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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma dp and 50mm f1.4 product images first impressions (11 of 12)ISO 64001-60 sec at f - 5.6

Early tests have already come out, and have shown that Sigma’s new 50mm f1.4 Art lens is going to be quite the contender. Today, news is being announced that makes it even more viable–the new Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens will retail for $949. At under $1,000 the lens comes in at a more affordable price point than Sony’s, Canon’s and Zeiss’s high end offerings.

When the lens is available for purchase in April users will be able to purchase it in Sony, Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts.

Over the next couple of days, we’ll be publishing lots of our findings on the lens. So stay tuned! But in the mean time, you can check out our first impressions.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (7 of 7)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.5

Head on over to our review of the Olympus OMD EM10 and take a look at just how amazing these RAW files hold up. Anyone who bashes Micro Four Thirds for the image quality should really consider giving it another look and also consider how much overall RAW versatility they really need. The colors are spectacular, and the RAW files can do amazing things and also nerf noise very well in post-production.

Take a look at our results in the full review.

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DxOMark have just finished testing the Panasonic GH4 (or rather, its sensor,) and their results are hardly surprising. As it turns out, the GH4 is the best Micro Four Thirds camera currently available when it comes to pure sensor performance. With a total score of 74, it is three points ahead of its predecessor, the GH3, and even outperforms the acclaimed Olympus OM-D E-M1 by one point.

Further analysis is after the jump.

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It’s been a while the Lomography company announced something new; and after hearing about the Petzval lens it only makes sense that they’re going to continue to go that route. Today, the company announced something super cool and totally out of the blue. It’s their new RUSSAR+ Art lens for L39 and M mount cameras. For those of you not in the know, L39 is the original screwmount.

The new RUSSAR+ is a 20mm focal length that is an ode to the old Russar MR-2 lens. It starts at f5.6 and goes down to f22. It also has a real focusing ring. The problem with the lens though for rangefinder users is that it isn’t rangefinder coupled; so you’ll need to use the depth of field scale (which is a bit lacking) to make the best decisions according to the company’s tech page. Additionally, the lens can be mounted on a mirrorless camera where you can see the focusing with no issues.

They’re also stating that a red shift will occur around the edges of the frame when shooting digital. They further state that is can be corrected in post or in camera with Sony or Leica.

You can order yours for $649. More photos and a video is after the jump.

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It’s been a while since Lensbaby announced anything new; but now it seems like they’re going for the extreme end of things–and by that we mean extremely wide. The company announced a brand new 5.8mm f3.5 fisheye lens for APS-C Canon and Nikon DSLRs. However, it can be used on full frame DSLRs too. In terms of design, the lens looks like an old Nikon optic. The 5.8mm f3.5 has a fully manual aperture ring, manual focus, and something totally different too! This lens isn’t compatible with the Optic Swap system–and that sort of makes sense. The Optic Swap system is supposed to allow users to swap optics on their camera and tilt-shift their lenses. But the benefits of tilt-shift is some glorious bokeh. Unfortunately, you can’t really get any bokeh with something this wide.

We’re in the process of calling one in for review, but in the meantime you can pick one up from Adorama for $299.95.

Mitakon 50mm f0.95 Sample Image

A couple of months ago, we reported about an upcoming 50mm f0.95 lens by Chinese manufacturer Mitakon, made specifically for Sony’s new full-frame E-mount cameras. Back then, we didn’t know when it would appear, or what its specifications would be. A little later some first sample images popped up, which showed that the lens would be able to deliver solid image quality even wide open.

Now, finally, Sony Alpha Rumors has received word that we might actually see the lens very soon, and that it’ll come at a very reasonable price. According to an anonymous source, the first superfast aperture manual focus normal lens for Sony’s A7, A7R and new A7S cameras will be introduced this month, on April 20th 2014. As for its price, it will allegedly come in at US-$ 799, which if true would almost be a steal for a lens with these specifications.

For comparison, the only other superfast 50mm lenses capable of covering the full 35mm sensor area are the insanely expensive Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f0.95, and the less-expensive-but-still-unaffordable-for-most SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95. The former sets you back a cringeworthy $11k, while the latter comes in at an eye-watering $3000. While the Mitakon will probably not be as strong a performer as these two, it is still the most affordable option if you want a superfast 50mm for your A7(R/S). That is, if the reported price tag turns out to be true.