Category Archives: Lenses and Optics

Zeiss ZE 135mm f/2 vs. Canon 135mm f/2L

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We had a chance a few days ago to look at the first copy of the Zeiss 135mm APO-Sonnar CP.2 lens, but today received several copies of the 135mm APO-Sonnar in ZE (Canon) mount. I've been wanting to play with it personally, of course, but more to the point wanted the chance to test multiple [...]

First Look: Zeiss CZ.2 70-200mm T2.9

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Ah, as if the 70-200 zoom field wasn't crowded enough, with each camera maker having one or four along with the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC and the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS, but Tyler decided we have to stock yet another one. So today I have to test yet another 70-200mm, the Zeiss 70-200 T2.9 CP.2. [...]

Nikon 24-120 f/4 VR Revisited

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My view of lenses is often colored by measurements, numbers, taking them apart, and other geeky things. I also take photographs with them. One of the things I'm always interested in is comparing my measurements with actual photographs. When Uwe Steinmueller from The Digital Outback suggested we compare the same lens from both perspectives it [...]

Optical Tune Ups

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It's not  falling that hurts, it's the sudden stop at the end.    -Author Unkown     Understandably, people are concerned with whether a new lens they buy is functioning properly and optically within specifications. One thing I harp on is that we also need to watch our lenses over time. Bumps, drops, and normal [...]

Metabones Magic?

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A few days ago I learned about the Metabones Speed Booster. For both of you who haven't heard yet, this is an adapter containing optical elements and electronic controls that allows you to mount Canon EF lenses to Sony NEX cameras (other versions are planned for other lenses and cameras). The quick summary is the [...]