Hey there, here's my newest video on my new youtube channel and it's – you blog readers might have guessed – about the new TT Artisan 35mm f/1.4 for APS-C lens: https://youtu.be/Z_ZDtbZV5zc I already posted a two-part review on this blog about that lens: Less than 100 bucks? Gotta be kiddin’! New TT Artisan 35/1.4... Continue Reading →
The last weekend I've been busy taking pictures with my new TT Artisan 35/1.4 to continue my review of this lens. Read part 1 hereSee also my video review on youtube I also thought it would be interesting to compare its performance to a true classic lens of (roughly) the same specifications – the Olympus... Continue Reading →
Hey guys! This is part 1 of my review of the brand-new TT Artisan 35/1.4. This covers all the mechanical aspects and some background info. Also included are some first shots that I took with this lens on my Fuji X-E3. Proceed to part 2 of this reviewSee also my video review on youtube Disclosure:... Continue Reading →
Hey girls and guys! Another video ... this time about a lens that, in my opinion, features one of the all-time great designs: The KMZ Jupiter-9 85mm f/2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7pxqUMN0DU Many thanks again to Takahiro Oda for filming me. Always a great pleasure!
Hey girls and guys! I just joined youtube vloggers – here's my first video and it's a small review about my current favourite lens: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_kxXqoCXm8 Many thanks to Takahiro Oda for filming me. Was a great pleasure!
Nameless sculpture by Zeljko Rusic, in Cologne. (Jupiter-9 at f/2.8) 1987. Gorbatchev published a manifesto for change – perestroika – and transparency – glasnost – a huge step that led to the end of the Cold War and the transformation of Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukrainia and many other states. 1987. Madonna sings "Open Your Heart",... Continue Reading →
So I bought the Sony A7R II about a month ago. Coming from the Fuji X-E3 with its really superb 23/2 "Fujicron" I knew I'd have to get a 35mm lens for the Sony and my secret plan was to get a manual focus lens. Slower photography just suits me: My subjects are mostly big... Continue Reading →
A gem of classic lenses! Zeiss developed some über-lenses for its Contarex SLR system, and the Distagon 35mm f/2 most certainly was one of them. It went on sale in 1965 – a full 54 years ago as I write down these lines, even some years before the Apollo 11 moon landing. I posted about... Continue Reading →
The PEN Zuiko 100/3.5 is the smallest and presumably also the least expensive telephoto lens of its system. It's even a bit more compact than Olympus' later OM Zuiko 135/3.5 – even more so on a modern mirrorless camera, taking the diminutive size of the PEN Zuiko adapter into account. Especially the diameter of the... Continue Reading →
The 38/1.8 is the classic standard lens of the Olympus PEN system of the 1960s, the golden link between wide-angle and telephoto lenses, with a fast f/1.8 aperture and nice characterful yet still high-quality optics, all packed in a very small and lightweight package. This is part 2 of a series of 3 blog posts... Continue Reading →
The Olympus PEN system always was something of an underdog, an exquisite outsider to the world of SLR cameras. Hyper elegantly styled, and also very elegantly engineered, this system was launched in 1964, and already discontinued in 1971 – to make way for the more famous OM system. This is part 1 of a series... Continue Reading →
The 50/2 is currently the longest of the three Fujicrons, this being an inofficial name for Fuji's compact f/2 lenses, based on Leica's famed Summicron lineup. As of late 2017, Fuji also offers a 23/2 and a 35/2. These three lenses are virtually identical in barrel design, size and weight. Read more about this trio... Continue Reading →
There's not exactly that much online coverage on Samyang's 12mm f/2 wideangle lens when it comes to the Micro Four Thirds system. Maybe that's no big surprise as the lens was designed for the larger APS-C circle, where its field of view is really wide – equivalent to a 18mm ultra-wideangle lens on classic 35mm... Continue Reading →
Recent followers of my blog might have already noticed that in the last few weeks, I have developed a certain addiction to the Contax G 90/2.8 lens on my Sony A7 II. Now I own the lens for around two years already, but only recently got the A7 II – and in contrast to my... Continue Reading →
Hey! Let's talk unusual lenses today! After getting some unexpected nice pictorial results with the Tamron 500mm f/8 55BB mirror lens, I decided to take some more shots – this time, during daylight – to find out more about the characteristics of this lens. I focused more on the technical aspects. The pictorial aspect of... Continue Reading →