This will be possibly my shortest review of a lens ever. We borrowed the SUMMICRON-SL 50mm f/2 for a weekend while running a workshop and it's a great bit of kit. If you buy this lens for your L-mount camera body, you won’t be disappointed. The build quality is elegant and refined, while the optical and AF performance are a match for cameras like the Leica SL2 and LUMIX S1R.
Leica loaned us this lens for a weekend for some hands-on experience during a food photography workshop we were running, along with their SL2-S camera body. You can read more about that on the following post: https://ewenbell.com/blog/Leica_SL2-S
The SUMMICRON-SL 50mm f/2 will always be compared closely to the LUMIX S-50mm F1.8. We shot with these two lenses side by side, and the results seem identical to my eye. We paired it both the Leica SL2-S and LUMIX S5, and it performs just as an L-mount lens should. Snappy AF, rich contrast and crystal sharp in the plane of focus. If there is any functional difference between F2 and F1.8 I didn't see it.
You can dig through YouTube to find a lot of opinions about whether the Leica 50mm F2 is any better or any different to the LUMIX 50mm F1.8 and whether the price difference is justified. You already know for yourself if you're willing to spend the money.
Every photographer should have a 50mm prime in their kit, and I doubt anyone would regret having this one.
Very selected features on the hardware, software and extra wares that help me get the job done.
S-E100 F2.8 Macro for L-Mount
The S-E100 F2.8 Macro lens for L-Mount has just been released by LUMIX, and it’s very different to anything I’ve used on a mirrorless system before. It’s a super compact lens for super small subjects, but delivers super-sized performance and in particular the Autofocus is on a whole other level.
Custom Settings for the LUMIX G9II
My custom setup for the LUMIX G9II, ready to download to your camera and customise for your own needs. A great way to get started and try some of the various features built into the LUMIX G9II.
SD Cards Explained
Shopping for an SD card is frustratingly hard, with so many brands, standards and price points to navigate through. Especially when speed is a necessity rather than a luxury. It's also possible that the best value SD card is a MicroSD card, if you have the right adaptor.
The Worlds Worst Menu System
I'm astounded that Sony have released a camera that is so darned good, yet crippled by a user interface so completely awful. The ZV-E1 is hard enough for a seasoned professional to tame, but a potential road block to be avoided for anyone just starting their journey into photography.
Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD
I travelled in the Himalayas for a few months in late 2023 with this lovely lens. If you're interested in more than just tech specs, and what it's like to work with this lens for an extended time then you've come to the right place.
20mm is the new 24mm
20mm is now far more common than ever for both primes and zooms, but is 18mm the better option for photographers? And why even bother with 24mm? When shooting wider than wide does it make a difference to buy an extra few mm of perspective?
Ewen's Photography Book
"ReIMAGINE" is now available to order online. It's a very big and very generous book that will help you to reconnect with your creative side.