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  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zoom (ZA)
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    Original URL path: http://slrlensreview.com/web/reviews/carl-zeiss-lenses-swhorizontalmenu-172/zeiss-standard-zoom/305-sony-sal-1680z-carl-zeiss-vario-sonnar-t-dt-16-80mm-f35-45-zoom (2016-02-18)
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  • Leica Elmarit-R 19mm f/2.8
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  • Leica Elmarit-R 28mm f/2.8 (S7) Lens Review
    on both types of camera Although once stopped down a little bit the lens seemed to have regained its sharpness Unlike some of the modern monstrosities the lens is pretty small and light making it an interesting choice as a walk around prime on a lightweight APS C camera like Rebel XTi field of view on such body would be close to 45mm The only problem with this option is that most modern APS C bodies do not really have good manual focusing capabilities viewfinders are small and pretty dark So if you plan to use manual lenses like this one often consider investing in a special focusing screen or buying an AF confirm adapter that can at least trick the camera into thinking that a proper lens is attached to the body giving you back the AF system although the quality of such AF adapters varies widely so don t be surprised if something does not go right the first time around ISO 400 1 60 f 2 8 28mm Canon 5D OOF highlights were quite round and uniform but carried pretty harsh outlining around edges Contrast transitions in foreground and background OOF areas was somewhat harsh which seems to be quite typical in most 28mm and wider primes There was no sign of double edging around foreground and background objects Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop 28mm The lens shows quite noticeable amount of vignetting on a full frame camera which while not quite surprising is still a bit disappointing from a Leica at least You can reduce vignetting by stopping down the lens and by f 5 6 vignetting is practically gone On an APS C body the lens behaves much better but this is due to the cropped sensor that has smaller frame coverage Vignetting here is basically non existent to begin with Color reproduction was quite accurate in general but the lens seemed to produce a better punch with stopped down apertures around f 8 f 11 where contrast levels were higher and colors were somewhat more saturated The lens handled color fringing quite well there were basically no visible signs of fringing even with wide open aperture Flare was also under control and there was no noticeable barrel distortion ISO 100 1 4000 f 2 8 28mm 100 crop Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews leica lenses leica wide angle 440 leica elmarit r 28mm f28 s7 lens review sigProGalleria2040bcc0ca Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras as well as cameras from different manufacturers are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for all types of cameras Canon APS C The lens showcased outstanding performance in the center Image resolution here was top notch straight from f 2 8 peaking at about f 5 6 f 8 but then dropping slightly at f 11 Performance around borders

    Original URL path: http://slrlensreview.com/web/reviews/leica-lenses/leica-wide-angle/440-leica-elmarit-r-28mm-f28-s7-lens-review (2016-02-18)
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  • Leica Elmarit-R 35mm f/2.8 (E55) Lens Review
    softness was pretty pronounced on a full frame camera and less so on APS C body with cropped sensor While I typically expect softness around borders from wide angle lenses this is less forgivable for a Leica lens ISO 400 1 60 f 2 8 35mm Canon 5D When shot with wide open apertures Elmarit R 35mm f 2 8 produced mostly round OOF highlights which often carried carried harshly defined edges typical of lenses with over corrected spherical aberration Contrast transitions in background and foreground OOF areas were somewhere in the middle not too harsh but not too smooth either And there was no visible double edging around fore back ground objects Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop 35mm On a full frame body the lens showed very noticeable amount of vignetting with wide open aperture Stopping down the lens obviously helps reduce vignetting and by f 5 6 vignetting is pretty minimal almost non existent If you plan to use the lens on a cropped body then vignetting is going to be less of a problem due to the smaller frame coverage of a cropped sensor Vignetting on an APS C body is basically non existent throughout the aperture range Color reproduction was pretty accurate across the aperture range image colors were sufficiently saturated creating rich texture compositions and carrying good amount of contrast in both shadows as well as mid tones Regretfully the lens fell prone to color fringing especially around borders take a look at the image crop below and notice thin pink magenta fringe at the borders of a chair on the right side Flare was mostly under control and as long as you don t have sun shining directly into the lens you have nothing to worry about The lens showed a minor degree of barrel distortion nothing to worry about though ISO 100 1 4000 f 2 8 35mm 100 crop Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews leica lenses leica wide angle 448 leica elmarit r 35mm f28 e55 lens review sigProGalleria661e60f691 Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras as well as cameras from different manufacturers are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for all types of cameras Canon APS C Leica Elmarit R 35mm f 2 8 showed outstanding image resolution in the center throughout the aperture range Performance around borders is a different story though at f 2 8 border performance is OK but not quite comparable to the center Border performance improves with stopped down aperture but does not reach its peak until f 8 where the lens produces the most balanced overall results Here the lens is capable of delivering outstanding 19in and decent 24in prints Conclusion Overall resolution capabilities of the lens are pretty decent falling within the range expected from a good quality wide angle prime Are

