A Prime Reborn – Tamron SP35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD


Third party lens manufacturers have recently pumped up their game with improved optics and premium construction. So far, we have noted this in Sigma Art and Sport series lenses. Now Tamron seems to have woken up to the competition with the 35mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8 SP-series lenses. We have the SP35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD on our test bench. Let us see if Tamron can unseat Sigma in … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Compact – Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX10 II


With professional videos becoming part of compact cameras, traditional video equipment manufacturers have become the strongest players even in still imaging, especially in the mirrorless category. With their expertise in videos, Sony and Panasonic have reincarnated as leaders in the mirrorless space. The Sony RX10 II (also known as RX10 M2) is an improved version of the … [Read more...]

Nikon Strikes Back… – AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR


Recently, we have seen the release of a few super-telephoto zoom lenses in the ‘affordable’ range from different manufacturers. The Nikkor 80-400mm f/4, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3, and Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 have all been received well, and the new 200-500 f/5.6 joins them with a very competitive price. Design and Build Quality The Nikkor 200-500mm is built tough with the … [Read more...]

A Work of Art – SIGMA 24mm F/1.4 DG Art Lens


Sigma’s series of Art lenses have stolen the thunder in the lens market with their exceptional performance and in some cases, have also excelled the proprietary lenses from big marks like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Zeiss etc. The 24mm lens under review actually has a maximum aperture of f/1.4 thereby making it suitable not only for landscape photography but also other situations … [Read more...]

Wide-eyed Baby! – Olympus M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO


Announced in the first half of May 2015, the Olympus 8mm f/1.8 fisheye lens is designed for the Micro Four Thirds System. It is dust-proof, splash-proof and freezeproof and offers a diagonal angle of view of 180 degrees. Design & Build Quality The M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens is very well built. The outer body is made from metal and polycarbonate. The … [Read more...]