Overview

Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT is an ultra wide-angle manual lens providing 180° angle of view. Apart from compact sizes, it combines the best features of the popular model: Samyang 8mm fish-eye, providing the highest-quality optics fitted in a compact and visually stunning case. 

Using Adapted Lenses On Your Mirrorless Cameras, by Chris Gampat at Digital Camera Stuff.

"Mirrorless Cameras are not only capable of shooting really amazing images, but they have the ability to do so with nearly any lens. Sure, many systems have their own lens lineups with autofocus and other bells and whistles, but maybe you've got a collection of lenses already. Even if you don't, browse around Flickr and you'll see that people hunt after lenses in order to adapt them to their cameras. If you see yourself becoming one of those lens collectors, then you'll want to keep in mind a couple of pointers before and when you put that lens onto your camera. . . . read more

A super-rare Nikon Nikkor 10mm OP f5.6 fisheye lens up for grabs for $49.000 on Ebay. Pop Photo explains the what and why of this remarkable lens.

"This lens was only produced by Nikon for eight years, from 1968 to 1976, and even then was extremely uncommon — fewer than 1,000 were ever made (possibly even much fewer, one website cites just 78 were produced.) Not only that, but the 10mm was a specially designed lens that uses Orthographic Projection (OP) rather than Equidistant Projection, making it one of the first SLR lenses to do so. Perhaps even more importantly, it's allegedly the first aspherical SLR lens ever produced. . . . read more

Conquering the darkness, SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 35mm T0.95 review (and comparison to the Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH and Nikon 50mm f1.4G) at 3D-Kraft.de

"After the first look in September at the already surprisingly good prototype, it was amazing to see how SLR Magic could even increase the performance of that lens in the meantime. Thanks the new coating, CAs are almosty completely gone. The build quality is very good, sharpness, contrast and bokeh at 35mm on APS-C (comparable to 52mm on fullframe) are even at open aperture as good as the best 50/1.4 lenses I have seen so far on FF. As soon as I receive a Leica "M", I will do a comparison with a Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH. Only downside is the size and weight as you will loose the compactness . . . read more

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/15 mm lens review at 3D-Kraft.de: It provides exceptional center sharpness already at F2.8 and vignettes at open aperture in a significant degree but correction is just one click away.

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/15 mm - Ultrawide and Fast!

"The lens has an exceptional haptics and build quality. If you compare the RAW images without any software lens correction to those with a lens correction profile applied correction in post processing (Adobe Lightroom 4.1 and Camera Raw 7.1 already have profiles for that lens), you can see that this lens needs only very little distortion correction. It providies exceptional center sharpness already at F2.8 and vignettes at open aperture in a significant degree but correction is just one click away in many raw processors and not always favored. . . . read more

Ultrawide Comparison at 3D-Kraft.de: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 15 mm f/2.8 vs Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 ED-IF vs Samyang 14mm f/2.8 mounted on Nikon D800E and Sony NEX-7

"o you see that at F5.6 all three candidates deliver very sharp centers, the Nikon zoom shows slightly better contrasts here. As the images from the Zeiss and the Samyang were about 0.5 to 0.8 F-stops overexposed and had to be dimmed in that degree for better comparison, the difference in contrast may also be caused a little bit by that. I recognized quite often that the images with the Nikon zoom were about 0,2 to 0,8 stops shorter exposed which may be caused by the different degree of vignetting. . . . read more

Nikon Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 AIS lens on Ebay right now for $99.000: “No Fungas, No Bubbles, No Scratches. Glass is Clear and Beautiful!”

Fungas, heh. Before you bid, remember this is a manual focusing lens, and you'll also need an adapter for your modern Dslr. Also, this thing is bigger than whatever Dsrl you have, in every dimension.  Fun facts: it was released in 1970 and only built in a few hundred exemplars, comes with built in skylight (L1BC), medium yellow (Y 48), deep yellow (Y52); orange (056), and red (R60) filters, and consists of 93.7% Unobtanium:

"I am sure you can appreciate this True Gem! AMAZING! Very Bright at f2.8. Giant piece of glass. I have seen some . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm MF Macro Lens Review at Ephotozine

Tokina  Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF MACRO

A 600mm equivalent lens that boasts a constant f6.3 aperture, a diminutive size and mass, and costs just a bit more than a common kit lens? There's got to be a catch, and in this case, quite a few of them, like the issue of image quality:

"Far from being a viable replacement for a more expensive telephoto lens, what we have here is a lens that produces a certain effect, that may be of interest to some. The effect it produces can be used to great effect for the right subject, but can also spoil an otherwise good image.

