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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 16-35mm f4 product photos (5 of 7)ISO 1601-50 sec at f - 4.0

Wide angle zooms are amongst some of the most sought after lenses by the photographers that love to shoot wide. Combine that with a constant aperture and you’ve got a photographer that will be happy for days. So when Sony announced their 16-35mm f4 OSS lens for the E mount system, we knew that it was going to be a hit. Due to the company’s collaboration with Zeiss for many years, the two have worked together to produce better and better lenses.

But while this lens will be highly sought after by many photographers, it probably shouldn’t be in everyone’s camera bags.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 15mm f1.7 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.5

The Panasonic 15mm f1.7 lens is a small, well designed lens for the Micro Four Thirds camera system–and we dare say that it is our favorite autofocusing lens for the system, too. Designed to be almost a pancake but with a wide f1.7 aperture, it pairs very nicely with some of the system’s medium to smaller camera. With nine elements in seven groups and seven aperture blades, it’s a fairly simply designed lens but whatever magic that Panasonic put into it makes the lens sing with pure image quality.

Introduced earlier this year, this lens is very heavily targeted at the street photographer and the person looking to take general candids and images due to its 30mm field of view.

And when our review period is over, we’re going to be very sad to say goodbye to it.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO product photos (5 of 10)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

The Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO lens is the company’s latest offering for professionals and semi-professionals looking to get better results in a wide zoom range. With the equivalent field of view of 80-300mm due to the 2x crop factor, this is a lens that portrait photographers, wedding photographers, event photographers, photojournalists and sports shooters alike will want to reach for.

One of the biggest selling points is its weather sealing and all metal construction. To add an extra cherry to the icing, there is internal zooming and a cleverly designed retractable lens hood. But will weather sealing and a constant f2.8 aperture be enough to draw consumers to the lens at such a high price point of $1,499?

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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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