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June 7 - Phase 1 of new Lens Review Diary is now ready
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The new Lens Review Diary is currently in Phase #1. During Phase #1, all new reviews will be posted at the new Lens Review Diary. In Phase #2, we will add all the reviews including in this version below. And in Phase #3, we will add even more reviews, prior to May 2009. Phase #1 is already live, but phases #2 and #3 will take from a few weeks to a few months, depending on how crazy things get before Photokina 2010.
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May 30 - new lens review diary "Beta Readers"
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May 17: Version 2 is in the works!
We have good news for fans of the Lens Review Diary! Version 2.0 has received the "green light". We still have to do the background work to get it set-up and organized, but version 2.0 should be up and running by the end of the month. The new version will have an RSS feed and other modern-era "blog luxuries", unlike version 1.0 which is just a long website. More details as they become available.
If you are interested in checking version 2.0 before everyone else, we will have a class for beta-readers in the next few days, so please stay tuned!
An f2 double-header of the Olympus Digital Zuiko lenses is out at The Online Photographer by photographer and author Kirk Tuck.
The new Sigma 8-16mm DC lens is tested out with the Canon 7D (obviously the Canon mount) at DC Watch Impress (Japanese).
Going even wider, CanonBlogger has his take on the Sigma 4.5mm fisheye lens. We'll let you guess which mount of the lens CanonBlogger used to test this :-)
dpreview has just published their findings on the new Canon 70-200mm f2.8 II, another LISUM lens. LISUSM is short for L IS USM but by the time you write the explanation, it's a long shortcut ;-)
The Olympus 9-18mm (Micro Four Thirds) has been reviewed by SLRGear.com. As usual, we won't spoil their findings here.
And another Canon review, this time it is the 60mm f2.8 EF-S macro lens at PhotoZone.
A new review of the Canon 24-105mm f4L IS is now out at Lenstip, the english-language edition of Optyczne.pl.
A review of the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 Di-II VC XR SP LD IF Asph (anything else?) lens is up and running at Nikonians. We'll let you guess which mount they reviewed :-)
A helpful article for lens hunters by Thom Hogan on picking a lens and prioritizing features and function.
The Canon 24mm f1.4 lens gets reviewed as a full-frame lens at PhotoZone!
Bigma time now with a double-feature, first a look at the lens by Mason Resnick at the ALC blog, and then a featured user review at Photography Review.
The Olympus 9-18mm
Micro 4/3rds Four Thirds (corrected!) lens just got reviewed at ephotozone in a new one-page review!
The Nikon 35mm f2D gets a review by Nikon super-guru Thom Hogan.
ephoto-zine has published their findings on the Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 DC EX HSM lens. What did they find out?
Don't you forget about us sing the Four Thirds lenses! Photo Zone has published their review of the PanaLeica 25mm f1.4 lens using the Panasonic L10 as the base camera for the testings.
f2.8 big daddy time at PhotoZone where they put through the paces the new version of the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens, using the current flagship D3x as the basis of the test. Find out what they found out! And a second opinion on this lens at The PhoBlographer.
Canon's turn for a review of their new 70-200mm f2.8 zoom-daddy. This review is coming from PhotoReview!
Lens review time at Hoganville, this time it is the 35mm f1.8 DX lens, the $200 APS-C "50mm equivalent" lens.
Quesabesde has the new Olympus 9-18mm Micro Four Thirds lens in their hands and they have posted their report on it, including full-size samples!
And now time for another Samyang review at Lens Tip, this time it is the 14mm f2.8 ED lens. Please note these are manual lenses, so no autofocus luxuries! This is their usual 10+ page review, with full-size samples and such. The Nikon D3x was the "hostess" of the review.
A new review for the new Canon 70-200mm f2.8 lens is out and it is at critically-acclaimed review site Photozone, first up in the full-frame context and then in the APS-C context. Obviously the majority of Canon DSLRs out there are APS-C, even when you factor in the price of this lens.
Two years after the original review, SLRGear.com has revisited the Sigma 18-200mm DC OS HSM superzoom lens. What did they find out this time?
And now time to practice the French you learned in college or high-school with two lens reviews at Le Monde de la Photo. First up, the Nikon 16-35mm f4 and then the Samyang 85mm f1.4 (corrected link). Be sure to note the pull-down menu at the top of the review page, you can navigate to the different parts of the review from there!
The Nikon 12-24mm gets tested out at ephotozone by their resident lens reviewer.
A tax-day gift from dpreview - a brand new lens review of the brand new Olympus 9-18mm Micro Four Thirds lens! Read all about it!
And a tax day gift from Quesabesde - a hands-on review with the Nikon 24mm f1.4 lens. Full-size real-world comparison and other pictures are also included for evaluation purposes.
Josh Archer compares the Nikon 24mm f1.4 lens with two more affordable alternatives, the Sigma 24mm and 28mm f1.8. Find out what he found out
on his blog.
Two Samsung NX-series lens reviews are out at Photo Review, to go together with their NX-10 review. Here are the lens reviews, of the 30mm f2 pancake and also of the 18-55mm kit lens.
And now some Leica action, the 24mm f3.8 is reviewed by Steve Huff.
From the better-late-than-never department, LensTip has translated in english their Canon 20mm f2.8 review from 2006. That feels like a long time ago in digital-camera-years, but of course lenses have (typically) a lot more staying power than DSLRs.
First look at the new Sigma 50-500mm OS lens at Rytterfalk. Yes, this is the new version with optical image stabilization!
The new Nikon 24mm f1.4 lens just got a real-world review at the hands of wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer at the End User Blog.
The Zeiss review parade continues at PhotoZone, this time it is the Zeiss ZF (ZE) Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 on Canon DSLRs. But wait there's more, they also reviewed the 28mm f2 T* on a 35mmFF Canon.
And a check-up of the Canon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 DO IS USM at ephotozine with the resident lensaholic. This is a line we call "musical" lenses - because of the "DO" ;-)
Another day another Zeiss review at Photozone, this time it is the Zeiss 18mm 3.5 in Canon flavor (ZE) (ZE = Z for EOS)
Time for a Micro Four Thirds lens review, it is the 14-42mm Micro Four Thirds M-Zuiko at Lens Tip. This is a full-size reviews, with all the usual reviewalia.
Big telephoto time at PhotoZone which has been very active lately. This time they review the Nikon 200mm f2 VR using big-daddy D3x as the test base.
And now to bitter-rival Canon, their 60mm f2.8 macro EF-S lens gets a quick look at ephotozine.
Another day, another Zeiss review at PhotoZone, this time it is the 25mm f2.8 T*. Just like yesterday, they take the ZF (Nikon mount) version, adapter-mount it on Canon and review it.
Shiguma time at SLR Gear where the review of the Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 DC OS HSM is the latest review published. The review results come from the Canon version, using their baseline EOS DSLR for lens review purposes (20D).
A Zeiss-upon-Canon review is now out at PhotoZone - it is the 35mm f2 Distagon T-Star (oh my, okay, T*), tested on the 5D Mark II. They evaluate the ZF (Nikon) via adapter.
Not a review, but many lens-a-holics may find it very helpful, Falk Lumo has published a how-to on long-range telephoto shots.
And now a 4-way comparison of Minolta zoom lenses from different points in time, see them all at the French-speaking Alpha Numerique. This is an 8-page report!
And now time for an f1.2 review! PhotoZone has tested out the Canon 85mm f1.2 in medium format and they are publishing their findings. But wait, there's more! The lens was also reviewed as an APS-C lens - meaning they use it on APS-C DSLRs (or APS-C mode where available in 35mmFF DSLRs)
Next up, a translated review from Lens Tip from 2006, it is the Sigma 28mm f1.8, an EX DG macro lense.
And now a cropped (EF-S) lens review, the Canon 10-22mm is checked out at e-photo-zine.
How about the Shiguma 150mm f2.8 DG macro lens? Neutral Day tested the Canon version of the lens. No spoilers here...
And another tele-prime, this time the Tamron 180mm f3.5 Di LD checked out by the resident lensaholic at e.p-hoto.zine.
Zeiss time at Photozone where they review the Zeiss ZA Sonnar T* 135mm f1.8, a Sony Alpha mount 35mm-full-frame lense. As usual we won't spoil their findings here.
March 29: catching up
This is a catch-up roundup including some of the reviews we missed earlier in the week. We start though with a brand new review, the Sony 70-200mm f2.8G by Andy Westlake at dpreview.
