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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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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 24mm f1.4 review product lead image (1 of 1)ISO 8001-20 sec at f - 1.4

By this point in the game, it’s common knowledge that Sigma is at the top of their game–the lens game that is. With the announcement of the company’s 24mm f1.4 DG lens, folks were naturally excited. DSLR users now know that their 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm lenses will all be the sharpest on the market for the price. Indeed, they’re all beautiful and are bound to make any consumer or even professionals very happy.

So what makes the Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG so special?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II first impressions (1 of 8)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 6.3

The Sony A7r Mk II has been talked about now for a while on the rumor sites, but today the company is officially announcing the camera. The Sony A7r Mk II features a brand new 42.3 MP full frame sensor, can shoot up to ISO 102,400, and boasts 399 focal plane phase detection autofocus points that Sony states covers 49% of the imaging sensor. Beyond this, the company claims that the camera will have a much faster responsiveness rate: up to 3.5x faster which is up to 40%.

We had some hands on time with the camera during Sony’s press briefing.

Update; we’ve added in an autofocus test video, and a video with the Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS

Update II: Now available for pre-order from B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.

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Review: Leica Q

by Chris Gampat on 06/10/2015

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica Q camera product shots (2 of 13)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Every time I enter a Leica meeting, I always hope and pray for the same thing: a digital Leica CL. After reading none of the rumors around the web, I wondered if Leica had finally done it. “What? Is this a digital CL? I’ve been asking for this for years.”

To my slight dismay, the product I was seeing was the Leica Q–a fixed lens full frame digital camera with a 28mm f1.7 lens and an EVF that is around 3MP is resolution.

Then I got the opportunity to try it for four days–and like almost every product similar to the M series, I liked it. M cameras are very precise instruments that make you incredibly particular about the image that you’re taking–and I’d argue that it forces you to create better and more calculated images. The Q isn’t exactly an M–but it shares lots of the same characteristics. The camera has an EVF, an option to enable frame lines that crop the image automatically, WiFi connectivity, a 28mm f1.7 lens that can be switch into macro mode, and most of all: autofocus capabilities.

Not only can this camera autofocus–but (and I never thought that I’d be typing this) this camera has the fastest focusing capabilities of any Full Frame 35mm mirrorless and point and shoot camera that I’ve ever tested. In fact, the speed is almost to Micro Four Thirds capabilities.

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