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Apr 192012
 
Sony 18-55mm F3.5 OSS vs. Zeiss Biogon 35mm F2.0 ZM

Sony 18-55mm F3.5 OSS at 35mm vs. Zeiss Biogon 35mm F2.0 ZM This review is the Second in a series of reviews that I will be doing that compares the standard Sony 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Kit lens to older legacy M-Mount lenses using a LM-NEX adapter.  For this review we will look at the Sony 18-55mm F3.5 OSS at 35mm and see how it performs against the  Zeiss Biogon F2.0 ZM lens. How does it perform in the digital world. The Setup I used the Sony NEX-7 on a tripod and set the Sony 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS at 35mm. Lens Shot at […]

Apr 182012
 
Sony 18-55mm F3.5 OSS vs. Zeiss Distagon 18mm F4.0 ZM

Sony 18-55mm F3.5 OSS at 18mm vs. Zeiss Distagon 18mm F4.0 ZM This review is the first in a series of reviews that I will be doing that compares the standard Sony 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Kit lens to older legacy M-Mount lenses using a LM-NEX adapter.  For this review we will look at the Sony 18-55mm F3.5 OSS at 18mm and see how it performs against the  Zeiss Distagon 18mm F4.0 ZM lens. Zeiss lenses have the reputation of being the top performers in its class and this lens is no different. This is one of my favorite wide-angle lenses for […]

Apr 172012
 
Photography as Therapy

Photography as Therapy At the risk of being too personal on this blog, for the past 3 weeks my 97 year old grandmother has been in the hospital and fighting for her life. She had a mild stroke 3 weeks ago and everything seemed to be heading in the right direction until a couple of days ago when she got a bad infection and started heading south. The fact that she was in the hospital in the first place weighed heavily on me but the fact that she wasn’t doing well made it worse. Historically, She has also been the […]

Apr 172012
 

Sony NEX-7 with Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN Lens A friend in Hong Kong “Spike” has posted a review of the Sony NEX-7 with Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN Lens. Link; Here’s an excerpt: To my eyes, F5.6 is pretty sharp there, F8 is okay-ish, and then it starts to drop off till it’s seriously fuzzy at F22. But all in all, for a lens that costs around US$200, I’d say the overall results are quite impressive. I’d say for $200.00 its a pretty darn good deal. But I personally wonder if you gain that much with this lens as opposed […]

Apr 162012
 
Sony NEX-7 w/ Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount

One of our readers Matt Wilkens has made some very beautiful images with his Sony NEX-7 using a Voigtlander 85mm F3.5 SC with a Nikon RF (Range Finder) mount. He says: My favorite lenses are 24mm 1.8 Zeiss, the 55-210mm Sony E and my Voigtlander APO 85mm Nikon RF mount with adapter ( a bargain around 250 new) I like the image quality of the 85mm Voigtlander almost as much as the Zeiss 24mm, but I do like to have the full function of AF. I’ve asked his permission to show them, because I feel the community would love to see what […]

Apr 152012
 
Canon EOS 5d Mark III - Indoor Sports

Canon EOS 5d Mark III – Indoor Sports, High ISO I’m interested in sports photography what camera should I buy? I have friends that shoot sports professionally, but most of the people I know that shoot sports are parents or students. I wanted to write a series of reviews for them. I get asked all the time what camera should I get to take pictures of my kids while they’re participating in sports. Also, a lot of my students are interested in sports photography for either yearbook or journalism, and they want to know what camera will get the job […]

Apr 152012
 

Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS (optical steady shot) video test A visitor named Jim, asked me what I thought about the OSS (optical steady shot) on the Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS lens. I didn’t at the time he asked me have a video example just yet. So I decided to make one quickly. This is just an initial review. I plan on making more video with many different cameras so please follow in Jim’s footsteps, if you want to see something on this site, please just ask. I’ll do my best to get that content for you, and if I can’t […]

Apr 152012
 
Sony 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Kit lens vs. Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS lens

Sony 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Kit lens at 50mm vs. Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS lens In this review I wanted to compare the Sony 18-55mm F3.5 kit lens at 50mm to the Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS lens, to see if the Sony 50mm F1.8 lens was worth the money. I used “real world” images so that it would be more applicable to actual use. Here is the set up. I photographed the building at ISO 100, and at the following apertures (f-stops) on the Sony 50mm F1.8 lens: 1.8, 2.8, 4.0, 5.6, 8.0, 11, 16, and 22 and at the following apertures […]

Apr 122012
 
Sony NEX-7 w/ Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS - Close Up Review

Sony NEX-7 w/ Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS – Close Up Review I had the opportunity you test the Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS lens on the Sony NEX-7. This Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS lens is about 75mm in the 35mm equivalent on the Sony NEX-7 with the 1.5 crop factor.  That makes this lens a medium telephoto, great for portraits, Close Ups, medium product shots, and some sports, among other subjects. For this phase of the review I wanted to focus on Close Ups. I wanted to use real world images and not take pictures of brick walls and test charts. I wanted […]

Apr 102012
 

Fuji X-Pro1 Review. By Ken Rockwell Fuji X-Pro1 can be found at Adorama He has many interesting findings of the camera regarding handling and some much deserved praise for Fuji’s Fujinon 35mm f1.4 lens. Sharper and better than Leica??  You be the judge. Also the low light capabilities are in line with what I’ve found as well as many others. Just amazing!! I’ll be posting some real world low light images for you to see also and I agree with him that the Fuji X-Pro1 is a photographers camera, something that a lot of us have been waiting a long […]