We’ve been in Nashville, TN for a couple of days now playing with the Sony A7 and A7r. And in all honesty, these are indeed the cameras that many photographers have been waiting for for a very, very long time. However, the cameras have a couple of issues that we believe that Sony will try to work on in some way or another. After using the cameras and talking with loads of other journalists on the trip (many of them being friends of mine) we’re glad to know that we’re not the only ones experiencing these problems.
“You’re not going to want to send it back,” said PCMag.com’s Jim Fisher, a good friend and colleague of mine who remarked about the Zeiss 135mm f2 when I told him that I got it in for review. Though Jim and I are different types of shooters, I didn’t realize just how correct he would be when I first twisted the luxury optic onto my Canon 5D Mk II.
Despite the fact that we’ve still tested pricier lenses on this site, Zeiss’s 135mm f2 exudes an aura of absolute allure and lust. With an all metal exterior build, uber smooth manual focus ring, Zeiss micro contrast, bokeh worth biting your lip to, and the feel of a real professional lens–the only thing that you’ll need to sell for it is your soul, a kidney, maybe a finger, and perhaps a couple vials of blood.
Samyang’s 16mm f2 is the company’s second lens dedicated to APS-C DSLRs. That doesn’t mean that you can’t mount them on a full frame camera though–you’ll just get a lot of vignetting. The lens is characterized by some sweet and smooth manual focusing, a manual aperture ring, and a functional distance scale just like most other lenses from Samyang and Rokinon. And like all of the others, we don’t recommend them for the person that shoots with their DSLR in auto mode.
This lens is priced very affordably, and because of its APS-C sized sensor design, we also believe that its cinema version, the 16mm T2.2 might just be the best damned wide angle prime that someone can spring for when using the Black Magic Cinema Camera.
Editor’s Note: Want more from Samyang and Rokinon? Check out our guide to their lenses.
Earlier this year, Rokinon/Samyang announced their second lens designed for APS-C DSLRs: the 16mm f2–with the first being their fisheye prime. And just like with their fisheye, the lens is actually an EF lens–not EF-S. How do we know this? We mounted it onto a full frame DSLR and found that the imaging circle doesn’t cover the entire area of the sensor but it will mount to a 5D Mk II without crashing into the mirror at all.
On a Canon APS-C sensor camera, this lens will render a near 26mm equivalent field of view. As is previous with other Rokinon/Samyang lenses for Canon, the lens isn’t chipped for focusing communication, so chances are that you’ll be relying on your live view feed.
We’re giving away a Fujifilm X-E1 btw! Details here!
Not long ago, Fujifilm issued a press release detailing some exciting new enhancements that are coming via a firmware update to the X-E1 and X Pro 1. But today, they released a couple more details. Specifically, the company is adding in magnification improvements when trying to check critical focus. After the new update, it will cycle between 3x and 10x digital enhancements–kind of how the Canon system works. But they’re also trying to improve low light autofocusing with scenes that have horizontal stripes.
More than any other company out there, Fujifilm is showing a commitment to their products via loads of firmware updates.
You can read the entire changes list after the jump. Look out for a July 23rd release.
We found an awesome hack on Lomography magazine for those of you who are really into rangefinder photography (and we’re talking about actual rangefinder coupled cameras.) Basically, if you look through the viewfinder at the middle area (which corresponds to focusing) you’ll see the two images that line up. If you place a little bit of gaffers tape right over that focusing area, the rest of the rangefinder screen will brighten.
The staff here was talking about this and we didn’t totally believe it until I tried it. With my Polaroid 185, Voigtlander Bessa R and Yashica Electro 35 GSN, it worked flawlessly. The key is to not put it over the rangefinder itself, but instead the key area in the viewfinder.