The Best Budget Lenses For Documentary and Photojournalists

While photojournalists (at least those with full-time paid gigs) are a dying breed, the idea of documentary photography and photojournalism, in general, is stronger than ever. More and more people are taking to the streets to document protests and atrocities happening across the world on a daily basis.

In general, documentary photographers and photojournalists can be pretty hard on their gear. They are out in the elements, with gear getting snow, rain, and even blood on them. Gear hits the ground hard or bangs off walls as the photographer needs to get out of the way of danger. So what are some good budget lenses for photojournalists that are still versatile but can also take a decent beating? Have a look at our picks below for some recommendations.

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First Samples: Sony 85mm f1.8 FE and Sony 100mm f2.8 STM G Master FE

Earlier tonight, we got the chance to play with the brand new Sony 85mm f1.8 FE and the new Sony 100mm f2.8 STM FE G Master. Both lenses performed absolutely wonderfully, but if I really had to put my money on one or the other, I’d personally lean more towards the 85mm. To be fair, I spent most of my time with this lens, and if I spend more time with the 100mm f2.8 then my opinion may change. But I’m a far bigger fan of 85mm focal lengths than 100mm.

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The Best Lenses for the Fujifilm X Pro 2 and the Fujifilm X-T2

Photographers who use the Fujifilm X series system professionally (or are interested in doing so) will be amazed to know there are a number of fantastic lenses available to use for the system. Of course, despite the fact that the company’s system hasn’t been around for as long a period of time as some others, they’ve been able to do quite a bit in a short amount of time. The Fujifilm X series system has a lens for nearly every single type of photographer–and the system is just going to continue to grow.

We peered into our Reviews index to find some of the best gems.

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Sony Introduces New 100mm f2.8 G Master Lens at WPPI 2017

Sony is introducing two new prime lenses at WPPI 2017 in the form of their new 100mm f2.8 G Master lens and their 85mm f1.8 FE lens. These new lenses are designed for full frame E mount cameras and have some pretty cool features.

The new Sony 100mm f2.8 STF G Master OSS lens has 11 aperture blades and is being billed as having Smooth Trans Focus in addition to optical image stabilization.

The press release is after the jump.

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How Tilt Shift Lenses Make Scenes Look Miniature

Tilt Shift lenses are very careful and precise optics designed for specific uses by landscape and architecture photographers. Their effects are often associated with that “miniature effect”. Then there are options like Lensbaby that give you a simulated tilt and shift focus option. But in order to understand how these really work, we asked some of the experts at Canon and Nikon.

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The Rokinon 85mm f1.2 and 14mm f2.4 Are Designed for High Res Sensors

Rokinon SP Lenses

For photographers who need high resolving power for their 50-megapixel images, or DSLR videographers that need glass that can handle up to 8k video resolutions, Rokinon announced the first two Special Performance (SP) lenses – the SP 85mm f1.2 and the SP 14mm f2.4 for Canon EF full-frame and APS-C crop frame cameras.

The two SP lenses are made for the ultra high-resolution sensors found in today’s flagship Canon cameras but can easily be paired on a crop-sensor body to produce high quality stills and videos. Both the 85mm and 14mm SP lenses have an aluminum alloy constructed body with an ergonomic design that keeps them light light and provides photographers with what Rokinon promises to be durable yet comfortable lenses to use.

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Want to Shoot Film with Sony Lenses? You May Want a Minolta a9 With SSM Support

If you look at the surviving DSLR manufacturers out there, you’ve got Canon, Nikon, Sony (Minolta), and Pentax. All of the brands have made big advancements and changes in the years since digital took over film, but none probably as much as Sony. In fact, using a camera like a Canon 1v, Canon EOS Elan 7, or others are very straightforward and compatible with most of the newer lenses. Sony lets you do the same thing with the Minolta camera bodies, but if you want to utilize the SSM technology in some of the lenses then you probably need a Minolta a9 with SSM support.

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