Elusive sharpness, depending on aperture.
How to verify a good sample and assess all aspects of lens performance..
High-resolution L-mount full-frame from Panasonic..
Premium fast normal lens for L-Mount..
Fast apochromatic prime lens for L-Mount cameras..
Fast short telephoto lens for L-Mount cameras..
36 megapixels in a compact full-frame DSLR..
Canon’s updated fast 35mm prime, evaluated on Canon 5DS R..
Sigma’s fast and affordable moderate excellent wide angle..
Extraordinary optical efforts for outstanding performance..
Extraordinary optical efforts for class-leading performance?.
A fast moderate wide angle lens with some practical difficulties..
State of the art design in a fast 35mm lens..
State of the art design in a fast 85mm lens..
Medium telephoto 100mm equivalent for Phase One XF system.
Ultra high speed telephoto equivalent to 90mm f/1.6..
50-Megapixel Medium Format DSLR with Live View.
High end image quality, but what about lenses?.
An artist’s drawing tool..
Rendering style, bokeh and beauty..
Rendering style, bokeh and 'transparency' without peer..
Razor sharp with gorgeous bokeh..
Beautiful bokeh, razor sharp, superb color correction..
A jaw-dropping visual experience for video or stills..
Overview and assessments of Nikon lenses.
Normal lens expressly designed for Nikon Z cameras..
Attention to details: a big upgrade over the A7R..
Vibration from the shutter highly damaging to image sharpness..
Sensor stabilized 24MP full-frame..
Fast and gorgeous moderate wide angle Zeiss design..
Compact normal lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless..
Top-grade medium telephoto..
Razor sharp medium telephoto with apodization filter..
The best compact big-sensor digital camera yet?.
Razor sharp 28mm lens on APS-C sensor and outstanding usability and features..
Full frame camera in an ultra-compact body with or without anti-aliasing filter..
Stunningly high image quality in a 20MP point and wide range zoom..
Fujifilm's 24MP APS-C offering..
Medium-long fast telephoto..
24 or 16 megapixels in a compact body with APS-C sensor..
Moderate wide angle for Sony NEX..
Outstanding ultra wide angle performer..
Outstanding wide angle, superb performer..
Manual focus moderate wide angle for full-frame mirrorless..
Autofocus wide angle for Sony full-frame mirrorless..
Autofocus portrait lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless..
Ultra wide angle lens for Sony NEX or Fujifilm X..
Normal lens for Sony NEX or Fujifilm X..
45mm f/2.8 equivalent FOV lens..
28mm f/2.8 equivalent lens on APS-C sensor..
75mm f/2.8 equivalent lens on APS-C sensor..
Leica’s widest lens utilizing built-in frame lines..
Leica’s superlative normal lens..
Leica’s medium tele for Leica M..
Fast and ultra high performance moderate wide angle rangefinder lens..
Blog posts, reverse chronological
2019-05-21 Leica 90mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL ASPH Examples: Portraits using Panasonic S1R Eye AF
2019-05-15 Panasonic Lumix S PRO 50mm f/1.4 Portrait Examples (Panasonic S1R)
2019-05-15 Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-SL ASPH Portrait Examples (Panasonic S1R)
2019-05-13 Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM Portrait Examples (Sony A7R III)
2019-05-04 Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-SL ASPH Examples with Panasonic S1R Eye AF: Portraits
2019-04-30 Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 APO-Sonnar: Portrait Example (Nikon D850)
2019-04-08 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon on Panasonic S1R: Evaluating Applicability for Environmental Portraiture
2019-04-08 Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH on Panasonic S1R: Evaluating Applicability for Environmental Portraiture
2019-04-08 Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH on Panasonic S1R: Evaluating Applicability for Environmental Portraiture
2019-02-04 Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Examples: Lundy Canyon Portraits (Nikon D850)
2018-11-03 Reader Question: Nikon Z7 or Canon EOS R for Portraits?
2018-09-21 Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon: its Point Spread Function, and Why a Classic Balanced Optical Performance Might be Just Right
2018-09-19 Compared: Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM vs Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4: Portraits at Tenaya Pool
2018-07-06 Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art for Portraits (UPDATED with examples now published)
2018-05-16 Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Aperture Series: Portraits at Kolob Canyons
2017-04-21 Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS — Portraits
2016-05-07 Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM Examples: Portraits With Commentary
2016-03-26 Fujifilm X-Pro2: RAW vs JPEG SHOOTOUT (Portrait Among the Flowers)
2015-08-19 Sony A7R II: Posterization with a Near Optimal Exposure in Daylight (Portrait at Dana Lake)
2015-06-15 Reader Comment: Portraits and Sharpness and Skin Tones with Sony A7, A7R, A7R II
2015-05-23 Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon and Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar: First Look, Portraits
2015-04-07 Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: the First Lens that 'Makes' the Platform
2014-12-27 Sony A7 II and Sony 55/1.8: Assesssing Image Stabilization at 1/15 and 1/20 second, and 1/5 + 1/6 second
2014-09-08 Uber Lens: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar offers Unprecedented Performance
2014-07-08 Pentax 645z: Handheld Portraits with the Pentax 90mm f/2.8
2014-06-30 Sigma dp2 Quattro: Portraits
2013-12-15 Sony A7R: Shutter Vibration at 180mm in Portrait Orientation
2013-09-22 Sigma DP3 Merrill: Natural Light Portraits in Ultra HD
2013-09-20 Catchlights in Eyes in Portraits (National Geographic)
2013-08-06 Ricoh GR: Close Range Portraits
2013-07-05 Ricoh GR: Some Key Examples
2013-07-02 Ricoh GR Digital: White Balance and Tint (Portrait)
2013-05-16 Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Planar: Portraiture in NYC
2013-05-16 Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon: Portraiture with an Ultra Wide Angle
2013-03-11 Portraits with the Sigma DP3 Merrill
2013-02-27 Portraits: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar
2013-02-17 Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM: Autofocus Portraits After Fine Focus Adjust
2013-02-10 Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM: Autofocus Portraits
2012-07-19 Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon Outdoor Portrait Examples
2012-06-04 Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon as an Environmental Portrait Lens
2012-05-25 Portrait Photographer Asks: D800 or D800E or D3s or D4?
2012-04-08 Nikon D800 Portrait Examples
2011-05-21 Portraits with the Fuji Finepix X100
2011-04-05 Reader Feedback on Zeiss, Nikon Portraits, Review Approach
2011-04-05 Portraits With the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G
2011-04-04 Portraits With the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Wide Open