Then we go to ephotozine for a quick review of the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Macro lens. They tested the Nikon version on the D700.
Next up, Leica time at Lens Tip where they post the english translation of their XMas 2009 review of the Leica Summicron 28mm f2 Asph. If you can read Polish, then you can get their reviews faster in Polish at optyczne.pl.
Staying at Lens Tip, they also have a review of the Canon 18-55mm IS, yes the kit lens - a mid-2008 review now translated.
And we close this round-up with a Shiguma review at ALC, of the 17-70mm f2.8-4 DC OS HSM Macro lens. Some of the lens names are longer than railroads these days ;-) This particular lens was reviewed on the Canon 40D - the only Canon DSLR you will ever need ;-)
Things have been rather quiet with the new Pentax 100mm WR macro, but Rice High has published a brief hands-on post.
Rice High has a prime shootout between the 43mm f1.9 and the 50mm f2, using the Pentax K-x as the "test base".
Japanese website DC Watch Impress has a new article looking and comparing Nikon Macro lenses.
The Canon 18-135mm has received a new review, in French, at Le Monde la Photo. The technical aspects of the review are on pages #3 and #4 with charts and graphs and such!
The brand new Nikon 24mm f1.4 ED lens gets a review at Photo Review, complete with Imatest graphs and the usual lens-review sample pictures.
Another not-very-affordable lens got reviewed today as well, this time it is the Zeiss 16-35mm f2.8 SSM at Photo Zone. This is of course a Sony Alpha DSLR lens. The first review we mentioned was that of the lens as a 35mmFF lens, and the second review of the lens is when used as an APS-C lens.
And now something old+new, the 2007 Polish review of the Nikon 70-300mm VR lens has been translated to English and it is available for reading at Lens Tip. This lens is part of the March 2010 Nikon instant rebates.
How do the two Canon 70-200mm f2.8 lenses compare? The ProPhotoShow has come up with a series of tests.
Forgot to mention this here, but the first review of the Noktor 50mm f0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds has been published by Philip Bloom. This is a hybridographer's review, for the technical analysis we have to wait for the usual lens/DSLR review sites to put it in the lab.
Thanks to Tom for the alert! Nasim Mansurov has published a detailed look at the Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR lens!
Two new reviews for the Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR lens came out today, check them out at Photozone and Photoreview.
Translation time again, this time it is the Sigma 18-50mm f2.8-4.5 DC OS that gets reviewed at LensTip.com.
The Panasonic-Leica 45mm f2.8 macro MegaOIS lens was just reviewed at Photozone.de.
Zoom zoom! Five standard Pentax lenses from different points in time were group-tested at Rice High, using the K-x DSLR at the test base.
Not everyone can drop $1000 for a brand new f2.8 macro lens - some may find the previous Canon 100mm f2.8 macro a reasonable trade-off. It is not a 2009 model and it does not have hybrid-IS, but it has a better price. The review is coming from PhotoZone.de. The non-hybrid-IS lens currently goes for under $550.
The Leica 50 Summitar Classic just got a new review, mounted on the Leica M9 at Steve Huff Photo.
A trade-off for many are the 3rd-party f2.8 telephoto lenses. One of such trade-off lenses is the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Di, and this very lens was reviewed at ephotozine.
Of great interest to lens reviewing, Pop Photo answers a reader question about their SQL lens tests.
Translation time again at Lens Tip, this time the english-speaking peoples can read their take on the Olympus 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 Four Thirds lens.
Brent Pennington caught the LBA bug, and his latest acquisition is also his latest lens review on his blog - the Canon 70-210mm f4. See what he found out...
Nikon DX time, the new 85mm f3.5 DX VR macro lens received a review at the gear-review arm of Imaging Resource, see it at SLR Gear.
CNet Asia goes in the time-machine and revisits the C-mount lenses, revitalized now by Micro Four Thirds.
Review time at dpreview for the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 II lens. This is a six-page review by resident lens reviewer Andy Westlake.
The Zeiss ZM 35 Biogon f2 lens got its review at Steve Huff Photo, using the Leica M9 as the camera base. Plenty of pictures are included, including some cats :)
Translation time again at LensTip.com, this time is the 2008 review of the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L lens.
Camera Labs has a new review of a Canon EF-S IS lens, this time they check out the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6.
Bob Atkins has published his review of the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 Di-II lens on his website. He also reviewed this lens for Photo.net (see February 13).
And now some kit lens action, the Nikon 18-55mm DX VR kit lens got its review translated to English at Lens Tip. The review had been posted in polish earlier on.
The 100mm hybrid IS parade continues with a new review of it at Photo Review. We are talking of course about the Canon f2.8 macro lens that was announced at the same time as the Canon 7D.
f1.2 time at Photo Review where they review the Canon 50mm f1.2L lens. Imatest, sample pictures, and more!
The first review of a Samsung NX-series lens is out! LensTip has just published their review of the Samsung 30mm f2 pancake. Eleven full pages, with samples and verdict on the last page! Enjoy :)
Zoom me up! PhotoZone is on a roll, a new lens review is out now, this one is a Four Thirds lens, the Olympus 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD. If you do the usual multiply-by-two math, this is the full-frame "equivalent" of 100-400mm.
Going even longer is Thom Hogan with his new review of the Nikon 200-400 f4 VR lens. This is obviously not a "bargain" lens, it goes for over $6000 at B&H Photo.
Speaking of Hogan he has a survey on his website asking readers what they want to see from Nikon lenses and things of that nature.
And now time for a shootout with the zooms at the Digital Grin forums. You can see the pictures at the photographer's gallery at DJDimages.com.
Imaging Resource is testing multiple units of the Nikon 50mm f1.4 G AF-S lens. See what they found out!
PhotoReview tests out the (roughly) digital-equivalent of the good old 28-105mm lens, in the Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC OS macro HSM. The review used the Canon mount on a 40D, with Imatest and samples as usual.
As part of their E-P2 review, Camera Labs has also provided a sharpness test for the Olympus 17mm f2.8 pancake lens.
We have a burst mode of new lens reviews to round-up today!
Tilt-and-shift, tilt-and-shift, and then review ;-) PhotoZone is back with a new review, of the Canon 17mm f4L TS-E. This includes their usual review action, but they also offer a primer if you are not familiar with tilt-shift lenses. As you can expect, this lens has a price premium, it goes for around $2450 at Amazon right now.
Bob Atkins has published a review of the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 VC Di-II lens at Photo.net. As usual, we won't spoil the findings here.
Via Foto Actualidad, we learn of a new review at Korean megasite SLRClub of the Canon 50mm f1.2L lense. F-crops and many sample pictures are included, most of them taken with the Canon 7D.
Next up, Steve Huff Photo reviews the Leica 75mm f2 Summicron lens, using the native Leica M9 but also the Olympus E-P2 for his testing.
Canon's new star lens, the 100mm f2.8 hybrid IS macro gets put under the ...macro-scope at Digital Camera Review where they put it through the paces. Samples on the second page, conclusions on the third page!
We normally don't mention subscriber-only content since most people won't be able to read it but we are making an exception here, the aforementioned Canon lens takes on the Zeiss 100mm f2 Makro-Planar at digglloyd ($).
Photozone.de reviews the Tamron 60mm f2 Di-II, a made-for-cropped-sensor macro lens that is the APS-C equivalent of the popular 90mm Tamron full-framer. Check for more reviews below...
On the pre-order front, Amazon has began accepting pre-orders for the new Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR lens at $1260.
Shiguma time again, as LensTip.com reviews the versatile Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 macro DC OS HSM lens. This is their usual 11-page detailed review, with conclusions and samples on the last page. The samples are taken with the Canon 50D. (DC is Sigma-speak for a lens made for cropped-sensors, so you get -roughly- the 35mm-equivalent of 28-105mm on the 1.5x DSLRs, and slightly more telephoto-ish with Canon, even more so with Sigma DSLRs (1.7x).
Camera Labs has published a new lens review, featuring the recently announced Canon EF-S 15-85 f3.5-5.6 IS lens. They tested it using the 7D and the D-Rebels. If you are not familiar with Camera Labs, be sure to follow the pink tabs to see all the review segments!
Lensbaby fisheye time at Bob Atkins. There he reviews the 12mm Lensbaby fisheye lense. He tested out on Canon. As usual, we won't spoil his findings here.
Peter K. Burian at Photocrati.com has published their review of the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II lense!
