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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus product images review (1 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.0

For a couple of weeks now, we’ve been testing the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus lens on the Nikon D810. We’ve teased some images on our Instagram and got you guys excited about what it might be. Indeed, the mystery lens was the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus. Recently announced in time for Photokina 2014, the 85mm f1.4 Otus is the company’s entry into the no-compromise on image quality arena. It is the follow up and partner to its 55mm f1.4 Otus–which received our Editor’s Choice award.

The Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus features 11 elements in 9 groups and a massive 86mm filter thread. Indeed, this is a serious piece of glass and of considerable size.

And despite the fact that Zeiss has delivered a spectacular product, just one thing made taking images a bit tough at times.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essenials the Walkabout Macro Shooter (2 of 7)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 4.5

Fujifilm has had a macro lens from the start of the X series system, but it’s not one that folks often speak about very much despite its good performance. However, with the company’s recent partnership with Zeiss they now have the 50mm f2.8 Touit offering. We initially got the play with the lens last year then had even more playtime with a production version just recently.

This lens is characterized by an all metal build with rubber for the focusing ring and aperture ring. Zeiss’s design choice has to do with what their DSLR customers said about manually focusing the lenses in frigid weather–focusing is too unpleasant to the touch. As rubber isn’t a conductor (or very much of one for the intended purpose) the company decided that this was the best choice.

But does the third party offering have the image quality to be on par to the reputation that Fujifilm has built?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 10mm f2.8 review images product photos (1 of 4)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 4.0

When it comes to ultra wide angle lenses, Rokinon has always offered great image quality at an affordable price. They recently announced their 10mm f2.8 for APS-C DSLRs from our usage, we think that it is a pretty decent option for architectural and landscape shooters. The lens has a better build quality than previous offerings and can also deliver some spectacular images.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Lens Review product lead (1 of 1)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.5

Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art is the successor to the company’s previous 50mm f1.4 lens that was also held in very high regard. However, the new lens has been brought in line both in terms of design and image quality with the company’s new Global Vision–and specifically under its Art lineup. The focal length and aperture are an iconic one that many photographers swear by. In fact, many only shoot with this one lens.

But is Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art offering enough to make you want to trade up?

Editor’s Note: Check out our first sample imagesfull review, and comparison posts against the 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 version 1.

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We’ve been using Samsung’s 85mm f1.4 for a very long time, and it’s tough to not fall in love with it. Exhibiting some of the best color rendition that we’ve seen, fast focusing, and superb sharpness, we don’t see how many could complain. Seriously, what more could you want from a lens?

Introduced a couple of years ago, Samsung’s offering differs from many others through controls and mainly in the rendition of its colors. And if you pair it with the right camera, it may never fail to take your breath away.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujfilm 56mm f1.2 lead image (1 of 1)ISO 32001-500 sec at f - 1.4

When Fujifilm first unveiled their 56mm f1.2, lots of folks were excited about what would be coming to the system. When we first heard about it, we believed that it needed to be a faster aperture offering due to the fact that the APS-C sensor will have around the same depth of field of an f2 lens on a full frame camera. Then we got the lens in, and began to fall in love with what it could do in the studio.

And after a while of reviewing the lens, we believe that X mount users have a great reason to be excited. But with that said, we recommend it only to those who can make the absolute best of its abilities.

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