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Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM review

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Adding to its range of image stabilised lenses Canon has brought out this new EF 28mm f2.8. 28mm is a useful focal length and while f2.8 is not very wide, the IS makes this ...

Canon 135mm f2L USM review: An oldie but a goodie

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16 years on from its launch the Canon EF 135mm f/2L prime is still going strong and available to buy brand new today. With a wide maximum aperture, useful telephoto focal length and good ...

Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens: a telephoto lens that blurs reality

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Canon’s EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens blurs images and reality – on purpose.  With just a flick of the wrist and lens, the 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus allows photographers to have a “softfocus” in their ...

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM review: Update to popular image-stabilized super-zoom

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Sigma’s 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM zoom won praise for its balance of performance and convenience, but it looked bulky after rival Tamron introduced the diminutive 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. Reducing the ...

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review: Too good to be true?

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There is a phrase quoted quite often that when something sounds too good to be true you shouldn’t be too surprised when it isn’t. Nikon’s new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR promises ...

Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM A Canon review: A Prime Example of Lens Design

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Discerning photographers have always understood the quality benefit of buying prime lenses over zooms, The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is a great example of why this is worthwhile. This Sigma lens scores higher ...

Canon EF 35mm f2 review: Old but still very competitive

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Canon’s EF 35mm f2 has been around for quite a while, launched in late 1990, 22 years ago, it predates digital photography as we know it. Does this matter? Apparently not, this small, old, ...

Pentax smc DA Star 55mm f/1.4 SDM review

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The beauty of bokeh – the aesthetic quality of a blur – is often admired by photographers and image enthusiasts alike. Some images with high bokeh resemble hybrid art – one part impressionist painting, ...

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM review: a classic never dies

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Canon’s EF 100mm f/2 USM dates back to the early 1990s, making it one of the camera maker’s more veteran lenses. But don’t let its age fool you, the lens’ continuing popularity among professional ...

Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX AF 35mm f/2.8 Macro for Canon and Nikon review

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The Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX AF 35mm f/2.8 Macro for Canon and Nikon is the Jack of all trades: the lens allows photographers to snap pictures with macro like details by providing life-sized ...

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM preview: A compact and versatile trans-standard lens

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With the new 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM, Sigma renews its optical formula while providing a compact version of its trans-standard zoom. ...

AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Review

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A middle-of-the-line lens, the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR integrates an ED glass lens and three aspherical lenses, as well as a coating against flare. Its focal-length range extends from wide-angle to traditional ...

AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Review

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Mounted on an APS-C reflex such as the Nikon D3100, D3200, D5100 or D7000, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR becomes the equivalent of a 27-300mm: ideal for travel photography for those ...

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Review

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Here is a tiny lens that may well enjoy a great career. Compatible with full-frame and APS-C cameras, the new Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 offers an aperture with average focal length of 40mm, while ...

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Review

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The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (29-216mm in 35mm) has many seductive strong points for photographers and videographers. Here are our first impressions: ...

Standard micro 4/3 lens reviews

Designed with compactness in mind, micro 4/3 lenses go for the smallest size possible most of the time. But to achieve these dimensions, they sometimes have to compromise on image quality. In this review, ...

Wide-angle micro 4/3 lens reviews

In this review of micro 4/3 wide-angle lenses, we will cover both prime and zoom lenses to give you an good overview of how manufacturers managed to design good-quality lenses in a small form-factor ...

Pentax Prime Lens Series

Here is a new series featuring the results of Pentax prime lenses mounted on the compatible camera with the best resolution thus far, the Pentax K5.  (But as usual, you can consult DxOMark to ...

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