5 Reasons to Get Excited About the Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR Lens

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Recently, Fujifilm announced their 23mm f2 R WR lens for a very affordable $449 price point. This is the second lens in their lineup to offer an alternative traditional focal length for photographers that want an affordable lens and can’t afford the f1.4 versions. In many ways it follows the same formula that the 35mm f2 R WR does in comparison to the 35mm f1.4 R.

Considering this, there are loads of reasons why the 23mm f2 R WR lens should be very exciting for lots of Fujifilm camera users.

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6 Great Lighting Upgrades for the Budget Minded Photographer

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Adorama Flashpoint Xplor600 monolight product images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Lighting is such a major part of photography; whether artificial or natural, knowing how to use it, harness it, and bend it to your will is a key milestone in improving and growing as a photographer.You could easily spend $1,000+ on the most advanced ultra professional lighting setups that come with all the bells as whistles, but the reality is that even with a much more frugal budget you can create incredible images.

Today we are going to take a look at some great lighting options for photographers looking to  make the most of their budgets while improving their lighting ability. As always, these are items that we have reviewed ourselves so we can recommend them to you in full confidence. So lets just get started.

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6 Top Third Party Portrait Lenses Under $1000

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samyang 50mm f1.2 product images (6 of 7)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.8

Yes, brand name lenses are great, and have the advantage of being guaranteed to work flawlessly on cameras of that same brand. But third party lens manufacturers, especially in recent years have been coming out with some really killer options of their own. The quality bar has been raised and for most of the bigger established third party brands, quality control and performance issues are mostly things of the past.

So continuing with our Portrait theme for August, today we are going to go over some of our favorite third-party portrait lenses for under $1000.

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5 Irresistible Portrait Lenses for Nikon DSLR Photographers

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 first impressions product images (3 of 8)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 3.2

Beyond Canon there probably isn’t a more well known photography brand than Nikon, the big two have been dukeing it out in this field for decades. We have already covered Canon’s portrait lenses, so today we take a look at Nikon and share our picks for some of our favorite portrait lenses in the Nikon F mount.

Before get started, I would like to note though that these lenses are not in any particular order, this isn’t a ranking or stat sheet, it’s just meant to provide some good direction for Nikon shooters who are looking into portrait options. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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6 Spectacular Portrait Lenses for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II product images review (2 of 3)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

It would be hard to argue that Sony does not have the attention of the photographic community, with their A7 series of full frame mirrorless cameras (somewhat surprisingly to be honest) still the only player in the game. While the A7 series may not have the autofocus to challenge DSLRs in action situations quite yet, for portrait photography the A7 series is more than capable.

In today’s roundup we have 6 amazing lenses for portrait photography on the Sony system. I would like to note though that these lenses are not in any particular order, this isn’t a ranking or stat sheet, it’s just meant to provide some good direction for Sony shooters or potential Sony shooters who are looking into portrait options with Sony. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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Retropan 320: Soft, Modern Vintage Portraiture


All images and words by Alasdair Dougall. Used with permission.

While being at odds with itself, the title is the best way to describe Retropan 320 Soft, the film Foma released in 2015. Being an avid film photographer, I was very pleased to introduced Retropan when dropping of some film of for developing. I use Blanco Negro to hand develop my film, and while more expensive than lab processing of film, the owner, Christopher Reid, is one of the unsung heroes, who quietly promotes the film cause. It was his recommendation that lead me to try Retropan, and armed with a couple of rolls, I decided to see just how good the film really was for portrait photography.

I work with digital and analogue when shooting, but I have rediscovered the joy of film photography and the discipline it demands. No more quick test shots to see if things are working. It is now a case of planning the shot and checking all settings are correct. The research needs to extend to the film you plan to use, as well.

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8 Spectacular Portrait Lenses for Canon DSLRs

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Canon is the most popular camera system on the market, despite all the mirrorless buzz, and that means many of you are likely looking for some awesome portrait lens options for your Canon kit. Lucky for you, we have a great roundup of lenses on the docket today and all of them are great options for you Canon invested portrait photographers.

In this roundup we have 8 incredible lenses for portrait photography on the Canon system. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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