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Jupiter 37a 135mm f3.5 revisited

This is a vintage lens I have previously tested, in another system (m43) quite some time ago. I had also used it a bit on the X-E2 and X-T1. I thought of re-appraising its qualities when used with the latest generation of Fujifilm cameras, such as the X-Pro2, X-T2 and X-T20.  

This is a M42 mount lens, which can be easily adapted on Fujis using a cheap and widely available ebay adapter (lower than 20 euro/dollars in most cases).

Samyang 100mm ED UMC f/2.8 macro

After the review of the exceptional Samyang 135mm f/2 (see here and here), here is another interesting lens from Samyang: the 100mm ED UMC f/2.8 macro.

Samyang is going all-out with their latest releases, seeking to cover every conceivable focal length and user request. As with any other Samyang lens, the macro is the same optical formula across systems, with only the flange distance differentiating it for each mount. I used it on MFT and Fuji-X cameras, but, again, all results are relevant to any system (except where noted otherwise).

Samyang 135mm f/2 (part 2)

Following from the last post, here is second part of the review of the Samyang 135mm f/2, this time on a Fuji X camera.

Everything concerning build quality and user experience mentioned in the first part of the review, still stands, of course. I would again advise on using a battery grip (or even an additional bigger hand grip will do), on your X-camera, in order to ease operation, since this is a long and somewhat heavy lens.

Fishy Business (with the Samyang 8mm f/2.8 for Fuji-X)

Fisheyes are a controversial breed of lenses; some love them, others hate them. Main criticism about their use is that they end up producing a trite looking result. Critics find their output too recognizable to be original. They also regard them as an sensationalist item, hiding true photographic talent. At which point I have to wonder what's "original" with the standard 50mm lens. Or what about shooting everything at ultra shallow DoF and "true photographic talent". But I digress.

Fisheyes, are simply ultra-wide lenses where, by design, no distortions are corrected optically. In fact, we are commonly talking about "rectilinear" fisheyes, which are most common, although spherical fisheyes also exist. Rectilinear fisheyes actually "stretch" the image circle over the whole image frame.

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4.0 G part 2 - event shooting, further remarks and conclusion

After the first look review on the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4, let's continue with a more specific assessment on its use and results.

This lens category is a favorite with a wide variety of photographers. First off, they are the darling of photojournalists everywhere, enabling them to capture action (reasonably) up-close while giving good reach in case one needs to stay safely away from trouble. Sports shooters also use them quite a bit for indoor activities, and they nicely suited to events such as concerts. Even the f/2.8 variants on a 35mm sensor can't provide ultra shallow DoF for portraits, so they will not be the first choice for portrait shooters. Still, especially in the studio, they are a popular choice, given the focal range provides a complete coverage of "portrait" focal lengths.