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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 first impressions product photos (5 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

With the release of Firmware 4.0 for the Fujifilm XT1, we’ve updated our review to reflect the changes. The new firmware brings with it a large number of autofocus upgrades like new tracking, zone focus, and improved speed to single AF focusing.

Indeed, the camera is significantly faster to focus, and we almost want to say that it’s about on par with the fastest of Sony’s APS-C mirrorless cameras and Samsung’s NX series. However, it still isn’t at Micro Four Thirds speed. We tested the camera with the 16-50mm f2.8 lens for the video after the jump.

Also be sure to check out our full review.

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It’s been years since Canon updated their 50mm f1.8 lens. The first version had a metal mount, the second version went cheaper on the build, and the new STM version includes a brand new motor, seven aperture blades, a metal mount and what otherwise seems to be the same plasticky build quality of version two. At the same time, the lens is also just a bit over $100–and it remains to be one of the best bang for your buck lenses that you can possibly get your hands on.

As of the publishing of this post, we’ve spent most of the past weekend with the lens. And so far, it’s proving to be quite the great offering.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 review lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 6.3

A while back, Fujifilm announced that they’d be updating the X-T1 with a brand new firmware update that significantly boosts the autofocus performance. The Fujifilm X-T1 doesn’t have terrible focusing performance to begin with, but now they’re stating that it’s much better than it was before. The new firmware 4.00 includes new wide and tracking methods as well as performance boosts to single AF point focusing.

For portrait photographers, the camera will now have an Eye Detection focusing option too.

The full details are after the jump, and you can download the firmware right here.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 WR first impressions photos (1 of 25)ISO 4001-15 sec at f - 2.8

Let’s be honest here: no one is making a bad camera these days–and even further not everyone has a very good reason to need to upgrade their camera bodies. But everyone gets the itch to want a new camera–call it temptation. However, you don’t need one. We’re going to flat out say that it’s the photographer that creates the images, not the camera. But there are indeed things that you can do to make your images look better–at least technically.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 product images (1 of 6)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 2.5

“If you’re looking for a great option for traveling, then it’s the lens that you want to have.” I told the reps at Sony when they asked me about my feelings on the company’s 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 lens that I was reviewing at the time. Indeed, I was honest–and there is of course a caveat.

The Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 FE lens is designed for the company’s full frame A7 camera bodies. It has weather resistance (splash and dust-proofing), a massive zoom range that is equally as massive as its size, and a metal exterior that adds to its beefy build quality. It isn’t a Zeiss lens–but rather a Sony G series lens that is aimed at those who reach for higher hanging fruit.

As good a lens as it is though, Sony has much better options that don’t have the same zoom range.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 24mm f1.4 review product lead image (1 of 1)ISO 8001-20 sec at f - 1.4

By this point in the game, it’s common knowledge that Sigma is at the top of their game–the lens game that is. With the announcement of the company’s 24mm f1.4 DG lens, folks were naturally excited. DSLR users now know that their 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm lenses will all be the sharpest on the market for the price. Indeed, they’re all beautiful and are bound to make any consumer or even professionals very happy.

So what makes the Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG so special?

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