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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 35mm f1.8 lead image (1 of 1)ISO 1001-40 sec at f - 4.0

Nikon released their 35mm f1.8 G ED lens earlier this year, and when it was announced it whetted the appetites of full frame lovers everywhere. Though not a direct replacement for the company’s previous lens offering, it was designed with the full frame customer in mind. We believe the 35mm focal length truly shows what the human eye sees and it is a lens that can be used for anything like street photography, wide portraits, events, weddings, candids, food, etc.

With the ability of focus as closely at 9.84 inches and housing seven aperture blades, 11 elements in 8 groups, and weighing 10.76 oz, it is a lens that will probably be on the camera of many a photographer looking to step up their game and become more serious with their craft.

And while we’re confident that this lens will satisfy most customers, we also know that later on you’ll want so much more.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography Petzval Lens product images (13 of 13)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Lomography hasn’t always been known as a company that caters to the higher end crowd or market, but they’ve been taking steps to attract more of that market share without giving up their identity. And perhaps the best known attempt so far has been the company’s Petzval lens. This is an 85mm lens designed with a special interchangeable Waterhouse Aperture system along with some very swirly bokeh. There surely are lenses that still have this effect that are made in both China and Russia–in fact, Lomo teamed up with Zenit to create this lens.

Featuring a maximum aperture of f2.2, a 58mm filter thread for video shooters, and a minimum focusing distance of one meter, the Lomography Petzval lens is something that you probably won’t bring out with you often–just like any other specialized lens. But when you do, you’ll have loads and loads of fun.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 35mm product images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 4.0

Earlier this year, Nikon announced their update their new 35mm f1.8 lens. But unlike the previous version, this lens was specifically designed for full frame cameras. The company already had an f1.4 version out, but this new optic is aimed at the person not reaching for as high hanging fruit. It sports seven aperture blades, 11 elements in 8 groups, a minimum aperture for f16, and weighs just 305 grams.

Needless to say, it feels like a complete featherweight when attached to the Nikon D800. But it sure doesn’t perform like it.

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Review: Sony A6000

by Chris Gampat on 05/16/2014

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A6000 product images (2 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.2

When Sony first announced the A6000 camera, we were quite impressed at the autofocusing system that they boasted about. With 179 phase detection autofocus points, they sure do have a lot to live up to. Not only this, but the camera succeeds their excellent NEX 6. To add even more to that fact, the last time Sony put out a 24MP APS-C sensor in a camera, the world wasn’t too thrilled.

But it has been a couple of years now and Sony has had time to rethink their sensors and have made some dramatic improvements overall.

The new A6000 houses 24.3 MP APS-C Sensor beast of a sensor with a shutter that is capable of firing 11 fps. You’ll need that if you want to track subjects moving through its 179 phase detection points. To make it even easier to do, the company put a 1.4K dot EVF on the camera.

But is it enough to tempt you?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Samsung Galaxy NX30 was introduced at CES 2014 with a lot of fanfare by the company’s reps. Excited by the wide range of lenses and the growing lineup of mirrorless cameras, Samsung has truly started to make a name for themselves within the camera industry. The NX30, their newest flagship NX model, looks and feels strikingly similar to its predecessor, the NX20. However, the NX30 offers a few new features that might have Samsung enthusiasts singing its praises.

By now, Samsung cameras are synonymous with innovation. Samsung has had to fight its way into the market, but fight they have! Creating a camera that not only feels good, takes great pictures and has awesome features is not an easy task, but this camera company is doing just that.

The NX30 offers users a 20.3 MP APS-C image sensor, a new hybrid AF, top shutter speeds of 1/8000 sec, and 9 fps in continuous shooting even when capturing images in the RAW format. The AMOLED screen has gotten a big boost in resolution and the new, tilting EVF is an innovative feature. If you love sharing your images immediately, the camera offers both Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC. But the hefty price tag of about $1000 may have some camera buyers looking for less expensive options.

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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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