Today’s mirrorless cameras make it really easy to use older, manual focus lenses. The ability to use focus peaking and zoom using the electronic viewfinder can give new life to older lens designs that may have been challenging to use with traditional DSLRs. This week, we take a look at an absolute classic, the Nikon 105mm f/2.5 manual focus lens.
First impressions of the Nikon 17-28mm f/2.8 Z Nikkor lens
We got our hands on a production copy of the newest Nikon Z super-wide zoom, the 17-28mm f/2.8 Nikkor Z. This lens, manufactured by Tamron in a partnership with Nikon, is well-balanced, delivers excellent sharpness, and is less than half the price of Nikon’s other f/2.8 super-wide lens, the 14-24mm f/2.8S. We’ll take a look at the pros and cons of this lens as compared to the other offerings in Nikon’s Z lens lineup. Thank you to B&H Photo for loaning us this lens!
We then took to answer a listener question about using manual focus portrait (and other) lenses on mirrorless cameras via a mount adapter. There are quite a few very good manual focus lenses that are inexpensive, and perform very well on today’s mirrorless cameras, especially if you use focus peaking to assist with focus.
This week, we’re taking a look at Fujifilm system cameras. The new X-T5 is the newest member of Fuji’s X-trans APS-C sensor bodies, and offers some retro controls and styling. We’ll compare it with the Fujifilm X-H2 series cameras, which have control layouts more in line with mirrorless cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Sony.
We’ve talked about the pros and cons of mirrorless camera systems before, but we thought that this would be a good time to revisit the discussion. With newer and more mature technology, and many systems to choose from, mirrorless cameras are here to stay. The real question remains: should you upgrade to one? The question might not be as simple as it seems.