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Alpa Kern Macro Switar AR 50mm f1.9 – Great Craftsmanship in Black Paint

Alpa Kern Macro Switar AR 50mm f1.9 Lens Review Great Craftsmanship in Black Paint Alpa Kern Macro Switar AR 50mm f1.9 – Great Craftsmanship in Black Paint December 12, 2021 Alpa 50/1.9 with Leica M2 My Alpa Journey It all began in summer 2011, I spent quite an amount of time drilling in the HKLFC forum and suddenly there was a black paint hype and almost everyone in that forum got themselves an Alpa lens. I took a closer look […]

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Zeiss ZM 35mm f1.4 Distagon – Almost Perfect

Zeiss ZM 35mm f1.4 Distagon – Almost Perfect Lens Review Zeiss ZM 35mm f1.4 Distagon – Almost Perfect October 14, 2021 Summilux 35/1.4 ASPH FLE was once my ultimate dream, floating elements with asph glasses together with the sexy square hood but I heard a lot about its rival – Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4. 9 out of 10 people that owned this have told me: “You must try it Anson”. They got me hooked onto this lens and made me more […]

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MS Optics ISM 50mm f1.0 M Mount – A Baroque Creamy Lens

MS Optics ISM 50mm f1.0 M Mount – A Baroque Creamy Lens Lens Review MS Optics ISM 50mm f1.0 M Mount – A Baroque Creamy Lens September 24, 2021 First time I heard about this MS Optics 50/1.0 M Mount lens was from an announcement in JCH’s post. The article was about Miyazaki san designing an ultra-fast f1.0 lens mentioned this 50mm is super compact equipped with thin and light high power glasses and I immediately got hooked on it. […]

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Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.2 ASPH – Original vs Reissue Comparison

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.2 ASPH – Original vs Reissue Comparison Lens Review Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.2 ASPH – Original vs Reissue Comparison September 4, 2021 My first impression of the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.2 ASPH Original is that the price tag is too hard to reach, I knew from Leica history that the original version has two hand grind aspherical glass and the fail rate is so high led to its rarity. I have briefly tried this lens once only […]

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Zunow Teikoku Kogaku Japan 50mm f1.1 – The First Ultra Fast Lens

Zunow Teikoku Kogaku Japan 50mm f1.1 – The First Ultra Fast Lens Lens Review Zunow Teikoku Kogaku Japan 50mm f1.1 – The First Ultra Fast Lens August 14, 2021 Thanks to SH Cameras letting me try this precious lens to try and do some testing with it. I am always curiously trying out different Japanese fast lenses in the 50s or 60s since I own Canon 50mm f/0.95 and have always been a fan of the Canon 50mm f/1.2 LTM. […]

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Voigtlander 50mm f2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical VM – Great All-Purpose Lens

Voigtlander 50mm f2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical Lens Review A Great All Purpose Lens Voigtlander 50mm f2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical VM – Great All-Purpose Lens May 23, 2021 In my last review I shared what I think about the Voigtlander 35mm f2 APO lens. This big brother 50mm APO with no exception is one of the best performing lenses from Voigtlander and they have been developing more and more user-friendly lenses such as the upcoming Vintage line 28mm f2 Aspherical. This 50mm was […]

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Voigtlander 35mm f2 Apo-Lanthar Aspherical – First Impression

Voigtlander 35mm f2 Apo-Lanthar Aspherical First Impression Voigtlander 35mm f2 Apo-Lanthar Aspherical – First Impression March 30, 2021 Voigtlander 35mm f2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical VM Voigtlander 35mm f2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical VM – Front What does APO stand for? How is it different from normal lenses and how does it compare with Leica’s new Summicron 35mm f2 APO? There were so many questions in my head before I bought this lens. This Voigtlander 35mm f2 APO is my third APO lens, my […]

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Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 Pre-a V1 Steel Rim – The Signature Glow

Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 V1 Steel Rim – The Signature Glow Lens Review Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 Pre-a V1 Steel Rim – The Signature Glow January 22, 2021 Do you still remember the first Leica lens that you saw online or in the camera shops? And what makes them attractive to you? I still remember when I first browsed Leica lenses in different forums, people showing their lenses and cameras, the appearance of the Steel Rim and the hood was […]

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Leica Summicron 35mm f2 V1 8 Element – Lord of Black and White

Lens Review Leica Summicron 35mm f2 V1 8 Element Lord of Black and White Leica Summicron 35mm f2 V1 8 Element – Lord of Black and White August 22, 2020 Background Summicron 35mm f2 V1 is the first standard wide angle lens with an ultra-fast aperture at F2 produced by Leica from 1958 to 1969. It was designed in 8 elements in 6 groups augmented classic symmetrical double-Gauss and used rare earth optical glass. During its production period, it was […]

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Leica Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a – King of Bokeh

Lens Review Leica Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a (King of Bokeh) Leica Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a – King of Bokeh August 16, 2020 Most Popular 35mm in Leica Family I guess everyone who is within the Leica group or about to join this bottomless black hole must have heard about different keywords describing it as King of Bokeh or 7 elements or “ 七枚/七妹” in Chinese and the word creamy. And I think since 35mm is a focal length that […]

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