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Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

Canon’s tiny and lovely pancake lens..

Canon 35mm f/1.4L II

Canon’s updated fast 35mm prime, evaluated on Canon 5DS R..

Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art

Fast constant-aperture ultrawide zoom..

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art

Superwide optimized zoom lens..

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art

Mid-range optimized groundbreaking f/2 zoom..

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

A whopping 4/3 stop faster than other lenses in its range..

Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Extraordinary optical efforts for outstanding performance..

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma’s best portrait lens..

Coastal Optics 60mm f/4 UV-VIS-IR APO Macro

A superlative multi-spectral lens with perfect color correction..

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III

Is the 3rd time the charm?.

Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED

Nikon’s best-ever f/1.4 lens?.

Milvus 25mm f/1.4

Highest performing 25mm from Zeiss ever..

Milvus 35mm f/1.4

Highest performing 35mm from Zeiss ever..

Milvus 50mm f/1.4

Outstanding build and optical quality in a normal lens..

Milvus 135mm f/2

An Otus, in effect. Milvus garb for the 135/2 APO, with improved lens coatings on one element. See the ZF.2/ZE 135/2 review pages..

15mm f/2.8 Distagon

Ultra high performance in an extreme wild wide angle lens..

18mm f/3.5 Distagon

A brilliant, but also colorful character..

21mm f/2.8 Distagon

Brilliant imaging, even wide open, but with a few quirks. (Review in progress) .

25mm f/2.8 Distagon

A gem with unusual close-focus..

28mm f/2 Distagon

An artist’s drawing tool..

50mm f/2 Makro-Planar

Versatility in a “normal” lens and macro too!.

Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

Fast high performance APO wide angle..

Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

Ultra high performance apochromatic normal lens, first in the Otus line..

Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Rendering Style

Rendering style, bokeh and beauty..

Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Rendering Style

Rendering style, bokeh and 'transparency' without peer..

85mm f/1.4 Planar

True-to-life imagery..

100mm f/2 Makro-Planar

King of bokeh! Corner-to-corner sharpness, world class..

135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar

Beautiful bokeh, razor sharp, superb color correction..

Zeiss LensSpire Articles

Articles written for Lenspire.ZEISS.com..

Nikon D200 vs D2x

Vintage 2006 comparative review of Nikon D200 vs Nikon D2x..

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM

High speed normal lens optimized for Canon mirrorless..

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM

High speed portrait lens optimized for Canon mirrorless..

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Bread and butter all-around zoom..

Nikon Z7 IBIS and Focusing

Setup, IBIS performance, focusing..

Nikon Z7 Image Quality

Image quality..

Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S

Moderate wide angle expressly designed for Nikon Z cameras..

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S

Fast mid-range zoom expressly designed for Nikon Z cameras..

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

Mid-range zoom expressly designed for Nikon Z cameras..

Sony Alpha A7R III

Attention to details: a solid upgrade over the A7R II..

Sony Alpha A7S II

High performance full frame 12-megapixel sensor..

Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Top-grade medium telephoto..

Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art

Ultra high speed native-mount moderate wide angle..

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

Pro-grade f/2.8 wide angle zoom..

Olympus Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 ED Telephoto

Beautiful bokeh, long reach fast speed, compact lens..

Olympus OM-D E-M1

A worthy upddate to the E-M5 with pro-grade build quality..

Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

Outstanding ultra wide angle performer..

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon

Outstanding wide angle, superb performer..

Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar

Manual focus normal lens for full-frame mirrorless..

Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar

Manual focus telephoto lens for full-frame mirrorless..

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon

Autofocus wide angle for Sony full-frame mirrorless..

Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2

All-around slightly wide angle/normal with close focus..

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar

Autofocus portrait lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless..

Overview of Sigma Foveon Sensor cameras

Foveon X3 true-color sensor for outstanding resolution..

Sigma dp0 Quattro

21mm f/5.6 equivalent FOV lens..

Sigma DP1 Merrill

28mm f/2.8 equivalent lens on APS-C sensor..

Sigma DP2 Merrill

45mm f/2.8 equivalent lens on APS-C sensor..

Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M ASPH

Leica’s widest prime lens..

Leica 21mm f/3.4 Super-Elmar-M ASPH

Leica’s best-performing 21mm..

Leica 28mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

Leica’s fast 28mm..

Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH (2010 FLE)

Leica’s superlative and most natural lens for the M..

Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH

Leica’s f/2 35mm for the M..

50/0.95 Noctilux Rendering Style

Understanding the Rendering Style of the Noctilux..

Leica 75mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH

Leica’s medium tele for Leica M..

