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

Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G lens gets a stellar DXO Mark score: The Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G is a highly competitive lens. It is well priced for the quality it offers and for a prime wide-angle lens the optical performance is, quite simply, staggering.

"The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G is a highly competitive lens. It is very well priced for the quality it offers and for a prime wide-angle lens the optical performance is, quite simply, staggering. Whatever genre of photography you enjoy, from landscapes to travel, reportage or architecture, the 28mm f/1.8G will ensure you capture the scene as accurately as possible. If you’re looking for an FX-fit wide-angle lens to mount on your Nikon FX camera, the 28mm f/1.8G represents not just the ‘best’ choice in terms of optical performance, but also the ‘smart’ choice because the performance per . . . read more

Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM goes to the DXO mark shop, comes out pretty unscathed: This Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM is a very good lens, if you are looking for a 28mm lens then really this is the only one that stands out.

"Among Canon’s own lenses the EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM can hold its head high, it performs very well, so is it worth looking further afield too? Carl Zeiss also produces a 28mm lens in Canon fit, their Distagon f2 ZE. Without image stabilization or auto focus this is a lens that needs to perform significantly better to justify costing twice as much: It doesn’t, it actually matches the Canon virtually point for point, it’s only benefit apparently being its wider aperture. However Canon’s image . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 review by Ming Thein: Those are my only two complaints: the inaccuracy of the pseudo-manual focus clutch, and the continued minor farce of the lens hood.

"Although the lens in general well corrected, you do get the feeling that it’s on the extreme edges of what was possible with the design constraints put upon the optical designers: there’s visible CA against high contrast subjects, especially in the corners where you can get up to 2 pixels’ worth; there’s also very noticeable distortion. Fortunately, it’s fairly simple in nature – barrel with no sombrero/ moustache – and is easily correctable in ACR. Flare exists but the ZERO coating does a good job of keeping it to a minimum – even without the hood. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens review at PhotographyBlog: It won't win any image quality awards, but it is worthy of its relatively low pricetag.

"The lens' centre sharpness, while not quite as “biting” as that of Nikon's most prestigious primes and zooms, is good at most focal lengths and f-stops. Edge sharpness isn't so great, requiring quite a lot of stopping-down to get acceptable results. There are a few other weak points including some h corner shading and quite a bit of chromatic aberration at maximum aperture, a somewhat “nervous” bokeh and a hefty dose of geometric distortions.

Still, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR does offer a useful focal range, well-implemented Vibration . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM lens review at LensTip: Better than its predecessor, but the competition has also moved on, without hiking the price like Canon did.

"I admit that, while writing a summary of this test, my feelings are mixed. On the one hand I am pleased that the new lens is much better than its predecessor in almost all categories. Its high build quality and good optical properties are exactly those features professional photographers are looking for. In regard to that aspect the lens won’t disappoint you for sure.

On the other hand the competitors also didn’t let the grass grow under their feet and their new 24-70 mm f/2.8 products . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 X OIS review at AdmiringLight: Very, very good, but not flawless.

"The cons list above may seem a bit nitpicky to some. Especially the last point, so let me explain. The image quality of this lens is outstanding, and the lens is a worthy addition to the Micro 4/3 lineup. However, compared with the newest 70-200mm lenses from Canon and Nikon, it’s not quite going to match those stellar optics. Instead, I’d say it’s on the level of something like the original Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. So, very, very good, but not flawless. Considering it’s $1,000 less than those new Canon and Nikon lenses, though, I can forgive this. Still, it’s a pricey lens at $1,499, and will really only . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review at Ephotozine

Canon has gone completely wild with the pricing of this one. It demands more than twice  of what the previous 24-70mm lens used to cost, and a good 1000 $/£/€ more than the excellent Nikkor equivalent. So, is it worth the premium? (Spoiler: no, of course not).

"Sharpness in the centre of the frame is very good to outstanding throughout the zoom range. At 24mm and f/2.8 sharpness . . . read more

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Review at Camera Labs

Tamron's intention with the SP (Special Performance) line is to play in the league of big boys, like Canon's "L" lenses, but at a lower price point. The experiment has been mostly successful:

"Focus accuracy and repeatability is critical to consistently produce sharp shots. Repeatability (the accuracy of focus on the same subject after repeated focus-acquisition) of this lens is excellent with no outliers over a series of 20 shots. And there is . . . read more

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Review by Mark Goldstein

"Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled, geometric distortion is impressively low for an ultrawide lens (unless you are focusing very close), and the Super Spectra coatings successfully prevent contrast loss attributable to flare, The only real optical issues are obvious corner shading at the maximum aperture, something that every full-frame shooter has to put up with, especially when using wide angles, and a lack of edge sharpness from f/2.8-5.6."