    Original URL path: http://slrlensreview.com/web/reviews/leica-lenses/leica-wide-angle/448-leica-elmarit-r-35mm-f28-e55-lens-review (2016-02-18)
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  • Leica Summicron-R 35mm f/2 (E55) Lens Review
    as well as Series 7 variations The third and last edition was released in 1997 and was available only with ROM contacts The lens reviewed here is a second generation variant with 3 cams The optical construction of the lens is made of 6 elements in 6 groups Build quality is similar to pretty much all other Leica lenses meaning that the lens is superbly built Lens barrel aperture ring focusing ring and even built in lens hood are all metal The focus ring moves very smoothly and the aperture ring is snappy with no sense of play the aperture ring moves in half f stop increments I can t say that the lens is very compact or light its slower cousin Elmarit R 35mm f 2 8 is smaller and lighter and some other lenses most notably ones from Olympus OM series are even more compact but Summicron R 35mm f 2 is certainly not a bulky heavyweight either The lens measures 54 x 66mm 2 1 x 2 6in and weighs 420g 15oz although the lens extends slightly during focusing towards closeup Due to its all metal construction the lens looks pretty sturdy practically ready to withstand a major hit or even drop not that I recommend trying it The minimum focusing distance is 30cm 12in and the minimum supported aperture is f 16 The lens accepts 55mm screw in type filters Like all Leica SLR lenses Summicron R 35mm f 2 was designed for traditional 35mm cameras Hence when used on APS C type cameras with 1 6x crop sensors its field of view is equivalent to that of a 56mm lens on a full frame camera The lens can be easily adapted to a number of alternative mount systems including Canon EOS cameras and Micro Four Thirds cameras Within the scope of this review the lens was first tested on an APS C type Canon 400D and FF type Canon 5D and later retested on a FF Canon 5DMk2 Summary Lens Composition 6 elements in 6 groups Angular Field 64 degrees Minimum Focus 30cm 12in Focusing Action MF f stop Scale f 2 f 16 manual Filter Size 55mm Lens Hood Built in metal Weight 430g 15oz Dimensions 54x66mm 2 1x2 6 Lens Case N A Handling As mentioned in the intro section Leica Summicron R 35mm f 2 is not a particularly large lens but its weight is quite substantial for its size thanks to the all metal construction The lens balances well on cameras on 5D and 5DMk2 the wight is distributed towards the base of the camera not towards the front of the lens while on smaller 400D the weight sits right at the base of the lens If you are using an AF confirmation adapter with Summicron be aware of a couple of common limitations Firstly your camera s AF system would give up around f 5 6 under normal lightning conditions and at even wider apertures in dimly lit environments As

    Original URL path: http://slrlensreview.com/web/reviews/leica-lenses/leica-wide-angle/438-leica-summicron-r-35mm-f2-e55-lens-review (2016-02-18)
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  • Leica Super Angulon-R 21mm f/4 (S8.5) Lens Review
    and still get images with acceptably sharp near and far objects One thing you need to keep in mind if you are using a smaller APS C type body like Digital Rebel XTi is that because the front of the lens is pretty wide you might end up with some light falloff if you are using an internally built flash The falloff is minial and is limited to the lower end of the picture frame but you should still consider using an external flash rather then risk ruining your shot Image performance was somewhat mixed The lens performed very similarly on both full frame as well as APS C cameras that s the good thing The bad thing is that image quality around borders was noticeably worse then in the center And that s throughout the aperture range Typically it is expected that any lens and wide angle in particular will be somewhat softer its widest apertures however Leica Super Angulon R 21mm f 4 remained soft at f 5 6 as well as f 8 By f 11 border image quality does improve but still is nowhere close to the quality in the image center which by the way is top notch from f 4 and all the way down to f 11 One major weakness with this lens is flare As can be seen from the shots below which were taken with the sun positioned close to the picture frame and hitting the front element of the lens at about 75 degrees from the right hand side the lens produced both ghosting as well as glare throughout the aperture range You also get the usual patches of lower contrast throughout the frame which is quite typical with most lenses The amount of flare the lens produces is simply ridiculous it is as if the lens has no coating at all and the light bounces off the front element in all possible directions The lens does come with a hood and you should certainly use it in harsh lightning conditions ISO 100 1 800 f 4 21mm Canon 5D ISO 100 1 200 f 8 21mm Canon 5D The lens showed minor degree of vignetting on both full frame as well as APS C cameras however for such a slow lens this is somewhat disappointing At f 4 light falloff is visible around corners on a full frame camera and barely noticeable on an APS C body But by f 5 6 vignetting is pretty much gone on either camera Vignetting f 4 full frame vs APS C Color handling was somewhat mixed Color palette remained pretty accurate with well saturated colors that gave lively and vivid feeling to pictures However the lens also produced noticeable color fringing with both lateral and longitudinal aberration visible in pictures especially around image borders you can clearly see color fringing around areas with high contrast transitions in the sample picture gallery below ISO 100 1 1250 f 4 21mm 100 crop Title

