about | support

  Reviews by: mmajsw  

View profile View recent posts View reviews Add mmajsw to your Buddy List
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC

Review Date: Jul 13, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: I got this lens on an impulse buy from a friend who bought it but was not sure if he liked it - he does buy a lot of gear. I must say that considering the price, it is an amazing lens. You have to live with manual focus but at this focal length, it is hard not to have things in focus. The focus ring is smooth and well damped. The long focus throw makes it easy to fine tune your focal point. As long as you are aware of it's shortcomings, I find it to be very useable for me. I have seen nothing else at this price point.
Strong vignetting at 2.8 - 4 and the difficulty of using ND/Polarizing filters. the filter issue is a bog one for landscapes.

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T*

Review Date: Dec 20, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very good build, smooth focus, solid lens, amazing pictures
Cost - but you do get what you pay for. Manual focusing - easy with live view or get a relevant focus screen

I bough this lens as my first Zeiss to see what all the fuss was about. My first image with the lens was of a flower that I had taken with other lenses - a Canon 100mm macro, 100mm Pentax, etc.. Needless to say, I saw what everyone was raving about and was struck with "Zeiss Acquisition Syndrome"!
All I can say is you have to try a Zeiss lens and compare it to your existing lenses. Got rid of all my other 85mm primes and I use the Zeiss unless conditions depict otherwise - like sports and moving objects.
Manual focus is relatively easy once you have live view or a suitable focus screen. Not as easy as pressing the button with an auto focus lens but it allows you to readily choose the feature you want to be sharpest. Just takes a little bit of practice.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Jun 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $720.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Some distortion when photographing items at a close distance but not noticeable for far off once. Allows me to take wide angle pictures in one shot where before I had to take panoramic ones and merger them together. Useful when waves/beach photos are involved.
Costly for a non L lens but worth it to me. Will vignette when multiple filters are used at the 10-12mm end.

Got mine about 1 month ago for use on a 30D and 50D. It was sale at B&H during a Canon rebate program. Mainly chose it for the wide angle to use in lightning and landscape photography. Images are relatively sharp across the FOV - not as good as the 24mm L but very close. Variations are more noticeable in closeup shots and high contrast situations. When/if I shift to a full frame camera, I will be modifying this lens to fit.
One nice item was that it can use the same filters as the 24-70 and 70-200 F2.8 if you already have those in your kit.
It opened up a whole new aspect of landscape photography to me.