Lenses

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Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens

This is very probably the next lens I purchase – unless I get the Batis 85mm f/1.8. I love the slightly longer reach for portraiture (I don’t believe in soft focus lenses), and the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 macro has…macro. Sharpness – my personal holy grail in lenses, along with micro-contrast – is top-notch. Only something this good could pry my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro from my hands.

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Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black) SEL50F18/B B&H Photo Video

This was the lens that put the first nail in the coffin of my Canon fan-boy status. It crushed my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 USM II in sharpness, contrast, autofocus speed and silence. Put in on a Sony a6000 like I did, and you’ve got an amazing portrait lens with depth of field so shallow that you really can’t want for more.

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Sony 10-18mm f/4 OSS Alpha E-mount Wide-Angle Zoom Lens SEL1018

If you need a really wide angle lens for your E-mount camera, this is the one to get. It’s just as sharp as the Zeiss Touit 12mm, but is a third less expensive and more versatile. Neither is as sharp as the best longer focal length primes, but it is a match for the Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM -- which I own and find plenty sharp in the real world.

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Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens

If you want a fast sharp 35mm prime for your Sony E-mount camera, this is the one. On a full frame Sony a7 series, it’s an outstanding street photography lens. On an APS-C E-mount Sony, it’s a fantastic “normal” lens. In either case, it dusts any of the zooms that include 35mm in their range. Yes, it’s pricey – and if you’re not wedded to the focal length, Sony’s own FE 28mm f/2.0 is every bit as sharp (DxOMark rated the 28mm a hair sharper), almost as fast and much smaller and lighter – at just about ¼ the price. But ooh, does the Distagon feel good in your hand.

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Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony E Mount

I haven’t gone hands-on with the Batis 85mm f/1.8, but the reviews are out and by all accounts it is an incredibly sharp, fast, auto-focusing, and compact full-frame portrait lens for the Sony E-mount. If you don’t need macro focusing at this focal length, this is the ticket. It ain’t cheap, but it isn’t exorbitant either. The OLED display? Doesn’t rock me one way or the other.

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Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Lens for Sony E Mount

Back in the old days of Canon FD lenses (when they were new), I preferred the 24mm focal length to 28mm. The differences in field of view and perspective were plain to see. So I’m inclined to love the Batis 25mm f/2.0, even though I haven’t held it in my hands. All reports say it’s super-sharp – and it’s not outrageously expensive. If I had the cash, I’d look at it closely. On the other hand, I personally opted to plunk down just about 1/3 the dough on a Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 without waiting to test the Batis. I figure I can learn to live with the difference in perspective or change it in post if I really want to do so.

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Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount

I love the IDEA of the Loxia line – manual focusing, fast, tack-sharp, weighty primes. And the way you want to go when using for video. Haven’t had one in hand, but believe me, I will. If I bought only one, it would be this 35mm as it gives me more flexibility: wide-angle on full frame, normal angle on the a6000.

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Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount

Did I write I love the IDEA of the Loxia line – manual focusing, fast, tack-sharp, weighty primes? I believe I did. Like the Loxia 35mm, I haven’t had the 50mm in hand, but I will. Oh yes.

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Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro Four BA328A B&H

Buy Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro Four Thirds features Micro Four Thirds System Lens, 21mm (35mm Equivalent). Review Voigtlander Mirrorless System Lenses, Lenses

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Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro 4/3 BA175M B&H

If you’re a micro four thirds kind of guy or gal, you owe it to yourself to try any of the Voigtländer Noktons. They are sharp, contrasty, lovely to use and hold primes that take me back to the days of my youth before autofocus and autoexposure. On an MFT camera, that f/0.95 maximum aperture translates into an effective full frame equivalent of f/1.9, which while not as impressive still gives you wonderfully shallow depth of field. Thus think of the Nokton 17.5mm as a manual focus, 35mm f/1.9 full frame equivalent, very much like the Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2. I tested the 17.5mm, 25mm and 42.5 lenses with the GH4, and if the GH4 had had a Sony sensor, I would have gone micro four thirds right then and there.

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Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Type II Lens for Micro BA259M2

I’ll write it again: if you’re a micro four thirds kind of guy or gal, you owe it to yourself to try the Voigtländer Noktons. I can tell you from personal experience (with the exception of the 10.5mm, which wasn’t available at the time) that they are sharp, contrasty, lovely to use and hold primes that take me back to the days of my youth before autofocus and autoexposure. On an MFT camera, that f/0.95 maximum aperture translates into an effective full frame equivalent of f/1.9, which while not as impressive still gives you wonderfully shallow depth of field. Think of this Nokton 25mm as the closest thing in the micro four thirds world to the Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2. If the GH4 had had a Sony sensor, I would have gone micro four thirds back in 2014. Sigh. Everything is a trade-off.

