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Yes, that’s right. Almost as out-of-nowhere as the announcement of Samsung’s EX2F a few days ago, came the announcement of the BenQ G1, another contender in the category of the fast-lens-point-and-shoot. However, the BenQ announcement went by almost unnoticed, and we would probably have overlooked it ourselves if we hadn’t stumbled upon it by chance. Because, seriously, who in the world gets excited when BenQ announces a new camera? (Or should I rather ask: who even knows that BenQ actually makes cameras?) But this one is a little different and a little confusing.

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As the favorite lens of many growing, hobbyist and new photographers the Canon 50mm F/1.8 is the best bang for your buck lens out on the market. Capable of delivering super sharp images and small enough to forever stay coupled to your camera, the nifty 50 is a lens that receives rave after rave. This review will chronicle my long term use of the lens followed by why I finally sold mine and why I’m contemplating buying another one.

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The Canon 85mm F/1.8 is the company’s budget level portrait lens, and a heck of a lens at that. Touted by photographers, Flickr groups, and reviewers as one of the best bang for your buck options; the 85mm is a lens that most people should at least consider. I’ve been shooting with this lens for over a year but never decided to do a full field review for the reason that it’s not new. However, this single long review will encompass some of the work that I’ve done throughout my various postings on this site, and we’ll help you determine whether or not it’s for you.

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I have a confession to make. I’m not a professional photographer; I’m a consumer electronics journalist who covers digital cameras. While I’m an expert at the inner workings of digital cameras, when it comes to framing the scene, taking the shot, and masking it all look perfect I’m still an amateur. For the last few years, I’ve been shooting with the kit lens that came with my Canon Rebel XTi. It’s a useful lens, but my reliance upon it has kept me from understanding just how valuable a prime lens with quality glass can be. [click to continue…]

Samsung has announced that it will be releasing several cameras including the TL500 which will  feature a 24mm ultra-wide f/1.8 lens which they say is specifically designed for today’s enthusiast photographers.

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