's reviews

  • Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit 2.8/12

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Build, image quality, performance
    None at the moment

    Purchased used as new from a guy who was selling system and having had this lens just a matter of weeks.
    It filled the gap nicely in my prime lenses between The Samyang 8mm f2.8. Fisheye and Fujifilms widest prime the XF14mm f2.8
    The quality of the images captured with this lens will not disappoint.

    reviewed September 13th, 2019 (purchased for $495)
  • Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX DG Aspherical

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Excellent value and performance
    Flare if not used carefully

    I first tried this lens out on my crop sensor Fuji S5pro body at a tattoo festival it belonged to a fellow tog who was also shooting a S5pro at the time.
    I was really impressed with the image quality but I had seen his wedding work prior to trying out the lens.
    Truth is I sold my Nikon AFS 14-35mm f2.8 and purchased a used Sigma 15-50mm and have never looked back to be honest.
    I later purchased another copy to use on my Canon 5D and once again Im impressed with the images that it can produce.
    These lenses can now be picked up at low prices which make them even better value for anyone who has just moved up to Full Frame. Recommended

    reviewed September 13th, 2019 (purchased for $350)
  • Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Tack sharp images,build quality and optics

    I got the APD lens from Fujifilm as I had dropped my XT1 with the 56mm f1:1.2 R lens sheared of the lens from its mount.???? although it was repaired promptly within the week the returning courier service somehow managed to lose the lens.????
    I spoke with Fujifilm services and without asking immediately said they would replace my lens free of charge !
    Only problem was they had no stock of the R type lens and asked if I would be willing to have a APD version instead !
    They promptly despatched the lens which I received the next day.
    I cannot fault there customer service and communications infact it's the best service I have ever received in 65 years from any company.
    The lens is a dream to use but I do wish if had the dual focusing system on it.
    As I have said it is a dream to use but I would never have paid the premium over the 56mm f1:1.2 R lens which I also have purchased again.

    reviewed September 13th, 2019
  • Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Size weight build and optics minimum focus ability and bokeh
    Was slow but accurate to focus which with firmware update has improved. !

    This was one of two lenses that came with my venture into the X system I purchased a XPro1 with the XF f1:2.0mm and the XF 27mm f1:2.8 lenses the 18mm being one of the trio of Fujifilm first lenses the others being the XF 35mm f1:1.4 prime and the XF 60mm f1:2.4 macro lens.
    I ventured out with my new camera and two primes shooting day and night time images and was so impressed. I decided to invest into the system.
    I purchased the XF 18-135mm zoom and a used XT10 body.
    I find the XF 18mm to be perfect on the XT10. due to its smaller body size and it makes for a very nice pocketable camera.
    Ive personally never been disappointed with the lens and firmware updates has made improvements to the complaints it used to get.
    So yes I would recommend it !

    reviewed September 13th, 2019
  • Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Build optical quality bokeh dual function lens ideal portrait or macro lens with a set of tubes you can get more magnification
    Slow auto focus but it has improved with the firmware updates !

    Purchased this as a dual purpose lens mainly for portrait work but also found it was nothing short of spectacular as a macro lens the detail can be astounding.
    I tend to manualy focus a lot of the time so AF isnt a big issue and it has improved withFujis firmware updates.
    It gives you a beautiful bokeh and is up there with the best of the Fujinon fast glass better still it can be purchased at a ridiculous low price these days.
    Oh and on the X-H1 it is image stabilised.

    reviewed September 13th, 2019
  • Nikon 14mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Optical quality,field of view,build,AFD body driven motor required although manual focus is smooth and easy using hyperfocal focus shooting. Works well on Full Frame and crop sensors
    Can be prone to flare with sun in field of view.

    After going digital back in 1999 and eventually purchasing a Fujifinepix S Pro 1 camera I purchased this lens as I did not have anything wide for shooting with due to the x1.5 crop.
    I was trying to source a Nikon 16mm 2.8 AFD fisheye at the time it couldnt find one anywhere so I took the plunge.
    It was amazing on my F5 film camera and more than meet my needs on my digital body.
    I love the field of view but sadlyI have to resort to shooting it on a tripod these days.
    Old age and bad nerves.
    Around two weeks later I found a used fisheye at my favourite camera store in Wales and due to the compact size it went back into its box.

    reviewed September 13th, 2019
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS Nikkor

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Light gathering ability, smooth focus and build quality, soft dreamy images and bokeh wide open
    Soft images at the edge wide open

    Purchased with my Nikon F2 film body and has been used on most my digital bodies as well.
    Also adapted to my mirrorless bodies. Its a fabulous lens that gives you the ability to create some outstanding creative Images. Stopped down its beautifully sharp.
    This lens Will always stay in my lens Arsenal.

    reviewed September 14th, 2019