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Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds Lens BA425M

Once more, with feeling: if you’re a micro four thirds kind of guy or gal, you owe it to yourself to try the Voigtländer Noktons. I can tell you from personal experience (with the exception of the 10.5mm, which wasn’t available at the time) that they are sharp, contrasty, lovely to use and hold primes that take me back to the days of my youth before autofocus and autoexposure. On an MFT camera, that f/0.95 maximum aperture translates into an effective full frame equivalent of f/1.9, which while not as impressive still gives you wonderfully shallow depth of field. Think of this Nokton 42.5mm Nkton as the closest thing in the micro four thirds world to the Zeiss Loxia 50mm they haven’t made yet: a manual focus, 85mm f/1.9 portrait lens with great image quality. If the GH4 had had a Sony sensor, I would have gone micro four thirds back in 2014. Sigh. Everything is a trade-off.

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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens

If you’re a Canon APS-C shooter (the Rebel series, the 60D or 70D and earlier XXD series, the 7D or 7D Mk II, or the newest T6i/750D and T6s/760D) and want a reasonably priced, lightweight telephoto zoom with fast and silent autofocus, this is the lens for you. It’s perfect for travel photography and capturing images of your children outdoors, but with this written it is not nearly as sharp or fast (aperture-wise) as Canon’s legendary EF 70-200mm f/2.8L (not nearly as heavy, expensive or conspicuous, either). Fact is, I sold off my 70-200 and replaced it with EF-S 55-250mm IS STM (make sure you get the STM), as for my purposes -- especially outdoor video on an APS-C camera -- it actually does a better job.

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 II has been called the “nifty 50” and “plastic fantastic” because of its price/performance ratio, but the brand new STM version is as good or better – much better – in every way. It’s the perfect first additional lens to buy beyond a kit lens, as that shallow depth of field is amazing – as is the low price.

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Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens

E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format Aperture Range: f/2 to 22 Aspherical, AA, and ED Elements Linear Actuator Autofocus System Internal Focus; Physical MF Ring Minimum Focus Distance: 11.5" Dust and Moisture Resistant Filter Diameter: 49mm Circular 9-Blade Diaphragm Optional Ultra-Wide & Fisheye Converters The FE 28mm f/2 Lens from Sony is a full-frame compatible wide-angle prime lens for E-Mount mirrorless cameras.

Aug 31, 2015 - bhphotovideo.com - 304
Used Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens 8114B002 B&H Photo

Buy Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens features EF-S Mount lens, 29-88mm (35mm Equivalent). Review Canon Used:SLR Interchangeable Lenses, Used:Lenses & Lens Accessories

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Leica 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens 11879

I loved this lens when I used it with my Leica M8. Incredibly small, silky smooth, robust, fast, and sharp, sharp, sharp. Expensive? Wildly so. Worth it? Only if you can afford it, like the field of view, and want to shoot manually. Then? Oh, baby. I sold off the M8 because I realized I’m not a rangefinder guy (in spite of the fact that my very first experience with a 35mm camera was a Leica III), but there are days I regret selling the 35mm Summicron, too. Now, I could put it on my a6000 with an adapter. Sigh.

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Leica 90mm f/2.0 APO Summicron M Aspherical Lens (6-Bit) - 11884

If you’re a Leica person, this is the portrait lens for you (they no longer make the 90mm I had, the Elmar 2.8 . Like the 35mm Summicron I owned when I had my Leica M8, it’s incredibly small, silky smooth, robust, fast, and sharp, sharp, sharp. Expensive? Just like the 35mm, wildly so. Worth it? Just like the 35mm, only if you can afford it, like the field of view, and want to shoot manually. Then? Oh, baby.

Aug 31, 2015 - bhphotovideo.com - 385
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens

I owned Canon’s legendary 200mm f/1.8L telephoto for years, when I used it not for professional purposes but to photograph my girls on stage dancing, acting and singing. It was a mind-blowing lens, crushing another legendary Canon lens I owned back then, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L. Crushed it. Mauled it. Humiliated it. It’s no longer available, but an update – this 200mm f/2.0 -- is. It is freaking expensive, but if you’ve got the money and need what it can do, I can’t imagine this update is any less breathtaking.

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

EF Mount L-Series Lens Aperture Range: f/2.8-32 Fluorite Optics for Sharper Images Three Mode Optical Image Stabilization Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor Manual Focus Override Power Focus Mode and Focus Preset Autofocus Stop Button Feature Dust & Moisture Proof & Fluorine Coating Security Slot for Wire-Type Locks The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens from Canon is the perfect choice for nature, wildlife and sports photographers.