Leica 180mm f/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R

World’s best mid-range telephoto lens..

Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon

Fast and ultra high performance moderate wide angle rangefinder lens..

Zeiss ZM 35mm f/2 Biogon

All around razor sharp performer..

Zeiss ZM 35mm f/2.8 C-Biogon

Ultra compact high performance moderate wide angle rangefinder lens..

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 II ASPH

Fasted 35mm lens for Leica M, great ergonomics..


Blog posts, reverse chronological

2019

2019-10-30 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Surviving Aspen (Nikon D850 monochrome)

2019-10-11 Eastern Sierra Nevada: Fall Color in Full Swing, get there soon!

2019-07-31 Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L Aperture Series: Ghostly Aspen Trunks

2019-06-23 Leica 90mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL Aperture Series: Huge Pine Among Aspen (Panasonic S1R)

2019-06-14 Leica 75mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL Aperture Series: Huge Pine Among Aspen (Panasonic S1R)

2019-06-02 Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Aperture Series @ 24mm: Downed Aspen (Nikon Z7)

2019-04-24 Shootout: Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon vs Leica 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Elmarit-SL ASPH vs Leica 24-90: Downed Aspen in Lee Vining Creek (Panasonic S1R)

2019-04-24 Leica 24-90mm f/2.8-4 Vario-Elmarit-SL ASPH Aperture Series @ 46mm: Downed Aspen Trunks in Creek (Panasonic S1R)

2018

2018-11-06 Revenge of the Beaver: Lundy Canyon Road Blocked by Felled Aspen

2018-11-01 Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Aperture Series: Survivor Aspen

2018-11-01 Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Aperture Series: Beaver-Knawed Aspen Spotlighted for Destruction

2018-11-01 Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Aperture Series: Aspen Against Sunset Glow

2018-10-30 Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Aperture Series at 70mm: Aspen Leaf Closeup

2018-10-29 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Aperture Series: Yellow and Orange Fall Color

2018-10-29 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Aperture Series: Autumn Aspen in Deep Valley

2018-10-29 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Aperture Series: Ascending Aspen

2018-10-27 Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Aperture Series: Bent Aspen, Deep Dusk (Nikon Z7)

2018-10-27 Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Aperture Series: Aspen on Sagebrush Hillside Across Creek (Nikon Z7)

2018-10-26 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Aperture Series: Yellow Leaves on White Aspen Trunks

2018-10-26 Shootout @ 35mm, Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S vs 35mm f/1.8 S: Stand of Bare Aspen by Creek

2018-10-24 Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 Aperture Series: Creek and Aspen and Essence of Eastern Sierra

2018-10-21 Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S Aperture Series: Twisted Aspen Trunks, Evaluating Focus Accuracy in Dim Light

2018-10-20 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Aperture Series: Waterfall Amid Aspen (Nikon Z7)

2018-10-20 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Aperture Series: White Aspen, Late Dusk

2018-10-20 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Aperture Series: View up Bishop Creek, Late Dusk

2018-10-20 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Aperture Series: Sprinter Van, Late Dusk

2018-10-20 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Aperture Series: Bishop Creek Aspen

2018-10-19 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Waterfall Amid Aspen (Canon EOS R)

2018-10-19 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Aperture Series: White Aspen, Late Dusk

2018-10-19 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Aperture Series: Mountainside near Aspendell

2018-10-19 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Aperture Series: Evaluating Secondary Color

2018-10-19 Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S Aperture Series: Sage, Aspen, and Waterfall

2018-10-19 Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S Aperture Series: Sage, Aspen, and Waterfall

2018-10-17 Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS Aperture Series @ 39mm: View Down Aspen-Lined Trail to Spire Lake Peak

2018-10-11 Nikon Z7 Long Exposures: ISO 400 vs ISO 64 (Trail Through Huge Aspen)

2018-10-10 Nikon Z7 Autofocus Accuracy: Pinpoint AF vs Magnified Live View Reference Frame

2018-09-30 Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM Aperture Series for Bokeh / Visual Impact: Aspen Trunks at Rock Creek

2018-08-31 Hasselblad X1D + Hasselblad XCD 120mm f/3.5 Aperture Series: Aspen and Pine Forest, Rock Creek

2018-06-24 Leica 75mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH Aperture Series: Two Aspen

2018-05-30 Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 24mm: Lloyd on Bleached Aspen Log

2018-05-29 Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Aperture Series: Backlit Bare Aspen Trunks

2018-05-21 Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Aperture Series: Stand of White Aspen

2018-02-02 Sony A7R III Pixel Shift: Is it Viable Outdoors Even in Almost-Still Conditions?

