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Review: Canon FD 35mm 2.8 TS

Introduction

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Canon FD 35mm 2.8 T/S on Sony A7rII

I already reviewed a few of Canon’s TS-E lenses, but this Canon FD 35mm 2.8 TS is something special, as it was the first Tilt/Shift lens for the 35mm format (at least as far as I know and according to Canon’s marketing department).
This lens has first been released in 1973, so we are also celebrating its 50th anniversary with this review.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Canon FD 35mm 2.8 TS | f/8.0 | shift up
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Sony A7rII | Canon FD 35mm 2.8 TS | f/2.8 | tilted
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Sony A7rII | Canon FD 35mm 2.8 TS | f2.8
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Sony A7rII | Canon FD 35mm 2.8 TS | f/2.8
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Sony A7rII | Canon FD 35mm 2.8 TS | f/5.6 | shift up

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Lenses I would like to Review

Introduction

There are some lenses I would like to review one day, but the more interesting (read: rare and expensive) they are, the less feasible it is for me to buy them just to write a review.
Thanks to several readers here I already got the opportunity to remove several lenses from this list in the past, but there are still some left:

E-mount:

Sony FE 12-24mm 2.8 GM
Sony FE 14mm 1.8 GM
Samyang 18mm 2.8 AF Review coming soon
Sony FE 20mm 1.8 G
Samyang 24mm 1.8 AF Review coming soon
Samyang 50mm 1.4 AF MKII
Sony FE 50mm 1.2 GM
Samyang 85mm 1.4 AF MKII

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Review: Laowa 9mm 5.6 FF-RL

Introduction

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Laowa 9mm 5.6 on Sony A7rII

The king is dead, long live the king! After the Voigtlander 10mm 5.6’s field of view has been matched by the Samyang 10mm 3.5 XP and the Laowa 10-18mm 4.5-5.6 it has now been surpassed by this Laowa 9mm 5.6 FF-RL. Can a lens be wider and at the same time better? Let us try to find out!
Lens is being tested on 42mp Sony A7rII and 24mp Leica M10
Last Update: January 2023

Sample Images

Leica M10 | Laowa 9mm 5.6 | f/5.6
laowa 9mm 5.6 ultra wide w-dreamer uwa hyper wide heliar 10mm distortion zero-d
Sony A7III | Laowa 9mm 5.6 | f/5.6
Leica M10 | Laowa 9mm 5.6 | f/8.0
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Sony A7III | Laowa 9mm 5.6 | f/5.6

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Review: Pergear 35mm 1.4 – The cheapest 35mm fullframe lens

Introduction

pergear 35mm 1.4 f/1.4 review sony e fe fullframe e-mount a7riv a7rv a7riii a7rii 42mp 61mp sharpness contrast review coma vignetting bokeh
Pergear 35mm 1.4 on Sony A7rII

According to my statistics this is the 25th 35mm lens I am reviewing here. After so many you may think you have seen it all, but this one has a stand out feature: at $129 new it is definitely the cheapest fast 35mm and not only that: it is also very compact.
Now if you think you can get the quality of a Sony FE 35mm 1.4 GM for a fraction of the price here you can already stop reading, but for everyone else: let’s find out how much lens we can get for 130 bucks.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Pergear 35mm 1.4 | f/8.0
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Sony A7III | Pergear 35mm 1.4 | f/1.4
pergear 35mm 1.4 f/1.4 review sony e fe fullframe e-mount a7riv a7rv a7riii a7rii 42mp 61mp sharpness contrast review coma vignetting bokeh
Sony A7III | Pergear 35mm 1.4 | f/2.8
pergear 35mm 1.4 f/1.4 review sony e fe fullframe e-mount a7riv a7rv a7riii a7rii 42mp 61mp sharpness contrast review coma vignetting bokeh
Sony A7III | Pergear 35mm 1.4 | f/4.0
pergear 35mm 1.4 f/1.4 review sony e fe fullframe e-mount a7riv a7rv a7riii a7rii 42mp 61mp sharpness contrast review coma vignetting bokeh
Sony A7III | Pergear 35mm 1.4 | f/1.4

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Review: Laowa 15mm 2.0 Zero-D for Sony FE

Introduction

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Sony A7rII with Laowa 15mm 2.0 Zero-D

When announced in at Photokina in 2016 the Laowa 15mm 2.0 Zero-D was one of the first lenses making actual use of the narrow flange distance of mirrorless cameras, opening up new lens design possibilities needed to create a compact yet fast ultra wideangle lens.
I have been using this lens for years, so let’s have a look together how it fared in this long term review. 
Jan 2023: Alternatives Section updated, new samples added, general update

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Laowa 15mm 2.0 | f/2.0 | no tripod
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Sony A7rII | Laowa 15mm 2.0 Zero-D | f/8.0
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Sony A7rII | Laowa 15mm 2.0 Zero-D | f/11
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Sony A7s | Laowa 15mm 2.0 Zero-D | f/2.0

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