I like to experiment with vintage manual focus lenses. Unfortunately, manual focusing on modern DLSR cameras is not great since they don’t use high precision screens in viewfinders let alone have split prism. Luckily, my Canon 6D has interchangeable focusing screens so I ordered affordable Chinese-made focusing screen with spilt image and micro prism circle. Take a peek in my video demonstration to find out how it works and is it any good for manual focus lenses.
I have completed all of my video reviews concerning cheap Canon prime lenses. These three are probably the first lenses you should consider just after you got into photography and most likely will keep them forever.
Beside individual reviews, I made two special videos comparing their performance. First video is for crop sensor cameras and compares 24, 40 and 50mm lenses. Second one goes in depth with 40 and 50mm on a full frame camera.
For those of you who are TLDR or TLDW (too long didn’t watch) here’s a quick breakdown:
Fuji GF system is here since 2016 and so far this is the most affordable and smallest medium format camera.
General rule is the more expensive the camera, the more it will be specialized. Fuji GFX is made to excel in certain types of photography: landscape, fine art, portraits, fashion and product photos to name a few. This is where megapixels count, where you need perfect color reproduction and best possible dynamic range.
Compared with other medium format cameras, Fuji is quite compact. Pentax 645 has traditional SLR design and is 2 or 3 times the volume… mirrorless can save enormous space compared to SLR design. It is possible to fit GFX and two or even three lenses in a small shoulder bag. Impressive!
Here is a gear porn photo of entire (currently available) system; GFX 50S body and three lenses.
You can find all the details in two of my video reviews, first one is on camera and second covers three lenses I used with it; 63mm F/2.8, 32-64mm F/4 and 120mm F/4 macro.
Those of you lucky enough to afford it, check current prices below:
For me finding good camera bags was harder than finding good camera or a lens. I don’t know how many I had over the years but at this point I’ve settled to three of them: Small Sony LCS-MS10 shoulderbag , Vanguard sling BIIN 37 and Lowepro Flipside 400AW backpack. Some of them are in use several years now so I think I can pass my judgment on long term use. I made Youtube reviews on all three of them, check them out:
I’ve just published my detailed review of Panasonic LX15 (LX10 for north america) on Youtube. LX15 is one of those 1″ sensor type compacts – promising (and delivering) higer than expected image and video quality from such a tiny camera body. If you want to skip all the talk, I will list only my final Pro’s and Con’s list here as well as full resolution samples for download and links for review and video samples.
Olympus 25mm F/1.2 Pro lens is the fastest lens in terms of aperture available by Olympus at this moment. It keeps relatively small dimensions and weight given the large aperture and as it turned out, exceptional build and optical quality. You can find all information’s and test analysis in my Youtube review of this lens. Download links for full resolution sharpness test are below.
Images above are generated from RAW files in Photoshop, no adjustments.
Panasonic 12-60mm F/2.8-4 OIS is the premium grade micro four thirds lens. At around $1000 it is not exactly affordable but promises (and delivers!) high image and build quality together with weather sealing and optical stabilization. It is also rather light at only 320g what is impressive considering Olympus had a lens of identical focal range and aperture at 575g back in the days when they produced DSLR cameras. Anyway, you can see my entire review on YouTube and just below there are crops at various focal legths and aperurtures to judge sharpness.
X-T2 is the latest mirrorless flagship from Fuji, in price and features very similar to X-PRO 2.
It has impressive specifications some of which are 24MP sensor, advanced auto focus paired with very fast continuous shooting up to 14fps, high resolution LCD and EVF, 4K video recording, dual SD card slots and many more. All of that and more was the subject of my review which you can see on Youtube.
I got to try the brand new Panasonic GH5 – a mirrorless camera that doesn’t hide it’s created for video users in mind. At the time of release it is one of only two “photo” cameras that can record 4k at 60fps (the other one being Canon EOS 1DX Mark II at around three times higher price point). Still, it is also supposed to appeal to photographers with its 20 megapixel stabilized sensor, 9fps burst with AF, proper DSLR- like ergonomics and battery life higher than other mirrorless cameras. Anyway, find out what I think about it in the next videos.
Canon 55-250mm F/4-5.6 IS STM is the latest entry level telephoto for crop cameras. It features image stabilization and latest STM focusing system. It is an affordable lens, but it turned out to perform rather good. In fact, even more than that.