2017

2017-12-10 Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR Aperture Series with Focus Stack: Aspen Against Mountain at Dusk

2017-10-22 Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Aperture Series: Stunted Aspen, Last Light on Granite Bowl (Nikon D850)

2017-10-22 Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Aperture Series: Aspens and Firs, Lingering Snow (Nikon D850)

2017-10-06 Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series: Precocious Cluster of Yellow Aspen Leaves

2017-09-26 Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series: Dead and Live Aspen, Dusk

2017-09-22 Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series: Focus Stacking Versus Single Frame

2017-09-02 Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 Aperture Series: White Aspen (Nikon D810)

2017-08-12 Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Aperture Series: Aspen by Creek

2017-04-14 Fujifilm GFX + 63mm f/2.8 at Their Best, Aperture Series: Aspen and Firs by Lee Vining Creek

2016

2016-11-26 Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Aperture Series: Two Aspen (Nikon D810)

2016-11-23 Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Aperture Series: Aspen Closeup (Sony A7R II)

2016-10-21 Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Aperture Series:Rocky Outcrop and Aspen Fall Color

2016-10-21 Shootout: Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art vs 35mm f/1.4 Art: Aspen With Rust-Colored Trunk

2016-10-21 Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED Aperture Series: Orange Aspen by Towering Monolith

2016-10-11 Shootout: Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED vs Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED: Beaver-Gnawed Dead Aspen

2016-09-05 Sony A7R II + Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar Aperture Series: Sunstar through Green Aspen

2016-09-04 Sony A7R II + Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM Aperture Series: Aspen at Edge of Beaver Pond Meadow, First Kiss of Sunlight

2016-05-10 Sony Has Inexpensive FE 50/1.4, but Zeiss Milvus Works on Nikon or Sony

2016-02-14 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar Aperture Series: Yellow Aspen at Meadow’s Edge, Blue Dawn (Canon 5DS R)

2016-01-13 Leica 180mm f/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R Aperture Series: Snow-Covered Bare Aspen (A7R II)

2015

2015-11-15 Zeiss ZE 21mm f/2.8 Distagon: Studying f/2.8, f/4, f/9 (Aspen Thicket)

2015-11-10 Sony A7S II + Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon Aperture Series: Beaver Pond View Through Dual Aspen to Snow on High Peaks

2015-10-20 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Yellow Aspen

2015-10-08 Leica 28mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH Aperture Series: Red Aspen at Dusk (M240)

2015-10-07 Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Four Aspen at Dusk (Sony A7R II)

2015-10-05 Zeiss ZF.2 28mm f/2 Distagon: a Classic Design having Optical Demerits Yields Beauty

2015-10-02 Leica 28mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH in the field

2015-07-30 Leica 100mm f/2 Summicron-S ASPH Aperture Series: Aspen Amid Pines

2015-06-14 Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar Aperture Series: Aspen Trunks

2015-04-19 Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar Aperture Series “Sunstar Aspen”

2015-01-11 6-way Shootout at 35mm: Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon, 35/2 Biogon, 35/2.8 C-Biogon, Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2, Leica 35/1.4 Summilux, Leica 35/2 Summicron

2014

2014-11-08 Zeiss Loxia 50/2 Planar Aperture Series: Understory Aspen Bokeh

2014-10-14 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: a Study in Quaking Aspen

2014-09-08 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Aperture Series 'Wet Aspen Trunk'

2014-08-31 Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon on Nikon D810: Aperture Series 'Twisted Aspen'

2014-08-24 Pentax 645Z+ 90/2.8 Aperture Series: Wet Aspen Trunk

2014-03-04 Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M ASPH: Aperture Series 'Aspen Sunstar'

2014-01-23 Noctilux Rendering Style — Yellow Willows in Aspen Grove

2013

2013-11-23 Leica 75mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH: Aperture Series (Two Aspen in Lundy Canyon + Grassy Log Waterfall)

2013-11-20 Reclusive Beaver Can’t Hide Its Tracks With Ice On the Pond

2013-10-28 Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar: Bokeh Study (Aspen at Dawn, Nikon D800E)

2013-10-24 Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH: Aperture Series (Green Aspen Trunk)

2012

2012-11-03 Shootout: Sigma DP2 Merrill vs Canon 5D Mark III

2012-08-26 Olympus Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 ED Aperture Series (Black & White, Aspens)

2012-08-25 Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon vs Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G (Aspen)

2012-08-24 Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Aperture Series (Aspen Trunks)

2011

2011-11-29 Leica 21mm f/3.4 Super-Elmar-M ASPH Aperture Series — Aspen

2007

2007-07-14 Roadside grab-shot — Springtime aspens

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