Review: Zeiss 75mm f1.5 Biotar – the LEGENDARY Original Version

When a door closes, a window opens. I was expecting to be loaned an M-mount lens, or at the very least, a lens with an M-mount adapter. Instead, what I received from the UPS delivery man was an Exakta-mount lens with a Sony E-mount adapter.

Exakta? I haven’t seen one of those since high school? I guess I won’t be shooting with a Leica M10.

The specific lens I was loaned was a Zeiss 75mm f1.5 Biotar (circa 1939 to 1960), which just happened to also be the same lens Oprema used to base the design of their new 75 Biotar. In case you haven’t heard, Oprema is the company that’s bringing back the 75 Biotar. They asked me if I was interested in writing about it. I accepted the opportunity, because I was curious. When I first heard the announcement, I was going to invest in an M-mount version of this legendary lens. But then, I discovered on eBay how much of a premium legendary demanded, and thus quickly came back to my senses.

Oddly in this case, legendary also meant the lens I was loaned came attached with a Sony E-mount adapter? That was completely unexpected. But then, it didn’t matter. In the end, it worked out all the same… opening doors with a full frame Sony.

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Review: Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f2 (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

The Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f2 lens is promising zero distortion, and when in use it honestly holds itself very well to that promise. This lens appeals a whole lot to the urban geometry and architecture photographer in addition to the interior and real estate photographer. The reason for this obviously has to do with the lack of distortion. In many ways, you can say that it surely is zero distortion but if you run it through some editing programs you’ll see that it isn’t quite totally eliminated but it’s surely close. It isn’t as complicated as something like the company’s lenses with shift abilities built in. But it’s surely quite a great option.

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Which One? Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art vs Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Milvus Comparison

When considering the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art vs Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Milvus lenses, it can be tough to figure out which one is right for you. They both differ pretty greatly when it comes to usage, price point, features, and quality. In fact, it’s only obvious that there’s going to be differences considering that they’re years apart from one another. Lots of photographers out there in the world don’t reach for the higher fruit that Zeiss offers, but then there are also photographers who understand the quality that a Zeiss lens can give them. However, Sigma lenses are oftentimes simply more practical.

So let’s just dive right into this.

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The Best Budget Lenses For Pentax Photographers

Pentax users, it’s your turn! If you have a Pentax kit or you are thinking about picking one up – maybe for that K-1 DSLR – then you are likely wondering about the best budget options for Pentax right now. Due to the brands dwindling popularity lens reviews and thoughts can be hard to come by, so today we are throwing you a bone with our picks for the best budget glass available for Pentax cameras.

We have a giant master list of what we feel the best budget lenses are for every system, and you can find that here, but in this post we wanted to highlight our picks for the best budget lenses for the Pentax system.

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The Best Budget Lenses for Micro Fours Thirds Photographers

Micro Four Thirds still gets a bad rap in a lot of photographic circles due to its sensor size, but many are now coming to terms with that on the Fujifilm side of the equation. We have hit this sort of wonderful place to where sensor size really doesn’t matter as much as it did in the last. Surely, there are things APS-C or FF will do better, but in terms of general photography, Micro Four Thirds cameras are just as capable as their larger format brothers.

So if you have a new Micro Four Thirds camera or you are in the process of deciding on a new kit, you may be wondering about good budget options to fill out your fit. This is exactly the post for you if that is the case.

We have a giant master list of what we feel the best budget lenses are for every system, and you can find that here, but in this post we wanted to highlight our picks for the best budget lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system.

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The Best Budget Lenses for Sony Photographers

Sony has taken the photography industry by storm with their full frame mirrorless system, building upon the already strong system they had built with their APS-C cameras. Lots of photographers are ditching their Canon and Nikon DSLRs in favor of these lighter and smaller Sony bodies, and so naturally, some of you are trying to figure out what your best budget lens options are for the Sony system. This is where we are here to help.

We have a giant master list of what we feel the best budget lenses are for every system, and you can find that here, but in this post we wanted to highlight our picks for the best budget lenses for the Sony system.

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Sample Image Gallery: Nikon 28mm f1.4 E Lens (Nikon F Mount)

We’ve been playing with the new Nikon 28mm f1.4 E lens for a little while now and are honestly completely blown away by the image quality. The Nikon 28mm f1.4 E lens is incredibly sharp wide open, but is also has great bokeh and an overall very nice look I genuinely feel will make a whole lot of sense for portrait photographers, documentary photographers, photojournalists and street photographers. Street photographers: yes. The look is really stunning.

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The Best Budget Lenses for Canon Photographers

Canon is still far and away the most popular camera brand in the world, and so there is no doubt some of you are probably looking for a new lens to add to your kit. But, there are so many lenses available for the system, both Canon-branded and those made by third parties. What are the best budget lenses for Canon right now?

We have a giant master list of what we feel the best budget lenses are for every system, and you can find that here, but in this post we wanted to highlight our picks for the best budget lenses for the Canon EF/EF-S system.  Continue reading…