A new review is in the books for the Tamron 60mm f2 Di-II macro lens at Alpha Mount World. This is the first attempt by Tamron to "port" their popular 35mm-full-frame 90mm f2.8 macro lens to the APS-C/DX format. Being Alpha Mount World, the review was done using the Alpha mount on Sony DSLRs. As usual, we won't spoil the findings here.
DX time at Lens Tip where they have completed their review of the Tamron 16.5-135mm f3.5-5.6 DX lens. This is roughly (but not quite) the equivalent of the good old film SLR 28-200mm lenses. A versatile range for sure. And we may get an Alpha version eventually since a couple of days ago Tokina decided to make their 11-16mm f2.8 AT-X DX available for Sony Alpha Minolta.
Samyang-time at PhotoZone where they review the very affordable Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens. This is a 35mmFF lens. Samples are included with the 5D Mark II. Conclusions as usual on the third page, but we won't spoil them here.
Photo Club Alpha has just posted their brief test of the just-announced Sony Alpha Minolta mount version of their 11-16mm f2.8 DX Macro AT-X lens. Tokina lenses had been historically available for Canon and Nikon only, so this marks their first bold step in ...stepping out of their comfort-zone-bubble. We covered the announcement yesterday on the main blog.
Zoom-zoom at dpreview with Andy Westlake evaluating the Shiguma 18-250mm DC OS superzoom lens. The review samples are of the Canon variety using the 7D, 50D and D-Rebel. Conclusions on last page, which as usual, we won't reveal here.
Leica time again at Steve Huff's, this time it is the Summicron 50mm f2.5 that gets checked out. The Leica M9 "helped" with the review...
SLRGear.com evaluates five different samples of the same lens, the Canon 50mm f1.4 [Amazon]
Shiguma time at LensTip, this time they translated their 2008 review of the Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX HSM APO lens. They tested the Canon mount, using their test-base, the 20D. Conclusions and samples on the last page, which as usual we won't reveal.
EF-S time at LensTip.com, where they have published their take on the Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM lens. This is intended to be a versatile zoom for APS-C Canon-mount shooters. But as you can expect, the lens has a Canon-premium-price-tag attached to it, it's current price is around $730 at Amazon.com.
If you are looking for reviews of older manual Nikon-mount lenses, be sure to bookmark the lens review page at Taishimizu.com. Ten lenses are currently reviewed there and more coming up!
If you are interested in an f2.8 zoom but don't want to spend the big bucks for the house-brand lens, the TamTokSigs can offer a good value alternative. Slowly but steadily, the TamTokTigs have embraced the APS-C sensor-cropped-lenses and Photo Zone dot de reviews the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 VC. Yes, VC is Tamron-speak for image stabilization. Their review was the Canon-flavor. Conclusions and samples taken with the 7D are on the 3rd page of the review.
Leica lens time at Steve Huff Photo with a review of the Leica Summarit 35mm f2.5 lens. The M9 was used as the "hostess" of the review!
Tammy time at Bob Atkins where he reviews the cropped Tamron macro lens. Their 90mm full-frame lens is one of their more popular lenses, so how does their cropped/digital version do? Read on through to find out!
Nikon time at ephotozine with a short review of the Nikkon 24-70mm f2.8 using the D700 as the test-bed.
If you like to mix-and-match lenses old and new, Adorama has select lens adapters on special.
Another Polish lens review is available in English at LensTip. This time it is the Nikkor 50mm f1.8D lens review from three years ago. These are detailed lens reviews, and very helpful if you are evaluating lenses.
Tammy time! PhotoZone has published their findings on the APS-C-cropped Tamron 60mm f2.8 Di-II lens. They reviewed the Nikon flavor.
Zoom-zoom! Peter K Burian has published his review of the Nikon 18-200mm VR II lens at Photocrati. This is of course the new superzoom from Nikon!
Pancake time with Steve Huff as he puts on the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 on the new Olympus E-P2 and shares his findings with the rest of us.
Translation time! The Olympus 50mm f2 ED english-speaking review is up and running at LensTip.com. This was published on their polish website in August 2007. LensTip/Optyczne.pl produce very detailed lens reviews!
The Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di macro lens is reviewed at ephotozine. This is the Nikon flava, using the D700. This is a 35mmFF lense.
Photozone has just published their take on the Pentax 60-250mm f4 DA* lens, an SDM lens. The lense was provided by Falk Lumo of the Lumo Labs. Conclusions and full-size samples on the last page as usual, taken with the K-x and K-7. And as usual, we won't reveal their findings here...
SLRGear.com has just published their take on the new Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II lens. This is their new workhorse lens that was announced in the summer of 2009. As always, we won't spoil their findings.
On the Canon-mount front, Brent Pennington has published his take on the Sigma 120-400mm OS lens.
January 3, 2010
Happy new year with a Zeiss review from Laurence Rispher. He tests out the 85mm f1.4 ZE Planar T* in the world of Canon. He used the Canon 5D Mark II as the "hostess" of the test. Conclusions at the bottom, but as usual, we won't reveal them here!
A K-mount tele-macro comparison is live by Jens. It compares the trusty Tamron 90mm f2.8 with the Pentax 100mm f2.8 D-FA. What did he found? We won't spoil the fund here! Via Rice High.
And another comparative-review, also at a similar focal-range, LensTip.com looks at the Sony Zeiss 85mm f1.4 T* taking on the Minolta 85mm f1.4.
Practice your french language skills by reading the review of the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di-II VC lens at Le Monde de Photo. Their test unit was the Canon flavor, using the 50D.
Zoom lenses and safari were made for each other! So with that in mind, Digital Review has taken the Nikon 70-300mm VR II to a safari and has shared their findings.
Next up, Photography Review is featuring a user-review of the Sigma 10-20mm EX DC HSM lens. The reviewer was using the Canon flavor.
Curious about the new Canon versatile 18-135mm EF-S IS lens? Then head on over to Bob Atkins to see what he found in his just-published review!
Translation time - the review is from 2006, but it is now available in English for the first time at Lens Tip. What lens you ask? Oh I'm glad you asked - the Canon 50mm f1.4. Prime lenses are timeless as they say :)
David Ziser explains why the Canon 18-200mm IS is one of his favorite lenses. Yes, it also includes a ruler shot!
Shiguma time again! This time it is the 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG OS, in Canon flavor, reviewed at Neutral Day. This is a 35mm FF lense.
A guest review takes a look at the 40mm Voigtlander Ultron f2 SL II at TOP. They tested the Canon EF mount. This is a manual focus lense.
And a review of a lens you don't often see mentioned in the forums - the Switar 26mm f1.1, reviewed as mounted on the Olympus E-P1 by Lawrence Ripsher.
A detailed review of the brand new Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II lens by Nasim Mansurov! This is the new f2.8 lens announced in July 2009.
Bob Atkins has published his review of the "Barbra Walters" LensBaby lens-type-thing. No, that is not the actual product name, but as you may have guessed, this is the "soft focus" Lens Baby.
It's not often we have an f0.95 lens made, so it is with great curiosity interest we see what this lens can do that other lenses cannot do at its review by photographer Steve Huff.
How about an OM lens review? Lawrence Ripsher has published a review of the Olympus OM 135mm f2.8 mounted on a Canon DSLR - the 5DMk2! Read on to find out what he found out and why he chose this OM lens!
Canon EF-S users interested in a versatile zoom lens, may be interested to see what The Digital Picture has to say about the EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS lens in their just-posted review. The 7D [reviews] served as the "hostess" of the review.
LensTip has translated their 2008 review of the Olympus 11-22mm 2.8-3.5 lense in English. Check it out!
It is Nikon-time at SLR Gear where they take a look at the Nikon 24mm f2.8D lens. Is this lens ready for ...prime-time? Read on to find out... Both the D200 and the D700 were used for the tests.
Constant aperture should not necessarily mean constant-drain of your bank account. At least that's the theory behind the TamTokSig lenses. And PhotoZone.de reviews the Shiguma 24-70mm f2.8. Their review was of the Nikon flavor, using big-daddy Nikon D3x as the hostess.
Continuing with the same theme, we find the review of the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens at Professional Photographer, the magazine's website.
Prime-time at Bob Atkins, where he reviews the 85mm f1.8 Canon lens. Brick walls and charts are there to please the technically-inclined crowd. Conclusions are at the bottom, and as usual, we won't reveal them here.
Via Foto Actualidad we learn of a Korean review of the Olympus 14-42mm Micro 4/3rds lens. Check it out at SLR Club.
