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On this page we have collected a few questions which we are asked rather often.

How can I support your work?

Thanks for asking! An easy way is to tell others about our work. So if you found article x helpful you help us a lot if you share it on a forum, on Facebook or wherever with people who might be interested in it.

Another way to support us is by using our affiliate links. If you click on a link and buy anything from diapers to photographic gear we get a commission of a few percent. We each have our own affiliate links and the money goes 100% to the author of each article.

We used to have a paypal button but dealing with that company is annoying so we took it down.

Please review lens X

Please don’t send us requests to review specific lenses. Either a review is already planned or we have to write you back we have a write version: “Sorry none of us is interested in that lens”.

A full review is a time investment of between one and three working days. If we calculated this time at our professional working rate a typical review would easily cost us above $1000. We don’t make nearly as much from the average review. Unlike most other blogs of this size we all have a day job and see reviewing lenses as a hobby. Because of that we much more free in how we review lenses and how we run the blog. It also means that we only review the lenses we are personally interested in. And a request doesn’t change if we are interested in a lens or not, it just costs us 5 minutes to answer we would rather invest in writing the next review.

Please compare lens X to lens Y

A full comparison is about as time consuming as a review and rather boring to perform. So we do comparisons rarely and only if we are personally interested in the result.

Is my lens decentered?

We put together this article so that you know how to test your lenses.

Will you review any more APS-C lenses?

We all use Sony a7 series cameras at the moment so we have no reason to use and review APS-C lenses.

Do you wantย  to borrow lens X from me for a review?

Thanks for the offer! Usually though we are more limited by the time we don’t have than the lenses we don’t have and our answer is no. Most of the time we have a few lenses waiting to be reviewed. When we are looking for a specific lens we usually ask on the blog or at Facebook. There is one exception though: If you have a rare or expensive lens we might be interested. So if you want to borrow us your Leica 2/180 Apo or Zeiss Aposonnar 2/200 don’t hesitate to contact us :).

Can I write a guest post?


If you have published a review or similar articles before and if you have an interesting proposal please get in contact with us. We would especially like to cover lenses for video more.

If you have no previous experience writing articles we suggest that you try to gain some experience by writing a review in a forum or on your own blog before. We try to maintain a rather high standard and if we have to invest a lot of time to work on a review of somebody else we prefer to do it ourselves ๐Ÿ˜‰

How do you get exif information with manual lenses?

There are two ways. You can use the lens compensation app with cameras which support apps. Or you can add them later at home with a tool like LensTagger.

If you add them later you somehow need to keep track of your lenses and settings. There are different strategies to do that:

  • Phillip takes only mental notes but that works well enough for him since he was always good with numbers. What also helps is to have a limited number of lenses and not use too many different aperture values.
  • David usees the video button to leave self notes: “last pictures of xxx all with ZM at f7.2” etc…. LR imports them in sequence, so it’s easy to listen and use Lens Tagger.
  • Bastian sometimes uses the “Lens Compensation” playmemories app, but there are some caveats: it only works somewhat decent on gen2 cameras and it slows the camera down considerably.

The prices you give in you reviews are way too low!

Usually they aren’t.

For used prices we research the prices by checking for how much auctions for copies in working condition ended on ebay in the last few weeks. Buy-it-now-prices which are usually a lot higher aren’t factored in.

We don’t update these prices since that would mean that we had less time for more productive writing. Prices and the value for money evaluation therefore valid for the time the review was published and prices can have changed since then.

Can I pay you to publish our article?


Can I advertise on your page?


More Questions

If we left any questions unanswered please ask them in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

49 thoughts on “FAQ”

  1. Hello,

    I am interested in the VOIGTLร„NDER 40MM F1.2

    I have two questions. Regarding focus shift, I assume that manual focusing (i use the a7rii) deals with this. Am I right ?

    Regarding field curvature, I am a bit less clear. What does it mean to focus at the outer mid-field ?

    Thanks for your help and your great review !

    Best regards,


  2. Hello from Canada!

    Greetings all, great site and I am back here often, sometimes to re-read the good work you do, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    I enjoyed your review of the Pocket Pano Loxia Lens Grip, I would like to even buy some, but they don’t have Canada listed as a place they ship to. Is there anyway you can contact them and ask hem how I would buy anything from them?

    Again, thanks for all you good work ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. Thanks Bastian!

        …But, they are selling to Canadians in Germany, really. For Canadians to find it… ๐Ÿ™‚

        Much appreciated (and they did get back to me as well BTW)

        Best of the New Year to you all!


  3. Hello Phillip,
    I notice that with the exception of the APO tele 200mm 1:2.8 lens, no-one has reviewed any Minolta/Sony A lenses either with LA-EA adapters or as manual lenses on a Sony A7.
    Is this a reflection that they simply don’t rate as the earlier Minolta lenses?

    1. I also reviewed the ZA 1.8/135 back in the day.
      In some cases like the APO 2.8/200 or 2/100 or 1.4/85 optics are pretty darn good but the handling is the issue which kept me from using more of them. You can either use the unpleasant manual focus or the LA-EA4 which basically limits you to the central AF field and isn’t reliable with some lenses.

  4. Hello!
    Wanted to say thank you for your wonderful website. I have since invested in some manual Canon FD lenses to try on my Sony A7iii. I did have one question though:

    If I have a 24mm lens and I want it to retain what a 24mm lens would look like on a Canon SLR or Cinema camera. Would I mount that lens in crop mode on the A7iii?

    Meaning, if I shot full frame with a Canon FD 24mm, would it actually be wider than what it would be on a Canon SLR or cinema camera?