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Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF

If I were a Canon camera owner, I would look long and hard at all three of the Sigma Art lenses.Let’s talk about this 24 from Sigma. I love the field of view and perspective of a 24mm lens on a full frame camera, much preferring it even to 28mm. I know that sounds picky, but it’s true – and this is going back 40 years to my own Canon FD 24mm f/2.8. I recently tested the Canon CN-E24mm T1.5L Cine Prime and loved these same things about it, along with its the incredibly shallow depth of field and sharpness. But for 1/6th the price of the cine lens and just about half the price for Canon’s own EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM, you can get Sigma’s new 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens which by all accounts (I have not had one in my hands) is as good or better. That leaves a lot of money on the table for other things…like more lenses, or the price of a trip on which to use them. Sounds like a plan to me.

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF

Yeah, yeah: I’m writing for the third time that “If I were a Canon camera owner, I would look long and hard at all three of the Sigma Art lenses.” A 50mm lens on a full frame sensor is the classic “normal” or standard field of view lens, while on an APS-C sensor, it’s a nice portrait lens. The thing is, Sigma’s $949 50mm Art lens is sharper than every other EF mount 50mm out there with the exception of Zeiss’ $3,999 55mm Otus f/1.4 – but the Otus scores higher by only 1 point. Yes, Canon’s own EF 50mm f/1.4 is only a couple of points behind the Sigma on sharpness, does a little better on chromatic aberration and costs less than half of the Sigma, but having owned the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 and loved its creamy quality wide open, I’d pay the extra bucks for the Sigma and call it a day (and my travel agent).

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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras

Did I just write that “If I were a Canon camera owner, I would look long and hard at all three of the Sigma Art lenses?” Yes I did. Let’s talk about the 35 from Sigma. On a full frame camera, 35: 35mm is perhaps THE focal length for street photography, and with a maximum aperture of f/1.4, there’s basically no time of day or night you can’t capture your image. Carl Zeiss makes the renowned Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ($1,543), and Canon has a new version of their 35mm f/1.4L USM – the 1.4L II USM – at $1,799. But for about half the price of any of the three, you can get Sigma’s 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens which DxOMark measures assharper. Again: that leaves a lot of money on the table for other things…like more lenses, or the price of a trip on which to use them. Sounds like a plan to me.

Adapters

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Metabones Smart Adapter Mark IV for Canon EF or MB_EF-E-BT4 B&H

Canon EF or EF-S Lens to Sony E Body Third Party EF or APS-C EF to Sony E Supports Electronic Communication Enables Use of Lens Autofocus Enables Lens Aperture and Stabilization Adapter Interior Minimizes Reflections Locking Mechanism to Secure Lens Push-Button Lens Release Brass Mounting Rings Detachable Tripod Foot Questions?

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Metabones Speed Booster XL 0.64x Adapter MB_SPEF-M43-BT3 B&H

B&H # MESPEFM43BT3 MFR # MB_SPEF-M43-BT3 Canon EF Lens to Micro 4/3 Body Full-Frame Lens to Micro 4/3 Camera Body Supports In-Camera Aperture Control 0.64x Micro 4/3 Crop Factor Compensation 1.3-Stop Increase in Lens Apertures 6 Optical Elements in 4 Groups Locking Mechanism to Secure Lens Push-Button Lens Release Brass Mounting Rings Detachable Tripod Foot Questions?

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Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera MB_SPEF-E-BM2 B&H

Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Ultra-High Index Tantalum-Based Glass Increases Maximum Aperture by 1 f/Stop Increases Angle of View by 0.71x Electronic Integration of Aperture Green and Advanced Modes Wide-Open Button Infinity Adjustment Detachable Tripod Foot Black Matte Interior; Black Exterior Questions?

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Metabones Leica M Mount Lens to Sony NEX Camera Lens MB_LM-E-BM2

Adapts Leica M Mount Lenses to Sony NEX Cameras Color: Black Questions? Ask our experts: The black Leica M Mount Lens to Sony NEX Camera Lens Mount Adapter from Metabones allows a Leica M mount lens to be attached to a Sony E-mount NEX format camera, including NEX full frame cameras.

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Metabones Leica M Lens to Micro Four Thirds Lens MB_LM-M43-BM2

Adapts Leica M Lenses to Micro Four Thirds Cameras Color: Black Questions? Ask our experts: The black Leica M Lens to Micro Four Thirds Lens Adapter from Metabones allows Leica M mount lenses to be attached to a Micro Four Thirds format camera.