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Olympus ED 12-200mm F/3.5-6/.3 & Olympus ED 12mm F/2.0 Black Friday Lens Deals

Olympus ED 12-200mm F/3.5-6/.3 & Olympus ED 12mm F/2.0 Black Friday Lens Deals

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3
 

Those looking to treat themselves during the Black Friday sales might be interested in two Olympus lenses Amazon currently has discounted which are the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 and Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 is an MFT lens, giving a 24-400mm equivalent zoom range while the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 offers a wide field of view equivalent to a 24mm lens on a 35mm camera, internal focusing and a fast f/2 maximum aperture.

ePHOTOzine has reviewed each lens with both scoring well. Plus, they also feature in our top lists alongside other recommended Olympus lenses. 

Both lenses are on offer, over on Amazon, for the next four days priced at the following:

 

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A Review of the Fujifilm XF 90mm f/2.0 R LM WR Lens

A Review of the Fujifilm XF 90mm f/2.0 R LM WR Lens

I think lens decisions are even more of a personal choice than the camera system. In the 30 days I had to use the Fujinon XF 90mm f/2.0 R LM OIS, I learned a lot about the capabilities of this lens and was also reminded about my personal preferences in creating photos.

Full disclosure: Fujifilm USA loaned me the Fujinon XF 90mm f/2.0 R LM OIS lens, with no expectations of producing a review or opportunity to review this content before publication.

Physical Characteristics

The Fujinon XF 90mm f/2.0 R LM WR, with its full-from focal length equivalence of 135mm, is a relatively large lens (540 grams and 105mm long). This is especially true when compared to the other Fujinon f/2 primes. However, it is quite a bit smaller and lighter than the Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR macro lens.

A Review of the Fujifilm XF 90mm f/2.0 R LM WR Lens 1

Its metal construction feels extremely solid and well made. The focusing ring works smoothly, and the aperture ring has just the right amount of resistance to the clicks as it turns. The lens is weather-resistant, but lacks optical image stabilization.

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Performance

The Fujinon XF 90mm f/2.0 R LM WR uses a linear focusing motor and has extremely quick focusing capabilities. I found, that as with most of the Fujinon lenses with focal longer focal lengths, this lens had a hard time focusing on relatively close, small subjects, such as flowers, when there was high contrast in the background. This can be overcome with a bit of practice and is likely more a function of the Fujifilm autofocus than the lens itself.

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Image Quality

The Fujinon XF 90mm f/2.0 R LM WR has a reputation as being one of Fujifilm’s lenses with the best image quality. In my use, I found the image quality of this lens to live up to that reputation. The sharpness, even wide open, and level of detail in the image is amazing. I did not have the opportunity to create any people portraits, but the “plant & pet portraits” I created with this lens showed exceptional detail and lovely background rendering while creating clear subject separation. I noticed no fringing, flaring, or even vignetting in my use of this lens.

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The ability to separate the subject from the background, with a combination of relatively long focal length and fast aperture is one of the strengths of this lens. The background blur is quite pleasing – smooth, with gentle fall off to out of focus. The bokeh balls appear very smooth and round, even at f/5.6, in the center and tend towards more oval and cat’s eye appearance at the edges of the frame.

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Conclusion and Recommendation

Some lenses lean towards general-purpose capabilities, and some lenses seem designed to perform a much more narrow task. The Fujinon XF 90mm f/2.0 R LM WR is one such lens designed primarily for one task. This lens has a well-deserved reputation for amazing image quality, especially as a portrait lens.

This lens is a perfect partner for portrait photographers, especially those primarily creating headshots or working with small groups of two or three people. This lens would also work well for studio product photography to capture details with excellent sharpness and image quality.

This may sound strange, but I think this lens is too good for me. Here’s what I mean: this lens rewards patience, precision, and a controlled environment with room to get the desired composition. I prefer to create photos quickly in whatever environment I find myself, and am not generally chasing that last five to 10% of sharpness in the images. Once I experienced the amazing level of sharpness and details this lens can produce, I was frustrated when I had a difficult time consistently repeating those sharpness and detail levels in many photos due to subjects being blown in the breeze, relatively low light situations with longer shutters speeds resulting in camera movement not offset by lens image stabilization.

