First Impressions: Hasselblad X1D

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Hasselblad X1D product images (13 of 13)ISO 6401-50 sec at f - 2.8

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If you think about any of the companies who have contributed much to the world of photography gear, there shouldn’t be a doubt in your mind that Hasselblad is on that list. With the company’s new X1D announced earlier today, I’ve got no doubt in my mind that they’ve reached out and touched the millennial generation of photographers in the digital world in the same way that the 500C has touched them.

The Hasselblad X1D features a 50MP cropped 645 format sensor–that is to say that it isn’t a full frame 645 sensor but instead still larger than a 35mm sensor. The camera also incorporates the use of leaf shutter lenses that let you shoot with a flash to 1/2000th with full sync, autofocus, an EVF, a touchscreen LCD, and interesting features such as a mode dial that locks and unlocks by simply pressing it up and down.

But even more amazing: it’s pretty small–honestly if you could imagine a Sony a6000 series camera, put a big sensor in it and make it around the height of some DSLRs then reduce the weight and depth significantly, you’ve got this camera.

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Review: Canon 80D

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While the name can often confused when verbally addressed, the Canon 80D is a camera targeted highly at the semi-professional market of photographers. It’s a step above their Rebel DSLRs but below the 7D Mk II flagship camera in the APS-C realm. However, it has features that lots of the lower end crowd may really like.

To be very honest, there are lots of things about the 80D that make it my favorite that Canon has put out in a while. But on the other hand, there are things about it that make me wonder what the heck they were thinking.

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Review: Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD review product photos (7 of 7)ISO 8001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Tamron knocked the ball out of the park with their 85mm f1.4 Di VC USD lens–and so updating the 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD, one of their more popular options just made sense. This lens is very much a jack of many trades. It’s designed to shoot macro images, have image stabilization, great image quality, and also has weather sealing. For many years it was in the hands of enthusiasts and hobbyists, but the 90mm is worthy of being in the hands of many professionals.

This one, like many of the company’s new lenses, offer a metal exterior, weather sealing, 9 aperture blades, 14 elements in 11 groups and 4.5 stops of vibration compensation. For the $649 price point you’re getting quite a bargain..

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Review: Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary (Sony E)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC mirrorless product images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Sigma has been putting out loads of awesome lenses over the past years–even their Contemporary glass seems to be right up there with their Art and Sports lenses. So when the company announced their 30mm f1.4 DC DN, I was really curious as to why it wasn’t under the Art series.

With an f1.4 aperture, nine aperture blades and fast focusing motors inside, it surely seems like it would be. But maybe Sigma is making their contemporary lenses render a bit less saturation vs the Art series–at least that’s what the 30mm makes me believe.

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Review: Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master (Sony E Mount)

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It was only a matter of time until Sony announced their 24-70mm f2.8 lens that put it more squarely in the eyes of professionals. This lens is part of the company’s G Master lineup: which despite the hilarious name is also very capable of helping you shoot and gain a ton of excitement (I had to, sorry.)

Unlike some of Sony’s other lenses, this one has weather sealing at the mount and resistance built in all around the lens. Plus it focuses quickly, is pretty well built overall, and is pretty compact for a 24-70mm lens.

It’s meant for the professional, and the price really reflects that.

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Review: Sigma MC-11 Adapter (Canon EF to Sony E Mount)

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Good news Sony a7 camera owners: the Sigma MC-11 is pretty darn reliable. For a long time now, we’ve all been looking for an affordable and reliable solution that lets us use our Canon EF mount lenses with the newer Sony a7 series of cameras while providing full autofocus, exposure information and more. At the same time, it needed to give full frame coverage without cropping! And that’s what Sigma has created with the MC-11.

Granted it has a couple of drawbacks; but if you already own Sigma lenses and haven’t touched them in a while then you’ll be very happy to return to these beautiful pieces of glass.

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Review: Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master (Sony Full Frame E Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master lens product images. (7 of 8)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 2.5

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Every brand right now is creating very killer 85mm lenses that really tug at my heart, but without a doubt the one with the best bokeh so far has to be the Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master lens. It’s big, it’s a bit weighty, and it has a unique aperture ring around it that Sony is trying to push onto its higher grade prime lenses.

With 11 aperture blades, weather resistance built in, a 77mm filter thread and weighing just under 30 oz, the lens is quite surely aimed at the higher end user–especially with its $1,798 price tag. In all honesty, it will give you the best images from any 85mm lens right out of the camera–but I’d be telling a complete lie if I said that every photographer needs one.

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Review: Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 E ED VR II (Nikon F Mount)

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Perhaps one of Nikon’s most important lenses in their F mount lineup has always been their 24-70mm f2.8–and with the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 E ED VR II we get the long awaited refresh. So when they updated the lens and also incorporated Vibration Reduction technology, they did something that really just made sense for a first party manufacturer. The lens is the bread and butter optic for many photojournalists, landscape shooters, wedding shooters, etc. And the addition of the image stabilizing technology is very welcome to many.

Weighing 3.7 lbs, this is a heavy lens for what it is. It’s also pretty large–but the photographers that really need a lens like this are bound to spring for it. Though it’s quite tough to stomach if you instead want to go for many of the company’s very good f1.8 prime lenses.

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