Incredible Deal: The Sony FE 50mm F1.8 for $198!

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Sony’s FE 5omm F/1.8 is not only one of the best deals in the FE lineup right now, it is also a killer lens in terms of image quality. Amazon has an insane deal on this lens right now bringing the price tag under $200, down from the already great normal price of $250.

We have loved this lens for its image quality and its fast focusing (in good light), as well as its killer bokeh. For the current deal price of $198 this lens is basically what we would consider to be a no brainer for Sony FE shooters.

If you are interested in picking it up you can find the deal over on Amazon, here.

Review: Sony 50mm f1.8 (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

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Sony’s 50mm f1.8 for the full frame E mount cameras is one of the lenses that photographers waited for for a while. When it was launched, it made everyone ecstatic. The system finally had its nifty 50 and would make loads of photographers very happy. As the first lens full frame 50mm lens designed for mirrorless cameras with autofocus, it’s bound to be exciting.

So how is it? If you’re a Sony user, you’ll probably want to get one.

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6 Spectacular Portrait Lenses for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

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It would be hard to argue that Sony does not have the attention of the photographic community, with their A7 series of full frame mirrorless cameras (somewhat surprisingly to be honest) still the only player in the game. While the A7 series may not have the autofocus to challenge DSLRs in action situations quite yet, for portrait photography the A7 series is more than capable.

In today’s roundup we have 6 amazing lenses for portrait photography on the Sony system. I would like to note though that these lenses are not in any particular order, this isn’t a ranking or stat sheet, it’s just meant to provide some good direction for Sony shooters or potential Sony shooters who are looking into portrait options with Sony. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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First Impressions: Sony 50mm f1.8 (Sony FE Mount)

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You’ve been waiting for a while now if you’re a Sony a7 camera user for a nice, affordable 50mm prime lens, and today you’ve finally got your new nifty 50. The Sony 50mm f1.8 FE lens has seven aperture blades and a very typical body of 50mm f1.8 lens: therefore justifying the price point.

Today, I had a couple of minutes to play with the lens and more are coming later on. But here are my first impressions.

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The Idea of the Kit Lens Needs to Change

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Throughout much of the history of digital cameras, kit lenses have often been looked down on by more advanced photographers. While they’ve improved greatly over the years, they still haven’t done enough. For a person buying a brand new camera and that wants some extra flexibility, they’re usually satisfactory.

Well, in some ways.

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DXOMark: Canon’s 40mm f2.8 is Sharper than 11-24mm f4 L

Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM Lens

DXOMark hasn’t been kind to Canon; and their latest tests are even more brutal. According to the site’s findings, there are many lenses that score higher numbers and are overall much sharper. One of DXOMark’s favorite lenses is the 100mm f2–and when you look at the sharpness you can see that the 40mm f2.8 STM is scoring higher digits. Sure, these lenses can’t totally be compared in terms of what they’re capable of, but what ever happened to the idea that L glass is superior to all others? Photographers still buy into that idea even though we know it’s not necessarily true.

Even more embarrassing: the company’s 50mm f1.8 II rates in higher than the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM.

Despite it being a completely new lens, it rates nowhere near many other new offerings. Sony, Zeiss, Sigma and Nikon seem to dominate the top 10 on the list. To Canon’s credit, nothing that is remotely close and a full frame lens is available for comparison on the site. The closest competitor would be the Tamron 15-30mm f2.8, which we just got in for review.

Also, do keep in mind that these numbers are qualitative and don’t at all affect someone’s creativity.


Cheap Photo: Discounts on 50mm f1.8 Lenses

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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The 5 Best Cheap Lenses for Sony E-mount

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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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