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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 35mm f1.4 Full Frame E Mount lens first impressions product images (2 of 6)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.5

Two years ago, Sony released the full frame E mount cameras along with a handful of lenses. On a personal note, with the way Sony treated most of their Alpha line in the past, I wasn’t expecting much. But wow, was I wrong. Not only has the Alpha A mount line received lots of refreshes with fast primes, but they’re reaching the E mount line now, too.

Sony’s 35mm f1.4 for full frame E mount cameras is currently in our hands for review. When we first took it out of the box, we were amazed by its size. More so than any prime lens that I’ve held for the system, this is a giant lens. In fact, it’s pretty much as large as a 35mm f1.4 lens for a full frame DSLR.

While the large size is a bit off putting, what isn’t so jarring is the image quality.

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Samsung NX500 The Phoblographer lead image

Take most of the great things about an award winning flagship mirrorless camera, strip it down a bit more, put it in a smaller body, and make it more consumer friendly and you’ve got essentially the strategy that Samsung is taking with their new NX500. They’re not alone though: Olympus and Fujifilm do pretty much the same things.

4K video? Got it. Great autofocus? Got it. An upgraded sensor that deals with high ISO noise much better? Got that too. We liked the NX300 last year, and its successor has very little to not like.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D5500 product review lead image (1 of 1)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 2.0

When Nikon talked to us about the D5500, we generally thought it was a step in the right direction. After spending a while with it, we tend to agree with that opinion. As far as business sense goes, the Nikon D5500 is a safe bet and doesn’t rock the boat too much. Instead, it gives incremental upgrades that folks will love like 5fps shooting, a deeper grip, Wifi connectivity, very fast focusing abilities, and most importantly the ability to use lots of Nikon’s lenses.

To be honest, the Nikon D5500 is a great camera. We mean that from the bottom of our heart–but at the same time we think that it’s time for Nikon to try to push things a bit further.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX500 First impressions product photos (3 of 12)ISO 2001-1250 sec at f - 2.8

Over the weekend, we spent some quality time (and way too much time on airplanes) in Hawaii with Samsung testing the first Nx500 cameras. Their Nx300 was an excellent camera in many ways and the Nx500 improves on it in many ways. to begin with, the camera is basically the very lite version of the company’s flagship NX1. With a 28MP APS-C sensor, it can resolve lots of detail.

The camera also shoots 4K video at a 1.7x crop factor where the NX1 takes the full scene and scales it down instead; to each their own though.

The Nx500 very much feels like its older counterpart but in ways also feels classier. You’ll be tempted to use the selfie screen feature more than once, and when paired with a small prime lens it’s bound to make for a great street photography camera. Additionally, it sports two exposure dials for easier and quicker exposure controls in manual mode rather than needing to use the iFunction button on the lenses, and it comes in white, brown or black.

After two days with the camera, it’s very apparent that it is in no way the Editor’s Choice award winning NX1. But it’s still quite the enjoyable little snapper.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 WR first impressions photos (2 of 25)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 4.0

Fujifilm’s 16-55mm f2.8 LM WR is a lens that was missing from the company’s lineup for a little while, but has since surfaced. The equivalent of the more professional grade f2.8 general zoom lens, the Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 LM WR incorporates weather sealing, a real aperture ring, and a bunch of awesome features.

The lens features 14 weather seals, nine aperture blades, and three ED and Aspherical elements. For a standard zoom lens with a constant aperture it has a lot going for it–not to mention being in front of Fujifilm’s excellent X Trans Sensors.

For most photographers that use Fujifilm’s system professionally, this is a must-have. But for the rest of us, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.

Editor’s Note: Fujifilm sponsors our Xpert Advice series that appears monthly on this site; but out reviews are still our own opinions.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f2 Loxia review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Zeiss stirred up quite the love affair with us when we tested the 35mm f2 Loxia. While I’m much more of a 35mm lens lover, the 50mm f2 Loxia certainly has more of my attention. Where the 35mm f2 has great image quality, the 50mm f2 has the Zeiss-like colors and micro-contrast that we’ve come to expect.

With a metal exterior, sweet ergonomics, great colors, sharp image quality, and a small overall package to work with the A7 series of cameras, why would you dislike it?

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