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julius motal the phoblographer rokinon 8mm product shot-3

Ever wondered what the world would look like through the eyes of a fish? If you have, and even if you haven’t, the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 II fisheye lens is here to satisfy that curiosity. With 180-degree field of view and a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 12mm, Rokinon’s lens is here to satisfy special purposes and give Go-Pro users an alternative. Like all of Rokinon’s offerings, it has an aperture ring and large focusing ring, giving you considerable control of the glass. And like all of the company’s offerings, the lens is a fully manual focus offering. [click to continue…]

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Lenses Apertures

Consumers who are always concerned about when their camera will become outdated should not only be aware of the technology that has been progressing in sensor performance, but also whether or not lens R&D will be able to keep up. A question dawned on us one day: with sensor technology moving ahead at such a fast pace, will lens technology be able to do the same? Years ago, it was common for a lens to last a photographer 10 years until the next refresh. But in more recent years, we’ve been seeing shorter lifespans of around five years. Part of this is due to developments in autofocusing and sensor technology.

But at the same time, should photographers be afraid that their collection of glass will become obsolete? We talked to the folks at Olympus, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Sigma and Tokina about this.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 product images for review (5 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.5

Past rumors of a X-Pro 2 have claimed Fujifilm’s next flagship mirrorless camera will be full-frame camera while later reports denied this notion. Now according to one of Fuji Rumors’ sources that attended a Fuji Event, a company representative said we could expect the X-Pro 2 will be announced in the early half of 2015. Considering the original X-Pro 1 was announced at CES 2012, it seems very likely the second rendition could be unveiled at the big tech show next January.

Previously the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 was thought to be a full-frame system, however, these rumors were quickly squashed by conflicting reports. Fuji Guy Greg Poole said Fujifilm X-Pro 2 won’t be full-frame, but “worth the wait” in an interview with The Luminous Landscape. Add in the fact that Fujifilm is still filling out their line of XF lenses for APS-C sensors. It simply would not make sense for the Japanese camera company to split its resources into developing two lines of glass.

Other than a few more details about the X-Pro 2, the same rep purportedly said Fuji is working on a high-speed sync flash. If there’s one thing the X-System lacks, it’s good lighting gear and previous reports have suggested this flash will be a high-powered strobe with remote communication.

We can surely expect a megapixel bump, improved autofocusing, new firmware updates for the lenses, and perhaps something that the X series can’t do yet: tethering.



When a photographer travels they often want to carry a compact camera that is low profile, has great image quality, is reliable, and that they can tote around to both have fun and be artistic. Despite how much we always talk about DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, they can slow you down so much more when compared to a good point and shoot fixed lens camera. While the typical moniker of a point and shoot camera has always been one that has been looked down on by many of the more bourgeois amongst us, these cameras have indeed become much better over the years. In fact, these compact cameras are so good now that it’s arguable that you don’t need an interchangeable lens camera.

Here are our favorite point and shoots that will make the travelling photographer drool.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer X30 with High Speed Sync (1 of 1)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.5

Point and shoot cameras with a large sensor have a very big advantage over interchangeable lens cameras: they usually have a leaf shutter. Many years ago, medium format photographers would reach for cameras with leaf shutters because of their high sync speed with flashes. And many large sensor point and shoots have a lens permanently fixed to them. These lenses have leaf shutters–which means that the shutter is in the lens unit itself. So if the point and shoot has a hot shoe, then it can work with flashes off camera.

That’s exactly what we decided to do with the new Fujifilm X30. With its 12MP 1/2 inch sensor, an f2 to f2.8 zoom range and the ability to go down to ISO 100, we were very curious to see what a point and shoot like this one could deliver.

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Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 patent

It has been a couple of years since Fujifilm released their 35mm f1.4 lens with the announcement of the interchangeable lens X series cameras. And Fuji Rumors has spotted a brand new patent for a refresh of the lens. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it may hit the market but it of course does mean that they’re thinking about it. The site is reporting that we may see a refresh in the early part of next year.

This brings up a very big question overall about the industry: with sensor technology moving ahead at such a rapid pace, will lens technology also do the same? Years ago, lenses would last you 10 years easily–but now it seems like that lifespan is being cut in half. For example, Panasonic updated their 20mm f1.7 lens after five years. Sigma also updated their 50mm f1.4 after around six years.

This makes us sad for the future lifespan of lenses.