Sonys Oddly Very Expensive Lens is a Remnant from the NEX Days

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.

Field Report: Using the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art Lens on the Sony a7r III

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.

Lens Review: Fujifilm GF 110mm F2 R WR (Fujifilm GF)

My time with theFujifilm 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.

Review: Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR (Fujifilm GF)

When Fujifilm announced theFujifilm 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.

Zeiss Reports Record Revenue & Earnings, Who Needs AF?

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...

Review: Irix 15mm f2.4 Blackstone (Nikon F Mount)

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.

Review: Rokinon 85mm f1.2 SP (Canon EF Mount)

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.

Review: Rokinon 14mm f2.4 SP Lens (Canon EF)

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.

Sample Images: Rokinon SP 85mm f1.2 (Canon EF)

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.

Zeiss Officially Announces the Milvus 1.4/25

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.

Tamron Ditching Sony A-Mount For Sony E and Fuji X Lenses?

Now here is some interesting chatter that has cropped up over the weekend! In what shouldnt 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.

50mm vs 35mm Lenses: a Visual Guide for Portrait Photography

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.

5 Compact Film Cameras Used by Professional Photographers Today

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.

First Impressions: Sony RX10 IV

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.

Sonys New RX10 IV Is Their Most Advanced Fixed Lens Camera Yet

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, Sonys RX10 line has long been an advanced bridge camera with professional quality and features, but with a fixed zoom lens.

The Legendary Zeiss Biotar Lens is Coming Back from the Dead

TheZeiss 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 […]

45% Stake in Leica is Up for Sale, Zeiss Reportedly Wants to Own It

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 […]

Why I Think We All Need to Stop Caring About DXOScores and Lab Tests

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.

How to Choose Your First Lenses for Your SmartPhone Camera

These days its 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.

The 7 Best 35mm Lenses for Portrait Photography

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.

Vintage Camera Review: Pentax Spotmatic (M42 Screwmount)

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.

Official: Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T*

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.

Review: Bitplay 18mm HD Wide Angle Lens (Apple iPhone)

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.

Review: Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM Art (Canon EF)

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.

8 Compact Weather Sealed Prime Lenses For The Travel Photographer

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.

Street Photography Tutorial: How Street Photographer Jonathan Higbee Works a Scene

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.

Review: Sony 85mm f1.8 FE (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

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.

Zeiss to Update CP.2 Lenses Over the Coming Months [CR2]

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.

Using New Camera Lenses with Old School Film Emulsions

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.

Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art Beats Zeiss Otus in DXO Tests

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.

Review: Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art (Canon EF)

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.

Three Kits: Wedding Photography With The Sony Mirrorless System

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.

Could Third-Party AF Adapters For Fujifilm Finally Be Coming?

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.

Zeiss Announces Three New Milvus Series Lenses

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.

Trying Out a Set of $560 Zeiss iPhone Lenses

Shelling out $560 to buy three lenses for your iPhone might seem a bit extreme, but is it worth it? Do you get more optical performance out of your smartphone if you put Zeiss glass in front of that tiny sensor? Kai gave it a go.

6 Weather Sealed Wide Angle Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras

If you're an adventurer or a photographer that get outside often, there are a number of wonderful lenses that you can get your hands on to create compelling images in the elements. Many photographers tend to go for wide angle lenses, and these tend to give them images that convey how they feel about the vast expanse before them when out hiking.

Cheap Photo: Killer Price Drops on Wescott Apollo

Today we have a line on some new Westcott Apollo brand price drops, these are great modifiers if you are using speedlights to light your images. Zeiss is also selling their Touit lenses for Fujifilm at a nice discount, so make sure to check that out as well if you are looking at third-party lenses for the X-Series.