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The Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS: Hallelujah!

March 05, 2014 - Expect the unexpected. If you do that, you'll love this lens: for, like the 35mm F2.8 I recently reviewed, it is a compl...
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Camera, Lens, Accessory and Image Awards 2013

December 16, 2013 - As the shutter curtain of time snaps shut on the sensor of destiny, the time has come for this blog to give its second a...
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Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA on the A7R: The 'Bisto' lens.

December 05, 2013 - I have a friend who is an excellent professional chef (he's a pretty good photographer, too!) and he makes amazing gravy...
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A Reader Writes

June 28, 2013 - My comments on lenses, especially those from the Leica M series, have evoked some confused and sometimes angry responses...
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Leica M240 with the 90mm F4 Macro Elmar - Some Observations

May 31, 2013 - The tiny 90mm Macro Elmar (AKA 'the pocket rocket') is one of my favourite lenses of all time and was one of the reasons...
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Leica M240 with the 50mm F1 Noctilux - Some Observations

May 24, 2013 - Historically I have thought of this lens as The Dream Weaver. Shot at wider apertures it can make the most poetic of ima...
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Leica M240 with 28mm Summicron - Some Observations

May 17, 2013 - Boring. This was never an exciting lens on the M8 or M9 - always very useful, always a little dull. Its virtues are man...
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Field Curvature - a Layman's Guide (or How to Focus a 'Tricky' Lens)

May 03, 2013 - With additional material by Guest Contributor Roger Cicala of LensRentals (Photo: Library of Congress. Photographer unk...
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DXO Mark lenses on D800 - My Real World Response

March 28, 2013 - As I noted in last week's post, I have always found DXO's Sensor Scores to be a very reliable guide to the performance o...
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What's your Doh! Mark Score?

March 23, 2013 - I'm rather a fan of DXOMark personally - and am often amused by others' reactions to the way it captures and presents ca...
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A Reader Writes....

March 16, 2013 - "You make us all envious with your access to top of the line gear (Phase, Leica, Nikon, Canon), but it seems you still a...
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Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F2.8G ED Oom on D800E

March 09, 2013 - This lens, often incorrectly described as a 24-70mm Zoom, is actually a 28-70mm Oom. Something is missing at the front e...
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Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM: Possibly Great.

February 15, 2013 - The buzz around this lens has been incredible. Based on early reviews and comments from the likes of Lloyd Chambers, Len...
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Nikkor 70-200 F4 VRIII Field Review

February 08, 2013 - The Holy Ghost of the Trinity might well have been exorcised by an upstart. I've just switched from the venerable F2.8 v...
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Caveat Emptor

January 26, 2013 - High-end camera gear is expensive so, when making a decision to buy it, there are further questions to ask beyond 'how d...
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Snow? Go!

January 19, 2013 - I can't run the tests I was hoping to for this week's post - snow has stopped play and there's a blizzard whirling outsi...
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Camera, Lens, Accessory and Image Awards 2012

December 29, 2012 - As the old man of time is chased out by the new-born babe of destiny, the time has come for this blog to give its inaugu...
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The Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED IF UMC

November 15, 2012 - A very wide smile. On both sides of the camera. That's what you'll get from this lens. With the single exception of the...
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Leica 50 R Cron on Nikon Mount with Leitax Adapter.

October 18, 2012 - Lenses are such personal things: most of us start buying them as part of a kit, almost accidentally gaining something th...
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Nikon QC and Repairs

August 25, 2012 - Let me skip immediately to the moral of this piece: test your Nikon gear when you first receive it, thoroughly, and if t...
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Sony RX100 Part 2: lens & ISO

August 22, 2012 - In Part 1 of this field review, I came to the conclusion that the XR100 is capable of making exhibition quality prints u...
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Sony RX100 Part 1: A Viable Camera for Exhibition Quality Prints?

August 14, 2012 - I have to come clean: I have exhibited and sold images from a Sigma DP1. But in general I tend to use larger sensor cam...
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24-120 F4G VR on D800E at the Telephoto end of the range.

July 31, 2012 - By now, you may have read the Introduction and Wide and Mid sections of this ongoing series of posts relating to this le...
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24-120 F4G VR on D800E: Mid range to Portrait

July 28, 2012 - The mid-range of a mid-range zoom often gets overlooked: it is tempting to use these tools at the widest and most teleph...
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24-120 F4G VR on D800: Wide Angle Range

July 25, 2012 - Previously in the introduction to this lens I mentioned that it is at its best in terms of overall performance at the wi...
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The 24-120 F4G VR on D800: Introduction to the "Swiss Army Knife" lens

July 23, 2012 - The 'Swiss Army Knife' Lens 62mm @ f4.5 1/250th ISO 500 There were a few surprised faces when Nikon's Technical Gu...
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Zeiss T* Makro Planar 100mm F2 on D800

July 16, 2012 - This is a real 'Tuxedo Lens': you probably won't need it often but if you don't own one, you'll likely want to borrow or...
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