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

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-50 mm f/3.5-6.3 ED EZ review at Lens Tip

"It would be difficult to go into raptures here. The Olympus 12-50 mm has problems to pull level with the “pancakes” which are already a kind of compromise between a high image quality and small dimensions. Maximum results of less than 60 lpmm are certainly not impressive.

Even before we start criticizing Olympus – which is a producer known for its excellent optics – we must remind you here about two things. . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Review at Photography Blog

Here's another review of this lens that goes with the 'Jack of all trades, master of none' mantra. Unfair? Sure, when it comes to lightweight ness, weather proofing, video optimization, and even price, this lens appears to be in the 'master' category. This pretty much leaves only the optical characteristics as a 'Jack':

"Based on its specifications alone, it would be tempting to dub the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ a “jack of all . . . read more

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Lumix G Vario review at ePhotozine

​I expected better test results from this super expensive, ultra wide zoom. Maybe Panasonic should let Leica have a look at the design for the successor?

"Due to the extreme wide angle of view the lens offers a petal-shaped hood is permanently fixed to the front, protecting the bulbous . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Lens Review at ePhotozine

Apparent sharpness, appealing weather proofing, and appalling aperture at the tele end, is the very short version of this review:

"As focusing and zoom are performed internally the 52mm filter thread does not rotate during use, making this lens ideal for use with graduated and polarising filters. Focus speeds are fairly quick, although in low light conditions the lens can sometimes struggle . . . 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

Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 IF DX II review at Cnet Australia

The Tokina  AT-X 124 AF PRO DX II takes filters, is equipped with a nifty manual/auto focus clutch mechanism, internal focus, and sports Tokinas best and latest aspherical and SD glass, so what's not to like? 

 

"For a lens this wide, it's inevitable that there will be distortion, particularly at the extreme wide end. At 12mm it's noticeable, but it . . . 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

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

Tamron SP AF 10-24/3.5-5.6 Di II (vs Canon EF-S 10-22/3.5-4.5 USM) Review by Bob Atkins.

"When comparing the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 DI II with the Canon EF-S 10-22/3.5-4.5 USM it's clear that the Canon lens is sharper, especially wide open and at the edges and corners of the image. Even with both lenses stopped down the Canon lens still provides a sharper edge and corner image, though the center sharpness of the Tamron equals that of the Canon. So if image sharpness across the frame is your . . . read more

Canon reveals two new primes: EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

We saw leaked pictures of these two yesterday, now we get the rest of the story too. The original lenses replaced by these new primes are some of the oldest in the Canon line-up, hailing from the 80ies. So, what's todays target market? The typical professional shooter is nowadays more or less forced to go with a zoom (like a 16-35mm f/2.8 or the new 24-70mm f/2.8) or some L primes for a variety of reasons. Similar high quality zooms and much cheaper primes are available to amateur shooters as well. I suppose Canon is well aware of these facts and chooses to release the new primes for the left over niche market as well as for historical reasons. . . . read more

Canon releases EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM, adds features, but no Image Stabilization.

After more than untold years in waiting we can finally behold the 'wedding master' EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM . Here's what's new:

A Super UD lens element, and two standard UD elements, 9 blade diaphragm, better weather proofing, and fluorite coating on the front lens. Also, a zoom lock switch. As expected, there's no image stabilization, and the usual price hike.  I mean, what's the freaking point in including stabilization in a 24mm prime, and not in a 24-70mm super expensive zoom lens? . . . read more

Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G was one of the first "DX" (reduced image circle) lenses Nikon developed, to give shooters using cameras with APS-C size sensors a true wide angle capability.

When we first tested this lens, we were dismayed to see severe asymmetry in the blur results at the longer

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

Tamron announces the SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens

It is stabilized, full frame, water proof, uses all the latest tech in glass, and for Canon users a welcome shoe-in between the aged EF 24-70mm f.2.8L and its for the past 4 years rumored successor.  The sony mount version is of course not stabilized, and loses the 'VC' (Vibration Compensation) from the name. Price and availability TBA  . . . 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.

  . . . read more

Tokina new AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX II

Tokina Japan has released a new version of its 11-16mm wide-angle lens. The new AT-X 11-16 f/2.8 PRO DX II has an aspherical element, a new coating for improved performance and a AF-S equivalent Silent Drive Motor autofocus, usable with all Nikon DSLRs  that don't have an . . . read more

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM reviw at SLR Gear

"The Canon 17-40mm f/4 L is a high quality lens with a full-frame image circle that showed really exceptional performance on the EOS-20D we used to test it with. (The EOS-20D has a nominally APS-C size sensor, so corner sharpness and distortion will be better than if the lens is used on a camera with a . . . read more

Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 VR is a very popular optic, thanks to its convenient focal length range and its use of Nikon's "VR" (Vibration Reduction) technology. The VR technology lets you hand-hold shots in low light conditions, at shutter speeds as much as three stops slower than you'd be able to otherwise. - . . . 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

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