The Rokinon 85mm T1.5 lens is an integral part of the Rokinon prime set, a ubiquitous kit for filmmaking. The lenses are a solid choice for beautiful images, reliability and consistent workflow on set. The 85mm in particular produces lovely images, reproduces color well, and is consistent in focus and bokeh. For this evaluation, I’d
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The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary is part of Sigma’s Contemporary range which aims to offer compact and lightweight general-purpose lenses that are also high performance. This range produces consumer lenses rather than professional ones, and the affordable prices are reflected in that. This particular lens is made for Sony E-mount, Canon EF-M mount,
Today we’re going to take an in-depth look at the professional-grade Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, and see if the performance matches its good looks. You could go with your camera brand and buy their 24mm lenses, or you could look at the usually cheaper but often just as good third-party lenses such as
Canon has a range of legendary telephoto lenses that are some of the best in the industry. These L-series lenses offer unrivalled quality but come at a huge expense. The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM is one such lens. It is possibly one of the best telephoto lenses in existence and has a built-in
The Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 AF is a full-frame lens made for a variety of camera mounts. It comes as an autofocus version, which is a welcome addition by Rokinon as previous versions were manual focus only. Rokinon has always been known for manual focus lenses, but it’s trying to establish itself as a reliable budget
The Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG MACRO Art lens is the first prime macro of Sigma’s Art range, built for optical quality which is an Art Series priority instead of autofocus speed or image stabilization. This lens comes in Sigma L-mount, Canon EF, and Sony E-mounts. Strangely, Sigma has left Nikon out of this party, at
It really does feel strange recommending a prime lens such as the Rokinon SP 35mm f/1.2 over other third-party versions or even same-make offerings. Traditionally, I’ve always thought of Rokinon stuff as budget-friendly alternatives, but those days have long since gone. This is basically the same scenario as what happened with Sigma and Tamron lenses
The Laowa 105mm f/2 STF is a bit of a quirky one from a fairly new lens manufacturer, and it’s interesting enough to catch our attention. This lens is a fully manual Smooth Transition Focus (STF) lens, so it may take those used to autofocus a while to get to grips with the workings. It
The Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM lens replaces the discontinued Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM lens, but does it have what it takes to fill those legendary shoes? This is a professional lens, and it comes with a professional price tag, as well as a host of features and top-class optics. Though this is
It’s common practice for many people to opt for a 35mm lens, but as the FUJINON XF 23mm f/1.4 R is specifically designed for the APS-C X-mount mirrorless format, it provides the 35mm focal point nicely. A 35mm lens is a good alternative to the usual 50mm prime as it produces slightly wider angle shots,
If you’re on the Fujifilm platform and a 200mm prime lens takes your fancy, then the FUJINON XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR may be just up your alley. On X-mount mirrorless cameras the focal length comes in at an impressive 305mm, which can be further extended with the XF 1.4x TC WR teleconverter
I have to admit that when a 200mm focal length is needed, thoughts always jump to the highly regarded Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III. This is not just because this zoom lens is so versatile, but with its f/2.8 aperture and image stabilization, it more or less covers all the bases needed in this
Fisheye lenses, just like the traditional types, can have rather high price points. All those fancy optics take time to produce, so when the Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 fisheye lens is on the table, we wondered, where’s the catch? Opteka is known for producing cost-effective optics, which means that while you may not get cutting-edge resolution,
The Canon mirrorless camera range has some excellent models, and to accompany this range of cameras, there is the Canon EF-M lens series. One such product is the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. This is a multi-use lens that encompasses a wide focal range. The focal distance of 18-150mm allows you to cover a
The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM was launched to replace the rather elderly Mark I version that was first released in 1998. The EF 35mm Mark II shares a lot of main specs with the Mark I, and key features are very similar. Underneath the surface, though, is where Canon’s quest for excellence is
The Canon EOS M series of cameras have an ever-increasing range of high-quality lenses. This takes the form of the EF-M series lenses. Currently, there is a limited range, but Canon is committed to adding more lenses to the collection as they release new cameras like the M5 and M50. We look specifically at the
The Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM was created for use in Canon’s compact system cameras. It’s a standard zoom lens that has an equivalent focal length of 29-88mm on a full-frame camera, so it’s pretty versatile. This lens features a stepping motor (STM) for smooth continuous autofocus while in live view or shooting video.
A tilt–shift lens may not be the first thing you grab for wide-angle images, neither being the most common of lenses. However, for architectural work or wide-angle viewpoints with a unique perspective, a lens such as the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L has all the quality and features. Without going into all the intricacies of what
With much of Canon’s mirrorless limelight currently being shone on the full-frame R series, it can be easy to forget the usefulness of their M series. Imaging devices such as the EOS M50 fit a specific niche and require their own line of optics, which is where the Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM comes into
Although we would all love to use the high octane optics of Canon’s L-series lenses, their price points can be out of the range of many photographers. In the distant past, cheap lenses used to be… well, cheap. But not anymore, as Canon has been stuffing more and more optical quality and features into their
The usual state of affairs is that if you cannot justify the cost or need the extra light-gathering abilities of the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM is the next wisest choice. The f/4 version has all the fun of the f/2.8 version, just with a smaller aperture. It benefits from
Before all the pro photographers out there get sniffy about standard kit lenses, they do have their place and can be quite useful in the right situations. One lens that is bundled with many Canon APS-C DSLR cameras is the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. This lens doesn’t just represent good value for money,
The Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens came out in 2004, so it’s been around for a while. Most photographers like to have at least one zoom lens in their kit, and the EF-S 17-85mm covers a good range of view from wide-angle to telephoto. It also boasts Canon’s second-generation optical image stabilizer (IS).
Wide-angle lenses generally have to do a lot of optical juggling to make sure those large views points have accurate lines and definition. This is especially true when lenses like the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM are almost verging into fisheye lens territory. While there are rather expensive wide-angle lenses on the market, they
The Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens is one of two lenses created for the Canon EOS M mirrorless camera. The EF-M 22mm isn’t compatible with other Canon camera bodies, so DSLR owners will have to give this pancake lens a miss. It’s a fast prime lens featuring a constant aperture of f/2, along with
For Canon users who want all the fun of a high spec, wide-angle zoom lens without the high price tag, the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM has been a long-standing first choice. The lens is designed specifically for APS-C-format cameras, offering an equivalent focal length of 27.2-88mm. Also included in the set up is
The range of official Canon EF-M lenses is ever-expanding, and doubling up the features of a regular lens is always beneficial. One of the most recent additions to the Cannon mirrorless lens series is the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM. This is the first official EF-M macro lens, and it’s also relatively wide.
Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a fisheye lens, then there is the option of which type. The extreme wide-angle view and distorted characteristics are a given, but fisheye lenses also have different projections. In the case of the Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC, this is a stereographic viewpoint which essentially
Although Samyang has been producing lenses since the early 1970s, it feels like their DSLR and mirrorless lenses have only popped up on peoples’ radars in the last few years. The Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE is one such lens, being a fast prime lens with autofocus for the Sony E mount. The lens can
The reality of camera ownership is that a large proportion of the market consists of crop sensor camera bodies. Therefore, it makes sense for each camera maker to have a wealth of lenses specifically for the APS-C format. In this case, we are looking more closely at the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM. This