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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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The folks over at COOPH are back at it again with a new video called 7 Funky Photography Tips. They include a number of ways to make your photography better or much different: including using balloons, umbrellas, freelensing and other ideas that you may have forgotten about or not thought about in a while. If you don’t have time to try these today, give it a thought this weekend.

It’s surely worth the inspiration; and their video is after the jump.

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Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Photographer Brandon Edwards created a video on an antique Petzval lens that he own. He’s sure it’s from the 1800s and originally made in France, but can’t totally verify it. Brandon gives us a history of the lenses and essentially tells us that this lens was the Canon L equivalent of its time because of the much shallower depth of field.

Lenses like these were created using math by Joseph Petzval and later on were improved by the Voigtlander company.This lens is so unique because for many years, science and math wasn’t used to create lenses. But in this case, it was to ensure the best image quality. This would affect the production of lenses for years to come.

A tour of the Petzval lens is after the jump. But for a more modern take, check out Lomography’s offering.

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Fujifilm is announcing their new 16mm f1.4 lens today; and it’s quite the shocker. For starters, the Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 is the company’s first weather sealed prime lens–which we’ve been waiting for for a while now. This 24mm equivalent lens is not only weather sealed, but features the push/pull focusing ring for quick access to manual focusing mode and a working depth of field scale.

The new Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 R WR can focus as closely as 6 inches, the newest auto focusing motors which the company claims allow it to focus within 0.11 seconds and can work in temperatures down to 14°F. As far as construction goes, the new lens has 13 elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical lens elements to control spherical aberration and distortion, and 2 ED glass lens elements to reduce lateral and axial chromatic aberration. The elements also have a nano-GI coating that reduces ghosting.

Best of all, it is said to have nine aperture blades–which also means that even though this is a very wide angle lens, it should have really nice bokeh at the right distance and aperture setting.

The FUJINON XF16mmF1.4 R WR will be available in May 2015 for USD $999.95 and CAD $1149.99.

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Kai over at DigitalRev had a chance to play with Canon’s new 11-24mm f4 L USM lens and he seems to believe that it isn’t so great for street photography. Why? It’s really wide, he states. In fact, he believes that it sees around corners (really, but not really) and you need to get very close to a subject.

To do the tests, he goes to tiny little shops in Hong Kong with the big lens–then believes that the images that it can get are awesome.

While it can create awesome images, Kai still believes that you need to use the wide angle lens to fill the scene with interesting things to look at. The video is after the jump.

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On the higher end of the Olympus Point and Shoot cameras, Olympus is announcing today its new Stylus 1S–which is supposed to be a slightly upgraded version of the Stylus 1. Like its predecessor, this camera is a superzoom with a constant f2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range.

So what’s new with this camera? For starters, there is a small target AF mode, step zoom which allows the lens to go immediately to 9 different preset areas, and a 1.44 million dot LCD screen. But otherwise, the camera also has a super macro mode, anti-reflective coatings on the lens elements, adaptive brightness technology, a hybrid control ring, time lapse movie mode, interval shooting mode, WiFi integration and focus peaking.

When the Olympus Stylus 1s hits the stores, you can pick one up for $699.99. More photos are after the jump.

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