    Original URL path: http://slrlensreview.com/web/reviews/leica-lenses/leica-wide-angle/680-leica-super-angulon-r-21mm-f4-s85-lens-review (2016-02-18)
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  • Leica C Summicron 40mm f/2 (M) Lens Review
    The lens is tiny measuring only 46 x 22mm 1 81 x 0 86in from the base of the mount The lens weighs 125g 4 4oz making it the lightest among all Leica lenses ever produced The filter thread is 39mm but has 0 75mm pitch which means that regular 39mm filters cannot be screwed on all the way in do that and you risk damaging the threads Leica s proprietary Series 5 5 filters can be used without any problems The minimum focusing distance is 80cm 2 6ft Within the scope of this review C Summicron 40mm f 2 was tested on an APS H type Leica M8 Since the lens was designed for traditional 35mm cameras its EFOV on M8 is equivalent to 53mm lens The lens can also be used on Miccro Four Thirds and NEX cameras with EFOV of 80mm and 60mm respectively Summary Lens Composition 6 elements in 4 groups Angular Field 57 degrees Minimum Focus 80cm 2 62ft Focusing Action MF f stop Scale f 2 f 16 manual Filter Size Series 5 5 Lens Hood Rubber included Weight 125g 4 4oz Dimensions 46x22mm 1 81x0 86 Lens Case N A Handling Leica C Summicron 40mm f 2 is somewhat an unusual lens As mentioned earlier the lens was originally designed for the entry level Leica Minolta CL and carried a much lower price tag compared to other Leica lenses of that time Two other lenses introduced by Leica for CL series C Elmar 90mm f 4 and a very short lived C Elmarit 40mm f 2 8 also carried lower price tags targeting new entrants into the rangefinder world To avoid brand name and price dilution for the rest of the product line Leica has been claiming that the lenses developed for the CL camera were not fully compatible with regular M cameras allegedly because of different coupling cams on the C lenses Over time this claim was dissolved thanks to numerous practitioners who have been using C Summicron on their Leica M cameras with great success As far as I am aware there are no reported incompatibilities with C Summicron and the lens works perfectly fine with all film as well as digital bodies ISO 160 1 750 f 2 40mm Leica M8 Interestingly Leica C Summicron which was manufactured by Leitz in Germany also had a direct copy cat version actually a legally licensed copy Rokkor 40mm f 2 CL manufactured by Minolta in Japan However while Leica discontinued C Summicron in 1977 Minolta continued manufacturing Rokkor and even refreshed its 40mm lens version adding multi coating the original C Summicron as well as Rokkor CL were both single coated C Summicron is easily the smallest lens in Leica s entire lens collection up to date Voigtlander s 21mm and 25mm are slightly smaller but both of these lenses are slower with f 4 maximum aperture while C Summicron is an f 2 lens When mounted on an M camera the

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  • Leica Summarit 50mm f/1.5 (LTM) Lens Review
    for US 500 as of Aug 2011 The optical construction of the lens consists of 7 elements in 5 groups The lens barrel is metal in chrome finish with metal aperture and focusing rings The aperture ring rotates from f 1 5 to f 16 in one full f stop clicks The minimum focusing distance is 1m 3 5ft Most lenses these days will probably require lubing to improve the focusing ring action The lens accepts rarely found these days A43 type or more commonly encountered E41 filters Original lens hood is the barn door style XIOOM which you could replace with a modern after market rubber hood mounted on a step up ring The lens weighs 300g 10 5oz Like all LTM lenses Summarit 50 1 5 can be used on all modern M cameras including digital M8 M9 using an LTM M adapter The lens can also be mounted on Micro Four Thirds and NEX cameras using readily available 3rd party adapters Within the scope of this review the lens was tested on an APS H type Leica M8 where it gives you an EFOV of 66mm Summary Lens Composition 7 elements in 5 groups Angular Field 40 degrees Minimum Focus 1 06m 3 5ft Focusing Action MF f stop Scale f 1 5 f 16 manual Filter Size A43 E41mm Lens Hood XIOOM included Weight 300g 10 5oz Dimensions 49x45mm 1 92x1 77 Lens Case N A Handling The original Leica Xenon 50 1 5 which was manufactured under the license from Taylor Hobson was Leica s attempt to introduce a competitor to the well respected Contax Sonnar 50 1 5 lens manufactured by the arch rival Carl Zeiss Original Xenon left the factory uncoated although after Leica started coating its lenses it also offered post manufacturing service to the owners so some of the Xenons these days might have post manufacturing coating applied Unlike collapsible Summitars also manufactured around the same time period Xenons as well as Summarits were rigid body designs Leica ultimately dumped the design in favor of the in home designed Summilux The Summarit name was retired until 2007 when Leica decided to brand the range of its low end slow lenses introduced to answer the market demand for cheaper Leica glass ISO 160 1 125 f 1 5 50mm Leica M8 As is the case with all Leica LTM lenses of the past Summarit 50 1 5 can be used on all M series cameras with an LTM to M adapter I used a Voigtlander branded Type II 50 75 adapter Type II adapters have a shallow groove which allows you to bar code the adapter to be recognized by the M8 M9 camera firmware While Cameraquest an official Voigtlander reseller here in CA claims that Type II adapters cannot be used with lenses that have infinity locks i e Summitar Summarit and collapsible Summicron v1 I have never had any problems with these adapters and have managed to mount all of

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