Canon 135mm f2L USM gets DXO Marked, the oldie still holds its own after so many years.

 the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM only ranks 5th for EF mount telephoto primes.

"16 years on from its launch the 135mm f/2L USM is still a solid option for portrait, sport and low-light photography. That said as lens development continues to evolve recent telephoto primes like the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM do demonstrate notable improvements in Sharpness. Although performing well in all our DxOMark Lens Metric Scores the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM only ranks 5th for EF mount telephoto primes on the EOS 5D Mark II and new in terms of quality to price ratio the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is noticeably sharper and a . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 ED R MSC review by Sebastian Milczanowski at Photozone: From a price/performance perspective, the Olympus is a viable choice but it stays short of the higher expectations from more ambitious users.

The M.Zuiko 40-150mm R is not a high performance lens but it does a decent job.

"The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 R is a quite good entry-level telephoto zoom lens. It may not be a cracker in terms of delivered resolution but it is no show-stopper either. The image quality is quite impressive in the low to mid portion of the zoom range. At 150mm it is somewhat weaker but not terribly so. Image distortions are usually cared about by the camera's auto-correction mechanism but technically they are only very obvious at 40mm anyway (in RAW data only). Vignetting is usually nothing to worry about either. Lateral CAs can get obvious at 40mm but they're not . . . read more

DXO Mark passes the Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens through the benches: a telephoto lens that blurs reality.

Canon’s EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens blurs images and reality – on purpose

"Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus Lens Advantages:

• Vignetting is most controlled in the 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens, at least compared to its Canon relatives.

• With a quick twist of the lens, photographers can utilize the lens’ softfocus feature, which is not available on the 135mm f/2L or 100mm f/2.8 Macro.

• The 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens is most affordable of the three lenses.  It can be found on photography retail . . . read more

Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* AF Lens review by Chris Gampat at the Phoblographer: The Sony 135mm f1.8 couldn’t be a better lens for Sony’s current lineup of cameras. Not only is it super sharp, but it is extremely well built and focuses fast.

"The Sony 135mm f1.8 exhibits some of the sharpest lens performance I’ve seen from any optic at f1.8 (wide open). With that said though, you’ll need to keep in mind a couple of parameters when shooting this wide open:

- Because you’re lens is so long, you’ll need to shoot at a higher shutter speed to compensate for camera shake despite the fact that the A99 has stabilization on the sensor. . . . read more

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review at Ephotozine: Sigma's new line of lenses on on par, if not better than 1st party manufacturers offerings, but so are also the prices.

Superb sharpness, even at maximum aperture, Effective optical stabilization.

"The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 macro lens costs around £1300 and offers optical stabilisation, silent autofocus with full time manual override and life size magnification at its closest focus distance.

If you can live with a slightly shorter focal length then Sigma also offer two 150mm macro lenses with a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture. One version also sports optical stabilisation and is considerably cheaper at around £690. A version without stabilisation is also available for around £600. . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 Lens Review at the Phoblographer: So good, it redefines the standards at which micro four thirds lenses should be built.

Olympus M.zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 silver with hood.

"The build is the first sign of quality, but the excellence continues throughout the optics and the result is nothing short of amazing. Images are sharp, pleasing to the eye, and color pops beautifully. Weight could certainly be a concern if you’re travelling with this lens, or shooting with a smaller body like an E-P3 or an E-PM1, but the tradeoff is well worth it–a tremendously good portrait lens at what I believe to be a fair price. $899 is not exactly what I would call cheap, especially in the world of micro four thirds, but it’s an absolute bargain for a lens of this quality. If a high quality portait lens is what you’re looking for, then I have no doubt that this is the one for you." . . . 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

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD First Test at Ephotozine: Excellent resolution, minimal Chromatic aberration, looks like we've got a winner.

"We've got the new Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD lens in for testing, and are currently putting together our full review, but in the meantime, feel free to have a look at our sample photos and test data from the lens. We are testing the lens on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II."

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 Lens Review at Ephotozine.

Doesn't it bother you when a new, premium priced (and performing) lens comes out and it is not a) weather sealed and b)comes with no hood. And the hood costs as much as an entry kit lens. For shame Olympus. Excerpt:

"Micro Four Thirds system camera owners who are already looking at this lens probably don't need any more convincing of it's worth, but those who hadn't yet considered it may be interested to see just how well this optic performs. It's amongst . . . 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

Sigma 180 mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM review at AP UK: Fantastic optics but a lot of bulk.

"The 180mm focal length of this Sigma optic provides both the best and worst of lens qualities. Such a focal length gives a good working distance from the subject and a great narrow field of view, but it also means the lens is bulky and heavy. To an extent, this is offset by the inclusion of image stabilisation, but in practice it provides a benefit of only around 1EV when shooting macro images. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens Review at Ephotozine

Panasonic's recently introduced and reasonably priced 90-300mm equivalent lens gets the low down by the EPZ crew:

"Although the optical performance of this lens may not be up to the lofty heights of some other Micro Four thirds lenses, especially at 150mm, the low price and good features still make this a decent value choice, especially for those after a . . . read more

Sigma announces trio of new lenses, new naming scheme, and a promise of improved quality control.

Maybe some other makers of expen$ive lenses *cough* CaNikon *cough* should also look into the 'quality control measures' thingie.

Sigma Press Release

Sigma Corporation announces reorganization of lens lineup, new products and quality control measures . . . read more

Pentax announces 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM and HD 560mm F5.6 ED AW lenses, something for both poor and rich photographers.

