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Photokina Announcements Raise Camera Manufacturers Stocks After Apple iPhone 7 Announcement

When the Apple iPhone 7 was announced, it was clear that Apple was going after the DSLR and mirrorless cameras in an intention to end their industry. The new camera in the Apple iPhone 7 Plus is said to use a telephoto (though it’s actually a normal) lens and a wide angle to create an image with a blurred background. Apple states that this simulates the same effect of a larger sensor....
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Fujifilm Explains the Difference between the 23mm f2 Lens on X100 vs the Weather Sealed Version

Since the announcement of the new Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR lens for X series cameras, photographers have been wondering what some of the big differences are between the new lens and the one found in the X100 series of cameras. Of course, one has weather sealing and the other is pancake sized. But what else? So we spoke to Fujifilm about it. And here’s their response....
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Photography Classes: An Argument For Paid Learning In a Free Web

Let’s be very honest there: you absolutely do not need to take classes or many tutorials that you need to pay for to learn the basics and a little bit more about photography–but photography classes do something for you that being behind a screen in a dark office at home can’t do for you. Classes, for many years, were the best ways for photographers for learn how to do their craft. But the internet has changed there. There are loads and loads of places where you can go to learn all of the basics. Photographers that just want to know the basics probably learned this way. There’s YouTube, The Phoblographer, Tuts Plus, and a load of other free resources that do a great job of teaching you some tips and tricks that you’ll be responsible for getting into a routine of....
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First Impressions: Olympus OMD EM1 Mk II

At Photokina 2016, Olympus announced the new Olympus OMD EM1 Mk II; a camera that they’re trying to aim at the professional and high end enthusiast. The EM1 has been the company’s flagship line for a while now, and the last one was already very good. The new additions make it faster, more feature packed with new things like an improved image stabilization system, improved viewfinder, etc. When paired with all the company’s newest lenses, it makes for a great solution that the professional photographer can use in many instances....
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First Impressions: Zeiss Loxia 85mm f2.4 (Sony FE)

The Zeiss Loxia lineup of lenses are designed for the Sony full frame E mount, and the newest offering is the Zeiss Loxia 85mm f2.4. This lens is currently the company’s longest offering and is targeted at portrait photographers and video shooters. It’s also designed to try to give it as compact of a size as possible and to that end, has the relatively slow aperture for a Zeiss lens....
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First Impressions: Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f2 (Sony FE)

If you’ve known anything about Venus Optics and what they’ve been doing for the past couple of years, you’ll know that they entered the manual focusing lens world and that they’re promising a zero-distortion 15mm f2 lens to be delivered soon for the Sony full frame E mount. At Photokina 2016, we got a chance to meet with the company to give the lens a bit of a try on the original Sony a7. So far, it seems like they’re holding themselves very closely to their claims....
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First Impressions: Sony a99 II

It’s been years since Sony has updated the a99, and at Photokina 2016 the company announced the successor–the Sony a99 II. Chock full of upgrades like a 42.2MP full frame sensor, hybrid autofocus detection, 4K video without pixel binning, 12 fps shooting capabilities in raw with a buffer of up to 56 images and a new three way tilting LCD screen there is surely a lot to love here....
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First Impressions: Fujifilm GFX 50s Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

For a few minutes at Photokina 2016, I was able to personally fondle the hottest camera announced at the show: the Fujifilm GFX 50s. This is a medium format camera targeted at the full frame 35mm camera user and is the second medium format mirrorless camera in the digital market. Oddly enough though, it isn’t designed to resemble a Mamiya 7 II or anything else from the film days despite the retro aesthetics. A number of jounalists and I were taken through a presentation where we were introduced to the team who worked on the camera’s design and specifications. Fujifilm’s intention here is to find a way to appeal to professional photographers and high end enthusiasts without competing in the pool filled with sharks that produce full frame 35mm sensor cameras....
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First Impressions: Tokina FiRIN 20mm f2 (Sony FE)