Prime-time again as Lens Tip reveals their findings on the hot new Canon 100mm hybrid IS macro lens, the f2.8L. As usual, this is a detailed 11-page review, with pros and cons and full-size sample pictures on the last page. The 1Ds Mark III was the "host" of the test.
It is L-time at PhotoZone! The Canon 50mm f1.2L (yes, f1.2) got its review. This uses their standard three-page format, with conclusions and samples on the last page, and the "meat" of the review on page #2.
Fish-eye time at Lens Tip where they have translated to english their January 2008 review of the Sigma 4.5mm f2.8 EX DC circular fish-eye lense. Their tests featured the Canon version.
The hot new 15-85mm EF-S Canon lens is getting the review treatment at Canon-centric website The Digital Picture, with the 7D also making a guest-appearance in the review.
It is Sigma-time at Camera Town where the talk of the town is the new review of the Sigma 20mm f1.8 used on the Canon 5D Mark II and evaluated for video purposes as well!
Translation time! LensTip has their english-version of the Pentax 70mm f2.4 lens they reviewed a couple of years. But if you can't read Polish, this review is new to you! The Pentax K10D was the "base" of the review and as usual, conclusions and samples are on the last page.
It's M-series time at the ALC blog where they have a very short review of the 24mm f1.4 Summilux lens.
It's not often that you get to touch an f0.95 lens, but the ALC blog did just that as they have reviewed the Leica Noctilux 50mm f0.95. It goes without saying, you don't even have to guess, the price is five-figures!
Sigma time! SLRGear.com has reviewed the Sigma 18-50mm f2.8-4, a DC OS HSM lens. The "flavor" they tested was Canon mount, using their usual 20D as the "basis".
Next up, via Fotoactualidad we learn of a new review of the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 lens of the Nikon variety (ZF) posted at the DSLR Magazine.
It is prime-zoom review translation time at LensTip as they have reviewed their 2008 review of the Canon 300mm f4L IS lens. This is a 35mmFF lens obviously, reviewed on their base system, the 20D. Samples and conclusions on the last page as usual.
If you are interested in how the Canon 50mm f1.4 lens performs, especially if you are interested in brick wall tests, then be sure to check the conclusion of the review of this lens at Vann On.
It's Z-time at the ALC! The Carl Zeiss 28mm f2 manual-focus lens for the Canon mount (ZE) has been tested.
Today is lens review day! We start at dpreview where Andy Westlake has evaluated the Canon hybrid IS macro lens, the one that came out at the same time as the EOS 7D, the 100mm f2.8 L IS.
Next we move to Nikonland where ephotozine posted their findings on the hot new Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II lense.
Moving along to the designer lenses, PhotoZone has posted their review of the EOS-flavor of the Zeiss 21mm f2.8, a manual focus lens for the Canonites. This is a 35mm full-frame lens. P-Zone used the 5DMk2 as the "base" of the review.
Canon users had been clamoring for more versatility and diversity in their EF-S lenses. Did the new EF-S 15-85mm IS answer the call? One way to find out is to check the review at SLR Gear. The 20D once again served as the gracious hostess of the review.
And now something Alpha. LensTip has translated their earlier review of the Alpha 16-105mm DT lens from their Polish-speaking website and has made it available to the english-speaking world. This is their standard 11-page review format, with conclusions and samples on the last page. The first Sony DSLR served as the "host" of the review.
Time for an Alpha lens review! ALC (Adorama Learning Center) has posted a short review of the Sony 11-18mm f3.5-4.5 DT lens. And yes, the lens can has ...basketball skills :)
PhotoZone.de has reviewed the Zeiss 50mm f2 ZM T* as a M43rds lens. More via the main blog frontpage update!
It would be nice if we could all wave the magic wand and afford every lens ever made. But unfortunately 99% of us have to make compromises and trade-offs. So if you want an f2.8 zoom-zoom lens but don't want to pay top-dollar for the Canon/Nikon/Alpha models, there is always your friendly 70-200mm f2.8 Shiguma. And that is the premise of the review of this lens by Brent Pennington.
Via Foto Actualidad we learn of a new review of the Olympus 17mm pancake, this one coming in Korean, at SLR Club.
It's Leica-time at Steve Huff's where he reviews, using the Leica M9, the 35mm Summicron. Check out his four page report to find out what he found out!
The hot new 100mm f2.8L macro IS lens from Canon using their new technology just got reviewed at the Digital Picture!
The Canon lens review parade continues at Photo Review where they have posted their findings on the EF-S 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM lens that promises a versatile working range for the APS-C EOSographers. This is part of their greater 7D review project.
Brent Pennington has posted his take on the Canon EF 28-135mm IS lens, a lens that Canon (strangely) continues to insist on bundling with some APS-C DSLRs.
The translation party continues at LensTip.com, this time they have translated their 2008 review of the Olympus 4/3rds workhorse lens, the 12-60mm f2.8-4 SWD.
Canon time! Now coming in is the review of the Canon 100mm f2.8 hybrid IS macro lens, the first lens showing Canon's new hybrid IS technology. The review is out at SLR Gear.
We continue lens-review-Monday with Photo Review of Australia, as they have posted their review of the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS, a "digital" lens for their APS-C lenses. This came in conjunction with their EOS 7D camera review.
Pancake time! Hold the syrup though! Photo Zone has published their findings after spending some quality time with the Olympus 17mm pancake lens. This is of course a Micro Four Thirds lens. The "base" of the tests was none other than the Panasonic GF1 [reviews].
It's Tamron-time at PhotoZone, where they review the Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di II, which as the name suggests (Di II) it is a "digital lens", or more technically accurate, a cropped-sensor-lens. Doing the 1.5x math, this is around a 15-36mm wide-zoom. Their review was of the Nikon flavor. As usual, no spoilers here. Their sample pictures include the D300 and DX-mode pictures with the flaghship D3x.
It's lens review day today! Now SLRGear.com joins the party with a review of the Sigma 50-200mm f4-5.6 DC OS. As you can surmise form the coding, it is an APS-C lens (DC) with optical image stabilization (OS). The review unit was of the Canon flavor, mounted on the 20D.
Photo Review has just published their take on the Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG OS, a 35mmFF lens available in different flavors. The review unit was of the Canon flavor, used at full frame with the Canon 5D.
Focus Numerique reviews the Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX lens that offers DX-Nikonians with an affordable normal prime lens.
It's Leica time at LensTips.com where they review the Summicron-M 50mm an f-two lense. Yes, it's Leica M-time and the review was made with the Leica M9! Full-size samples on the last page along with conclusions.
Photo Zone has just posted their test of the 20mm pancake. Yes, that's the Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lens that came out with the GF1! Conclusions are on the last page, and as usual, we won't spill the beans here.
Another one of them Canon EF-S IS lenses is getting the review treatment, also at PhotoZone. This time it is the EF-S 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS, which gives APS-C shooters a versatile zooming range. The samples for review were shot with the Canon 7D. You can see them along with the conclusions on the last page of the review.
And at PhotoPlus Expo, Photography Bay has posted a hands-on review of the Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG OS lense using the Canon-mount edition.
This is in a print magazine for those who subscribe or are near France. The latest issue of Le Monde de la Photo will have a review of the promising new Tamron 60mm f2 Di-II lens. A recap of the latest magazine issue at their website.
Prime time at Neutral Day as they check out the Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG lens on their 5DMk2 and post plenty of sample pictures.
LensTip has "ported" another one of their reviews, this time it is the non-hybrid IS older version of the Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro lens. The 20D was used as the "carrier" of the test. As usual, no spoilers here, but if you are in a hurry, conclusions and full-size samples are on the last page (page #11).
LensTip.com has translated their review of the Sigma 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 APO DG OS HSM for the english-speaking crowd to read. Check it out! The review used the Canon copy, which was mounted on the Canon EOS 20D.
David Lee Tong has a guest-review of the Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX DG Macro lens. The review unit was the Pentax flavor, with the K10D and K100D-Super used as the "base" camera.
Dpreview.com has just posted their take on the mysterious Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Micro Four Thirds lens. We feature this review at the front page of the main blog.
Four Thirds may have gotten rather quiet in terms of new camera announcements, but there are waves of new Four Thirds lens reviews! The latest one is the Olympus 70-300mm f4-5.6 ED at SLRGear, the review arm of Imaging Resource. They used the Olympus E510 as the "Base camera".
One more Pentax lens review is in the internet archives now, PhotoZone has just posted their evaluation of the Pentax 15mm f4 DA lens. The K10d [reviews] was used as the basis for the review.
