web analytics


Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 Mk II first impressions images (10 of 10)ISO 4001-200 sec

The Olympus OMD EM10 was the company’s entry level mirrorless camera targeted at the folks who wanted a viewfinder and DSLR-like look and feel. Plus, with an affordable price, it was well worth it for many of them. But today, Olympus is announcing their brand new EM10 MK II–a camera with lots of new features that in some ways make it more appealing than the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II and the OMD EM1–at least at the moment of publishing this post.

Olympus believes this camera to be a massive upgrade ergonomically and internally. But what many people may be most excited about is the new S-OVF mode. The Olympus OMD EM10 Mk II has a simulated Optical Viewfinder mode that lets you pretty much see the world as you would in real life–but through an EVF. In some ways, this is already possible with other cameras with settings tweaks, but Olympus puts it all into one convenient mode for you.

[click to continue…]

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 24-35mm f2 review product images (2 of 9)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Not long ago, Sigma announced the fastest aperture zoom lens made for a full frame camera: the 24-35mm f2 DG HSM Art. With a constant f2 aperture range throughout its zoom range, it is the fastest constant aperture full frame lens made so far. But with that comes what many believe to be a big tradeoff. The lens has a very limited zoom range and essentially gives you three big focal lengths: 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. However, these lengths are made possible by 18 elements working together in 13 groups in conjunction with a 9 bladed aperture.

And at under $1,000 this lens any many others that Sigma makes may be some of the few things keeping you working with DSLRs.

[click to continue…]

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.8 review product extras (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Portrait lenses: these two words can make a photographer’s heart melt when seen together. For years, Zeiss has dominated the portrait realm, though Sigma and Canon have had their share of lenses that sing. So when Zeiss released the first true portrait prime lens for the new Sony FE mount system, we knew that it had to be incredible. Indeed the Zeiss 85mm f1.8 Batis is a lens that can have that effect on you.

While this all sounds completely wonderful on paper, we needed to see if it really would make our jaws drop. Initially, we really thought it was something special. But did our love affair last? Or was this just another summer fling?

[click to continue…]

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Xt10 review final product images (4 of 4)ISO 2001-180 sec at f - 2.0

Fujifilm’s strategy of taking their pro line and stripping down a bit for the consumer has been most recently reflected with the Fujifilm X-T10. Borrowing lots from the X-T1, this srategy is used often in the industry but with Fujifilm being the newest ILC manufactuer on the market, it’s quite amazing that it happened so soon to its flagship DLSR-style mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

The Fujifilm X-T10 strips out the weather sealing, removes lots of the dials, and gives the camera a more simplistic interface. But that doesn’t mean that since it’s been stripped down that it can’t take incredible photos.

In fact, quite the opposite is the case here.

[click to continue…]

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 first impressions (14 of 19)ISO 2001-180 sec at f - 2.8

The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 was announced earlier this year–aimed at landscape, real estate and architectural photographers, this lens represent’s the company’s attempt to take on the likes of the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L and the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G. For the past couple of years, Tamron has been putting out incredible lenses that have impressed us over and over again. At first sight, we were impressed with the size of this one–it’s huge!

With 9 aperture blades, 18 elements in 13 groups, and a front element so large you can’t use a filter, there is bound to be lots that pro photographers will love about it.

[click to continue…]

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.8 Batis first impressions product photos (6 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

When Zeiss announced their Batis lens lineup, one of the lenses that came out was the 85mm f1.8 Batis. As one of Zeiss’s offerings to boast autofocusing abilities, these lenses were designed for Sony FE mount–otherwise known as full frame E mount cameras like the Sony A7r Mk II. Given a weather resistant design, these lenses are building on a new generation of Zeiss lenses that in some ways moves away from the DSLR and puts more emphasis on what’s possible with the mirrorless camera world.

Weighing only 475 grams and boasting a very big rubber focusing ring on top of a brand new LCD display on top of the lens, there is very little to complain about with the 85mm f1.8 Batis.

[click to continue…]