Deal Alert: Nikon Lens Rebates on Many of the Top Favorites

If you’ve always been looking to get your hands on some affordable Nikon glass, then now is the time to look at these pretty amazing Nikon Lens Rebates. Lots of the company’s lenses are being sold off at really low prices right now and if you’ve always want some of them but couldn’t afford them, then now is the time to get some of that glass.

We’ve got the full roundup after the jump.

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Could Third-Party AF Adapters For Fujifilm Finally Be Coming?

I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I have always felt that a big reason why Sony has had the success it’s had with its mirrorless system, namely the A7 series cameras, is thanks in part to the vast array of third-party AF lens adapters.

This has been one downside to the Fujifilm system, in my estimation, since there are no AF adapters at this point, there is no easy ‘try-before-you-buy’ option if you are a photographer who relies on AF (which most of us these days do). It looks like this could be changing, though, as a video demonstration of the first (to our knowledge) third-party Fujifilm AF adapter has surfaced. Continue reading…

Reports Say Yongnuo Gearing Up To Launch a 50mm F1.4 Lens

Could Yongnuo be gearing up to launch their own version of the Canon 50mm F/1.4? That is what some reports over on Photo Rumors are pointing to with images they received from a user.

Yongnuo has made their name in this industry with their cheap alternative products, which started with speedlights and lighting but has now expanded into lenses. Their lenses have been known to be built incredibly cheap, with outdated lens optical designs and AF motors. But in terms of the actual image quality from these very cheap lenses, it has been mostly noted to be fairly decent, in some cases even good.

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Review: Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus (Canon EF)

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Quite honestly, reviewing cameras doesn’t excite me anywhere as much as it used to years ago–but reviewing lenses is always incredibly fun. At this point in the game, I typically know that a camera will be great and more than suffice for the needs of most, but lenses are a different story. They can surprise you. Yes, the technology makes them very good too but lenses and lighting quite literally are at the heart of what makes your image look the way that it does.

When Zeiss released their lineup of Milvus lenses, I was sent five of them to play with before the announcement date. And to be honest, I was dreading playing with the 50mm f1.4 Milvus quite a bit. Why? I hate the 50mm field of view, but the results that this lens offers seriously knocks you down onto the ground with amazement.

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Field Test: Comparing an 85mm and 50mm Lens for Portraits

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We’ve had some heated debates recently on the site’s Facebook page when it comes to 85mm vs 50mm lenses. We tested it out ourselves a very long time ago, but recently another posting made readers wonder about it more themselves. To figure out which lens can render a better image when it comes to portraits, we tested two lenses from the same manufacturer to put an end to the debate once and for all.

So the real question is: Which lens is better for portraits? The 85mm vs 50mm Lens?

Editor’s Note: this is a formal comparison test not done in a lab, but instead in a real life situation. Real life situations simulate shooting subjects and not test charts. Frankly, if you’re purchasing a lens just to shoot charts all day you need to open a gallery of your test chart images and see someone’s reaction to them.

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DxOMark: Sigma’s New 50mm f1.4 Art Lens Doesn’t Best Zeiss Otus

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DxOMark is announcing their Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens findings today. According to what they did in the lab, the company concludes that the lens is outperformed by the 55mm f1.4 Zeiss Otus lens only in terms of light transmission, distortion control, and vignetting control. Otherwise, they’re basically exactly spot on when it comes to sharpness numbers. The even more fascinating news is that they both wipe the floor with Canon’s f1.2 L offering–and hopefully will dispel the myth that someone should only go for all L glass when building their Canon kit.

The company didn’t test the lens on the Nikon D800E and we figure that this is mostly because the units going around right now are Canon mount.

More findings are after the jump.

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Which One? Sigma 50mm f1.4 I vs Sigma 50mm f1.4 II Art

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Sigma recently updated their 50mm f1.4 lens to include not only the Art branding badge, but also a totally new look to the lens. The new Art offering joins the 35mm f1.4 as another prime for DSLRs under the new Global Vision that the company is touting right now. Many folks own the older Sigma 50mm f1.4, and with the release of the new one you might be wondering if it’s worth an upgrade or not.

In our real world tests, we explore the differences.

Editor’s Note: Check out our first sample imagesfull review, and comparison posts against the 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 version 1.

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Sigma Announces $949 Price Tag for New 50mm f1.4 Art Lens

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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.