The first new lens in Tokina’s new FiRIN lineup of lenses is a manual focus offering with electronic contacts communicating with the Sony a7 camera bodies that it’s designed for: and it’s called the Tokina FiRIN 20mm f2. Odd naming aside from a Japanese company using a Gaelic term, the lens is an all manual focus, manual aperture optic that is well designed from metal and that is targeted to both photographers and videographers. As a fast, compact well built prime lens it’s designed from the ground up–and Tokina has done a very good job....
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First Impressions: Lumu Power Light Meter

Last year, Lumu launched a Kickstarter for a brand new Light meter for the iPhone that would be able to meter color, ambient light, and flash output. For anyone that uses a light meter of any sort, this sounds wonderful (sans being able to trigger a monolight via the meter.) At Photokina 2016, I finally got the chance to see their unicorn product: the Lumu Power. The company claims that it will be delivered this November, and that they’ve had a number of holdups along the way. Sure, they’re late on delivering their Kickstarter promises, but they’re now ready to get it out to the public....
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How Much Bigger is the Sensor in the Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Full Frame?

At Photokina 2016, the medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S camera was announced. It features a medium format sensor that is larger than full frame 35mm sensors, but isn’t larger than full frame 645 format sensors. To see just how large they all are in comparison, we put them all in a chart together. In truth, it’s really not much larger; but it is indeed larger than full frame and effectively targets the photographers that want something more....
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In Digital Photography, The New 645 Format is Even Smaller

If the trends in medium format photography have been any indication at all, then the idea of getting a truly large 645 medium format sensor is something to truly aspire to and that most professional photographers may never accomplish. Years ago back when film was king in photography, the 645 medium format size was something of a joke in some circles of photography. In photojournalism, it was a format valued for its smaller size yet larger negative than what 35mm film offered. Many professionals tended to want to reach for the 6×7 format instead. At this size, the photographer got a larger negative yet still retained a manageable size to work with. Photojournalistic applications tended to favor the 645 format. ...
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Capture One Pro 9.3 Adds Precision Color Management

Phase One is today updating the most popular alternative to Adobe Lightroom: Capture One Pro 9.3. The biggest update is in regards to precision color management–which is ALWAYS a huge issue for photographers. The system is based on the collaboration between Phase One and EIZO. This enables users to create monitor profiles for EIZO ColorEdge CG Series monitors within Capture One Pro with a single click....
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The Phase One IQ1 100MP Digital Back Is Probably More Than You Need

Today at Photokina 2016, Phase One is bringing us a brand new 100MP digital camera back in the form of the IQ1. And for $32,990 you’ll be able to pixel peep to your heart’s content while whispering sweet nothings to your monitor alone in the dark with your computer. The new sensor in the IQ11...
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Portrait Photographer Tracie Maglosky on Using the New Olympus 25mm f1.2

One of the more exciting announcements to come out of Photokina is the arrival of the new Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO lens. This surely is a lens that many have been waiting for for a long time and considering the design, it seems very worth it. Olympus went through the trouble of completely redesigning the lens to make only a single element move when it focuses. This ensures that the lens has fast focusing. Surely, you also get the light gathering benefits of f1.2 and weather sealing. With the Four Thirds crop, you’re getting the equivalent of f2.4 on a full frame camera–which means that there is no real reason to stop the lens down when shooting portraits or anything for that matter....
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Olympus Announces New E-PL8 Pen, 25mm f1.2 PRO, and More!