In other words, it’s not you Fujinon XF 90mm f/2.0 R LM WR, it’s me.

More sample images can be found here taken with this lens can be found on my Flickr


About the author: Michael Sladek teaches digital photography at Highline College near Seattle, Washington. He enjoys dad jokes, doughnuts, and helping others discover the fun of creating photos they love. Stay connected with Michael on his website, YouTube channel, and Instagram..

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Christmas Prize Draw Day 7 – Win a Samyang 12mm F/2.0 NCS CS in Fuji X Mount!

Christmas Prize Draw Day 7 - Win a Samyang 12mm F/2.0 NCS CS in Fuji X Mount!

Enter day 7 of our Christmas Prize Draw extravaganza for the chance to win a Samyang 12mm f/2.0 Fuji X Mount Lens!

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Samyang 12mm f/1.0 Fuji X Mount Lens!

Enter today’s Christmas Prize Draw for the chance to win a Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS lens in the Fuji X Mount!

 

One for all Fuji enthusiasts: Win a superb Samyang Extra-Wide-Angle lens in Fuji X mount!

The Samyang 12mm F/2.0 NCS CS is a high-performance, extra-wide-angle manual-focus lens, specifically designed for APS-C crop sensor mirrorless cameras.

With low distortion and 98.9-degree angle of view, this is the perfect lens for photographers wishing to create stunning landscapes, architectural shots and astrophotography scenes. The bright F/2.0 aperture captures clear and vivid images, even in dimly-lit environments, and the 6-bladed aperture delivers beautiful bokeh in out-of-focus backgrounds.

Samyang uses its NCS (Nano Coating System) technology to reduce flare, increase light transmission and improve contrast. Optical construction features 12 elements in 10 groups. These include an aspherical lens (AS), a hybrid aspherical lens (H-ASP) and 3 extra-low dispersion lenses (ED) to deliver exceptional image quality from the centre to the edges, even when the aperture is used wide-open. Minimum focus goes down to an impressive 20cm, allowing super creative imagination and feeling of depth to be realised.

The lens is compact and weighs just 260g. It has a 67mm filter thread and comes with a petal-shaped lens hood.

 

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Win a Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens!

The Samyang 12mm F/2.0 NCS CS is a high-performance, extra-wide-angle manual-focus lens, specifically designed for APS-C crop sensor mirrorless cameras.

With low distortion and 98.9-degree angle of view, this is the perfect lens for photographers wishing to create stunning landscapes, architectural shots and astrophotography scenes.

Visit the Samyang UK website

 

Enter below to be in with a chance of winning a Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS lens! 

P.S. a huge ‘thank you’ to all of our members for being part of our amazing community and to those clients who have supported us through these unprecedented circumstances. It’s been a tough year, so ‘thanks’ – we couldn’t have made it through 2020 without you! 

Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and here’s hoping 2021 will be healthy and happy all round. 

The ePHOTOzine Team.

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Meike 6.5mm F/2.0 APS-C Manual Focus Fisheye Lens Now Available For Nikon Z Mount

Meike 6.5mm F/2.0 APS-C Manual Focus Fisheye Lens Now Available For Nikon Z Mount

Meike has introduced a Nikon Z mount version of the 6.5mm f/2.0 APS-C manual focus fisheye lens so Nikon users can capture creative circular images of landscapes and more.

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MEIKE 6.5mm f/2.0 Fisheye in Interchangeable Lenses

Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 fisheye lens

 

The Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 fisheye lens, which is fully manual, is now available in the Nikon Z mount, priced at £98.58 on the Meike website

Compatible with Nikon Z mount mirrorless camera range, which includes the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, has an aperture range from f/2-f/22, 9 diaphragm blades and there are 5 groups with 6 elements. It has a minimum focus distance of 0.2m and features a multi-layer nano-coating to reduce flare as well as ghosting. 

Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 Specification: 

  • Focal length: 6.5mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F/2.0
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 19cm
  • Weight: 300g
  • Group-Elements: 5 Groups 6 Elements
  • Angle of view: 190°
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22         
  • Diameter: 61mm
  • Length: 51.5mm

For more information, visit the Meike website and also take a look at our review of the Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 fisheye lens.

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