We have the first review of Canon's new mid-range EF-S zoom lens, the 18-135mm EF-S IS. The review is posted at critically-acclaimed PhotoZone.de, using the Canon 50D as the base for the test.
Bigma time! The ALC has posted a review of the Sigma 150-500mm lens, written by Mark Lent. Football with helmets is the subject of this lens review. The review uses the Nikon-flavor of the lens. Check it out.
ALC has posted back to back hands-on reports of two Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses, the wide-zoom 7-14mm along with the superzoom 14-140mm, which is the lens bundled with the GH1.
LensTip.com has translated their old Polish-language review of the Pentax 18-55mm DA II on their website. If you can't read Polish, this is a new review to you (and me) :)
Photozone has posted a double-review of the new Canon 100mm f2.8L lens that features their new hybrid IS technology that claims improvements for macro users. The review is discussed on the front page of the main blog!
Award-winning photographer Cliff Mautner has posted his early look at the new Nikon 70-200 lens. We feature this at the main blog.
And a newly translated review is out of the Olympus 50-200mm (100-400mm eq) f2.8-3.5 SWD at LensTip. The original review appeared at optyczne, a polish-speaking site. But over time, they are translating their lens reviews to english so they can be read by a larger audience.
SLR Gear has just posted their findings on the brand new Sony 18-55mm kit lens, the one that came out earlier this year with the new consumer-friendly Alpha DSLRs. So how did it do?
In progress it is, the review of the Canon 100mm macro lens with the new hybrid IS technology, at The Digital Picture it is. The lens is currently shipping at its opening price of $1050 from a couple of retailers. For more on the stock-status, look for its entry at the Canon 7D matrix.
Everybody loves a good prime! So, what about the Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX? Focus Numerique has put it through the paces in their brand new review. The review is in French, but it includes plenty of sample pictures and charts and comparisons!
Via FotoActualidad we learn of some Zeiss action, DigitalCamaraLens has posted their take on the Zeiss 21mm f2.8 for the Canon world (ZE = Z-EOS), using the 1Ds Mark III as the test base.
What about us say Samyang lenses? Let us get some love! LensTip.com has just posted a review of the new Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED MC lens. Their usual 11-page review includes samples and verdict on the last page. The version they tested was the Nikon one, using the D3X as the "base".
Shiguma time again! SLR Gear reviews the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX DG HSM, a 35mm full-frame lens. The lens was tested both on an APS-C and a 35mmFF DSLR (20D and 5D of the Canon variety). I can see blur from my house? (and they are not singing!) :)
Four Thirds fans should build a statue for PhotoZone, as unlike some other sites, they continue to pay close attention to Four Thirds! This time, they have posted their review of the Panasonic 14-150mm superzoom lens. As usual, their full-size samples and verdict are on the last page of the review. The "base" for their testing was the cult-favorite Panasonic L10. And the lens is currently shipping at Amazon.com for $1700 - or if you can wait for another 8-10 days, it will ship from Adorama for $1600.
LensTip has a new review translated from their optyczne.pl site. So if you cannot read Polish, this review is new to you :) The review is for the Nikon 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 VR lens. As usual, this is an 11-page review, with the samples and conclusions on the last page. No spoilers here! The Nikon D200 was the "enabler" of the tests.
PhotoZone needs to add dates to their lens reviews :) Speaking of which, they posted a review of the Olympus 40-150mm f4-5.6 lens, an ED lens, of the Four Thirds persuasion. As this is Four Thirds, it is 80-300mm "equivalent". As usual, conclusions and full-size samples are on the last page. The "enabler" of the test is the Panasonic L10, quite possibly the last Panasonic 4/3rds camera made!
Japanese mega-site DC Watch Impress has posted a comparative shootout between four superzoom lenses that fit the Nikon DX mount. Using the D300 DSLR as the basis, they square off Nikon, Tamron, Tokina and Shiguma competitors. The text is in computer-translated Japanese, but the pictures speak for themselves. You can see a full-size JPEG of each picture simply by clicking on it (or open in new tab/window for the multi-taskers out there).
The "Good Design Awards" were just handed out in Japan, and one lens won an award, it is the Canon TS-E 17mm f4L. Everybody loves a tilt-shift lens these days! More in the Good Design Awards roundup.
Yes lensaholic fans. Today is officially a lens review day, with multiple reviews coming out!
We start with the "Big Iron" lenses, the 24-70mm f2.8G ED of the Nikon variety. This is a 35mm full-frame lens, and it has been reviewed at critically-acclaimed Photo Zone. This is their standard 3-pager, with full-size real-world samples and conclusions on the last page. The "enabler" for the review is the Nikon D3 [reviews] body. This is nearly a $2000 lens, so the things you may forgive a kit lens, you cannot forgive here. So, how did it do??? No spoilers here :)
We stay at PhotoZone, where they have gone small, not quite pancake-small, but MicroZuiko small. The Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm, the kit lens of the E-P1 is the latest subject of their review. The E-P1 [reviews] was used as the enabler body for the review. As usual, conclusions on the third-page. No spoilers :)
Staying with the Micro Four Thirds theme, SLR-Gear, the non-camera review arm of Imaging Recourse has posted their take on the Panasonic 20mm pancake. An adorable little lens, that already got a glowing review from dpreview (see Sept-25 below).
And we close today's lensaholic-a-thon with a "Big Iron" review, the Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 EX II HSM DC getting tested out by Don Chick for Professional Photographer magazine. The review unit was the Canon EOS flavor, and the "enabler" for the review was the Canon 40D [reviews].
The f2.8 party continues at LensTip, this time they are reviewing the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 II, another L-USM lens. This is their standard 11-page review-format, with conclusions and full-size samples on the last page. The Canon 20D served as the baseline for the testing.
Wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer has just posted his review of the Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX lens, a "digital prime" created for APS-C ("cropped sensor") Nikon DSLRs.
dpreview is serving pancakes! Hold the syrup though as it may damage the lens! They have just posted their detailed findings on the 20mm f1.7 Micro Four Thirds. The conclusions and the rating on the last page.
It is Pentax-time at LensTip, where they review the Pentax 77mm f1.8 limited. You heard me, f1.8! This is an 11-page review, with conclusions on the last page, along with plenty of sample pictures taken using the K20D as the "enabler".
The Tamron 60mm f2 Di-II lens is, as you can expect, generating a lot of curiosity attention. It's not of the that we get an f2 zoom like that at a down-to-earth price. The latest to check out this lens is PDN Gear Guide.
Japanese website DC-Watch has posted full-size pictures and a computer-translated review of the Nikon 18-200mm DX VR II lens. We talk about the review at this impact review update at the main blog.
We have an on-going contest going on! The winner will receive a FREE one-week rental of the lens of their choice courtesy of BorrowLenses.com. The entry deadline is 6pm eastern time on Monday September 21! It's very easy enter, and you have a very good chance of winning! Check it out!
One more Four Thirds lens review, this time back at PhotoZone, where they review the 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 ED Digital Zuiko. Full-size samples on the last page! The camera used for the test was the Panasonic L10.
In what appears to be turning into a lens-review-week, we have more! Via this dpreview forum thread, we discover a detailed user-review of the Olympus 14-35mm f2 SWD by photographer Brandon Eu. This review includes DXoMark charts to please the technically-inclined :)
And another Four Thirds lens review! This time it is Photography Blog reviewing the Olympus 50mm f2 macro lens. Hey, that's not bad, three lens reviews in three days for FourThirds!
And some more action! Japanese website DC-Watch has posted their adventures with the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di-II VC, an "APS-C lens". They post lots and lots of full-size JPEG images. Their review unit was the Nikon flavor, and they used the D300 for their tests. Including is a brick-wall series. Not because they love brick walls, but to please the lensaholics :)
Via Foto Actualidad, we learn of a review (quite possibly the first one world-wide) of the new Nikon 18-200mm DX VR II lens. The review is coming from Czech Nikon-fan website NikonClub.cz. Lots of sample pictures, both real-world and technical! Click on each picture to see its full-size version, but please drink their bandwidth responsibly :)
Another day, another f2.8 lens review! This time it is the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 II EX APO DG Macro HSM reviewed at LensTip.com. The review uses their customary 11-page format, with conclusions and full size samples on the last page. The review unit was the Nikon-mount mounted on the D200.
PhotoZone.de dove into the world of Four Thirds and reviewed the versatile Olympus 12-60mm f2.8-4 lens, which gives 4/3rds users a nice "equivalent" range of 24-120mm. The camera used to "host" the review was the cult-favorite Panasonic L10.
