3 of the Most Popular Leica Lenses and Why Folks Love Them!

If you're like me, you're infatuated with Leica cameras and lenses. They've got something completely different that the rest of the industry doesn't have. And if you shoot with one consistently, it will change the way you approach subjects and scenes.

5 Lenses with Gorgeous Bokeh Every Photographer Can Lust For

We know, you probably just got over your gear acquisition syndrome. But in truth, it never really goes away. We'd know, we review a ton of products and then have to ethically send them back. And there are lenses with some beautiful bokeh that we've always adored.

The Leica 28mm Lens: Choosing One for M-Mount Cameras

The 28mm lens is fantastic for street photography and everyday documentary imagery. And for years, photographers have loved the Leica 28mm lens. They've reached for various ones too. Ergonomically speaking, they're a fantastic focal length on Leica M camera bodies.

Get Lost in the Bokeh. Mitakon 50mm f0.95 III Review (Speedmaster)

Before you read our Mitakon 50mm f0. 95 III review, I want to ground you and bring you to reality. Take all the hype you've got about beautiful bokeh, the f0. 95 aperture, and beautiful images. Now realize a very, very big fact of life: nothing comes without hard work, or smart work.

Bad Photo Tip: Dont Ever Stop Your Aperture Down

The worst thing you could possibly do in the photo world would be considered heresy and sacrilege in the church of photography. Truthfully, if you buy a lens with a fast aperture, you should never stop it down.

The L Mount Really Needed This. Panasonic 85mm F1.8 Review

The Panasonic 85mm f1. 8 is the lens that the system really, really needed. The L-Mount alliance likes to tout that they're the second full-frame mirrorless camera system to hit the market. But they've needed more lenses to fill in gaps.

Natural Light Portrait Photography Is Easy with These 5 Lenses

Natural light portrait photography is easy to do but difficult to master. But indeed, some of the most beautiful portraits are shot with diffused window light, skylight, or outdoors. Always remember that a five-in-one reflector is your best friend.

Beautiful, Sharp, and Modern! Leica 75mm F2 APO ASPH Lens Review

For more stories like this, please subscribe to The Phoblographer. The Leica M-mount system is often revered as a benchmark of aspiration and a defining line in the sand of having made it. For decades, M-mount lenses have been championed for their dreamy lens quality. However, as they have adapted to the general market demands

We Love It! Leica 50mm F2 Summicron APO Review

Leica M-mount lenses are little works of art. They don't try to reinvent the wheel from a design aspect and I think that is one of the things that I respect them for the most. Instead, they find ways to enhance their products without departing from what works.

Looking for the Best Pancake Lens? We Really Liked These 3

Mmmm, the pancake lens. It's seriously one of our most favorite optics for any camera. Mount it to your mirrorless camera and the whole package will be so small and lightweight. It's hard to hate on the image quality when the feeling is this great.

A Tempting Mix of Unusual Bokeh: Leica 21mm F1.4 Summilux Review

The latest high-end lenses brag about uniform sharpness across every pixel of the photograph. But, for those who find uniformity boring, theres the Leica 21mm f1. 4 Summilux ASPH. The ultra-wide, ultra-bright M-mount lens delivers more character than technical perfection.

How Much Does Lens Sharpness Matter?

Many of us enjoy quality. Be it a car or a lens, there’s a pleasure in using quality things. And in the case of lenses, how perceivable is the quality of the images captured? The research for this article was prompted by my “lust” for the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 Apo Lanthar. Phillip Reeve has written […]

Adapt One of the Sharpest Contax Lenses to Your Camera

Lenses made for the Contax G series cameras are legendary. Zeiss did a fantastic job with them. When you combine that with the Leica M mount, you get what I'd like to call a unicorn lens. With today's mirrorless cameras, the Leica M mount is one of the most versatile on the market.

The One You Want. Leica 28mm F2 Summicron SL Review

The Leica 28mm is something to behold. One of my favorite lenses is their 28mm f1. 4 for M mount. So when the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron SL, I was incredibly intrigued. Leica started off by making some massive claims about autofocus speed.

