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Diglloyd Guide to Mirrorless offers comprehensive integrated coverage of most APS-C and full frame mirrorless cameras and lenses.

Special emphasis is placed on Sony full-frame, including Sony lenses and the high performance Zeiss Batis and Zeiss Loxia lenses plus Rokinon/Samyang and others. Fujifilm X, Olympus and Panasonic M4/3, Sigma dp Merrill and dp/sd Quattro are also covered in depth. Years in the making, it offers a wealth of material for choosing and using a mirrorless camera.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away. For example, the best way to set up your Sony camera.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly with the numerous lenses available for Sony.
  • Make better images, a sort of “cheat sheet” saving yourself months or years of ad-hoc learning—best practices and how-to and processing parameters are discussed and shown.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops.
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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See also L-Mount mirrorless table of contents

Sony Mirrorless Lenses

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G

Extreme wide angle zoom.

  1. Introduction to Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G
  2. Distortion Examples @ 12mm, Uncorrected and Corrected
  3. Distortion Examples @ 17mm, Uncorrected and Corrected
  4. Distortion Examples @ 24mm, Uncorrected and Corrected
  5. Aperture Series @ 12mm: Mosaic
  6. Aperture Series @ 12mm: Mosaic (Sony A7R IV)
  7. Aperture Series @ 17mm: Mosaic
  8. Aperture Series @ 24mm: Mosaic
  9. Examples: Rock Creek and Morgan Lakes, High Sierra
  10. Examples: Twenty Lakes Basin (Sony A7R IV)
  11. Examples: Dana Lakes and Glacier Canyon
  12. Shootout vs Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8: Pescadero Creek Overview
  13. Shootout: Sony 12-24/4 vs Zeiss Batis 18/2.8: Pescadero Creek Downstream
  14. Shootout: Sony 12-24/4 vs Zeiss Batis 18/2.8: Blue Water Flows Over Dark Rocks
  15. Aperture Series @ 13mm: Pescadero Creek Side Pool (with Focus Stack)
  16. Aperture Series @ 12mm: Pescadero Creek, Upstream (with Focus Stack)
  17. Aperture Series @ 17mm: Dana Lake Iceberg
  18. Aperture Series @ 12mm: Raindrops Fall On Dana Lake
  19. Aperture Series @ 12mm: Melting Out Dana Lake #3
  20. Imaging Performance @ 12mm, Single Frame vs Stacked: Pine at Morgan Lake
  21. Imaging Performance @ 24mm, Single Frame vs Stacked: Downed Tree, Last Kiss of Sunlight
  22. Shootout @ 12mm: Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 GM vs Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM: Two Aspen, Lundy Canyon
  23. Shootout @ 12mm: Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 GM vs Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM: Brilliant Backlit Beaver Pond Meadow
  24. 3-Way Shootout @ 18mm: Mosaic (Sony A7R IV)
  25. 3-Way Shootout @ 24mm: Mosaic (Sony A7R IV)
  26. Shootout @ 12mm vs Sony FE 12-24/2.8GM: Big Tree at Alpine Creek Bend
  27. Shootout @ 20mm: Sony FE 12-24/4G vs Sigma FE 14-24/2.8 DG DNSony FE 12-24/2.8 GM: Death Valley Strata

Sony FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6

Compact short-range zoom.

Voigtlander FE for Sony Mirrorless

Canon EOS R Mirrorless

Sigma Lenses for Sony Mirrorless

Sony Alpha Mirrorless

Sony Alpha A7R II

Attention to details: a big upgrade over the A7R.

Sony Alpha A7S

Full frame compact 12-megapixel high-sensitivity sensor with 4K video.

Zeiss Batis

Zeiss Loxia

Zeiss Loxia (Overview)

Manual focus lenses for Sony Full-Frame Sony Mirrorless.

Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

Outstanding ultra wide angle performer.

