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Sigma 85mm vs Sigma 50mm lens

We’ve had some heated debates recently on the site’s Facebook page when it comes to 85mm vs 50mm lenses. We tested it out ourselves a very long time ago, but recently another posting made readers wonder about it more themselves. To figure out which lens can render a better image when it comes to portraits, we tested two lenses from the same manufacturer to put an end to the debate once and for all.

So the real question is: Which lens is better for portraits? The 85mm vs 50mm Lens?

Editor’s Note: this is a formal comparison test not done in a lab, but instead in a real life situation. Real life situations simulate shooting subjects and not test charts. Frankly, if you’re purchasing a lens just to shoot charts all day you need to open a gallery of your test chart images and see someone’s reaction to them.

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Hey everyone,

This is a short notice to you all asking for help to secure us a grant of $150,000 through the Mission Main St Grants program. We’re in the running as a small business to secure the money in order to make the site better, bring on new employees, invest in new types of content for you guys including more videos, create different types of tutorials, and even add more giveaways amongst many other things as a thank you for supporting us over the years as we move into the next stage of the site.

To vote: simply head over to the website and type in the Phoblographer. Please do so soon and hopefully we can work to build a better site and community.


Here are the details:


1. FOLLOW us on Instagram (@sigmaphoto and @phoblographer)

2. REPOST the image above with #GearUpWithSigma to your Instagram account.


- Contest is open to folks of all ages who reside the United States

- Contest starts September 17th 10AM EST and ends October 1st 11:59PM EST.

- We will announce the winners on October 4th

Good luck!

Contest ends on October 1st so enter today and tell all of your friends about it! Winners will be announced October 4th.



Image courtesy of ePhotoZine

Voigtländer has announced a new Nokton 10.5mm f0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. In terms of full frame equivalency the lens offers a nice and wide 21mm equivalent focal length. What’s more–users will be able to get up close with their subject at 17-centimeters (about 6-inches) taking full advantage of all the bokeh that f0.95 lens creates; though we’re still sure that it won’t be very much.

ePhotoZine got a chance to play with the lens and it was thoroughly impressed with the lens’ sharpness and straight lines despite being a wide-angle prime. With the lens being made up of 13 elements in 10 groups, there are undoubtedly more than a few aspherical lenses to help reduce distortion.

The lens is reportedly due to be released sometime in 2015, however, Voigtländer has yet to announce a price. We can’t wait to get this lens in for a full review and until then check past the break for more specs on the Voigtländer Nokton 10.5mm f0.95.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony NEX 3N product photo (1 of 1)ISO 1601-200 sec at f - 2.0

Years ago when the idea of mirrorless cameras and systems was pitched, the premise behind it all was that overall it would create a lighter and smaller kit. And for the most part, manufacturers have stuck to that statement. But at certain times, they really don’t seem to be sticking to it. This concern comes up now more than ever considering that Sony has a full frame mirrorless camera system.

Photographer Tom Northencold wrote a piece recently about why he’s sticking to Micro Four Thirds. The answer: the weight differences vs his Nikon system.

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Matt Kloskowsi recently featured an impressive new Lightroom Plugin called Show Focus Point. The plugin works with the Adobe software to display to the photographer exactly where they tried to focus the image when they shot it. This works very well if a photographer goes through a session of shooting multiple images. Based on where the focusing point is, the photographer can then later tell which of the image(s) in the series is best in focus. It could be very useful to sports photographers, street photographers, wedding photographers or the average ordinary clutz that needs to take millions of photos in order to get that one right shot.

The software plugin essentially just opens a window pane that gives you information on where you focused and can even show the focusing points of Nikon and Canon cameras according to their website.. It’s completely free and works on both Mac and Windows computers. From what it looks like, the team tries to update the plugin when new cameras come out.

Give it a try.