Monday, June 17, 2019

Voigtländer 65mm Apo-Lanthar samples Richmond-on-Thames

There’s always a first picture from a new lens. Most times, I admit, it’s a shot inside the office after unpacking the box. This time, though, Mike was on the hoof in Richmond when the Voigtländer 65mm Macro Apo-Lanthar arrived. The first shot turned out depict a particularly attractive scene…..

Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton VM: A lens for all occasions

The Voigtländer 40mm Nokton is a very fast manual lens that works well on the Leica M and a whole range of mirrorless cameras. It offers a great deal for a very low price.

Review: Billlingham Hadley Small Pro

Billingham’s ever-popular Hadley Small has undergone a transformation and now incorporates features photographers have been asking for — including a top carrying handle, rear zip pocket and luggage trolley strap. Mike has been trying out the bag for a month…..

Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZM review

Mike had the chance to use the new 35mm Zeiss Distagon f/1.4 for a week and believes it offers strong competition for the equivalent Leica Summilux at a far more attractive price.

Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton: The meat in the sandwich

The Leica M set the parameters for standard focal lengths — 28, 35, 50, 75, 90. The 40mm VM Nokton is thus an odd one out by historic standards. Leica did experiment with 40mm on the original CL but it didn't catch on. Now, however, the attractions of a middle road — the meat in the sandwich between 35mm and 50mm — are becoming apparent. And with electronic viewfinders the old frameline problem disappears. 

Leica Q after three years: Is an update on the horizon?

The Q has been an unprecedented success for Leica and is only just becoming freely available after three years on the market. It has grabbed the limelight like no other Leica compact. Not only that, it has been acclaimed even by those who traditionally criticise any product bearing the red dot as overpriced, overhyped and over here.

Voigtländer VM 50mm f/1.1 Nokton: Versatile all-rounder

Leica owners tend to lust after very fast lenses but this weakness comes at a hefty price. The 50mm Voigtländer f/1.1 is an impressive, well built and good looking speedster that won't break the bank....

Review: Leica NOCTILUX-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH

Jono reviews the exciting new 75mm Noctilux following his experience with pre-production versions.....

Panasonic Lumix G9: First impressions, deskbound

The G9 has landed on Mike's desk. What are his initial impressions before even taking it out of the door? This is the quintessential deskbound test.....

Shooting the Kitty: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH

The humble kit lens is often dismissed. But the weather-resistant Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60 offers a ton of versatility and performance for very little money. Jason sets out to find out if it is up to scratch....