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19 May 2015 | No Comment | 8,728 views
Lomography Petzval Review

A wide-aperture portrait lens encased in a 19th century brass body, the Lomography Petzval lens stands out in more way than one. See what we think of it in our Lomography Petzval review.

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7 Apr 2015 | 2 Comments | 5,527 views
Lensbaby Velvet 56 Review

The new Lensbaby Velvet 56 arms portrait and macro photographers with something a little different from the norm. We take it for a spin in our review.

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2 Jul 2014 | 3 Comments | 9,090 views
Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM review

One of the first lenses in Sigma’s Art series, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM appears to suit a range of applications. Portrait photographer Mark Stephenson takes a closer look in his review.

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7 May 2014 | One Comment | 9,231 views
Tokina 12-28mm f4 AF AT-X PRO DX review

Third-party manufacturer Tokina offers some tempting alternatives to well-known optics. Tom Mason takes a closer look at one of these, the Tokina 12-28mm f4 AF AT-X PRO, in his full review.

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19 Jul 2013 | 5 Comments | 15,503 views
Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II review

While primarily aimed at sports and wildlife photographers, the 300mm f/2.8 VR II is also a wonderful lens for portraiture and press photography. This latest version by Nikon is an update on an already tried and tested design, but it has been brought up to date with the additions of the latest VR II technology among other things. Tom Mason takes a closer look.

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5 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 5,366 views
Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM review

If I was in a different field of photography, my kit bag probably wouldn’t include any zooms, only prime lenses. But as in life, in photography we sometimes have to compromise. So if you’re going to use a zoom, it had better be good. Let’s find out if the snappily-titled Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is any good.

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1 May 2013 | One Comment | 7,647 views
Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 & 35-100mm f2.8 Lens Review

Now you can have a second camera which can match an SLR and fit in a pocket, so what about those days when you want something serious that doesn’t give you back ache? Why not have a good lens for your mirrorless for those occasions?

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25 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | 9,827 views
Review: The Fujinon X-Mount Primes

The reason why anybody would be investing the in X-range of cameras is because of the image quality, with that ‘Fuji look’. The combination of the X-Pro1 /X-E1 and any of these three lenses is going to produce wonderfully sharp, crisp and vibrant images.

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11 Feb 2013 | 2 Comments | 14,242 views
Canon 40mm f2.8 Pancake Lens Review

As a Canon shooter who uses prime lenses primarily I was excited by the announcement from Canon last year that they were releasing a 40mm 2.8 prime lens. Typically I shoot weddings with a 35mm and 85mm lens combination so the focal length wasn’t too far off one of my standard camera combinations.

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8 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 8,257 views
Olympus 45mm f1.8 Lens Review

It isn’t big and grand but because it’s a cunningly designed little prime it can give a star turn which zooms can’t match. Compared to a kit lens it costs a little more money, but in comparison with lenses that can match it optically it is cheap.