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50mm f1.8

Canon 50mm f1.8 III

Today in Cheap photo, we’ve found discounts on loads of 50mm f1.8 (nifty 50) lenses. Plus, the new Tokina 24-70mm f2.8 lens is now available in both Canon and Nikon mounts,

Also still valid: Here’s your chance to get the Sony A7 at the cheapest price that we’ve seen it for yet. And just in case Amazon runs out, try B&H Photo or Adorama. We’ve also found deals on Pentax lenses, B&H’s Deal zone, a 70D bundle rebate deal,

If you’re still interested: the new Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens is getting $100 off and going for $849. But be sure to check out our review before you go buy one, our comparison to the original and to the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art.

We’ve found a bundle deal on a Canon 70D Bundle for $789 after a rebate, plus Nikon savingsNikon summer bundle deals as well as so much more.

$400 off the Sony A7r, Zeiss lens rebates, $299 for the Olympus EPL5, a discount on the Fujifilm XT-1, $499 for the Olympus OMD EM5, $200 off on the Fujifilm X100T, Tamron lens discounts, Lexar card specials.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 28mm f2 lens review product photos (1 of 7)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.5

Sony has had a mirrorless camera system for a while. Originally called the NEX system, it has since been incorporated into the Alpha system. The company originally had only APS-C cameras, but they were the first to give the world full frame mirrorless cameras for the E-mount. However, the full-frame E-mount lenses are more expensive and much newer. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t find affordable options out there.

In our reviews of reviewing lenses, we’ve compiled lots of information from our Reviews Index and around rounding up our favorite E-mount lenses that won’t break the bank.

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Yesterday, we featured five great cheap lenses for the Canon DSLR system; and today we’re taking a look at what Nikon has to offer. For years, photographers always said that you go to Canon for the lenses and you go to Nikon for the bodies. But in the most recent years, Nikon has been updating and putting out new lenses on a faster scale than Canon does. For starters, they’re determined to make loads of prime lenses at f1.8 and the company is also working on updating their other lenses that were otherwise left from the film days.

Over our years of testing lenses and cameras, we’ve rounded up some of the best and most affordable lenses that are available for the Nikon F mount DSLR system. So if you’re looking for the best cheap lenses for your Nikon DSLR, then look no further.

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Canon 50mm f1.8 III

After years without an update, Canon is finally giving their 50mm f1.8 lens some new moxy. This is their third iteration in the EOS lineup and it seems to combine the best of both of the previous versions. The Canon 50mm f1.8 III has a metal mount, seven aperture blades, new lens coatings and a new STM motor for more silent focusing.

The new lens can focus and close at 14 inches away, has a 49mm front filter thread and weighs in at only 5.61 oz.

Best of all: it’s still cheap on the price-side of things.

The new lens will be available for $125 and is currently on pre-order at B&H Photo. Shipping begins later this month.

We’ve got no word if this thing is capable of resolving the 50MP Canon 5Ds or 5DsR; but if it is then it has stepped leaps and bounds ahead of lots of the company’s L lenses.

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The Nikon D5500 clearly shows off the company’s continued evolution of their more entry level offerings–to the point where it pretty much seems to be targeting the mirrorless camera market. It’s small; in fact during our initial meeting with Nikon we found it to be comparable to the full frame mirrorless Sony A7 camera. And while it’s small, Nikon is still trying to do things that don’t sacrifice on build quality, feel, and features.

The Nikon D5500 sports a 24.2MP APS-C sensor with no OLPF at the heart. Other specs include a 3.2 inch vari-angle LCD touch screen (yes, touch screen), the EXPEED 4 imaging processor, ISOs ranging from 100-25,600, 5 fps shooting, and similar video capabilities to the D750.

Yes, these are all very cool features for an entry level DSLR (or a step above it.) But they’re still not our favorite thing about this camera.

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Photographer Miguel Quiles recently set out to prove that you don’t need to best camera and lens setup in the world to deliver amazing photography results. Instead, he wanted to teach folks about how important lighting is. As part of a blog post for the Photoflex lighting school, he decided to pit a Canon 5D Mk III with an 85mm f1.2 L lens against a 7D with a 50mm f1.8. Then he used the same lighting setup with each camera kit, edited the results and compared them.

If you’re not looking at the images at 100% (and most clients that you’re shooting for won’t) you won’t really be able to tell the differences between the images, nor would you have any particular issues with them. In fact, with even more editing in Lightroom (which is really just the push and pull of a couple of sliders) you can make them look even more similar.

What Miguel was overall trying to show though is that you don’t need a really expensive camera setup to shoot better images; just effective lighting.

Check the video out after the jump.

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