  5. Hi!
    ” Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF

    This lens has just been released (we are waiting for a review sample at the moment) but we have already read various reports on issues with the eye AF. Furthermore the lens stops itself down significantly already at focus distances of about 1.0 m.”
    I own this lens. Neither of the problems mentioned exists. It is a super performer at same level as the Batis 135. The internet is full of errors and incompetent reviews/first looks.
    Phillpreeve is an excellent site and source of honest and competent reviews! I often check in here. Thanks!

      1. Sorry, but I trust my own experience. It is a FACT that the lens works properly. Jannik probably used an early sample with unmature firmware. His results are totally contary to mine. Please change or I cannot trust your site anymore.

        1. Zeiss themselves have said that the lens stops down at close distance, and that they are working on a firmware fix for eye-AF. Ordinary AF is fine. When the new firmware comes, it will still stop down a little at close distance, but not as much.

  6. Hi

    I understand that you use mostly FF cameras but I would appreciate your thoughts on the suitability of APS-C for landscape. How would you compare an older FF model ie A7 or A7II with vintage Minolta lenses. Thanks love your photos as they seem refreshing in this world of over-processed (imo) work.

    1. Speaking in very broad terms lenses are not as sharp, lens selection is more limited and DR is a little lower. As always the photographer is a much bigger part in the equation than the gear and you can get very good results with APS-C. You can usually get a little better results with FF but how much that matters depends a lot on your demands.

      1. Hey Phillip & Team. Unrelated to the attached comments. I can’t find any contact info for you guys! I have a question. I’m shooting video on a Blackmagic Pocket 6k. I’m looking to utilize manual lenses to create a softer, more analog-film feeling image. What lenses do you recommend that are softer & vintage feeling? Thanks. jjpaproductions@gmail.com

        1. None of us is doing video so we don’t check lenses for plenty of things that may be important to you (e.g. focus breathing).
          Bokeh is also very subjective, maybe you have a look at some of the reviews of vintage lenses here, see what you like,
          and also think what focal lengths you need. Maybe then we can help you.
          Generally: soft and “analog film feeling” are rather the opposite of each other.
          Most legacy lenses have a rather harsh rendering.

  7. In a lot of the lens reviews the team will say they were loaned lens X then they bought a copy at full retail. An article about what lenses you shoot daily or what lenses you shoot for what purposes would be a really good insight for someone considering purchasing some of these.

  8. Hi,

    I have both the Techart TA-GA3 (for my Contax G lenses) and the Techart Pro Leica M (with K adapter for my Pentax lenses).

    Would the Sony a7rIII perform as well as the Sony a7rII with the Contax G lenses?

    Would you expect both adapters to work with the new Sony a7rIV?


  9. I enjoy your reviews, especially the reviews of older lenses that provide a good value. I found a lens that I think would make a interesting review for your site its sharp and cheap @ $99! Minolta AF 28-135mm F/4-4.5 Its quirky, fun, sharp and good for landscapes. If you are the least bit interested Kurt did a review. Thanks for the great content, already saving for the CV 50 f2.


  10. Hi
    i just bought a Rikenon 50mm 1.7 (in der Brockensammlung ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and i thought by my self, is there any review on the Philipreeve site about this lens? I like the lens and i would be interested on your meaning!
    But i have learnt and i can understand it, that you don`t like requests for reviews and you have good reasons.
    But i want stress here: thank you for your great Website, i felt me informed, entertained and inspired.
    Thank you and greetings from Bielefeld
    p.s. sorry for my broken english

  11. I’ll just go ahead and ask here since EXIF info with manual lenses is mentioned on this page ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’ve recently made the switch to Lightroom. When exporting to JPEG Lightroom replaces the standard EXIF value for unknown aperture (F/0) by just leaving the value empty. This is of no consequence besides one minor thing: Google Photos (which I use to share photos with family and friends) will put down F1 in this case (whereas it just doesn’t display anything when EXIF says F/0.

    Do you know if there’s a way to make Lightroom carry over the F/0 the camera puts down instead of deleting the value? I don’t really keep track of aperture values and usually only tag the handful I remember the values of for some reason or another…

  12. Does anyone use the voigtlander nokton classic 40mm f1.4 mc vm sony a7? If yes, is it a good combination?

  13. Hello,
    I’m a beginner.
    I’ve got a Sony A6000 camera.
    Can you please tell me if the LAEA4 adapter will allow me to use the Minolta 70-210 lens in auto focus?
    Thanks in advance from Bonnie Scotland.

  14. Re The Death Grip Required for Mounting My Loxia 21mm
    I have found that if I put a 4-5mm wide rubber band on the lens, it makes the mounting/un-mounting very easy.
    Regards, Kay
    PS. I have enjoyed your work. Thank you.

  15. Hate to ask this, but I imagine you guys will be reviewing the TTartisan 90mm 1.25? You guys are the best FYI!!!!

  16. I found this website by accident. There is so much value here – it’s unbelievable. You helped me make the decision on the Voigtlander 65 MM F2 MACRO. I especially appreciate the clear and careful methodology used on each review. The discussion of alternatives and the full resolution sample shots provide valuable context and insight. I can feel that this is a passion project and I thought, the least I could do is say thank you.

  17. Hey there. I was wondering if there was by any chance a newsletter so that I can get updates when you update your site? Also, I know that you say not to do this I’m going to ask anyway. Do you think you will have the chance to review the new Sony 70-200 lens?

  18. Hello,

    I am interested in the MS-Optics 50mm 1.0 and have also seen your links. Did you also buy yours there and how much did it cost in customs?

    Thank you for testing.

    1. I bought mine from Japanexposures.
      In Germany you pay an additional 19% tax + 6.7% customs.
      So final price will be whatever you pay for the lens times 1.257.

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