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Review: 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 – Fast, cheap but also good?

 

7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 with cap

The 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 is a very cheap super fast 50 mm lens that hit the market in 2017. The price of only $370 makes it very attractive for those who want a super fast lens but have a limited budget, but how well does it perform?

 

7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 | f/1.1
7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 | f/1.1
7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 | f/1.1

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Review: Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM

The Sony 1.8/135 GM is a highly anticipated lens that has been rumored for some time. Being a GM lens, it is part of a line which includes some of my favorite lenses like the Sony FE 1.4/24 GM and the Sony FE 1.4/85 GM. My expectations are as high as its price – can it live up to that?

Sample Images

Sony A7iii | Sony FE 1.8/135 GM | f1.8 | full size
Sony A7iii | Sony FE 1.8/135 GM | f1.8 | full size
Sony A7iii | Sony FE 1.8/135 GM | f1.8 | full size

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Building a lens kit

Introduction

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Loxia 21mm 2.8 – Loxia 35mm 2.0 – Loxia 85mm 2.4

When you start getting more involved with photography – and especially when you prefer using prime lenses – at some point it makes sense to spend some thoughts on building a lens kit.
In this article we want to give you a few ideas of what to consider when building your own lens kit and show you some of ours in the end.

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Review: Pentacon auto 50 mm f/1.8 Multi Coating

Pentacon auto 50 mm f/1.8 Multi Coating

 

 

a7ii+Pentacon 50mm f/1.8
Sony a7ii+Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8

The Pentacon auto 50 mm f/1.8 Multi Coating is a small and very cheap 50 mm lens with an unusually close focus distance of 33 cm. Is this “nifty fifty” worth adapting to a modern full frame camera?

Pentacon 50/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/1.8
Pentacon 50/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/1.8
Pentacon 50/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/2.5
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/1.8
Pentacon 50/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/2.5

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Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (C/Y) 35-70mm f3.4: A review

The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (C/Y) 35-70mm f3.4 was a standard zoom lens designed for the Yashica and Contax series of film SLR cameras. It was, perhaps, the first standard zoom of truly decent quality throughout its range. You could use it an any focal length and not really have any compromise relative the prime lenses of the time. That cliché “a tube full of primes” was (for once) true of it: at least in its day.

It’s since acquired a kind of cult reputation. Some think it remains the finest standard zoom you can get. But how much of this reputation is due to it being so amazing by the standards of when it was designed in 1982, and how much because it still deserves a place in the kits of some modern photographers? Read on to find out!

Specifications

Diameter 70mm
Length 80.5 mm
Filter Thread 67 mm
Weight (w/o adapter) 475 g
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.7m
Maximum Magnification 1:2.5
Number of aperture blades 8
Elements/ Groups 10/10
The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (C/Y) 35-70mm f3.4 can be purchased used on eBay.com here.

Image Samples

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