The saying goes that cameras deteriorate in value but lenses really hold onto it; and in the case of Sony that's a very true statement. Almost 10 years ago, Sony introduced their NEX 5 and NEX 3 cameras--these two cameras would be the precursor to the wildly successful mirrorless camera system that they have today.
When I used to use DSLRs a whole lot, my Sigma 35mm f1. 4 Art lens was my go to. To this day, I don't consider it to be the sharpest 35mm lens out there but I surely consider it to be the best. It has a great balance of sharpness, bokeh, color, and just an overall gorgeous look and rendition to the scenes that it shoots.
My time with the Fujifilm GF 110mm F2 R WR can be characterized as a really interesting one. At the moment of publishing this post, it's the fastest lens available for the Fujifilm GF lineup. And in terms of typical 645 medium format, it's a fast lens.
Every photographer at one point in their life should own at least one Leica M mount camera. That doesn't mean that it necessarily needs to be made by Leica though--Voigtlander and Zeiss offered very great options that you can get in great condition.
When Fujifilm announced the Fujifilm GF 45mm f2. 8 R WR, I was incredibly excited. While most folks would think of this lens and something closer to the normal range, one needs to remember that this is medium format.
Investments and innovations lead to best results in the company’s more than 170-year history Double-digit revenue growth to EUR 5.348 billion EBIT increases to EUR 770 million Positive contribution from all segments Growth with leading-edge EUV technology ZEISS continues to focus on innovation, global investments and expansion OBERKOCHEN/Germany, STUTTGART/Germany, 2017-12-13. In the past 2016/17 fiscal Read more...
The Phoblographer tests loads of cameras, lenses, software, bags, and accessories each and every year. Here are our Editor's Choice picks from 2017.
If you were to look at the lenses coming from Korea in the past couples of years, you'd be shocked; and that's where the Irix 15mm f2. 4 Blackstone lens is manufactured. We took a previous look at the company's Blackstone lenses at Photo Plus last year and were very blown away by some of the features and innovation that Irix has been putting into the glass to make it different from many of the others out there.
Relatively speaking, I'm sort of over the idea of super fast aperture lenses simply because most folks won't be able to tell the difference with the photos--and that's the case with the Rokinon 85mm f1.
The Rokinon 14mm f2. 4 SP isn't the fastest wide angle lens in comparison to many of the others out there on the market these days, but Rokinon is touting it to be one of the company's very best.
We're in the middle of reviewing the Rokinon SP 85mm f1. 2 lens--which is one of the company's new high end lens offerings. Rokinon's build quality has never been the greatest in comparison to many other brands out there but with the SP line, they're looking to change that.
With its new wide-angle focal length, the ZEISS Milvus family now boasts eleven lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, including four focal lengths with a maximum aperture of 1. 4, which are perfect for videographers too.
Now here is some interesting chatter that has cropped up over the weekend! In what shouldn’t really be all that surprising of a move, it is being reported that Tamron will be ceasing their own lens development in regards to the Sony A Mount.
With wider angle lenses becoming better and better, photographers are bound to ask the question of 50mm vs 35mm lenses and how they relate to portraiture. For years now, it was never recommended that photographers use something like a 35mm or a 50mm lenses.
This SUPER FREAKIN’ COOL Leica CL Dealer Poster is For Auction at the Tamarkin Rare Camera Auction in November
The Leica CL is arguably one of the most popular Leica cameras due to its affordability, so the film geeks in the audience are going to truly appreciate this Leica CL Dealer Poster available at the Tamarkin Rare Camera Auction coming this November.
Compact film cameras are a great thing for any photographer to be able to throw in their bag. More often than not, they're more durable than digital cameras and they use good old film--which is bound to give you great results that you simply cannot get with digital if you're doing it right.
Today Sony announced the newest addition to their RX10 camera series with the RX10 IV. The 20. 1 megapixel camera has a 24-600mm f/2. 4-4 lens, 315 phase-detection AF points which cover 65% of the frame, 24fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking and anti-distortion shooting up to 1/32,000.
This is probably the oldest Lego Camera in the world. This is my latest attempt to revive a 90 years old camera using Lego bricks together with instant films. Not too many people would have experience to use a camera with 90 years old.
Today was a big day in the Apple world, but here in photography land, Sony had some big announcements of their own to make – including their brand new RX10 IV. In case you are not up to speed, Sony’s RX10 line has long been an advanced ‘bridge camera’ with professional quality and features, but with a fixed zoom lens.
There's a brand new entry into the weather sealed camera world today in the form of the Sony RX0--the company is finally listening to the public and putting a large sensor into a weather sealed body.
Oprema Optik announced earlier on that they're planning on bringing back the legendary 75mm f1. 8 Jena Biotar lens; and so they've got a Kickstarter doing just that. But in addition to that, they're also announcing pre-production 58mm f2 Biotar lenses that will also be in production.
The Zeiss Biotar 75mm f/1.5 is a legendary lens that’s currently one of the most expensive vintage lenses, available at over $1,000 for a usable one. The original was made in Jena, Germany. The lens is known for its beautiful swirling patterns that it introduces into the background at wide apertures, but it’s also highly sought-after […]
Every now and again I'll dive back into my archives late at night, look at them, cull, and edit. I partially do this for fun but also because I'm trying to find a way to test the editing skills that I've learned since that shoot has been over.
