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Carl Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Sony FE: Optically outstanding

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Carl Zeiss’s latest range of Batis lenses have been specifically designed for the Sony A7 series of full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7R II and Sony A7S II. Together with the legendary ...

Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 test: Compact, yet outstanding optical performance

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Rather than follow established trends for high-grade, high-speed lenses that are inevitably large, heavy, and cumbersome, the manual-focus Loxia series from Zeiss, like the AF Batis range, feature the same high-grade optics, but with ...

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Nikon-mount test: The standard

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Announced in January 2014, the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM is a high-speed premium AF lens with an image circle designed to cover full-frame sensors. When fitted to an APS-C camera, however, the angle ...

Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro EF-S: Wonderfully wide

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Announced in September 2015, the new $479 Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX (Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8) is a wide-angle zoom lens for Canon, Nikon and Sony APS-C DSLRs. Updated from Tokina’s popular 11-16mm f/2.8, ...

Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX: Wonderfully wide

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Announced in September 2015, the new $479 Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX (Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8) is a wide-angle zoom lens for Canon, Nikon and Sony APS-C DSLRs. Updated from Tokina’s popular 11-16mm f/2.8, ...

Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC Pentax: High image quality at bargain-basement price

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The Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC is a high-speed manual focus lens available in a wide range of mounts, including Sony A and E, Fujifilm X, Micro Four-Thirds, and Pentax K, as well ...

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Nikon) Review: Bargain DX super-zoom

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The new Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3) is a super-zoom lens for Canon, Nikon and Sony APS-C sensor DSLRs. Offering a wide-angle through to long telephoto focal length in a ...

Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Nikon mount test: Performance redefined

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After releasing the highly-regarded 35mm and 24mm f1.4 DG HSM Art series primes, Sigma has introduced an ultra-fast, high-grade 24-35mm f2 DG HSM Art zoom intended to appeal to enthusiasts who might favor convenience ...

Best lenses for the Sony A77 II: 48 lens roundup

The number of APS-C semi-professional cameras remains remarkably small, with the Sony A77 II being one of the most well-rounded models in both sensor performance and features. The body is only half the equation, ...

Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) Canon: Redefining the standard?

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Along with the 35mm f/1.8 reviewed previously, third-party maker Tamron also announced an almost identical-looking 45mm f/1.8 model. Like its sibling, this new high-grade prime features image stabilization, one ED glass element, and two ...

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Canon) Review: Bargain EF-S all-rounder

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The new Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3) is a super-zoom lens for Canon, Nikon, and Sony APS-C-sensor DSLRs. Offering a wide-angle through to long telephoto focal length in a single ...

Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C Nikon – Solid choice

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Sigma has updated its super-zoom with a new Contemporary series 18-300mm lens for APS-C-format DSLRs. Read on to find out how well this new model performs. ...

Best lenses for the Canon EOS 5DS R: Good glass for landscape, architecture, and close-up photography

In the third and final installment of our Best Lenses for the Canon EOS 5DS R review, we’re taking a closer look at results for wide-angle and macro lenses. For wide-angles, we’ve sub-divided the ...

Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Review: Tasty prime for Nikon FX

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Announced in September 2015, the $599 Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8) is a standard focal length prime lens for Nikon, Canon, and Sony full-frame cameras. Offering a fixed ...

Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD Nikon mount: Shooting for the top

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Tamron has added a new moderate wide-angle Nikon F-mount SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens to its range. It features a sophisticated optical layout with VC image stabilization, two ED glass elements and ...

Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED Review: High-quality wide-angle lens for landscape and architecture photography

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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED (Nikon 24mm f/1.8G) is the seventh f/1.8 prime G-type lens to be added recently to the Nikkor lineup. Designed to maximize the resolution potential of sensors such ...

Best lenses for the Canon EOS 5DS R: Optics for travel, wildlife & portrait photography

In Part 2 of our best lenses for the Canon EOS 5DS R review, we’re looking at the best optics for travel, wildlife, portrait and event photography. Whether you’re looking for a versatile zoom ...

AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Review: Updated Nikon standard zoom for press, weddings, portraits, and events

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Launched back in August 2015, but only recently available due to unexpected shipping delays, the new AF-S Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR (Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E) is an updated version of Nikon’s FX-mount fast-aperture standard ...

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