#835. When Audrey met Mjölner (Zeiss Distagon 1.4/35 ZM on Hasselblad X1D)

#835. When Audrey met Mjölner (Zeiss Distagon 1.4/35 ZM on Hasselblad X1D)

They are named Novoflex, but should really call themselves the match makers. When cameras and lenses have Romeo and Juliet upbringings and their parents refuse to see them wed, Novoflex swoop in and make the romance happen. This post is the story of an unlikely and forbidden love between my

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#783. Reviewing the Zeiss Loxia 25

#783. Reviewing the Zeiss Loxia 25

I must be getting rusty. As the time comes to write a review of the Zeiss Loxia 25 that co-author Philippe so kindly lent me for a 2-week trip to Japan, words fail me. The thing is, there isn’t a lot to say about this lens, if you stick to

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#758. The Standard British Handful; Fuji’s 16-55 zoom

#758. The Standard British Handful; Fuji’s 16-55 zoom

  I thought I’d done with zoom lenses some years ago, when the Sony NEX showed me just how many quality images I could shoot with manual prime lenses and a little more personal application. I’m convinced that this simple symbiosis had a radical impact on my photography and so,

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#743. The X-H1. Has Fuji hit the target?  Three opinions.

#743. The X-H1. Has Fuji hit the target? Three opinions.

Kaiman Wong (Kai W) calls it a beast. An acknowledged street photographer true, but jizzing around in the rain outside a new(ish) building at 1 New Change in the City of London is hardly a decent test.   There are now three X-H1s in the hands of our contributors and

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#647. Sony GM 24-70 : Extreme aspheric bokeh master?

#647. Sony GM 24-70 : Extreme aspheric bokeh master?

Around a year ago, Philippe wrote this review of the then new Sony “G Master” (GM) 24-70mm f2.8 zoom for their full frame E mount cameras. In his review he talked about the excellence of the lens, it’s resolution, it’s sharpness, it’s contrast, but also it’s lack of “magic”. His conclusion was

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#632. Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50 – 2 Months On

#632. Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50 – 2 Months On

After 2 months of ownership and some 900 images, these are my thoughts on the Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50. Here is a link to the original article #614. I used an Otus but purchased a Milvus Firstly, yes it’s a keeper why, I will go into that a little later, the 50

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#540. Your experience may vary

#540. Your experience may vary

  Much of DS’ content this past year has been gear-related; lens comparisons, Zeiss’ Otii, Sony cameras v everything else, different software comparisons and despite our best intentions and efforts, little of it really conclusive. Personal preference remains the real test.         Trawling my usual list of

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#512b. The perfect gentleman

#512b. The perfect gentleman

Ah, what is so rare as a perfect gentleman ? He is always appropriately dressed, but never calls attention upon himself, the way a dandy would. He always fits in, yet maintains a distinctive identity. He never puts a foot wrong, whatever the circumstances. And, as and when matters require it,

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#512a. New Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 : the full review

#512a. New Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 : the full review

Meet George. Small, unassuming, George is (our codename for) the newly introduced Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 lens. It was sent to me in July, shortly before my departure for Western Australia, with the usual instructions of telling it like I feel it. Well, at the time, I admit to thinking the

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#493. Zeiss OTUS 1.4/28. A formal review of a universal lens

#493. Zeiss OTUS 1.4/28. A formal review of a universal lens

This is the last picture I took with this Zeiss OTUS 1.4/28. After this, it was returned to its white and blue box and to the post office to meet its new owner. Lucky man 😉 But I can’t complain, having myself enjoyed, for 3 weeks, the presence on my

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