23 September, 2016

Happy (belated) birthday to the blog

Sony/Zeiss 55mm, f/1.8 - Colour in the backyard [Click image to enlarge]

The blog turned six last Tuesday. 

Just a note about the photo above: I'm not a gardener. So, when there's colour in the backyard it's nothing to do with me.

Photokina is on, and everyone else is talking about it. So, although I'm not there, I'll mention two announcements that caught my attention. The first is about the Sigma 85mm, f/1.4 Art, and the other is the Zeiss Loxia 85mm.

Sigma 85mm, f/1.4 Art: I'm a big fan of the Sigma 24mm, f/1.4 Art when used with Sigma's MC-11 adaptor. So I know that Sigma has the expertise to make lenses of outstanding quality. The new 85mm Art looks like an inexpensive alternative to both the Zeiss 85mm, f/1.8 Batis and Sony's 85mm, f/1.4 GM lens — without a significant loss of quality. If the quality of the new Sigma is in line with it's predecessors, it's going to be a serious contender in the price/quality stakes.

Zeiss Loxia 85mm, f/2.4 Loxia: This is the logical lens to complete the Loxia lineup (21, 35, 50, 85mm). If I was into video, I'd be looking very carefully at this line. I love the Loxia 50mm. It's my everyday lens. But, I already have an 85mm Batis, so I'm not in the market for another 85. 

(I'm watching out for a 135mm autofocus. Zeiss, Sony, Sigma; are you listening?)

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