Category: Lens Reviews

24mm World Cup: Final

At last, it begins: the finest 24mm lenses on earth, each group finalist having proven its mettle against the best of its peers: the Canon 24mm f1.4 L – king of the fast primes; Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 AFS – still potent at 24mm (despite peaking at 20mm); against the boy from nowhere – the tiny, […]

24mm World Cup: Group C

Canon 24mm f2.8 v Olympus 24mm f2.8 v Sigma 24mm f2.8 v Yashica ML 24mm f2.8 Corner Performance at f2.8 (100% Crops) 3 points 3 points Canon 24mm f2.8 SuperWide at f2.8 (corner) Olympus 24mm f2.8 at f2.8 (corner) Sigma 24mm at f2.8 (corner) Yashica ML 24mm f2.8 (corner) 2 points 1 points The Canon […]

24mm World Cup: Group A

Zoom Lens Group Test: Leica 21-35mm f3.5-4 v Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 v Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 DG [published august 2006] Group A Qualifiers: The Zooms As the fanfare of the opening ceremony dies away, the first teams are led onto the pitch on this glorious day in Oberköchen. With temperatures of 25° in the shade, conditions […]

24mm World Cup

Welcome to the 2006 24mm Lens World Cup With the hopes of a nation on their backs, the next few weeks will see the finest 24mm lenses on earth shoulder to shoulder, going head to head in a back to back encounter with a neck and neck finale. Much like the real 2006 World Cup, […]

Zeiss ZF25 v Nikon 24

Zeiss CF 25mm f2.8 v Nikon 24mm f2 AIS [published from flickr tests, november 2006] Special thanks go to Frank Fremerey who conducted this test on a Nikon D2X using a pre-production test sample number 000009 from Zeiss in Germany. Final production models may of course perform slightly differently. Further images may be downloaded here. […]

Contax N v Nikon 17-35/2.8

adapted contax N 17-35mm f2.8 v Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f2.8 [published in two parts, january 2007] For many years Canon users have sought out Zeiss and Leica lenses for optimal full frame performance. They’ve bought, sanded down, measured and modified adaptors; they’ve hacked bits out of their cameras and dremelled bits off their lenses and […]

Zeiss ZF 25mm v Canon 24mm L

Zeiss 25mm f2.8 ZF v Canon 24mm f1.4 L Mark 1 [published january 2007] Arriving a little late for the big 24mm tournament last year, the Zeiss ZF 25mm was nonetheless chosen to participate in a special play off against the winner of that review: the Canon 24mm f1.4 L. The Distagon is an all-new […]

Zeiss 21mm v Canon 24 L

Contax zeiss 21mm f2.8 Distagon v Canon 24mm f1.4 L Mark 1 [published february 2007] Whatever the reason for which Canon’s 24mm L languishes under a cloud of general dissatisfaction, the sole sample we’ve put through its paces has proven to be an outstanding performer, sweeping all before it in the 24mm World Cup, besting […]

21mm Group Test (2007)

Canon 17-40mm f4 v Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 v Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Distagon [published march 2007] The first time I tested a lens purposefully was in 2001. I’d bought a Canon 17-40mm f4 L for the 1Ds Mark I and couldn’t believe the results I was getting – in a bad way. The incredulous dealer said […]

Canon 16-35mm II Group Test

Canon 16-35mm f2.8 II v Leica 19mm f2.8 v Olympus 18mm f3.5 [published may 2007] I had two questions in mind when preparing this test: first, can the new Mark II Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L cut the mustard where no mustard has previously been cut by Canon? And second, what is the best sub-20mm prime? […]