Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens review at Photozone: You can't go wrong with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, if you can get a good sample. "

'A good sample'? I think this is the second review of this lens that mentions it..what's up with the QC Fuji? The anonymous reviewer from Photozone shares some more insight into this issue:

"The Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS may be the hottest reason to enter the Fuji system. It is amazingly sharp throughout the zoom and relevant aperture range. The amount of lateral CAs is generally quite low with the exception of 55mm @ f/4. The Fujinon is not without flaws, of course. Technically it suffers from a high barrel distortion at 18mm and the vignetting is a bit too high at max. aperture. However, these aspects are taken care of either by the camera itself or external RAW converters so you don't need to worry from a user perspective. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus) blur is pretty good for a standard zoom lens but it cannot rival the best prime lenses, of course. . . . read more

Steve Huff reviews the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 Pancake lens and finds beauty where others find mediocrity.

"This one is easy. This lens has the build, the speed, the feel, the looks, the design and the performance in IQ that makes it a no brainer for your Olympus Micro 4/3 camera (especially the E-M5). If you shoot a Panasonic camera I can not say how the lens does as I did not test it on a Panasonic body but on the E-M5 it rocks just as much as their other premium lenses. . . . read more

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens Review at SLR Gear: There's a lot to like here: great results for sharpness, low chromatic aberration, and low distortion.

"Sigma's produced an excellent lens in the 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM, with comparatively great performance at the ƒ/1.4 aperture setting, where the lens will no doubt be used for the majority of the time. There's a lot to like here: great results for sharpness, low chromatic aberration, and low distortion. There is some significant corner shading when used wide open, but coupled with the corner softness at the same aperture settings this contributes to an interesting look and subject isolation. If you're looking for corner-to-corner image sharpness you'll need to stop down. The Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 is definitely priced to compete, and designed to perform. . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 review at Camera Hoarders: Sharpness is excellent. At F/2 the lens shows slightly softer results both centre and corner, but nothing that prevented me from using it regularly wide open.

"Olympus 12 F/2 ED lens is quite a good performer. At $700 – $800 it is not cheap, but then you get what you pay for. F/2 wideangles this small are not something that grows on trees. It’s sharp across the frame at F/2 and gets really sharp from F/2.8 to F/8. There is visible vignette at F/2 but disappears already at F/2.8 so there’s really hardly anything to complain from optical performance standpoint. Unique manual focus implementation makes this lens really desirable for . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD Lens Review at Ephotozine: As good, and as expensive as any quality 90mm macro lens we've seen so far.

Tamron SP 90MM F/2.8 DI MACRO 1:1 VC USD  review test

"Even with the inclusion of Vibration Compensation, this lens isn't much heavier than it's predecessor, striking a good balance between the use of high quality materials and construction and light weight. Weighing about 550g and being just short of 123mm long, it balances well on the Canon EOS 5D MkII used for testing. The lens sports a moisture resistant design and a thin rubber gasket has been placed around the metal lens mount to help prevent the ingress of dust and moisture into the camera body. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G X 35-100mm F2.8

f2.8, nano coating, stabilizer, metal construction, UED and ED elements, yup, that's the same recipe as the current top of the line 70-200mm lenses on offer at the top of the competition. Available from November.

Panasonic Press Release . . . read more

Nikon reveals the 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8, a 50mm equivalent prime lens priced just right.

 Nikon Press Release

1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8

I AM LIGHT AND BRIGHT . . . read more

Lensbaby releases the Edge 80 optic.

If you're having a hard time to understand just what this new Lensbaby does, they have a very cool simulator here

Or, check out the numerous samples and examples at the Lensbaby Edge 80 hub.

  . . . read more

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L Tilt-Shift Lens Review @ The-Digital-Picture

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L Tilt-Shift Lens Review @ The-Digital-Picture

"The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L Tilt-Shift Lens' tilt and shift movements are perpendicular to each other as shipped from the factory. Canon Service can modify TS-E lenses for parallel movements (many opt for this change). Or - at your own risk - if you are mechanically inclined/daring, you can easily make this change yourself. Place the lens on its front lens cap (objective end) on a non- . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II review at SLR Gear

"The Canon kit lens is remarkably good, considering its economical price point; there's not much of an improvement between this lens and the previous (second) version of the 18-55mm.

The 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS II shows excellent sharpness at 18mm wide-open at ƒ/3.5, a focal
length/aperture combination which typically shows off the weakness of most consumer-grade lenses.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The Canon ET-74 Lens Hood and an inexpensive lens pouch are included in the box when the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens is purchased from a reputable retailer. The Canon Tripod Mount Ring A II (W) (or the prior non-II A version), although relatively expensive, can be purchased as an accessory. The tripod collar is nice to have, but with a solid tripod/head combination it is not . . . read more

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 USM L II-Full Format review at Photozone

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 USM L II-Full Format review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 USM L II is the widest full format lens in the Canon EOS lens lineup. Within its native format it covers a whopping field-of-view of 114 degrees. This is a bit beyond most ultra-wide applications for mainstream users but sometimes there's simply a need for such special effect lenses. The EF 14mm f/2.8 is a rectilinear lens and thus distortion-corrected (as opposed to a

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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

One of Canon's greatest hits ever. Many photographers around the globe have this lens practically glued on their 5D markII's. Plastic but strong construction, excellent image quality, really versatile zoom range, and a fast IS/AF system.

"The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens' color and contrast are excellent. The rectangular baffle (above) over the rear of the lens is . . . read more

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"What isn't new is the old standard Canon side-pinch-only lens cap. Canon really needs to update this design to the center-and-side-pinch caps used by most competitors. The long, narrow installed hood (included) makes it very difficult for me to access the lens cap. Adjusting a circular polarizer inside the hood is nearly impossible as your hand completely blocks the light. On the other hand (and . . . read more

Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM review at photodo

Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM review at photodo

"This lens has the well-built feel and finish of Canon’s L range and gives the impression that it will last a lifetime. It is supplied fitted with a slightly chunky looking tripod collar that can only be removed with the lens off the camera. A control panel on the left of the barrel, just in front of the collar, contains two switches, one for the AF/MF and the other a focus limiter that can switch from the full range of 0.48m-

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens' MFD (Minimum Focus Distance) is about best (shortest) in class even without an extension tube. This short focus distance provides a very nice MM (Maximum Magnification). While not close to a 1:1 macro lens, the 24-70 L can take nice flower shots, product pictures ... Although it is not compatible with Canon's extenders, extension tubes will extend . . . read more

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II (Full Format) review at Photozone

"The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is the most affordable lens in the Canon EF line-up. Its optical design has not been changed since the dawn of the EOS system but Canon simplified the construction from the mk I lens in the early 90s. Classic "fifties" are popular when it comes e.g. to low-light, shallow depth-of-field and street photography. . . . read more

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens' best feature (in my opinion of course) is its great focal length range. It is not hard to find uses for the 28-135mm focal length range. From family shots and vacation/travel use to landscapes photography to photojournalism, this lens can cover a wide range of your focal length needs. . . . read more

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