A 45% ownership stake of Leica is reportedly up for sale, and one of the companies said to be interested is the legendary German optics company Zeiss. Reuters reports that the US-based private equity company Blackstone Group is in talks with potential buyers to sell off its 45% stake. Leica had originally sold 44% of […]
Before I get very deeply into this piece, this post isn't a personal attack on DXOMark, DPReview, Imaging Resource, or any of those sites that do some sort of Lab testing. They do a legitimate business that in some ways puts camera and lens testing into a way that is mathematically easier for lots of people to determine for themselves.
These days it’s not so much of a stretch to say that while you are our traveling or just going about your daily life the camera you have with you is likely the one built into your phone. Additionally, the image quality from these tiny devices is just getting better and better in almost every respect.
Nokia and Zeiss are teaming up in a new long-term exclusive relationship to bring new imaging standards to Nokia smartphones. The news was announced today by HMD Global, the company now behind Nokia phones.
While the 35mm focal length isn't always considered to be prime (pun not intended) for portraiture, it's still fairly popular and a very versatile focal length. In fact, because it's got a field of view that is the way that so many photographers see, it's bound to be a favorite focal length.
Pentax has has a number of great cameras over the years, but if you're going to get something cheap and reliable, one of the best options has to be the Pentax Spotmatic. The little camera is one of the first options to offer a TTL (through the lens) light meter though otherwise is completely mechanical.
The tenth lens in the ZEISS Milvus series for DSLR cameras already shows its many benefits at full aperture OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2017-06-21 – ZEISS has launched a new lens for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon1 and Nikon2 on the market: the ZEISS Milvus 1.
It appears that Zeiss will be announcing a Milvus 35mm f/1.4 very soon. The new lens will come in both the Canon EF mount and Nikon F mount.
Though many of the more traditional photographers don't really take the iPhone seriously, it's very fair to say that lens options like the Bitplay 18mm HD Wide Angle lens for the Apple iPhone are options that can really change the way you shoot.
If you're a fan of the Sigma 85mm f1. 4 Art lens, then you're bound to fall head over heels for the Sigma 135mm f1. 8 DG HSM Art lens. When it comes to portrait lenses, photographers are typically tied to the 85mm and 135mm focal lengths: and so that makes this latest decision even harder.
Travel photography is an interesting segment of the photography world, it is a project that requires versatility from a photographers kit while at the same time requiring the footprint of that kit to remain as minimal as possible to reduce added fees and weight.
We've known for years that Zeiss lenses are pretty pricey, but a rare Carl Zeiss Jena BIOTAR 75mm F1. 5 Red T lens is taking the cake in so many different ways--going for $15,200 on eBay. The lens is an offering from Zeiss that of course is hard to get your hands on and for many reasons is really coveted.
Today, we've got a really quick portrait tip for everyone and it involves creating the look of the Golden Hour when the sun isn't setting. Granted, sometimes the best time to do this is during the blue hour or at a time when you've got everything nearly perfectly lined up in the frame.
Recently, we teamed up with photographer Jonathan Higbee for a free, one hour Facebook Live Street Photography Tutorial on how he works a scene when it comes to street photography. During the session, we answered questions live and Jon also talked about the way he shoots specifically vs what many other photographers do most of the time.
If you were to ask me about what my favorite lenses are for the Sony full frame E mount camera system, the Sony 85mm f1. 8 FE would surely be up there in the top 5. It's compact, sharp, can focus quickly (emphasis on can), touts moisture and dust resistance, and overall delivers some of the most pleasing images I've gotten in a while.
We’re told that Zeiss will be updating some or all of their CP. 2 compact cinema lenses over the coming months. The current CP. 2 lineup consists of 11 prime lenses and have fallen behind other series’ of lenses in their lineup.
One of the cooler things about owning a camera with a legacy lens system is that you can use their lenses with old school film cameras loaded with fresh film. That typically goes for lots of new lens options on the market.
It happens often: you go to buy a lens and you're offered the option of also purchasing a UV filter. But do you really need one? Photographers are often confused as to whether or not to get one.
Sigma has been on an absolute tear with their lenses the past several years, this is not news, we all know this. They have been making childs play of OEM brand lenses from Canon and Nikon, but one brand that still always managed to best them (granted at a considerable premium in price) was Zeiss.
The answer to the question that you're wondering is yes, the Sigma 85mm f1. 4 Art lens is indeed much better than the previous version of the lens. At higher megapixels, you start to see the flaws of the older version, but the newer one exudes an image quality that is truly unbelievable.
Now that it is the winter and Wedding photographers are in their off-season across much of the northern hemisphere, many are taking stock of their current kits. This is the time to look at what else is on the market, look into buying new gear, and trying out the latest technological achievements.
I've mentioned this in the past, but I have always felt that a big reason as to why Sony has had the success it has had with its mirrorless system, namely the A7 series cameras, is thanks in part to the vast array of third-party AF lens adapters.
The Nikon 105mm f1.4 E ED is perhaps one of the best portrait lenses out there on the market right now. There is so much going for it.
The lens family with manual focusing for DSLR cameras is now also available with focal lengths of 15, 18 and 135m OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 08/09/2016 – Two super-wide angle lenses, the ZEISS Milvus 2. 8/15 and ZEISS Milvus 2.