Lens Reviews

Leitz Tele-Elmar 135mm f/4 – Leica’s Secret Sonnar

1800 1013 Sroyon Mukherjee

An intriuging look at a less often discussed Leitz M mount lens reveals an under-appreciated gem for Leica photographers.

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Canon FD 85mm F/1.2 L – Finding My Ideal Focal Length with Canon’s Legendary Portrait Lens

1800 1013 Stephen Hennessy

Stephen reviews the Canon FD 85mm F/1.2 L, a super fast prime portrait lens which has made 85mm his go-to focal length.

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Nikon PC-Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 – the First 35mm Perspective Control (Shift) Lens

1800 1012 Yuan Oliver Jin

Oliver reviews the Nikon PC-Nikkor 35mm f/2.8, a highly specialized shift lens for landscapes and cityscapes.

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Sony FE 100mm F/2.8 STF (Smooth Trans Focus) Lens Review

1800 1013 James Tocchio

James reviews one of the most interesting lenses being manufactured today, the Sony FE 100mm F/2.8 STF Smooth Trans Focus lens.

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Kobalux Wide 28mm F/3.5 LTM Lens Review

1800 1012 James Tocchio

The Kobalux Wide 28mm F/3.5 LTM lens is an uncommon and uncommonly tiny Japanese lens that harkens back to old-world quality at a reasonable price!

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Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.8 Longnose Lens Review – The Forgotten Favorite 

1800 1013 Hemant Chatterji

A brief review of the Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.8 Longnose standard prime lens. With sample photos, history, and specifications.

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Schneider Kreuznach Super Xenar 50mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

2100 1181 Cheyenne Morrison

Cheyenne reviews his favorite vintage lens, the Schneider Kreuznach Super Xenar 50mm F/2.8 in M42 mount. Sample sand Buyer’s Guide inside.

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Our Favorite Lenses as Chosen by Your Favorite Camera Geeks

2100 1181 James Tocchio

An all-star lineup of camera likers pick their favorite lenses, including JCH, Hamish of 35mmc, and many more. Plus, we want to know your favorite lens!

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Minolta MC Fisheye Rokkor X 7.5mm F/4 Lens Review

2560 1440 James Tocchio

James shoots and reviews the Minolta MC Fisheye Rokkor X 7.5mm F/4, the widest lens that Minolta ever produced.

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Minolta MC Rokkor X 85mm F/1.7 Fast Prime Portrait Lens Review

2560 1440 James Tocchio

James shoots Minolta’s first and fastest manual focus prime lens, the Minolta MC Rokkor X 85mm F/1.7. Plus sample shots and a buyer’s guide.

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Rokkor, Nikkor, Takumar and Zuiko – The Stories Behind Japanese Lens Names

2560 1440 Josh Solomon

What’s with those names? Josh briefly tells us the origins of lens brand names such as Nikkor, Zuiko, Rokkor, and Takumar.

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Nikon Micro Nikkor 55mm F/3.5 Macro / Standard Lens Review

2560 1438 Josh Solomon

Josh reviews a classic Nikon Nikkor lens, the Micro Nikkor 55mm F/3.5 macro lens. It’s a standard fifty and a macro lens in one!

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Leitz 21mm F/4 Super Angulon R – Leica R Mount Lens Review

2560 1440 James Tocchio

James spends six months with and then reviews an ultra wide angle lens for the Leica SLR system, the Leitz 21mm F/4 Super Angulon R.

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Nikon Series E 50mm F/1.8 Lens Review – Value Proposition

2800 1572 Josh Solomon

Kit lenses are, for the most part, forgettable things. The hordes of slow wide-range zooms and 50mm f/1-point-whatever lenses have very few standouts among their ranks. They’re meant to be good-enough until the mediocrity becomes…

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