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Review: AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift

Introduction

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AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift on Sony A7rII

This AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift is already the third AstrHori lens I am reviewing here. Their lenses often feature a “little extra” over the competition to make them more interesting. In this case this isn’t just a compact 18mm lens, a ±6mm shift function has been added on top. Judging by the size of this lens, especially the diameter of the lens elements, I am wondering how useful that shift function will be though. But let’s have a look together in this review.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII UT | AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift
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Sony A7III | AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift
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Sony A7rII UT | AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift
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Sony A7rII UT | AstrHori 18mm 8.0 Shift

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Review: AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye

Introduction

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AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye on Sony A7rII

Fisheye lenses have a somewhat limited range of possible applications and I would definitely consider them niche products. Probably this is also the reason most of the big manufacturers seem to have given up on having any of these in their portfolios. So if you are looking to add a fisheye lens to your kit your only real option are lenses like this AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye from smaller manufacturers. As can be seen from the picture above this is a huge lens, but can its performance keep up with its dimensions? Let us find out in this review!

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye | f/4.0
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Sony A7III | AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye | f/2.8
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Sony A7III | AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye | f/11
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Sony A7III | AstrHori 12mm 2.8 Fisheye | f/2.8

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Review: TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt

Introduction

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TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt on Sony A7rII

A 50mm 1.4 Tilt lens? Some of you might be having a Deja Vu now, as just recently I reviewed the AstrHori 50mm 1.4 Tilt lens. This TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt features a completely different optical and mechanical design though, so let’s find out together in this review which is the better lens.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt | f/1.4 | tilted
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt | f/1.4 | tilted
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt | f/1.4 | untilted
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt | f/1.4 | tilted
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Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 1.4 Tilt | f/1.4 | untilted

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Review: Funleader 18mm 8.0

Introduction

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Funleader 18mm 8.0 M-mount and Pro

I try to be as objective as possible when reviewing lenses, but I am not always free of preconceptions. When it comes to this Funleader 18mm 8.0 I didn’t really want to review it at first. Funleader sounded more like a name of a company for adult toys to me and with the fixed f/8.0 aperture (and fixed focus) it felt like some Holga/Pinhole lens as well. But the Funleader team did not only keep being persistent in asking me to review their lens, they also improved its design: the lens can now be focused and more importantly the Funleader writing on the casing is much smaller. So this time I had a closer look and found out that it is actually a rather complex design consisting of 6 elements in 5 groups. But is this enough for an 18mm lens? Let’s find out together.
Lens is being tested on 42mp Sony A7rII and 24mp Leica M10

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Funleader 18mm 8.0 Pro
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Leica M10 | Funleader 18mm 8.0 M-mount
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Sony A7III | Funleader 18mm 8.0 Pro
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Sony A7rII | Funleader 18mm 8.0 Pro
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Leica M10 | Funleader 18mm 8.0 M-mount

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Review Highlights of 2022

Introduction

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Sony A7III | Laowa 35mm 0.95 | f/0.95

Having reviewed a lot of things this year I thought it might be a good idea to mention this year’s highlights, giving them some well deserved spotlight.

Unfortunately there was also a noticeable amount of junk I reviewed, so this list ended up being a bit short.

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