At Photokina 2016, Olympus is announcing their new 25mm f1.2 PRO lens in addition to many other long awaited products including the new Olympus Pen E-PL8 mirrorless camera. The camera is pretty compact, sleek and boasts a load of features like a 180 flip screen for selfies, wifi, premium dials, rounder edges for your hands, leather textures, a touch screen and so much more. One of the biggest features has to do with Video and how they work with Wifi....
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The Medium Format Fujifilm GFX 50S has a 51.4MP Sensor

At Photokina 2016, Fujifilm announced their new system called the Fujifilm GFX: their medium format camera system that has been long rumored. The new system sports a sensor size of 43.8 x 32.9mm; and the camera is being touted as something that is meant to be above full frame camera systems. This is being called the G format sensor and is 1.7x larger than 35mm. It has 51.4MP. At its full size, it as a 4:3 ratio. However, there are a number of different ratios available....
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Nikon’s New KeyMission Cameras Enter the Action World in a Big Way

Not only is Nikon trying to enter the action cam market in a big way, but they’re also trying to tackle the 360 camera world too! Today at Photokina 2016, the company is announcing their new Keymission 360, 170 and 80 action cameras. Each of them have their own according fields of view in the name. Additionally, they all pair with the Nikon SNAPBridge app via Bluetooth for control....
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The Sony a99 II Features a 42.4MP Back Illuminated Full Frame Sensor

At Photokina 2016, Sony has announced their new Sony a99 II. At the heart there is 42.4 BSI MP full frame sensor that can shoot at 12fps while using tracking AF, hybrid face detection af, 399 AF points, 5 axis stabilization, 4k movie without pixel binning. They’re targeting this camera at professionals and sports shooters and wildlife photographers....
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Panasonic’s New G85 Has a More Advanced OIS System

Photokina is shaping up to be quite the busy year for camera manufacturers and Panasonic is no exception with the announcement of their new G85 camera. This new camera isn’t a flagship model but it’s got splash and dust proofing, 5 axis dual IS 2 and can shoot 4K. It’s targeted at the high end enthusiast instead of the professional photographer. One of the biggest features is the new image stabilization system which studies the focal length of the lens and figures out what the sensor and lens can do to work together if at all. Part of this also uses a gyrosensor and Panasonic claims that you can get up to 5 stops of image stabilization....
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Panasonic Announces Development of the Panasonic GH5

At Photokina 2016, Panasonic announced the development of the successor to their GH4: they’re calling it the Panasonic GH5. This camera is being targeted at the highest end of professionals that need to shoot stills and video. It makes sense as they also believe that 8k video will be a bigger standard in the year 2020–when the next Olympics are. 8K video is around 33MP according to Panasonic....
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The Hasselblad V1D Features a 75MP Square Format Digital Sensor

Hasselblad caught the industry’s attention recently with the release of the world’s first medium format mirrorless digital camera, and today they’re announcing an interesting concept: the Hasselblad V1D. At its heart is a 75MP square sensor, and the camera is what Hasselblad is calling a black box carefully machined out of a solid block of aluminum. It has ports/fixings for modules all over for various types of uses. It is indeed a modular camera!...
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Profoto’s Air Remote TTL is Finally Coming for Sony Cameras

Profoto has provided support for the Canon and Nikon camera systems for a while now; and today they announced that their collaborating with Sony. In early 2017, the Profoto Air Remote TTL-S will be available to support the various cameras in the Sony a7 lineup. The remote offers full TTL and HSS capability with Profoto’s Pro-10, D2, B1, and B2 flashes. ...
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The PocketWizard Flex TT5 TTL Is Now Available for Panasonic Cameras

The PocketWizard system has always been available for Canon and Nikon DSLRs; but today they’re announcing that their TTL radio system will be available for Panasonic’s mirrorless cameras. The system is highly targeted at photographers who use the GH4, and includes features like HSS (high speed sync) that allow a photographer to shoot at up to 1/8000th, TTL, and can use PocketWizard’s HyperSync technology. ...
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Werner Philipps: Inspiration in Natural Light Portraiture