Pentax press Release

Smc PENTAX-DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM

A high-magnification zoom lens featuring 15x zoom ratio and supersonic AF motor, for K-mount digital interchangeable-lens cameras . . . read more

Nikon announces AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lenses

Nikon goes where no one has gone before, the land of monstrous 18-300mm lenses, a huge 16.7x zoom ratio. This should be the lazy photogs companion lens of choice, albeit at a pretty hefty price. As for the second lens of this announcement, well, it seems to be the perfect kit lens companion for a yet un-announced affordable full frame camera.  . . . read more

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro review at SLR Gear

"The 150mm isn't its sharpest wide open - overall it's acceptably good, and in fact the center is just slightly softer than the corners when used wide open at ƒ/2.8. Stopping down to ƒ/4 provides a considerable improvement in sharpness, providing very good . . . read more

Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Nikkor VR review at SLR Gear

"The Nikon 30-110mm ƒ/3.8-5.6 VR is a small zoom lens, mating very nicely with our J1 test body and providing a stable, if small and light, shooting platform. The lens is available in five colors: red, white, silver, black and pink. Our sample was the fashionable glossy white version. The only control on this lens is the retractable lens lock switch; pressing this button and turning the zoom ring extends the lens for use, as well as turning on the camera. . . . read more

Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro review at The Discerning Photographer

"Let’s cut right to the chase: the BIG difference between this lens, priced at about $750, and the Canon version, costing $1450, is in the autofocus: there’s simply no comparison. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of autofocusing a modern professional telephoto lens like my Canon 70-200, you’ve experienced the almost-instantaneous and silentoperation of its autofocus motors: you point your camera at something, hit the . . . read more

Sony unveils $12.000 500mm F4 G SSM telephoto lens

On the same day Sony had its rating slashed by Finch to a BBB+ with a negative outlook, they release a $12.000 super tele 500mm lens. Any connections? probably no direct ones, after all the downgrading was mostly due to the performance of the TV sector. But with a NEX system sorely lacking in the lens department, and even the alpha mount having big holes in its basic line-up one cannot help but wonder why this lens was such a priority for Sony. Do they really think pro photogs will sport this lens during the London Olympics? Lens collectors? Rich Saudi princes? Or am I just incapable of fathoming the greatness in Sony's marketing strategy? That must be it. . . . read more

Canon EF 300 mm f/2.8 L IS II USM review at Lens Tip

This 'baby' that weights more than 2 DSLRs and costs as much, reaches sharpness nirvana level previously only attended by the likes of 135L and 200L: . . . read more

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM review at SLR Gear

"The 200mm ƒ/2.8L is built with great attention to detail, however, does not feature the dust- and weather-resistant gaskets of newer Canon L-class lenses. It also lacks the telltale white finish of Canon's more expensive glass, opting instead for black. The body mount is metal, while the 72mm filter threads are . . . read more

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM review at SLR Gear

"Mounted on the Canon 20D, the lens is very sharp, even wide open at ƒ/2.8. At this aperture setting there is a generous sweet spot of sharpness, showing at less than 1.5 blur units, with corners approaching but not reaching 2 blur units. Stopping down only improves these results, reaching absolute . . . read more

Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor lens review at SLR Gear

"This 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF is just the latest in a long line of Nikkor lenses covering this focal length range, stretching back to 1982. This latest version was first sold in 1997, and continues unchanged to this day. It has to some extent been supplanted by the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens, which we have also . . . read more

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX Nikkor review at photodo

"Weighing only 335g, this is a very lightweight and compact lens, especially suitable for those looking for a telephoto optic that they won't need to leave at home when travelling light. All of the lens barrel is constructed from black textured plastics which feel sturdy enough for casual use, but which certainly won't survive the rigours of professional use. A large rubberised grip helps to improve the handling of . . . read more

Nikon 105mm f/2D AF DC Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The Nikon 105mm ƒ/2 DC is a specialized portrait lens featuring ''defocus control.'' This control allows the photographer to change the appearance and nature of out-of-focus elements in the scene being captured. Defocus control as a technical innovation was first introduced in the 135mm ƒ/2 DC lens in . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review at photodo

"The design and build of this 18-105mm lens is typical of Nikon's mid range zoom lenses. The lens barrel is constructed from high quality plastics that have a textured finish to them that won't show marks or scratched too easily. The lens feels lightweight, but without feeling flimsy. The lens mount is also made of plastic, so care may need to be taken not to damage this while changing lenses. A large . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VRII review at photodo

"Lenses of this level in Nikon's line up are built to withstand the rigours of daily professional use. This 200mm feels incredibly solid, and the weight of nearly three kilos will mean you'll certainly notice its presence when carrying it around, or using hand held. Unless you are used to using a lens of this weight, I'd exercise care before planning to hand hold the lens for long periods. If you're worried, then maybe a

few sessions at the gym will pay dividends. . . . read more

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM review at SLR Gear

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM review at SLR Gear

"The Canon 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6L provides its best results for sharpness in the 100-135mm range, stopped down slightly. Issues noted above 200mm, particularly on full-frame cameras, suggest our sample could be slightly de-centered.

When mounted on the sub-frame 7D, the lens provides decent sharpness wide open at 70mm and ƒ/4; stopping down to ƒ/5.6 shows some 

Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The 100mm focal length is an ideal one for portraits with a full frame camera and is still quite good for tight portraits on an APS-C 1.6x/1.5x DSLR. The Zeiss 100's capabilities make it a great product and still life photography lens. 

While the lack of autofocus will make keeping action in focus difficult for many, the wide f/2 aperture will do its part in freezing the action

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM review at SLR Gear

"As the reader reviews below testify, this is an absolutely stellar lens, probably one of the sharpest and most distortion-free that Canon makes. It starts out very sharp at f/2.0, gets even sharper at f/2.8, and softens only slightly at f/11. At f/32, it's pretty soft, but less so than a lot of lenses at that aperture. . . . read more

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