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Lensbaby Composer Pro for Micro four thirds with Sweet 35 Optic review at Phoblographer

The all-glass Composer Pro coupled with the Sweet 35 optic can produce some amazing results:

"In the time I had with the Composer Pro and Sweet 35, I found the combo worked best for close-ups. I’ve seen wonderful landscape pictures taken with the combo in Lensbaby’s gallery, but somehow mine never turned out as nicely. However, . . . read more

Thoughts on the Olympus Body Cap Lens, by Simon Goldsworthy

Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm f/8.0 black

Maybe this idea Olympus had about a body cap lens ain't so bad after all:

"Optically this lens is a little bit pants. The corners are soft and a little smeary. There is also quite a bit of vignetting. However, it’s enjoyable to shoot with because you have to shift your shooting style to compensate for the narrow (fixed) aperture and manual focus. To be fair the centre is sharp even if the corners are not." . . . read more

Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC review at AP UK: Excellent price, optics and construction quality, would prefer with autofocus.

"When using such the shallow depth of field that an f/1.4 lens offers, a manual-focus-only lens is a good reminder of just how useful autofocus is. Even a skilled photographer will find that there are numerous occasions when the manual focus is ‘off' in everyday images. For the landscape photographer who has time to compose and view images, though, this is less of an issue, and exactly where the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 lens comes into its own. Considering the difference in price . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm F6.3 MF MACRO review at DC Watch

Tokina  Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF MACRO

Being a Japanese site, we'll stick to the Google translate version, which is funnier than the actual lens:

"On a sense of resolution, contrast with those.  Not seen, such as coma, such as noticeable, but it is also the lesser limb darkening.  A vivid image of the periphery of the screen as well, is a depiction satisfactory as a mirror lens.  These materials . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF Macro Lens hands-on at the Phoblographer

Tokina  Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF MACRO

"Focusing the lens is fairly simple to do. All you need to do is keep in mind the 600mm focal length (equivalent) and just pay very close attention to your potential subject.

Oh also, it does this really cool doughnut-shaped-bokeh-thinger. That is characteristic of most mirror lenses, and it should be . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF Macro Lens hands-on at the Luminous Landscape

Tokina  Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF MACRO

"I spent an afternoon shooting with the Lumix 100-300mm at 300mm, and comparing results against the Tokina 300mm mirror lens. It was akin to a battle between the halt and lame. The Lumix shows a bit better resolution but also some significant chromatic aberration (purple fringing) while the Tokina has no CA but also lower contrast. The resolution of the . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF Macro Lens review by Ivo Freriks: Compact size, limited resolution.

"Shooting with a lens with a focal length of 600 mm (converted to a full-frame sensor) is not easy. Focusing should be done very carefully. Handheld shots with such a lens usually lead to disappointing results. You justmust use a tripod. But even then you should keep in mind that you'll need very clear weather to create sharp images taken from a large . . . read more

The Lensbaby Spark is plastic and cheap, promises tons of fun.

A new selective focus lens by Lensbaby, this time it is a stripped down to the essentials fixed f5.6 aperture story, but that makes it easier to use than its bigger stablenates, and cheaper too.

Lensbaby Press Release . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF Macro Lens review at DSLR Magazine.com: Google translated edition.

"Throughout our testing Reflex Tokina 300mm f / 6,3 MF have learned to compensate for the idiosyncrasies taking advantage of what digital photography offers the one hand, and the special modes of the Olympus OM-D on the other: we set characteristic curve making the camera (possible in the OM-D), providing more density in the shadows and brightness and contrast in the lights. With this adjustment, the gain is very important acutance. Of course, each user will know . . . read more

Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye (MFT) lens Review at Micro 4/3 Photo

The Samyang 7.5mm f3.5 fisheye (also marketed as Rokinon on some markets)  is both very sharp and affordable, but are there any caveats to it? 

 

"To get the best focus accuracy, you should ideally focus manually using the largest aperture (f/3.5). When finding the focus range, you can then stop down the aperture to the desired size, and take the picture. Most system cameras handle this process . . . read more

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 25 mm f/2.0 ZE/ZF.2 review at Lens Tip.