You wouldn’t think that despite the way that photographer Werner Philipps got his start in photography, he’d be shooting and creating incredible portraits. “A few years back I was planing an online shop as a secondary income.” says Werner. He purchased Canon EOS 20D; and the idea of the shop failed. Seeing that this happened, he didn’t want the purchase to go to waste. Afterall, it was an investment. “So one day I went on a day trip to Groningen (Netherlands) with a couple of friends and I took the camera and started taking pictures. Thats how it all started.”...
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Review: Zeiss 15mm f2.8 Milvus (Nikon F)

When you look at a Zeiss lens, it’s very common to feel gear lust–and that’s what the Zeiss 15mm f2.8 Milvus lens will create in you. As the company’s widest lens and one of the newest additions to the Milvus lineup, it’s also one that will inspire you quite a bit due to its gorgeous way of rendering the world around you. Those that will really love this lens are landscape, architecture and real estate photographers. These shooters will also most likely be ones that wok professionally especially as they’re some of the few that will be able to justify the purchase to themselves....
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Review: JCH StreetPan 400 Film (35mm Film)

It’s rare when a new film hits the market–but it would make a whole lot of sense that someone like Bellamy Hunt decides to create one. Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 film is an emulsion available in 35mm and was developed to really be shot in low light situations. In fact, he states that it works best in red lighting. For the casual street photographer, that means sundown as you head out on your commute to go back home at the end of the workday. Beyond this, ensure that the film lab working to develop the film knows what they’re doing....
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The New Zeiss Loxia 85mm f2.4 is Another FE Portrait Lens

Today at Photokina 2016, a lens that hasn’t been kept such a great secret is finally out of the bag: the Zeiss Loxia 85mm f2.4 for Sony E mount cameras. Like all other Loxia lenses, it is weather sealed and manual focus while retaining an incredibly compact size. There are seven lens elements in their own groups and the close focusing distance is around a little under 27 inches. Weighing 595 grams, it’s also going to be accordingly lightweight considering that it’s designed to work with a mirrorless camera. ...
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Review: Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Milvus (Nikon F)

Along with recent announcement of the 135mm f2 and 15mm f2.8 Milvus lenses, we were also treated to the Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Milvus lens. This lens is the company’s offering in-between their 15mm and 21mm focal lengths that are supposed to deliver architecture, Real Estate, Cityscape and landscape photographers a different experience. Like the others out there, this lens is weather sealed and characterized with the blue ring towards the back of the lens–which aids in weather sealing overall. Additionally, it boasts manual focusing, a rubber focusing ring and an all metal body....
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The Leica M-P Titanium Will Shoot the Most Expensive Selfies Ever

Leica has put out Titanium edition cameras before, and the latest set will include the Leica M-P (Typ 240) digital camera, Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH. Lens and the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. Lens. Only 333 of the sets will be sold worldwide; and so you’re probably not going to be able to afford one....
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Review: MacPhun Aurora HDR 2017

Last year, MacPhun teamed up with Trey Ratcliff to create an HDR program for the Mac called Aurora HDR. Back then, it was a pretty good program; and with today’s announcement of Aurora HDR 2017 you get even more editing power overall. Aurora HDR 2017 features lots of new improvements like a polarizing filter, tone mapping, and a sleeker interface. Many experienced photographers will feel right at home here; and many HDR photographers that are careful with their in-camera shootings will be very pleased with what’s possible here....
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Review: WANDRD PRVKE 21 Backpack Camera Bag

When WANDRD came out with the PRVKE pack a while back, it immediately became my favorite backpack style camera bag. The WANDRD PRVKE 21 is essentially the same bag, but smaller and thinner in some respects. Designed for the traveling photographer, my PRVKE pack has served me well for more than just traveling. On shoots where I need to bring lights, modifiers, tripods, and other big items that are essential, the bag has been a godsend–far better than any messenger bag that I’ve ever used. But for when I’m not traveling, the PRVKE 21 has served me even better....
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Tutorial: How to Create Film-like Images in Your Digital Camera