5 Minute Reviews: Is the Nikon Z 20mm f1.8 S Special?

The Nikon Z 20mm f1. 8 S review is done and scheduled for the coming days. Reviews Editor Hillary Grigonis thinks that it's a beautiful lens with character, nice colors, and sharp image quality. Indeed, she shoots Nikon professionally.

Great Sharpness Meets Vibrant Character: Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S Review

When Nikon launched the Z mount, the company promised wider apertures and sharper photos. The Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S is the fruit of that promise. The lens mixes a blurred-to-oblivion depth of field with a sharpness thats detailed enough to make out the tiniest eyelash even on the lower resolution Z 6 II.

Understanding Contrast for Photographers Who Hate Histograms

Lots of new photographers picked up the hobby in the pandemic. And we genuinely think that that's wonderful. However, there's a lot of misinformation and a lack of understanding of what's what. Some folks think that if they go for higher contrast that they'll get better photos.

The Cost of Being Different. Leica 75mm F2 SL Review

It took me a while to figure out the right headline for this review. The Leica 75mm f2 SL is a beautiful lens with wonderful image quality. Technically it's not really an odd focal length. If you put a 50mm lens on most APS-C cameras, you'll get a 75mm focal length.

Its For Art. Not Pixel Peeping. Lensbaby Spark 2.0 Review

Lensbaby launched when founder Craig Strong literally took part of a shop vac hose to mount a vintage lens on his DSLR. The companys first lens took on a similar look, with a plastic bumpy black tube creating a tiltable lens.

A Reliable Workhorse. Leica SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 Review

For all intents and purposes, the Leica SL 24-90mm f2. 8-4 demonstrates true innovation. That's the case with Leica trying something new. The standard zoom is a 24-70mm f2. 8 lens. The 70mm focal length always felt odd.

Fall in Love Again. Leica 35mm F2 Summicron SL APO Review

I love the 35mm focal length. And the Leica 35mm f2 Summicron SL APO is honestly no exception to that rule. Mount this lens to your camera, and go! You'll have fun! You'll know that it's there to stick by you through and through.

Video: The Canon 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM Is Crazy Sharp

We know Canon makes some fantastic RF mount glass, but the biggest complaint from many photographers has been the cost of entry. There are a couple of affordable RF lenses for Canons Mirrorless cameras that dont get talked about much, and they are the RF 35mm f1.

Its Not a Summilux: Leica 28mm F2 Summicron ASPH Review

When I got the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron ASPH, I was pretty excited. I've always loved the feeling of the company's small Summicron lenses. In hand, they just feel right and perfectly mated to the Leica M bodies they attach to.

Sensor Size Comparison: MF vs Full Frame vs APS-C vs Micro Four Thirds

JP Morgan and Kenneth Merrill over at The Slanted Lens have put together an in-depth sensor size comparison that will definitely spark some conversation. They’ve compared medium format, full-frame, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds, in a side-by-side shootouttaking identical photos and making large prints to see how the image quality and dynamic range compares across […]

Essentials: The Leica 75mm f1.25 Pairs Well with Kodak Ektachrome 100

No matter how many photographers tell you that you should stop fixating on perfect bokeh, I'm not sure how many photographers can truly gawk at what the Leica 75mm f1. 25 Noctilux is capable of. "But the price!" is what the IRL version of the Simpson's Comic Book guy will say behind the protection of his PC screen and the broadband internet that he uses from his mom's basement.

Essentials: The Leica 75mm F1.25 Pairs Well with Kodak Ektachrome 100

No matter how many photographers tell you that you should stop fixating on perfect bokeh, I'm not sure how many photographers can truly gawk at what the Leica 75mm f1. 25 Noctilux is capable of. "But the price!" is what the IRL version of the Simpson's Comic Book guy will say behind the protection of his PC screen and the broadband internet that he uses from his mom's basement.