Let's  for a moment suppress the EOS 5D mark III/X rumor mill that unwinds around us, and check out if this manual focus lens is better than Canon's own and similarly priced EF 24mm f1.4 L I like this reviews because it is very detailed, and tests the lens on both full frame and cropped cameras, Canon 1Ds Mark III and 50D in this case:

 

"A manual focus ring is the next part of the casing. It is as wide as 39 mm and most of it is taken by metal ribbing under which you . . . read more

Samyang 24mm F1.4 ED AS IF Review at EOS HD

"The £500 / $850 Samyang 24mm F1.4 bucks the trend for Samyang’s budget prices. The Samyang 35mm F1.4 was extremely popular at £350 / $550, likewise the 85mm F1.4 and 14mm F2.8 before it – both around the £250 / $400 mark. However as the $1500 / £1000 price tag of the Canon version shows this is a premium optic, and it is not easy to design a good 24mm F1.4. This is a more ambitious optical design than anything Samyang have done before. . . . read more

SLR Magic 26mm F1.4 Toy Lens Review at the Talking Tree

"To put things mildly, I’m madly in love with this lens and it’s effects.  Forget about having to manipulate images in photoshop to achieve similar effects. In fact, I frown on the use of photoshop to achieve moody blur and other creative effects. It’s nice to have a lens that gives me this extra ability to experiment, goof around and have fun. The lens is cheap, affordable and doesn’t empty the bank account but it gives amazing results. . . . 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.

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Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye (MFT) lens Review at Photo Zone

Here's a rarity. It is a new Fisheye lens, it is very cheap, and also exceptional. Samyang, the Korean masters of manual focusing wide lenses, strikes again:

 

"The Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fisheye is certainly a more than welcome addition to the Micro-Four-Thirds system. The near-stereographic projection doesn't look quite as extreme as in conventional fisheye lenses despite the similar field-of-view so its applications are in fact broader  . . . read more

Samyang 24 mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC lens review at Lens Tip

"Our summary can be a simple parable about climbing to the top, which was too quick, and a very painful downfall. After several very successful launches Samyang assumed too hastily that they belong to the elite and they can offer a lens with professional parameters in every category for a price not much different from that of other professional products. In the case of the Samyang 24 mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC neither optics nor . . . read more

Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm F0.95 for micro four thirds mount.

The main difference with the 25mm version announced a while ago is the aperture ring can be switched from “Click stops” to “Clickless stops” using the ring in front of the aperture ring. Just what videographers need. This, and the amazing bokeh that comes with a f0.95 lens. . . . read more

7 $tunning Lenses @ Photo District News

With the total worth of these lenses you can buy a nice ranch in Montana, or a night at a boutique hotel in Tokyo. What you CANNOT buy however, are the 7 aforementioned lenses, since at least a couple of them are/will be backordered forever.

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Voigtländer Nokton 25mm ƒ/0.95 for Micro 4/3 lens test @ TOP

Why would someone pay 1.200 bucks for a manual lens with "smeary" or "horrible at wide open" characteristics? Surely, there must be a reason.

Btw, Voigtländer is a Cosina brand, the makers, of among other things, the current Carl Zeiss lenses.

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Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The 35mm focal length has long been a first-choice for photojournalists. Wedding photographers, who work in some of the worst lighting venues to be found, also frequently often use 35mm f/1.4 lenses. Portrait photographers like the 35mm focal length for full to mid-body portraits and for group portraits. Landscape photographers have plenty of use for the 35mm focal length. Parents love 35mm . . . read more

Zeiss 24mm ZA vs 18-55mm OSS Lens @ FM forum

By "mco_970": I tested my kit lens at 18-55 versus the ZA 24 1.8 - setup was gorilla pod on car window, using self timer, and using AF to focus (sorry Herb). I did not check focus point manually because I hate MF'ing fly by wire lenses.  Too fiddly for me. These are from the RAW files, with whatever little bit of default sharpening LR applies (something like 25). . . . read more

Nikon 45mm f/2.8D ED PC-E review at photodo

"As with other PC-E Nikkors in the range, this 45mm optic can accommodate up to 11.5mm of shift for control of perspective, or 8.5 degrees of tilt to manipulate the focal plane. The lens can also be rotated up to 90degrees clockwise or anticlockwise, with two intermediate stops between. Due to the wide range of lens movements, the lens needs to be capable of covering a much wider image circle, which explains the . . . read more

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