Just shoot film–that’s the first thing that we’re going to tell you when it comes to shooting images that look and feel more film-like; but we also know that not everyone lives by a film development lab. However, there are characteristics of film that can be mimicked in-camera and without the use of (though very good) preset emulsion sets. Some of this has to do with realizing exactly what film does....
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The Tokina FiRIN 20mm f2 is for Sony Full Frame E Mount Cameras

Today, Tokina is introducing us to a major new addition to their current lineup of lenses: the Tokina FiRIN 20mm f2 FE MF prime lens for Sony E-Mount cameras. This is an all manual focus lens with a wide angle field of view that also boasts manual aperture settings around the lens. It’s electronically coupled though, so it can transmit EXIF data, distance, can use the 5-axis image stabilization system in the newer a7 II series of cameras, and has a setting that allows it to be clicked or de-clicked for video use....
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The Interfit S1 Monolight is Now Compatible with Sony Cameras

A while back, we tested the Interfit S1 and found it to be a pretty good alternative to Phottix and Profoto though not as good as the Flashpoint option in some ways. Today, the company announced that the Interfit S1 is now available to work with Sony cameras that boast the multi-interface shoe. This boosts the options that Sony strobists now have by quite a bit overall....
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New55 and Florian Kaps Announces Alternative to Fujifilm Peel Apart Film

When Fujifilm announced that they’d be killing the last of their peel apart film, the analog photography world wept. But today, New55 and Florian Kaps are announcing a team up with David Bohnett to rescue the film. In an upcoming Kickstarter campaign, the collaborators will be working together to try to bring the film back to life in the same way that Florian and the Impossible Project did for Polaroid film. This new version will be put out under New55 as a positive/negative instant film....
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Review: Interfit 65″ White Parabolic Umbrella

Umbrellas are by far my favorite lighting modifiers due to the variety of looks that they can deliver–and the latest from Interfit is surely no exception to the rule. Their 65″ Parabolic White Umbrella is great for working with portrait subjects, but it’s also quite solid when it comes to build quality and overall versatility. Of course, this isn’t a true adjustable parabolic but it can deliver that look. This just makes sense though as Interfit has been trying to take higher end concepts and make them more affordable to the semi-professional photographer for a while. So in truth, I wasn’t sure what to expect but what I got was quite a surprise....
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Review: Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

Compare the Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens to anything else on the APS-C camera market, and you’ll find pretty much no sort of equivalent product. It’s weather sealed, has optical image stabilization, doesn’t change its aperture very much throughout the range, and is built incredibly well. Then tag onto it the fact that it’s made by Fujifilm–one of the best lens makers of all time. Keep moving forward, and consider the fact that you’re putting this glass in front of the company’s excellent X Trans Sensors; designed by Fujifilm but manufactured by Sony. If you’re a sports, photojournalism, wildlife photographer or professional creeper then this lens may indeed by an option that you’ll want to consider....
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Samyang’s Newest Lenses Are Made From Metal

Samyang has previously made lenses that didn’t have the best build quality in the opinion of many photographers, but today they’re announcing their new premium lens lineup. The first two lenses in the lineup are their 85mm f1.2 and their 14mm f2.4 lens. The lenses are said to easily be able to resolve a 50MP or 8K video with ease....
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The Last First Day: An Exploration of Our Own Fears

“First of January 2106. Rügen. An island in northern Germany plunged into a strange atmosphere, post-apocalyptic, that reminds me of the movie The Road (2009, John Hillcoat). And if that day was the last first day of a fragile peace?” says photographer Frédérick Carnet about his series THE LAST FIRST DAY. “I shot it as an outlet to my own fears.” Indeed it’s easy for you to be reminded of some monster film, a thriller from Stephen King, or Silent Hill. It’s the unknown that sometimes really gets us....
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The Phoblographer Answers: Why Does Film Have Weird Colors at Night?

