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Latest comments, thoughts and reaction to our recently reviewed Photographic Equipment, including the Canon RF 14-35mm F/4L IS USM Lens Review.

johnriley1uk
We don't have a reservoir of camera bodies, just imagine the cost of continually replacing them as upgrades become available. The most suitable current body is supplied along with the lens for review purposes. Actually, there are plenty of high quality mirrorless and DSLR bodies around that are 20MP or thereabouts. Excellent results are absolutely possible.

Made by johnriley1uk on 22 Jun 2022 7:35AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

tonytruckee
"coupling it up with the 20.1MP Canon R6"

What's the point were all your 20D bodies tied up?

Made by tonytruckee on 22 Jun 2022 2:17AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

altitude50
I am intending to buy this lens for my Panasonic GX-7 which is permanently converted to infrared.
However. Until I know that this lens does not suffer from an IR 'hotspot' I will wait for futher reports.
I do not want to invest in it and risk it as it will only be used for IR.

Made by altitude50 on 21 Jun 2022 1:32PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

josa
This is what I predected 15 years ago, very slow lenses, next Canon 100-400 mm f 8-11 all plastic lens for only $2,000

Made by josa on 13 Jun 2022 3:17PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

jameswburke
I have this lens for my Sony A7iii. I love the way you can lock the aperture on the lens (can be over ridden). Superb optics from wide open. Lightweight too, so very portable. Writing this in 2022, so there are a few used ones on MPB if you want to save a bit of money. Once again Sony has been more imaginative than the big dslr makers.

Made by jameswburke on 10 Jun 2022 10:45AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

johnriley1uk
There are plenty of high end top of the range cameras that "only" have 20MP or 24MP and they are capable of superb results. As for lenses, we are measuring their performance in relation to the theoretical maximum for the system as a whole. When we used film the sharpest film (Kodak Technical Pan, ISO 16) could be used in all 35mm format cameras, but there isn't a universal sensor for digital.

Made by johnriley1uk on 8 Jun 2022 11:56PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

ChrisDelroy
It's 2022, I don't really understand how you can test a lens sharpness with only 24 megapixels. It's like holding it to standards of lenses from 8 years ago. I'm someone that loves vintage glass but if I want to compare new glass then it needs to be pushed to its limits, lenses have progressed on the sharpness side of things a lot in 8 years.

Made by ChrisDelroy on 8 Jun 2022 10:47PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

GEONYC
Why arenīt there any comparisons with a Nikon or Sony of 14.24 or 16.35 and any other of their lenses that hit 14mm-18mm as a zoom? I have one. An 18-35 that is very sharp and costs under 900€. Not available as new any longer, Pity.

Made by GEONYC on 8 Jun 2022 2:51PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

magicaxeman
A Leica is more than the sum of its parts which as it happens are of the finest quality money can buy. Its a way of taking a step back from modern mirrorless/DSLR cameras, back to an age where total control rested with the photographer and doesn't rely on automation bar Aperture priority mode and auto iso, both are not something I personally use.
All the bells and whistles are stripped away leaving the bulk of the camera's resources concentrated on the basics, an exceptional sensor coupled with an excellent processor, simple menu, ergonomic direct controls needing no menu diving, its simply what its designed to be a digital version of a Leica rangefinder and in that its succeeded.
Video or lack of it has been listed as a negative yet it was reaction from Leica users that led to Leica dropping it. We just want to take photographs, not shoot video so to us its actually a pro!

Its difficult to judge a rangefinder coming from an DSLR background and if your looking for DSLR type performance, well you won't find it here! Yes it can focus faster than any DSLR, its called zone focusing, very easy to us once you get the hang of it.
But .... if you want to slow down, strip away the gadgetry of modern M/DSLR camera's and get back to manually controlling all aspects of your shooting then you might enjoy it.

ps I'm not rich mine was gifted to me by my brother and I had an older M mount Voigtlander 75mm which I used for ages but there are plenty of good quality M mount lenses out there both Leica and other brands that are within the reach of most. (Zeiss & Voigtlander are a good starting point)

Made by magicaxeman on 6 Jun 2022 11:06PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

johnriley1uk
It's a great idea. Logistics is what gets in the way as it is very difficult to ensure availability of all these lenses at the same time, plus of course the camera bodies to use them with. To make a proper comparison they would all need to be used on the same camera as well. Sometimes limted comparisons become possible, otherwise I'm afraid we just have the individual reviews to see what the performance of each lens is like.

Made by johnriley1uk on 1 Jun 2022 5:12PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply