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Months and months in the making, the Phoblographer staff has been working hard to finish a guide that we’re finally proud to say is ready for release. In the past couple of years, Sigma has stated that they have improve their QC measures in manufacturing lenses and also released the plans for a new vision of their future products. Today, they are separated into Art, Contemporary and Sports. And one of the leading third party manufacturer of lenses, they helped to vanquish the ideology that third party products just aren’t as good as the first party.

And with that in mind, we bring you our guide to Sigma’s Prime Lenses–featuring the entire list of Sigma fixed focal length glass.

Editor’s Note: This guide was not sponsored by Sigma. It was done by the Phoblographer staff with complete Editorial credibility being kept intact. However, before you make a purchase, we recommend that you give them a try first. And we recommend no one else but BorrowLenses.

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Sigma has been on an impressive tear with its recent releases of lenses. Not satisfied with accepting a second tier reputation, they have been delivering lenses that compete favorably against the major camera manufacturer’s line of lenses in terms of image and build quality, while edging them out on price. So, Sigma has packed in a lot effort into this wide-angle lens.

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This is a photo of the Samyang 24mm Tilt Shift lens that Samyang/Rokinon announced a while back. Today, the company is saying that the lens will be shipping in May 2013 for Canon, Nikon and Sony Alpha mounts to start with. The new lens will allow 12mm of shift with an 8.5 degree tilt. It can also be shifted upward to around 90 degrees.

In terms of construction, it sports 16 elements with 11 groups with two aspherical lenses. They’re already available for pre-order over at B&H Photo and Amazon.

Stay tuned, we’ve got a review unit headed our way.

It was hinted on their Facebook awhile ago but now its official, Samyang’s new tilt shift lens is here! The plane of focus and the optical axis can both be adjusted individually as well as an option to take it further. The next level is the ability to rotate the lens mount and and tilt shift section may be rotated left 90 degrees, the lens mount can also be rotated 90 degrees left and right. So it seems if you thought the lens would be announced at a lower price it would lack in terms of tilt shift functionality.

Along with all the tilting and shifting above the lens is also full of different elements, with a total of 16 lenses (2 aspherical and 2 mard with ED glass) arranged in eleven groups. Each optical component of the lens is covered with multiple layers of anti-reflective UMC coatings which help with light transmission and scenes with high contrasts.

I haven’t seen a price yet but knowing Samyang the lens will be prices much lower than the Nikon and Canon version and offer similar image quality. The lens will come in the Nikon, Canon EF, Pentax and Sony Alpha flavors. No official word on on the press release here on release date.

Over a very long period of time, the staff of The Phoblographer have reviewed countless lenses. Most notably though, we’ve reviewed a version of nearly ever Rokinon lens produced to date. Because we’ve been generally very happy with the production quality, we’ve compiled a guide to their lenses consisting of the reviews we’ve done.

Looking for some affordable prime lenses with some very good image quality? This guide has you covered whether you’re looking for a Rokinon Lens or Samyang lens.

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When they started with just the specialty 8mm cinema lens they didn’t get that much attention. Today they are bringing us 3 very common and usable focal lengths for cinema work. The three lenses are the 14mm T3.1 ED AS IF UMC wide angle lens, the 24mm T1.5 ED AS IF UMC lens and the 35mm T1.5 AS UMC lens.

What makes these lenses special is that they are declicked and because of that they have a step less aperture ring. All manual focus lenses from the old days have an aperture step for each aperture and this results in the lens clicking in place for each aperture. The aperture ring as well as the focus ring have follow focus gears for racking focus or pulling focus.

These lenses will be available towards the end of August and the prices have yet be announced.