Very recently, we were asked about how to use film at night time. The reason: during the day a standard roll of color film will come out looking very nice and true to life. But at night, you don’t get quite the same results. So why gives? If you’re a digital photographer that later picked up film (the same way many of us did) then it’s easy for you to get super confused and possibly not even think about what’s going on here....
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Contact Sheets Reveal the Story of a 9/11 Recovery Worker

Earlier this year, we interviewed photographer Jennifer Judkins who photographed her father in his last days. But Jennifer’s father had a special story: he was one of the people tasked with cleanup around the World Trade Center after 9/11. If you’ve followed the stories of some of the first responders and those who helped clear the debris, you’ve probably heard a lot about some of the conditions and ailments that they’ve come down with. To get the message out about all that happened, Jennifer photographed her father in his ailing condition up until his passing....
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A Crisis of Purpose in the Age of Instagram

Photographing for likes. Has the world come to this? Everyone is a photographer, and photographs are manufactured voluntarily by the thousands per second, streamed instantaneously to handheld devices around the world. We’ve seen everything there is to be seen. We’ve seen beauty in abundance. We’ve seen torrents of cruelty. We’ve seen gross excesses. We’ve seen notoriety. And we’ve seen nothing of consequence. We’ve seen more than we need to see, and so we’ve become desensitized. Nothing moves us, and nothing shocks us. We’ve seen it all with the swipe of a thumb....
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Review: Zeiss ExoLenses for Mobile Phones (Apple iPhone)

Lots of people who call themselves photographers may not necessarily take mobile lenses seriously; but the truth is that they’re actually quite good, especially in the case of the Zeiss Exo Lenses. Moment, and PhotoJoJo make great optics, and it only makes sense that one of the best lens makers in the world wanted to get involved. The company makes three lenses that we tested: a wide angle, a telephoto and a macro. Though currently only available for the iPhone and Samsung phones, the lenses will offer photographers a significant improvement in image quality providing they take the right steps....
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Upgrading from the Canon Rebel: A Guide on Choosing Your Next Camera

One of the most popular dedicated cameras out there today has to be the Canon Rebel in all its iterations. They’re honestly fantastic cameras that are quite capable of producing professional level results. At a certain point in a photographer’s progression though, you’ll often find that they’re a bit lacking and that you may want more. But at the same time, a photographer also has to make the decision on whether they want to stick with the same system o move to another....
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The Winner of the Tamron 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD Lens Is…

Hey folks, We’ve had a couple people asking about who the results of the Tamron 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD lens, and today we’re happy to finally announce who the winner is. It was quite a tough contest not necessarily because of the entries (I’ve learned how to cull to the very best by now) but...
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Zeiss Adds Three New Lenses to The Milvus Collection

Today, Zeiss announced three new Milvus lenses: the 135mm f2 Milvus, 18mm f2.8 Milvus, and the 15mm f2.8 Milvus. Like the rest of the Milvus lineup of lenses, they all have weather sealing and boast very high image quality overall. We’re in the middle of reviewing them, and so we’re putting all the specs and images below....
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Review: Zeiss 135mm f2 Milvus (Canon EF)

If you had to think about some of the greatest lenses out there on the market right now, you’ll most likely think of Zeiss; and today the company is upgrading one of their best lenses to date in the form of the Zeiss 135mm f2 Milvus. Like the rest of the Milvus lineup of glass, this lens offers weather sealing, a solid metal exterior, a large rubber focusing ring, and above all else is promising class leading optical quality. With 11 elements in 8 groups, this lens has a lot to prove to justify a $2,199 price tag for Canon and Nikon DSLR shooters....
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Review: Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G OSS (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

There is very little on the market that can truly be compared to the Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G OSS lens; and for that reason it’s truly considered something unique. Very little, if anything at all, even compares to this lens in the mirrorless camera world....
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The Apple iPhone 7 Camera Boasts an f1.8 Lens

Today, we finally got to see and hear all the new details on the Apple iPhone 7. Of specific note is the camera: which features a camera system on the back with an f1.7 lens–which were indeed proven true by the rumors....
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