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

M-mount/M39:

MS-Optics lenses not reviewed yet
Hologon 15mm 8.0
Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM
Canon 50mm 1.2 LTM Review coming soon
Canon 50mm 0.95 LTM
Leica 21mm 1.4
Leica 24mm 1.4
Leica 28mm 1.4
Leica 50mm 0.95 Noctilux
Leica 50mm 1.4 Asph

EF-Mount:

Canon EF 50mm 1.0 L USM
Canon EF 50mm 1.2 L USM
Canon EF 85mm 1.2 L USM

Other:

Leica-R 180mm 2.0 Apo Summicron
Nikon Ai-s 200mm 2.0 ED
Contax/Yashica Zeiss 200mm 2.0 Apo Sonnar
Olympus 250mm 2.0
Nikon AF-S 300mm 4.0E PF

How does it work?

If you happen to have any of these lenses, you live in the EU and you would be willing to part with them for a few weeks for me to write a review and support this blog please get in contact.
You can leave a comment with your E-mail address (it won’t be visible to the public) or you can find me on plenty of social media platforms.

I will pay for the shipping both ways, but for some of the more expensive lenses this might only be feasible if you are from Germany, as properly insured shipping even within the EU can already be several hundreds of €uros for both ways combined. Money, the reviews of the more obscure lenses will not generate in a hundred years 🙂

Thanks,
Bastian

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My name is Bastian and I am your expert here when it comes to ultra wide angle lenses, super fast portrait lenses (ranging from a 50mm f/0.95 to a 200mm f/1.8) and I also have reviewed way too many 35mm lenses. Don't ask me anything about macro or wildlife shooting though.

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17 thoughts on “Lenses I would like to Review”

  1. Wow, I can’t wait for some of these reviews!

    I live in the USA. I have the Samyang 50mm 1.4 AF MKII and would be happy to send it. I own too many between 40 – 58mm so it rarely gets used even though it’s good. No need for you to pay for insurance and all that. I’ve never had any trouble.

    Another lens I own and like a lot is the HD Pentax-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited. Mostly because of it’s size. Since you value that attribute a lot, I had always hoped to hear your thoughts on it. I’d also be happy to send it your way. Sadly, this one also doesn’t get used much because I more commonly use the Samyang 85mm 1.4 AF MKI. I’m on my second copy of that lens because the first one quit. Probably should have just bought the GM.

    Let me know if you’re interested in either of these.

    1. Unfortunately insurance is only one part of the problem, the other one is german customs, so I unfortunately have to decline and wait for someone from the EU to call out 🙁

  2. Good morning Bastian.
    I live in Hamburg and can lend you the following 2 lenses

    Samyang 18mm 2.8 AF
    Samyang 24mm 1.8 AF

    Best regards
    Wladimir

    1. I see someone else already posted the Samyang 18mm 2.8 AF, but if for whatever reason it doesn’t work out, I’m more than willing to part with it for a while, and give something back to my favorite lens reviewing site. Located in Belgium.

  3. Hi Bastian,

    I’m located south of Frankfurt and have the Sony 20 F1.8 and would gladly borrow it to you. I’ll even send it to you insured with an insured return label as a a small token of thanks for all the work you and the others put into this site.

    As a growing number of my lenses stem from reviews here, I don’t have any other lenses listed here. I’ve seen that you’ve adapted FD lenses such as the Canon 300 2.8 in the past and have a very similar specialty lens there (Tokina 300mm 2.8) in case you’re interested.

    Cheers
    Oliver

  4. Hi Bastian,

    I’m located near Munich and I could lend you a Canon LTM 50mm f1.4 for review.

    Best wishes and keep up your great work,
    Albert

    1. Hallo Albert, danke für das Angebot, ich warte mal 1-2 Tage ab wer sich womit meldet und dann mache ich einen Plan, worum ich mich wann kümmere.
      10 Reviews auf einmal gehen ja auch nicht 🙂

  5. Hallo Bastian,

    ich habe das

    Sony FE 50mm 1.2 GM

    und bin gerne bereit mich für ein paar Wochen davon zu trennen. Ich wohne in Aachen. Sag mir Bescheid, sobald Du eine Idee davon hast, wann Du ein Review des Objektivs gerne angehen würdest.

    Beste Grüße
    Eugen

  6. Hi Bastian,
    I have a Canon 1.4 ltm. The focus helicoid is a bit harder than it should, other than that it works fine and I’m more than willing to part with it for some weeks, I really enjoy your reviews. I live in Switzerland (Geneva), so shipping shouldn’t be much of an issue.
    Best wishes,
    Juan

  7. have you looked into renting some of these lenses? I’m in America so I can’t ship you any since it seems customs would have a Field day not to mention shipping but I’d happily donate to the cause. I read this website pretty frequently and would love to help out however I can.

    1. Usually I spend ~3 weeks to review a lens, when the conditions are perfect I can sometimes do it in 2.
      Renting something like a Sony FE 14mm 1.8 GM for only two weeks is already 400€ her in Germany,
      so I would be better off buying a lens, reviewing it and selling it afterwards.
      I actually did this several times, but with some of the more exotic/expensive lenses
      it can take months before someone buys them. Therefore I try not to do this on a regular basis
      and mainly for lenses I might be tempted to keep.

  8. Hallo Bastian,

    ich sehe, dass jemand anderes es schon angeboten hat, aber für den Fall, dass es dort nicht klappt – ich kann auch mein Samyang 24mm f/1.8 ausleihen. Vielen Dank für deine Arbeit!

    MlG Nicolas

  9. Hi Bastian,
    some Lenses on your list I own. We may start with the Canon 50mm 1.2 LTM. I live 50km from Stuttgart.
    Best
    Dirk

  10. Hi Bastian,
    i am from Hamburg and could lend you these two lenses:
    Nikon AF-S 300mm 4.0E PF
    Sony FE 14mm 1.8 GM

    Best
    Niels

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