It's Shiguma time at SLRGear, as this time they are kicking the lens-tires of the Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX DC HSM. Their review unit was with the Canon 20D, which, due to old age, had a "shutter accident", so the sample pictures are coming later on, after the shutter is fixed.
Another day, another f2.8 zoom review! This time SLR Gear puts on their EOS gloves and takes a close look at the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L USM. This is not a stabilized lens; Canon has an IS version for nearly $2000. This one costs under $1300, and nearly twice as much as the third-party equivalents (Shiguma, Tamron).
September 8: 50 million
Nikon has reached a new milestone, 50 million Nikkor lenses since the beginning of time. Beginning of Nikkor-time that is :)
It looks like everyone was paying attention to Leica, as we had very few new lens reviews this week!
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Every K-mount user is crazy about a sharp-dressed lens! And SLRGear has put the Pentax 60-250mm f4 SDM through the paces in their review. This is a "digital" lens, or more technically accurate, a lens designed for APS-C DSLRs, so when mounted in those Pentax and Samsung models, it has the "equivalent" of 90-375mm, essentially a "digital homage" to the 100-400mm lens. With specs like that, you can obviously expect to pay four figures. Even Pentax's thriftiness could not make a lens like this under four figures :)
A lens that will surely pique the interest of APS-C shooters is the Tamron 60mm f2 Di-II. Yes, it is not a typo, it is an F-TWO lens! And Photocrati tested it out and posted their findings! Will this "90mm equivalent" be a worthy addition to your LBA arsenal?
Not a "pure" lens, but a lens it is none-the-less, the Imaging Insider features a review of the LensBaby Composer!
Leica time! Steve Huff had one week to check out the Leica 21mm Summilux f1.4 and he is sharing his findings and impressions after mounting it on his trusty M8. As you can expect, f1.4 is low-light shooting bait :)
Zeiss time at Lens Tip where they take the Sony-flavored CZ Vario Sonnar T* 16-80mm f3.5-4.5 DT and test it out. Please note this review is a translation of their December 2007 review, however, if you cannot read Polish, then this review is new to you :)
It is Leica-time again, as Steve Huff reviews the Summilux 24mm f1.4 lens after spending one week with it and running it with the Leica M8 digital body.
The Canon 70-400mm f4L IS gets retested at PhotoZone at the higher resolution of 15mp. Their previous test was using an 8mp Digital Rebel. This time the test camera was the Canon 50d.
Super-zoom this! LensTip takes a look at the Tamron 18-250mm lens, which is of course a Di-II, a "digital" lens that works on DSLRs with APS-C type sensors. Their test unit was the Canon flavor, tested on the 20D.
Curiosity takes you to the bookstore! The September 2009 issue of Pop Photo has a review of the Leica f0.95 lens. Because the review is not posted online yet, we won't say anything about it. It is mentioned in our magazine unboxing :-)
It's power to the people day at Photography Review where one of reader's reviews of the Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC EX (Nikon) is promoted to the main page. This is an APS-C lens as the "DC" designates in all Shiguma lenses.
Pentax is getting some review-love at SLR-Gear, where their DA 17-70mm f4 lens gets reviewed. This is also a lens they used in their impact review of the heavily debates Pentax K-7. The SLRGear website has one of our pet-peeves on web-design, never have two vertical scrollers on a single-page. It's too annoying for the reader, especially now that most screens are bigger and wider. Back to the lenses now :)
I'll match your 24mm TS-E lens (see August 13) with a 17mm TS-E lens says Luminous Landscape which posts their take on the aforementioned new Canon lens. This is an exotic type of a lens, made exotic not just by the technology but by the price as well :)
Serious Compacts rounds up a couple of sources for Tamron 60mm f2 Di-II samples. It's not often that we see a lens of this type, so it is an intriguing lens to follow!
An "L" review at LensTip came out! They put the Canon 85mm f2L II through the paces and they are sharing their findings with the rest of us. The 1Ds Mark III was used for the purposes of the review.
This is not a lens you buy or sell everyday, but it certainly has its niche following. We are talking about the Canon TS-E 24mm tilt-shift lens reviewed at The Digital Picture which covers all things Canon.
It's Shiguma time at Photo Review, where they put the Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX DC lens under the microscope. Imatest data as usual is provided for technical analysis.
So, how about the Canon 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM? Inspired by the recent world-wide photo-walk, Canon Blogger decided to give this lens a try and post their findings.
PhotoClub Alpha posted their review of the Sigma 18-250mm DC OS lens on a sensor-shift body, so we turned that into an impact review discussed at the main blog.
One of the special Four Thirds lenses has been translated to an english-review by LensTip.com. We are talking of course about the Olympus 150mm f2. Yes, two point zero! This of course "translates" to 300mm in 35mm equivalency and offers 4/3rds users something exciting. So, were the reviewers excited about it? Read on to find out! (Conclusions are on page #11, but no spoilers here)
Next up, PhotoZone takes a look at the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, a full-frame lens for all generations of Nikonian (D)SLRs! The price tag of course is high, so does it "earn" it in the review? Conclusions on page #3.
Viva Zeiss! Not Zeiss-Zeiss, but Sony-Zeiss in this case. LensTip has posted the english edition of their mid-June review of the Sony 16-35mm f2.8 T* SSM lens. A lens with a name this long must surely command a high price :) It was tested of course on the Alpha A900. The reviewers put it through the paces and even compare on how it stacks up against the Nikon 14-24mm which was received a couple of days after at PZone.
Speaking of tests and reviews, LensTip explains their testing procedures in this two-page article.
Is it worth four thirds its price or not? One way to find out is to check the review of the Olympus 14-42mm Micro 4/3rds lens at SLRGear. This is the lens that comes with one of the configurations of the Olympus E-P1. So how did the lens perform and especially considering its price and size?
And how about a "power to the people" review? Photography Review features a user-review of the Canon EF 28-300 f3.5-5.6 L-IS-USM. As you can expect with that kind of a name, this is an expensive lens. And the reviewer has a tip for those interested in the lens and it involves ...the gym!
The dpreview review of the Pentax 55mm f1.4 DA* SDM lens set off a firestorm in the Pentaxian world, and we posted a review-update at the main blog covering both the review and the reactions.
I'm sure most photographers would love to have every major DSLR and every major and serious lens at their disposal, unfortunately most of us live in the real world which is full of compromises, so a 3rd-party lens that costs 1/3rd to 1/2 of a Canon/Nikon is always an intriguing alternative. One such lens is the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di LD, reviewed by LensTip. They used the Canon-flavor for their review.
And remember, every time you skip flossing or brushing your teeth, a dentist gets a new Leica!
You will be seeing red after you read this next post ;-) Photofocus has posted their long-term results after using the Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR macro lens.
Can't a kit lens get some love? Well today it can! CanonBlogger has posted his take on the Canon 18-55mm EF-S lens. This the Digital Rebel kit lens, before the newer IS version came out in response to sensor-shift stabilization offered in almost all DSLRs by Sony, Pentax and Olympus.
It's not often that we see a review of the same lens at two different sites within four days, but such an occurrence has occurred in the review-space occupied by the Nikon 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 DX lens, an occupational lens for the wide-zoom Nikonians. This review is by SLR Gear.
PhotoZone, the critically-acclaimed lens-review site has posted their take on the Nikon 10-24mm DX, an f3.5-4.5G lens that needs blue pills, offering an alternative wide-angle zoom. The review follows their standard format, with the verdict at the bottom of page #3.
Everybody and their grandmother are looking for this lens, but very few can find it at $200. We are talking of course about the surprise Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX price, which Neekon launched at a reasonable price of $200. So, how does it perform? Photography Review checks it out! Conclusions are on page #3 of the review for those who can't wait to find out what they found out.
Not a review, but of interest to lensaholics, Canon has issued a development notice, stating that they have now developed a hybrid lens-based stabilization system. Read more via Galbraith et al.
Canon users, what do you think about the 55-250mm f4-5.6 EF-S IS lens? Well, we don't have to ask LensTip.com what they think, because they posted their review of the lens. This is a translation of their Polish review from 2008. But if you can't read Polish, then it's new-to-you :)
SAM I am! One of the new SAM Sony DT lenses that were launched together with the A230/A330/A380 DSLR trio is the 55-200 f4-5.6 DT SAM, and that lens just got tested out by SLR Gear. So, what did they think of the lens and of Sony's move to these new SAM (AF-motor) lenses? (Please note that unlike Nikon, Sony has NOT removed the autofocusing-capability from the DSLR bodies. It looks like the remaining Minoltans were able to fight off the Sony electronics geeks ;-)
Not a full-review, but sample shots for now for the Sigma 18-50mm DC OS f2.8-4.5 HSM lens. This particular lens was the Nikon flava, mounted on the D200 body at LensTip.com.
