First Impressions: Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO (Micro Four Thirds)


For a very long time, Olympus’ fastest primes were only available at f1.8; but with the recent introduction of the Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO lens they’ve broken that previous standard. It’s one of the company’s highest end lenses and will most likely be purchased by professionals and high end enthusiasts. With an f1.2 aperture, the equivalent depth of field in full frame terms if around f2.4 though it still has the light capturing abilities of f1.2.

At the Photo Plus, we had the chance to place with the new lens.

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Review: Zeiss 15mm f2.8 Milvus (Nikon F)


When you look at a Zeiss lens, it’s very common to feel gear lust–and that’s what the Zeiss 15mm f2.8 Milvus lens will create in you. As the company’s widest lens and one of the newest additions to the Milvus lineup, it’s also one that will inspire you quite a bit due to its gorgeous way of rendering the world around you. Those that will really love this lens are landscape, architecture and real estate photographers. These shooters will also most likely be ones that wok professionally especially as they’re some of the few that will be able to justify the purchase to themselves.

But if you can get your hands on one, you’ll never want to go back to anything else.

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Review: Zeiss 135mm f2 Milvus (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Milvus 135mm f2 product images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.0

If you had to think about some of the greatest lenses out there on the market right now, you’ll most likely think of Zeiss; and today the company is upgrading one of their best lenses to date in the form of the Zeiss 135mm f2 Milvus. Like the rest of the Milvus lineup of glass, this lens offers weather sealing, a solid metal exterior, a large rubber focusing ring, and above all else is promising, class leading optical quality. With 11 elements in 8 groups, this lens has a lot to prove to justify a $2,199 price tag for Canon and Nikon DSLR shooters.

But the big question is whether or not it really is worth the upgrade over their already fantastic 135mm f2. To this day, that is still one of my favorite portrait lenses.

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Vintage Camera Review: Canon EOS Elan 7

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon EOS Elan 7 product images (12 of 12)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

If you’re a Canon EOS photographer then you’ve probably considered getting a Canon film body to use with your lenses at one point or another–and the Canon EOS Elan 7 was bound to come up in your choices of available cameras. For years, I’ve been using my Elan 7 as a backup body to my 5D Mk II and my 6D. Crazily enough, I’m also not alone–I know a number of photographers that do the same thing. These photographers shoot film at times and photograph subject matter ranging from portraits to campaigns on the American political trail.

If you’re a Canon EOS Lens mount owner, the Elan 7 will make a lot of sense to you.

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Vintage Camera Review: Bronica ETRS


All images and review by Edward Inzauto.

Just like the pros, getting “that full-frame look” is a growing desire among enthusiast amateur photographers. The topic is a trend in gear-obsessive online discussion and a bug in the brains of those who feel that only a larger sensor will allow them to fully express their creative visions. And while many have taken advantage of the fact that buying into the full-frame DSLR and mirrorless camera market is less expensive than ever, still others will find that the upfront cost of a modern full-frame camera body and compatible lenses is still a significant and insurmountable barrier to entry.

But what if you could go bigger than full-frame — even-fuller-frame, per se — for significantly less money? Well, my friend, you absolutely can. The solution you’re looking for is medium format film, and one fine entry-level option for exposing that timeless, removable, chemical “sensor” technology is the Zenza Bronica ETR line of cameras.

Editor’s Note: All processing was kindly done by the Lomography Gallery store here in NYC. You should check out all the services that they can do.

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Review (Complete): Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 (Full Frame E Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 FE product images review (3 of 8)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.8

The release of the Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 for full frame E mount cameras begs the question “just how many 50mm lenses does one need?” In truth, just one–but the strategy is a smart one for the company. You see, years ago camera manufacturers used to offer loads of different lens options. You’d get a 50mm f1.8, f1.4, f2, etc. Leica still does this and to some degree, Zeiss does too. But with Sony, you’re getting something different.

This new lens isn’t part of the company’s G Master series of optics and instead it’s a lens that was created in collaboration with Zeiss. It boasts dust/moisture resistance, 11 aperture blades, and other cool features including Zeiss T* coatings that are bound to give you that Zeiss-like look though probably not as clear as their Milvus lineup of lenses.

Editor’s note: this review is now complete

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Review: Nikon D500

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D500 product images (2 of 10)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.5

For years now, Nikon has said that the higher end lineup of the Dxxxx series of cameras were the replacement for the old D300s. But then they admitted that that wasn’t true, and like a rare find in the lands of Ancient Egypt, photographers got excited all over again with the announcement of the Nikon D500. Indeed, they have great reasons to.

The Nikon D500 is a camera that packs a punch–enough of one to fulfill the needs of both pros and high end enthusiasts. With a beefy build quality, fantastic autofocus, highly revamped ergonomics and a touchscreen on the back, there’s a whole lot that can be accomplished with this camera.

Editor’s Note: we’re trying a brand new review format. Each section will be individually evaluated and then added up for a tally. From there an evaluation will be given. Additionally, we will be making comparisons in each section.

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Which One: Fujifilm X Pro 2 vs Fujifilm X-T2


Did you know that Fujifilm has two flagship cameras in the X series lineup? For many of you looking to upgrade or switch, it will be a question of the Fujifilm X Pro 2 vs the Fujifilm X-T2 when it comes to purchasing. It’s a bit insane, but the company’s reasoning for this has to do with the fact that they’re offering both a rangefinder style and an SLR style camera body for those that want them. It makes sense–Panasonic does the same thing.

At the moment of publishing this post, we’re just comparing specs here. However, we’re supposed to test the Fujifilm X-T2 very soon and we’re going to update it accordingly.

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