Review: Olympus 12-45mm f4 PRO (F8 and Be There!)

You may be wondering why I'm channeling a WeeGee quote around the Olympus 12-45mm f4 PRO review. The reason why is because of the depth of field. Wide-open at f4, this lens has the equivalent depth of field of a full-frame lens at f8.

Review: Ars Imago 320 Black and White Film (Please Come Back)

10 years ago, no one would have predicted that there would be a market for Ars Imago 320. But in the past few years, we've see a rival of film photography unlike any other. All around the world, younger photographers are picking up analog film cameras in an effort to get something different.

Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Shoot Sharper Photos

Among the biggest frustrations of photographers is a well-composed shot ruined by blur or lack of focus. Sometimes, you can get away with it if the blur is only minimal and hardly noticeable in small sizes.

First Impressions: Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM (A Portrait Dream Lens)

When portrait photographers pick up the Canon RF 85mm f1. 2 L USM, they'll start to realize the absolute magic that it's capable of when rendering a portrait subject. I've realized that Canon's lenses haven't always been about scoring high on DXOMark tests, but that they're instead designed for the character.

Review: Ricoh GR III (An Almost Perfect Street Photography Camera)

When the Ricoh GR III was announced, I was very disappointed to see that it was more of an upgrade rather than a brand new camera that truly brought it into the modern digital world. By that, I wanted a reason to spend a lot of money such as a full frame sensor, weather sealing, improved autofocus, etc.

Review: Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f1.8 S (Nikon Z Mount)

During our testing with the Nikon z series of cameras, perhaps our favorite lens was the Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm f1. 8 S. It can be argued that a camera system is only as good as the lenses available, and this is especially true when launching a brand new camera system--as is the case with the Nikon Z Mount series.

Review: Nikon 50mm f1.8 Z S (Nikon Z Mount)

Almost every photographer has had a "Nifty Fifty" in their arsenal at some point during their career, due to the popularity of the versatile 50mm focal length, suitable for portraiture, landscapes, street, and many other genres of photography.

Review: Leica 35mm f2 ASPH Summicron (Leica M Mount)

Though I'll admit that I'm more partial to the Summilux series of lenses, theLeica 35mm f2 ASPH Summicron is surely an option that many photographers using Leica or other cameras will want to consider in part due to its pretty darned affordable price point.

Film Emulsion Review: KOSMO Foto Mono (35mm Emulsion)

The film renaissance has given us a number of fantastic new film emulsions that we should all be supporting in some way or another, and for the sake of KOSMO Foto Mono I genuinely hope that everyone and their mother finds out about it.

6 Reasons Why Your Photos Arent Razor Sharp

Picture this: you come home after a great day out photographing and youre excited to look through all the beautiful images youve captured. However, after importing them you realize that theyre all garbage because theyre blurry.

iPhone 7 Plus vs $82,000 Arri Alexa

A few months back, a viral video showed how the iPhone 7 could (in some respects) hold its own against a $50,000 RED Weapon. This side-by-side comparison of the iPhone 7 Plus against an $82,000 Arri Alexa is a bit more… what you expect.

The Best Aperture for Landscape Photography

The question What aperture is best for landscape photography? is often asked in various online forums. While there isnt one correct aperture, certain scenes benefit from using a specific one. For standard landscape photography (excluding night photography, macro photography and other niches), the optimal aperture for front-to-back sharpness lies within f/7.1 to f/13. This range […]

Review: Pentax 15-30mm f2.8 ED SDM WR (Pentax F)

The Pentax K-1 is probably the greatest thing to happen to many Pentax users in a while; and when you consider some fantastic lenses like the company's Pentax 15-30mm f2. 8, you start to see more and more how someone could almost want to switch systems.

Review: Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM (Canon EF)

If you were to tell me that I would honestly fall in love with a Canon lens like the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM earlier this year, I would've told you that I've had my heart broken by the company many times in the past few years since the Canon 5D Mk III came out.