And one of the "must have pro" lenses got its workout, this time it was the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS at Sublime Light.
Alpha Mount World has posted their review of the Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 Di, a "full-frame" lens but digitally optimized (thus the "Di" but not "Di II"). They obviously tested the Sonolta version. They pushed the lens to its limits by mounting it on the Alpha A900. So, did it pass the test?
Professional and award-winning photographer Ryan Brenizer opines on the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8G lens. No brick walls included, but over 140 real world pictures.
dpreview has posted their take on the $2200 Canon 24mm TS-E lens, version II, which costs over $1000 more than version I. Read more about it in our main blog coverage of the review.
It's a 7-14mm f4 duel, 43M43-style, as Japanese website DC-Watch squares off those two lenses with two M43rds lenses and takes dozens of pictures.
On July 3rd, the Sigma 24-70 got some love. Now it is time for the 70-200 f2.8 EX DG HSM II to get some attention. Photo Club Alpha tests it out, and I'll leave it to you to guess which mount they used for the testing :-) Conclusions are at the bottom, but no spoilers here.
The first review of the Olympus 17mm f2.8 Micro Four Thirds M-Zuiko lens is in the books! LensTip.com posted their findings earlier today. Eleven easy-to-read pages, with the conclusions on the last page! As usual, we won't spoil the fun here!
Not directly related to lenses per say, but of great interest to fans of different forms of image stabilization, Imaging Resource has posted their testing of the image stabilization system of the Olympus E520 and their (perhaps surprising) findings generated some busy discussions.
Not every photographer is lucky enough to get their hands on the Incredible Hulk. But Imaging Insider points out, Juza Nature Photography got their hands on one, and they have posted their findings. Oh, what's the "Incredible Hulk"? The Sigma 200-500mm f2.8 EX DG! The big green MONSTER which sells for $29,000.
It's a lens that was needed to be made, but it is not made fast enough! The Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX is hard to find, but Neutral Day has posted their findings after testing out the lens alongside the Nikon D90. Plenty of full-size samples are included!
The Nikon 18-105mm DX VR lens is getting the review treatment at LensTip.com. If you can read Polish, you may have already seen the reviews at the Polish-language version of their website, optyczne.pl. They have been busy translating their reviews to english. For english-speakers, they are new to you :-)
July 5: blast from the past
You may want to read this twice or thrice, but it's still true! SLR Gear has just reviewed the Olympus OM 50mm f1.4 lens. Yes, you heaaaard me as the star of the "House of Payne" often exclaims. They reviewed the classic OM 50mm f1.8 lens! And which camera did they use you ask? Why, the Olympus E-P1! An interesting marriage to say the least!
DigitalReview.ca took the Nikon 10-24mm DX lens for a spin, and shares some of their samples and findings so far.
PDN Pulse channels PJ Harvey as they ask whether the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 is an object of desire, especially when considering prices and the similar versions from the camera makers themselves.
July 2: Prime day
Bright and prime and f1.4! That is the Sony 35mm f1.4 lens that got the review translation at Lens Tip. This is a "G thang" lens, or as the more serious people like to call it, "G". But the reviewer is not exactly singing its praises. Why? What's wrong with the lens?
Brand new review coming from SLRGear! They have given the new Sony 50mm f1.8 SAM DT lens a test and share their findings. This is one of the new SAM (with focus motor) lenses that came with the trio of new Alpha DSLRs in May 2009 (A230, A330, A380).
Hot off the e-presses is a brand new review of the Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens at critically-acclaimed review site PhotoZone.de. The review follows their standard 3-page format, with samples and conclusions on the last page. As usual, we won't reveal their conclusions here!
The Nikon prime was not the only lens reviewed today, Photo Review has posted their take on the Panasonic 14-140mm lens, the M43rds lens that goes hand in hand with the Panasonic GH1. While the lens is not available on its own just yet, it is not exactly an affordable lens either!
But wait, there's more! LensTip.com has posted their findings on the Tamron 10-24mm Di II lens. This is a "digital-only" lens and the Nikon version was tested. Lots of JPEG samples at full-size are available at the last page of the review, which also holds the pros/cons and the conclusions.
Zoom this, and zoom that is what you get with the Sigma 18-250mm DC OS HSM lens. Although not the biggest zoom ratio (there is a 18-270mm), this lens offers versatility. But at what price? One answer to that question comes from the Professional Photography magazine review, which is posted online.
The price or the specs alone should not make or break a lens, because there are many other factors involved when deciding first which lens to buy and then which lens to take with you. So keep that in mind as you read the review of the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD lens at Alpha Mount World. Guess which mount they reviewed, and win fabulous prizes :-)
Even though the Japanese makers have taken over the market, the Zeiss and Leica are still well-respected around the world, which is why everybody wants to have their seal of approval (aka sticker) on their lenses. In this case, Lens Tip has translated an earlier review from their Polish site of the Zeiss T* 35mm f2 ZF lens. The lens reviewed was the Nikon edition.
Japanese website DC-Watch has posted a hands-on review of the Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM. This is a big lens, which, when mounted on a DSLR, has the "equivalent" of 225-750mm on most DSLRs, and slightly more for Canon EOS EF-S DSLRs.
What about that Sigma 18-250mm superzoom with OS and HSM? The non-camera-review arm of Imaging Resource has just posted their take on it. As usual, we won't reveal their findings here!
It is often a good idea to listen to "other voices". No, I'm not talking about going crazy or hallucinating, but reading what other people have to say about lenses, not just the regular reviews. Which is part of the reason why Photography Review is spotlighting a user review of the Tokina 12-24mm f4 ATX lens (Nikon flava).
Canon users may justifiably complain that Canon has fallen behind Nikon in the way they release EF-S/APS-C lenses, but of course we can only use what is made, which is what makes the Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 an interesting review to read at Lens Tip.
You may recall a dpreview review of the Nikon 50mm f1.4 last year, but that was the "old" lens. Now they have posted their take on the new DX-friendly G-thang version. The review, as usual by Andy Westlake.
Japanese site DC.Watch.Impress has posted a comparison between the two EF-S IS kit lenses and the 18-200mm Canon superzoom. More details on this via the main blog.
A good prime is like a good wine, but a $2 wine may be a good wine too for the price ;-) So with that mind, here is a review of the Sigma 50mm f1.4 lens by Lens Tip, which is the english-speaking version of the critically-acclaimed Polish website optyczne.pl. Conclusions and samples (full-size JPEG) are on the last page of the review. The lens tested was the Canon-mount edition.
Go wide young photographer! And don't break the bank, look beyond the "boutique" lenses ;-) With that as a preface, here is a review of the Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG at SLRGear.com. Being a "DG" lens, it can be used on all types of SLRs and DSLRs, and it can star in its own musical too ;-)
You may have missed this, buried in a sea of press releases, CameraTown occasionaly posts
gear reviews, and one such review was posted of the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 II lens. Unlike a lot of lab-reviews, in this instance, the reviewer used the lens, mounted on his Canon DSLRs (5D Mark II and friends) to shoot actual real-world projects, such as weddings!
Ken Rockwell reviewed (?) the renaissance Vivitar 85mm f1.4 AI lens that was released after the convoluted transaction that got someone else the naming rights of Vivitar. Or something like that.
An alternative to the major brand lenses, the Sigma 150mm f2.8 EX DG lens offers photographers some macro-versatility. But how does it perform? Let's Go Digital goes and gives us their opinion.
Everybody loves a good Leica story, so it is with interest that we check the review of the Leica 25mm f1.4 Four Thirds lens. Summary and sample pictures on the last page. The camera used for the review was the Olympus E3, which is the most advanced 43rds and M43rds camera at the moment. Although some E1 fans will make the case that the E1 is more advanced in certain regards than the E3. But that's a story for another place and time!
Also at 25mm and also at Four Thirds, but a totally different lens, LensTip also reviewed the juicy Olympus 25mm pancake using the Olympus E3 as the base unit.
A new SLRGear.com review is out, this time the Nikon 105mm f2 AF DC. DC is not for digital lens (it's not Sigma), but for "Defocus Control".
