Finally, I'm just about caught up in all the tedious stuff one must do to make a living off a blog and I can finally get back into doing the things I like to do, testing out crazy lenses and have fun shooting the way I like to shoot. I have something like 8 or 9 lenses just lying around waiting to get reviewed. Some of them not so exciting, some of them are really exciting, like this lens, the Meike 35mm f1.7. I finally just started shooting with it and wow. Just wow.
The new Nikon Z-mount with the 55mm diameter allows for improved lens designs for faster autofocus lenses with improved overall IQ. As Nikon Z mount cameras grow in popularity we will see many 3rd party lens manufacturers jumping on board as well as new lenses developed from other manufacturers. Use this guide to find Nikon Z Lenses.
If you live in a humid climate, you know how quickly mold and fungus can consume everything. The same is true of your lenses and camera gear. Humidity is a killer, feeding any mold spores that have made their way into lenses, creating fuzzy spots that will ruin your glass. I've even had it happen to one of my lenses when living in Los Angeles and it's not even that humid there. Here are some really cool and inexpensive tricks to protect your lenses from humidity.
The 7Artisans 35mm f1.2 is a compact APS-C lens designed for mirrorless cameras. It's built with an all metal housing and a 9-blade rounded aperture with only 6 elements. I wouldn't consider this a pancake but it's very short. Performance according to specs isn't great, but the lens has some very beautiful character, especially wide open. So far, this is my favorite 7Artisans lens and it's a lot of fun to use!
With cheap manual lenses from China and Korea growing in popularity, many people are wonder if they are worth it, or which to buy. In this test, I compare the 7Artisans 55mm f1.4 to the KamLan 50mm f1.1. I also threw in a more expensive lens, the Rokinon 50mm f1.2, and the even more expensive Fujinon 56mm f1.2 as a control. Since Fujifilm is legend when it comes to lens design, it will be interesting to see how they compare.