  1. Overview of Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8 Distagon
  2. Press Release for Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8 Distagon
  3. vs ZF.2 / ZE 21mm f/2.8 Distagon
  4. MTF for Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8 Distagon
  5. Distortion for Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8 Distagon
  6. Vignetting for Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8 Distagon
  7. Notes on the Prototype Lens Used for Examples
  8. Examples: White Mountains, Eastern Sierra (A7R II)
  9. Examples: White Mountains Before Snowstorm (A7R II)
  10. Examples: White Mountains, First Snowstorm (A7R II)
  11. Examples: Close Range Shooting (A7R II)
  12. Examples: Down Low and Near-Macro (A7R II)
  13. Examples: Environmental Portraits (A7R II)
  14. Field Examples: Yosemite Area (Sony A7R II)
  15. Aperture Series: Rock Creek
  16. Aperture Series: Aspen Up, Morning Sunstar (A7R II)
  17. Aperture Series: Through the Aspen (A7R II)
  18. Aperture Series: Small Erratic Supporting Large Erratic (A7R II)
  19. Aperture Series: Orange Tree Trunks, Blue Wood (A7R II)
  20. Aperture Series: Bristlecone Sculpture on Slate Outcrop, Late Dusk (A7R II)
  21. Aperture Series (Night): Arcade View at Night (A7R II)
  22. Aperture Series (Night): Confluence of Two Shadows (A7R II)
  23. Aperture Series (Night): Golf Carts (A7R II)
  24. Aperture Series (Night): Construction Perimeter Fence (A7R II)
  25. Shootout: Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 vs Voigtlander FE Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical: MemChu Oblique
  26. Shootout: Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 vs Voigtlander FE Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical vs : Tenaya Creek and Lingering Ice
  27. Shootout: Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 vs Voigtlander FE Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical Mosaic (Sony A7R IV)
  28. Shootout: Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 vs Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art: Twenty Lakes Basin, View Towards Mt Conness Drainage (Sony A7R IV)
  29. Shootout: Zeiss Loxia 21mm vs Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM: First Ice on Beaver Pond


Fujifilm X System

Other Lenses for Sony Mirrorless (excluding Zeiss)

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 II

Speed to match the Leica Noctilux-M, based on Mitakon Zonghyi optics.

Lenses for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Sigma DN 19mm f/2.8

Wide angle for Micro Four Thirds or Sony E Mount/NEX.

Sigma DN 30mm f/2.8

Normal lens for Micro Four Thirds or Sony E Mount/NEX.

Venus Optics Laowa 7.5mm f/2 fisheye

Rectilinear fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds.

Sigma Foveon X3 True-Color Sensor Cameras

Sigma DP-2 with Foveon X3 sensor

[Archive] Sigma DP-2 with the amazing Foveon X3 sensor (original, LOW RES camera, not a Merrill).

Four Thirds & Micro Four Thirds

Panasonic G-1 micro-4/3 camera

Panasonic G-1 especially compared to the Olympus E-P1. Intriguing results with RAW vs in-camera JPEG. RAW file included for your own analysis.

Fixed Lens Cameras

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 / RX1R

Full frame camera in an ultra-compact body with or without anti-aliasing filter.

  1. Sony RX1 and RX1R Introduction
  2. Images of the RX1
  3. Relative Sensor Size
  4. Accessories
  5. Sony Electronic viewfinder FDA-EVM1K EVF
  6. Hand Grip and Tripod Mounting
  7. Leaf Shutter Speed Limits
  8. Manual Focus Problematic Behavior
  9. Focus Creep (RX1R)
  10. Long Exposure Limited to 30 Seconds
  11. File Sizes and Bit Depth
  12. Getting Sharp Images Handheld
  13. Lens Diaphragm / Aperture Symmetry
  14. Focus Accuracy / Backfocus
  15. Portraits and Focus Accuracy (RX1)
  16. Distortion, Correcting Distortion (RX1)
  17. Optical Distortion (RX1R)
  18. Bokeh in General, Overall Lens Rendering Style (RX1R)
  19. Color Shading / Vignetting (RX1)
  20. Examples, Initial Probation (RX1)
  21. Aperture Series, Close Range (RX1, Dolls)
  22. Aperture Series (RX1, Pumpkins)
  23. Aperture Series (Sony RX1, Mountain Bike)
  24. Aperture Series (RX1, Tile Mosaic)
  25. Aperture Series: Sunset Bristlecone (RX1R)
  26. Aperture Series: Bristlecone in Blue Dusk (RX1R)
  27. Aperture Series: Plastic Tubing, Wire Mesh, Sheet Metal (RX1R)
  28. Lens Rendering: Propane Tank (RX1R)
  29. Lens Rendering: Cabin Table (RX1R)
  30. Lens Rendering: Canned Foods + Bottled Water (RX1R)
  31. Lens Rendering: Storm Light on Cayenne (RX1R)
  32. Lens Rendering: Relief at 12,300 Feet (RX1R)
  33. Lens Rendering: The Moots Ride to Barcroft (RX1R)
  34. Lens Rendering: Yellow Seedheads by Grassy Creek (RX1R)
  35. Lens Rendering: The Way Across (RX1R)
  36. Lens Rendering: Bush with White Branches (RX1R)
  37. Lens Rendering: Bristlecone Graveyard at Sunset (RX1R)
  38. Lens Rendering: The Rock Can Wait for the Roots to Rot (RX1R)
  39. Lens Rendering: Brick Building at the Summit (RX1R)
  40. Examples: Pine Creek (RX1R)
  41. ETTR (RX1, Dolls)
  42. Extreme Dynamic Range: Rainstorm Sunset at ISO 400 (RX1R)
  43. Conclusions

Sony NEX / Alpha APS-C Mirrorless

Zeiss Touit

Olympus 4/3 Super High Grade SHG Lenses

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