How to Shoot Better Portraits with a 24mm Lens

We’ve done tutorials before on how to shoot better portraits with a 35mm lens and a 50mm lens, and these days it’s possible to create visually appealing photos with something as wide as even a 24mm lens. Modern optics have improved that much to the point where anyone can look good when shot with a 24mm lens–but you need to be the one that makes them look great. Part of this has to do with how you approach the situation while another part pertains to making your creative vision work in the scene.

For starters, you should know that 24mm lenses are fantastic for environmental portraits!

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We’ve Updated Our Sigma Prime Lens Guide! Go Take a Look!

Chris GampatThe Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 lenses (3 of 3)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Sigma is arguably the finest lens manufacturer at this current time, and we’ve been hard at work reviewing all of their lenses. But it’s the primes that fascinate us the most, and that’s why we’ve added to our Sigma Prime Lens guide.

Most recently, we’ve added the 24mm f1.4–which we found to be a solid lens overall and even sharper than the 35mm f1.4 Art. Plus it has wonderful bokeh.

In the guide, you’ll also find much older lenses, extreme telephoto lenses, and much more that have been tested by us over the years. Want to see how the newer 50mm f1.4 Art compares to the older version? Go take a look!

We hope you enjoy the Sigma Prime Lens guide and we will continue to update it as time goes on.

The Difference Between Zooming a Lens and Moving Closer

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 WR first impressions photos (7 of 25)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 4.0

“Zoom with your feet” is a common thing that many photographers say. But that really just means that you get closer and not much more. The folks at Vsauce recently put together a video that partially shows off what the difference is between zooming in with a lens and simply moving closer. It has to do with the size of the subject, but there are many other differences that they don’t talk about.

The video on Zooming a Lens, and more of an analysis is after the jump.

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Five Essential Focal Lengths Every Photographer Should Try

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma dp and 50mm f1.4 product images first impressions (12 of 12)ISO 64001-40 sec at f - 5.6

In the world of photography–be it that the craft is carried out professionally or leisurely–it has always been a matter of dispute whether a prime lens is preferred over a zoom lens, or the other way around. We here at The Phoblographer tend to think rather pragmatically about this: each has its own merits and downsides, and it clearly depends on what you’re up to. Let’s however for a moment assume that you lean towards using prime lenses–or you want to. After years of lens testing lenses, we think there are five essential focal lengths that every photographer should try at least once. These are the 24mm super wide-angle, the 35mm wide-angle, the 50mm normal, the 85mm short telephoto, and the 135mm telephoto.

Before you go on, we also want you to remember that no one is making a bad camera or lens.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Sigma Prime Lenses


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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Review: Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG Macro


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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Rokinon Says That Their 24mm Tilt Shift Lens is Coming in May 2013


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.

Samyang Tilt-Shift 24mm Lens Announced

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.