Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 compared to Samyang 14mm f/2.8 via adapter on Panasonic GX8

Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 compared to Samyang 14mm f/2.8 via adapter on Panasonic GX8
'For this post I did a direct comparison between my Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 zoom at 9mm and my Samyang 14mm f/2.8 (Nikon mount) fitted to my Panasonic GX8 via a Metabones 0.64x Speed Booster. Both lenses were then approximating a 'full-frame' / 35mm sized sensor at 18mm. The idea being to see if there was any significant difference between the two.'
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Using Adapted lenses - an overview

Using Adapted lenses - an overview
'Now the camera manufacturers, the fanboys and the brand besotted don't like this at all, but then if that isn't a great reason to champion adapting lenses I don't know what is!!!'
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Panasonic GX8 and manual focus Nikon fit lenses - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses - Nikon Df

Panasonic GX8 and manual focus Nikon fit lenses - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses - Nikon Df
'The Panasonic GX8 is particularly good for using with manual focus lenses. Add in the Metabones 0.64x Speed Booster and there is the possibility to use some high quality lenses with the equivalent of some fast apertures, thanks to the extra stop of light the adapter gives. This also brings to m4/3 the possibility of a 'full-frame' look.'
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Three reasons to get excited about the future of m4/3 - No. 2. The Metabones 0.64x Speed Booster

Three reasons to get excited about the future of m4/3 - No. 2. The Metabones 0.64x Speed Booster
'Brian Caldwell who designs the optics for the Metabones Speed Boosters is one of the unsung heroes of the modern world of photographic gear for me. Simply because of what he has made possible for photographers (and videographers of course)'
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Is it a genuine Samyang? - Sigma ART lenses.




There's a nice semi-humerous little post at 1001Noisy Cameras - HERE about the branding identity of Samyang lenses. I'll let you read it yourselves.

I must say that the Samyang lenses I've used have been excellent optically. There have been a few issues about the depth-of field and focusing scales which on the 14mm I bought were way out. But in terms of image quality and value for money there wasn't a lot to complain about. Which of course makes the way they sell and their "identity" problems all the stranger.




There is a piece at MirrorlessRumors about the discounts available on the excellent 19mm and 30mm Sigma lenses. Plus a rumour that new "ART" i.e. apparently high-quality, versions are in the pipeline. Apparently the 35mm f/1.4 was the first ART lens and that has got amazing reviews. I like both the cheap Sigma primes for my NEX cameras and also the lenses on the DP1 and DP2 Merrills, so "souped-up" versions of both may well be worth waiting for.

Sigma seem to somewhat on an upward curve and there seems to be a new enthusiasm and ambition to come up with quality stuff. This after the original SD1 debacle. I hesitate to write this, but this does seem to have coincided with the death of the original CEO Michihiro Yamaki, and the takeover of the company by his son Kazuto.

Fairly shortly after this the SD1 price was dramatically reduced. I won't go into the complexities of Japanese family owned corporations, simply because I wouldn't know where to start, but it does seem that Kazuto Yamaki has given a new impetus to Sigma and the DP Merrills and the 35mm f/1.4 have attracted a lot of positive comments. 

As a long time Sigma user I've always been interested in what the company produces and regular readers will be well aware of my enthusiasm for the current Foveon sensor. Hopefully they can move forward again in their primary field, 3rd. party lenses. It will be interesting to see if these "ART" lenses appear and if they can follow on from the recent 35mm. and match its quality. They always were a decent alternative to the overpriced marque lenses from Canon and Nikon etc. and it would be nice to see them showing the big boys that there are some real high quality alternatives. 


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