A little while ago Pergear offered to loan me some lenses to review. I declined at the time, but having recently been shooting with an old Sony NEX-5R I bought a as cheapo digital to play with, I figured I might as well try a low-budget lens for it. I took a look at their website and found the Pergear 25mm f/1.8 for $68 USD – that’s less than £50 in today’s money. How bad, or indeed good, could it possibly be?
The Meyer Primoplan 75mm 1.9II is the third of the new Meyer lenses I’ve reviewed. Unlike the 100mm Trioplan and 30mm Lydith of which I’d shot old versions before, I’ve never even seen a Primoplan lens, never mind used one. Added to the fact that I have recently found a lot of love for short telephoto lenses, not to mention that I find myself fascinated by new glass that bucks the trend of just trying to be objectively perfect, and I was all the more intrigued to see what this lens could do.
I recently replaced my Fuji X100v with a Sony A7iii that was retired from work. Not long later the manufacturers of the Funleader 18mm f/8 pancake lens got in touch asking if I might like to review it. I didn’t really have any intention of reviewing Sony mount lenses – there’s plenty of people out there doing it already – but I couldn’t help being intrigued to try this lens.
The just-released Sigma 24mm f/3.5 DG DN is the newest member of the L-Mount Alliance. It joins their 35mm and 65mm DG DN compact prime lenses and the older 45mm DG DN (previously reviewed here). Besides the new Sigma 24mm, I happen to own the Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH lens and both the Leica SL (601) and Leica CL bodies (both 24MP). I thought I’d share my first impressions of the new Sigma 24mm and a few sample images, which will be presented as SOOC JPEGs. The only processing was downsizing the images for web use.