50mm 1.1 M | f/1.1
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Leica M10 | Syoptic 50mm 1.1 M | f/1.1
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Sony A7III | Syoptic 50mm 1.1 M | f/1.1
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Sony A7III | Syoptic 50mm 1.1 M | f/5.6 | pano from 5 shots

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