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Review: Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 168mm 1.9

Introduction

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Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 168mm 1.9 on Sony A7rII

After I tried the Visionar 109mm 1.6 I became quite interested in this line of projector lenses as they offer quite a lot of glass for the money. The 168mm 1.9 is the third longest of the line. It is quite a bit ligther than the two longer ones, so is it a good compromise?

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Sony A7rII | Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 168mm 1.9 | f/1.9
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Sony A7rII | Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 168mm 1.9 | f/1.9
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Sony A7rII | Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 168mm 1.9 | f/1.9

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The best lenses for Brenizer / Bokehpanoramas

Introduction

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Sony A7s | Canon EF 135mm 2.0L | 55m f/0.81 equivalent

Brenizer or Bokehpanorama is a panorama technique to get a wide angle shot with the much better bokeh of a longer tele lens. In this article I will show you what it is all about and which lenses work best.

What is a Brenizer/Bokehpanorama?

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4×9 single shots before stitching in Microsoft Image Composite Editor

By using longer lenses and taking a panorama you can simulate the look of fictional, wider, very fast lenses that are not even technically possible to build.

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Best Astro-Photography Lenses for the Sony a7 series

Introduction

Sony A7s | Batis 18mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | ISO6400 | 20s

Landscape astrophotography is something I have been doing for several years with my Sony a7S and a7rII (and D800 before). Luckily over the past few years many lenses have been released that make this task easier than ever. So today we are going to have a look at all the available lenses for your Sony so you can choose the one that works best for your needs.

What is landscape astrophotography?

Sony A7s | Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G | f/1.8 | 3 shot panorama |

In landscape astrophotography you will usually try to have a combination of the starry sky (with Milky Way or Northern Lights) as well as some foreground (e.g. landscape) in your frame so we are mostly looking at ultra wide to normal lenses (for stitching) here.

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Review: Carl Zeiss Jena 109mm 1.6 Visionar

Introduction

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Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 109mm 1.6 modified to Canon EF on Sony A7rII

The Visionar 109mm 1.6 is a cinema projector lens from Carl Zeiss Jena which was made in the GDR. These projector lenses are often very fast and cheap, but they also come with a few downsides. This is the first projector lens we will review at this blog, so find out if there is still a place for these today.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 109mm 1.6 | f/1.6
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Sony A7rII | Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 109mm 1.6 | f/1.6
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Sony A7rII | Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 109mm 1.6 | f/1.6

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