#782. The coming of Julia (an un-review). A brilliant new Zeiss with just a hint of Leica

#782. The coming of Julia (an un-review). A brilliant new Zeiss with just a hint of Leica

For all those of you familiar with  Faust and similar myths, whereby a man loses/sells his soul to the Devil, you know how hard it is to get it back, and it usually involves the love of a fair maiden. Like that is going to happen to a man of

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#779. Monday Post (22 October 2018) In defence of succumbing to GAS

#779. Monday Post (22 October 2018) In defence of succumbing to GAS

Defending giving in to GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) might seem strange coming from a guy who has spent all of this year with a 20+year old lens (Leica Elmarit R 28mm f:2.8) mounted on a 7-year old camera (Sony NEX 7), both more-or-less-loved leftovers from past times.     When

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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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#458. The Zeiss Loxia 35 in colour

#458. The Zeiss Loxia 35 in colour

Quick update. A few days ago, using the Zess Loxia 35 in bright winter sunlight in black & white, I was impressed by resolution but somewhat miffed at the hardly manageable contrast. Inside, things took a definite turn for the better, leading me to think that this lens is better

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#451. A high-contrast hillwalk with the Zeiss Loxia 35/2

#451. A high-contrast hillwalk with the Zeiss Loxia 35/2

With a major shootout between the Milvus 85/1.4 and the Otus 85/1.4 in preparation at casa DS, a Zeiss Loxia 35/2 turned up a couple of days ago to throw a lovely spanner in the works. Now, I have to find competitors to compare to the Loxia. My Distagon 1.4/35

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#443. A 21mm for the 21st century: Zeiss Loxia 21mm

#443. A 21mm for the 21st century: Zeiss Loxia 21mm

When Zeiss first announced the Touit line of lenses, people thought “OMG, what sort of name is that?” For, after decades of hallowed technical names like “Distagon”, “Biogon”, “Sonnar” and “Planar”, Zeiss had decided that the best names for their lenses were bird families. Not only that, but they forsook

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#424. Salon de la Photo, OTUS 28 and Apo-Sonnar 135

#424. Salon de la Photo, OTUS 28 and Apo-Sonnar 135

How can you tell you’re fully satisfied with your photo gear ? You enter the doors of Le Salon de la photo, in Paris, and have no interest in anything else than meeting friends and taking a few fun photographs. Either that or I’m getting too old to care. Ouch.

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#414. Zeiss Loxia 21. And then there were 3!

#414. Zeiss Loxia 21. And then there were 3!

Sony A7x users rejoice, a new Loxia is born.     The newcomer is a 21mm ultrawide based on the Distagon design. It consists of 11 lenses in 9 groups, has a 91° diagonal field and weighs just under 400g (0.9lb for those who drive on the left). The rest

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#412. Hiking the Faroe Islands with a Sony A7rII

#412. Hiking the Faroe Islands with a Sony A7rII

This is a guest post by Bob Hamilton, who has been roaming the Faroe Islands with his Sony A7rII and favorite lenses in the context of a long-term project that I find fascinating. Thanks Bob !   The long-term photographic project on which I’m working covers the islands of north

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