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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.8 Batis first impressions product photos (6 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

When Zeiss announced their Batis lens lineup, one of the lenses that came out was the 85mm f1.8 Batis. As one of Zeiss’s offerings to boast autofocusing abilities, these lenses were designed for Sony FE mount–otherwise known as full frame E mount cameras like the Sony A7r Mk II. Given a weather resistant design, these lenses are building on a new generation of Zeiss lenses that in some ways moves away from the DSLR and puts more emphasis on what’s possible with the mirrorless camera world.

Weighing only 475 grams and boasting a very big rubber focusing ring on top of a brand new LCD display on top of the lens, there is very little to complain about with the 85mm f1.8 Batis.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm XT10 first impressions (15 of 15)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 4.0

The Fujifilm X-T10 is a camera that takes the winning formula behind the X-T1 and tries to bring it down to a more consumer-friendly level. Sticking to the retro inspired design, the XT10 has lots of dials for photographers to play with and gives the company’s excellent image quality in an overall smaller size.

It’s a beautiful piece of machinery with a 16.3MP APS-C X Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR processor II, a 2,360K dot OLED viewfinder, WiFi, 8fps shooting capabilities, a built in pop-up flash, and lots of Fujifilm film renderings. And so far, we’re surprised to say that it’s delivering the best image quality that we’ve seen yet.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 50mm f1.8 STM lens review product images (2 of 2)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Of all the cheap 50mm lenses made, Canon’s nifty 50 has always reigned supreme as the niftiest thanks to both image quality and affordability. Very recently, however, the company chose to update its formula for the lens. The Canon 50mm f1.8 STM is a lens that, like its predecessors, is still priced rather affordably and also performs very well for the price point. In every single way, this lens is a step up and improvement from the previous version and with that in mind, it will surely serve a new generation of budding photographers very well.

But it’s not totally perfect.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 5Ds first impressions product photos (1 of 10)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

The Canon 5Ds, the not-quite-successor-to-the-Mk III-but-a-hint-of-bigger-things-to-come, was announced earlier this year–and whoa did it make headlines. The camera packs a 50.6 MP full frame sensor that can resolve enough detail to prove to you that you need to take better care of your skin, weather sealing that is rated to be top notch, 41 AF points, and a new mirror system to minimize camera shake when handheld.

Indeed, not only is this one heck of an innovation, but not many lenses can even resolve something around 50MP.

We’ve had the camera in for a couple of days now–and we’re going to be spending lots of time shooting landscapes, architecture and portraits with it. And so far, we’re not sure that we’re worthy of this much power.

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It’s been years since Canon updated their 50mm f1.8 lens. The first version had a metal mount, the second version went cheaper on the build, and the new STM version includes a brand new motor, seven aperture blades, a metal mount and what otherwise seems to be the same plasticky build quality of version two. At the same time, the lens is also just a bit over $100–and it remains to be one of the best bang for your buck lenses that you can possibly get your hands on.

As of the publishing of this post, we’ve spent most of the past weekend with the lens. And so far, it’s proving to be quite the great offering.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 product images (1 of 6)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 2.5

“If you’re looking for a great option for traveling, then it’s the lens that you want to have.” I told the reps at Sony when they asked me about my feelings on the company’s 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 lens that I was reviewing at the time. Indeed, I was honest–and there is of course a caveat.

The Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 FE lens is designed for the company’s full frame A7 camera bodies. It has weather resistance (splash and dust-proofing), a massive zoom range that is equally as massive as its size, and a metal exterior that adds to its beefy build quality. It isn’t a Zeiss lens–but rather a Sony G series lens that is aimed at those who reach for higher hanging fruit.

As good a lens as it is though, Sony has much better options that don’t have the same zoom range.

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