Imaging Resource's lens review arm, SLR Gear, has posted their review of the Micro Four Thirds lens Panasonic 14-140mm. As usual, no spoilers here! Check the review to find out what they found out!
A duo of Nikon DX lens mini-reviews are posted at the website of Professional Photographer - the magazine. The lenses are the hard to find Nikon 35mm f1.8 and the 10-24mm. Both of the DX variety.
A not-very-well-known lens received a surprise review at dpreview today! Andy Westlake has posted his findings on the Hartblei Superrotator Macro 120mm F4 TS. What is this? Read the review to find out :-)
Boy, have the gadget blogs grown beyond the unboxing cerenomies. Camera-review sites, you better watch it! The Imaging Insider spotlights a review of the Sigma 18-250mm DC OS HSM lens (Canon flavor), using the new T1i/500D DSLR at Gimzodo.
Peter K. Burian is back at it again, this time he has posted a review of the Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di-II at the new Photocrati blog, a promising new collective of photographers blogging together in their various areas of interest and expertise.
May 25: Bigma review!
SLRGear.com has just posted their review of the BIGMA, the Sigma 50-500mm lens, using the Nikon D3X/D200 as their test-DSLR base, which makes it safe to assume this was the Nikon-mount tested :)
Posted today also is an interesting meta-post on lens reviews and reviewers at the blog of the lens rentals service LensRentals.com.
And now it is time for a $2000+ Club lens review. It is the Olympus 14-35mm f2 SWD lens, of the Four Thirds variety, posted at Photography Blog. And this appears to be the first lens review posted at Photography Blog, as it joins the group of camera-review sites expanding into lens-reviews. There are plenty of pictures and sharpness discussions, but there are no technical graphs and other pixel-peepiential information.
The best price among the reputable retailers we track on a regular basis is $1935, sold and shipped by Amazon itself, not by any of the multiple third-party sellers that congregate there.
We usually don't post sample pictures here, unless it is from a hot lens or a lens that is not complete dissected yet. Which is the case today with a 40-pack of RAW and JPEG samples of the Panasonic 7-14mm Micro Four Thirds lens posted by Four Thirds User and taken during the European introduction of the Panasonic GH1.
The brand new Sony 50mm f1.8 SAM DT lens was just recently announced, however, it has a review posted on it already at LensTip.com, which is the english-language version of the Polish website Optyczne.pl.
Digital Camera Review shows their TimeLord skills by planning their just-published review of the Pentax 15mm f4 DA AL lens to coincide with the announcement of the Pentax K7 DSLR.
And now an organic lens comparison, at the Camera Work forums, between the hot and hard to find new Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX and the established 35mm f2 full-frame lens. As always, we won't spoil the findings here. It also includes full-res samples available for download, as well as the f1.8 DX on the D700 using the D700 "DX mode".
The Imaging Insider spotlights a new review of the Sigma 50mm f1.4, the Nikon flavor, posted by Nikon-guru Thom Hogan.
And another superzoom review, this one by Photo Review, taking a look at the Sigma 18-250mm DC OS HSM lens. Imatest and lots of other technical data are included to please the most demanding pixel-peepeurs out there. The review was for the Canon flavor.
May 18: Panasonic 7-14mm Micro 4/3rds lens
Hot review alert at SLR Gear, the non-camera review arm of Imaging Resource, where they review the new Panasonic 7-14mm Micro 4/3rds lens. We better get out of the habit of calling it "M 4/3rds" because that may cause some confusion with the Leica M series. The conclusions are at the bottom of the page, altough, without a price for the lens, it's hard to frame the conclusions properly :)
More lens reviews! The Online Photographer notices us that subscription-based website Reid Reviews has posted their review of the Zeiss 35mm f2. The review unit was of the Nikon flavor.
How about them superzoom lenses? Jack Neubart has posted his review of the Nikon 18-200mm DX VR lens at Photocrati, a new multi-photographer collaborative website.
Ken Rockwell has (I think) posted (what he calls) a review of the Nikon 10-24mm DX lens on his website. There we learn that the serial number on the packaging wrapper matches the serial number on the lens ;-)
PhotoZone strikes back with a new review! This time they take a trip in EOSLand and review the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 LISUSM. This is a full-frame lens, and it's by no means an "affordable" lens. The price of this at B&H Photo is $1400.
Apart from the review-site reviews, we will also be featuring photographer-reviews of lenses in this diary. The reason is that by offering a more diverse set of opinions, potential buyers can get a more well-rounded view of a particular lens.
With that as a preface, we present to you a review of the Nikon 105mm f2.5 at the DSLR-Video blog. A number of real-world sample pictures are included in the review.
Photography Review is spotlighting a user-review of the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG lens. The reviewer used the Nikon flavor.
And there's a bite-size review of the Olympus 150mm f2 lens at Shutterbug. Yes, f2! But it is a Four Thirds lens.
The June 2009 edition of Popular Photography and Imaging has two new lens reviews, the hot Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX, and the Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8 II USM. Both reviews written by Julia Silber. The reviews will eventually find their way to their website, at their lens review page.
All of a sudden things got quiet in the world of lens reviewing, but Imaging Resource comes to the rescue with a review of the Nikon 50mm f1.8D at SLRGear.com.
The Digital Picture revisits their review of the Canon 24-70 f2.8L lens, one of the workhorse lenses in EOS-Land.
Time for a Four Thirds lens review, posted at Photo Review, of the Digital Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6, the kit lens. Real-world sample pictures and Imatest tests are included.
May 4: Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX
Yes, this promising little lens got another major review today, this one at SLRGear.com. We had an impact review update of review at the main blog.
A lens doesn't have to be a super-star to earn a review! Kit lenses are lenses too and they have feelings! So Alpha Mount World has posted an in-forum review of the old-school Minolta 28-80mm D f3.5-5.6.
April 30: Sony CZ 16-35mm f2.8
Yum for the Sonoltas? There is a new review out, of the Sony CZ 16-35mm f2.8 lens at Alpha Mount World, a website that specializes in all things Sony, Alpha and Minolta. The verdict and explanation, along with a strong opinion can be found on page #2. This of course is not an affordable lens, it goes for around $1900.
April 29: Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6 and Nikon kit lenses
Zoom! Zoom! It's G-thang day at PhotoZone where they review the Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6 lens, an SSM G zoom lens. As you can tell from the specs (lack of "DT") this is a 35mm full frame lens, so you can use it on your A900, film SLRs but also your other Alpha and Minolta APS-C DSLRs. When mounted there, you will get the "equivalent" of 105-600mm. This is not a perfect lens, despite its $1600 price point, so it is up to you to decide whether the plus outweigh the minuses and the price.
How about kit lenses reviews? Photo Review has put the Nikkon 18-55 DX VR and the Nikkor 55-200 DX VR lenses through the paces and posted their findings, which include both real-world sample pictures and Imatest graphs and other pixel-peepiential data.
April 28: Canon 70-200mm f4 LISUSM
It's L week at PhotoZone! This time around they are reviewing the Canon 70-200mm f4, another LISUSM lens. As you can tell from the magic words in the lens name, this is an expensive lens. Is it worth the price of admission? Read the review to find out!
In terms of price, the best price we found as of the time of writing was $1100 at various reputable online retailers, some of which you can see via Amazon.com.
April 27: Canon 135mm f2, Sigma and Nikon 50mm f1.4
It's an L-thing in the Canon world, and reputable lens review site PhotoZone.de has just posted their findings on Canon's 135mm f2 LISUSM. LISUSM? Sounds latin? But it is not, it is L + IS + USM. It's faster to type the whole word, although it takes longer to explain it :) As usual we do not reveal the findings of reviews here, but P-Zone makes a definite statement about this lens in their conclusions :)
Prime Wars! Thom Hogan has posted two back-to-back reviews of two 50mm f1.4 lenses, the Nikon and Sigma models. Discussion of these has picked up in the dpreview forums. Is it me or did the Sigma lens get a better grade than the Nikon lens? Oh my!!!
April 24, 2009: Pentax 15mm DA Ltd
We launch the "Lens Review Diary" with a review of the Pentax 15mm DA Limited lens at SLRGear.com, the non-camera review spin-off from Imaging Resource. After putting the lens through the paces, the reviewer discusses six different alternatives as well. Conclusions follow the comparison, and it is interesting to compare them with those of the very recent dpreview review of the same lens.
Starting the Lens Review Diary
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Sunday, January 10, 2010
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