jamesdike's reviews

  • Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Wide-Angle and fast
    Auto Focus sometimes a bit too slow

    I have numerous Lseries lens still, Canon doesn't possess this central array at 2.8 along with graphic stablizing. After a lot factor to consider and also reading by means of the evaluations I decided I possessed absolutely nothing to lose. If it really did not measure up to my needs I would certainly return it.
    As a portraiture freelance photographer, I have not been dissatisfied! I have actually also shot a couple of yard shots and I can not find just about anything to whine around. That's sharp! I like the heavy body weight as well as dimension as well as the develop premium is far better than some. I also possess the Tamron 70-300 SP VC that I've been using for a long times currently as well as it remains to thrill me. I am actually anticipating numerous years from usage along with this one. I have actually pertained to rely on and also think in Tamron. These experts help make a good product. What a lot more could I claim. Conserve your own self some funds and also receive 2.8 with image stabilization.

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    reviewed April 29th, 2016 (purchased for $1,299)
  • Carl Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon T* 3.5/18

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    wide wide angle
    some vignette

    I'm a passionate photography amateur and I do astro photography this lens offers wide angle sights of the paradises that defy the imagination! The southern Milky Means proved to beautiful nebulosity and many of stars all identify to the edge of the area. Well worth the cost! So Glad I did not go other route!

    reviewed August 16th, 2016 (purchased for $1,390)
  • Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    sharpness, colors, bokeh at f2
    none

    The color, the bokeh and the sharpness are all you get from this good-looking individual. I mostly use it for portraiture and wedding photography. I can not discover any flaw of this amazing child. The only thing I complain is the plastic hood. I hope there is a metal lens hood like the one comes with PanaLecia DG 42.5 mm.

    reviewed December 7th, 2015 (purchased for $799)
  • Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    sharp even wide open, construct quality
    none

    After getting the 24mm f/1.4 L II I was very content for rather some time and I primarily made use of the 24L for the getting prepared and reception parts of weddings. The main thing that concerned me about the old 35L was the lack of weather condition sealing and the AF just felt a bit slow/inconsistent at times. I have the tendency to shoot in the rain and for those dark reception halls I require something I can depend on. After checking for a few hours today I make certain this lens is going to be my new main workhorse for wedding events and environmental pictures. It's exceptionally sharp wide open, the color, AF, and construct quality are all method ahead of the previous one.

    reviewed December 9th, 2015 (purchased for $1,799)
  • Zeiss 50mm f/2 Loxia 2/50

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    sharp wide open, no autofocus, best for video

    I bought that lens for a A7s and since used it on my camera only for video footage. It's essential to note that Zeiss produced that lens primarily for that specific usage. I can tell that there are benefits over the distigon in built quality and design.

    You can use f/2 without any issue which is the role of a lens with that kind of aperture. Even at that stop, the corners are amazingly sharp and the lens feels great in my hands.

    For me, the non click aperture is a must have and the fact that there's no autofocus is perfect for my use. Hope they'll do an entire line of those in near future.

    reviewed June 23rd, 2015 (purchased for $949)
  • Sony E 20mm f/2.8 SEL20F28

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    sharp even in corners
    chromatic aberration

    Sharpness on picture's borders and on corners much better than its Sigma's sister. Sony's lens doesn't beat Sigma in the center.
    Generally this Sony lens provides at least not bad optical quality, especially in terms of sharpness, contrast and coloration. The optical quality is not perfect but really more than average. The weak points are pincushion distortions and a visible level of chromatic aberration.
    I must add that the lens design is gorgeous in my opinion.

    reviewed June 23rd, 2015 (purchased for $349)
  • Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro M.Zuiko Digital ED

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    Very sharp at all focal, strong built
    none

    I purchased this lens in order to shoot fast action sports and feel free to keep my ISO where I want to. I've waited along long time before ordering it and after many many comparison and hesitations I've made the jump. With a lot of anxiety, I've started to test it and after shooting a hundred pictures with it, I must say, I thoroughly enjoy the surprises around every corner. Amazing. Sharpness at it's highest, bright and full colors, fabulous pics at all focal lengths. Stunning lens, very solid and versatile, event for I purchased this lens in order to shoot fast action sports and feel free to keep my ISO where I want to. I've waited along long time before ordering it and after many many comparison and hesitations I've made the jump. With a lot of anxiety, I've started to test it and after shooting a hundred pictures with it, I must say, I thoroughly enjoy the surprises around every corner. Amazing. Sharpness at it's highest, bright and full colors, fabulous pics at all focal lengths. Stunning lens, very solid and versatile, event for sports games.

    reviewed June 2nd, 2015 (purchased for $1,399)
  • Samsung 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS III NX

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    fast focus
    none for it's price

    It came with my NX300 Samsung which I purchased last year and I've been using it (kit lens) ever since. I recently chose to buy a new one and my choice stop on this one based on various reviews which explains how this lens basically had become people's first go-to lens. I can't agree more and I much appreciate this lens. It's very very easy to use, very small and lightweight but always gives you stunning pictures with very consistent results. Highly recommended.

    reviewed June 2nd, 2015 (purchased for $199)
  • Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    11mm and no visible distortion
    heavy, pricey

    I'm a photography architectural fan and I've been using this lens for over 4 weeks now for different personal projects.
    This lens is a game changer with it amazing optic quality, perfectly build for long lasting and the wide coverage at 11mm. You can take photos never seen before unless using pano techniques.
    Distortion is very very well controlled at 11mm and has a minor impact on the resulting photos, especially compared to lenses as 16-35 or 17-40. The chromatic aberration is minor too. The lens is heavy but very well balanced so you can keep you camera very stable. Usually I use a tripod so it doesn't bother me.

    reviewed June 10th, 2015 (purchased for $2,999)
  • Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom Nikkor VR

    5 out of 10 points and not recommended
    lightweight, compact
    short range

    The lens is very lightweight and so easy to carry around. But the focal range is really too short with a too large aperture variation. 30mm at 5.6 tend to make this lens useless for indoor photography. I returned it although when there's enough light, the sharpness is there and the image quality is stellar.

    reviewed June 10th, 2015 (purchased for $290)