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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 16-35mm f4 product photos (5 of 7)ISO 1601-50 sec at f - 4.0

Wide angle zooms are amongst some of the most sought after lenses by the photographers that love to shoot wide. Combine that with a constant aperture and you’ve got a photographer that will be happy for days. So when Sony announced their 16-35mm f4 OSS lens for the E mount system, we knew that it was going to be a hit. Due to the company’s collaboration with Zeiss for many years, the two have worked together to produce better and better lenses.

But while this lens will be highly sought after by many photographers, it probably shouldn’t be in everyone’s camera bags.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography LCA 120 product photos (1 of 7)ISO 2001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Earlier this year, Lomography announced the smallest 120 film camera with automatic metering ever made: the LCA 120. Traditionally, no photographer that uses 120 film on a regular basis has ever consistently wanted to shoot with a fully automatic mode. This is why many of these cameras have interchangeable backs, lenses, and various settings. There were also various medium format rangefinders, but those are another story.

The LCA 120 is a medium format (6×6) automatic metering camera with the only variable being ISO control. Focusing involves flipping a switch for zone control. Otherwise, this camera is also the most straightforward and simple medium format camera that I’ve ever touched.

This makes the LCA 120 arguably one of the best cameras that the Phoblographer has tested for street photography.

So what’s the problem?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 15mm f1.7 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.5

The Panasonic 15mm f1.7 lens is a small, well designed lens for the Micro Four Thirds camera system–and we dare say that it is our favorite autofocusing lens for the system, too. Designed to be almost a pancake but with a wide f1.7 aperture, it pairs very nicely with some of the system’s medium to smaller camera. With nine elements in seven groups and seven aperture blades, it’s a fairly simply designed lens but whatever magic that Panasonic put into it makes the lens sing with pure image quality.

Introduced earlier this year, this lens is very heavily targeted at the street photographer and the person looking to take general candids and images due to its 30mm field of view.

And when our review period is over, we’re going to be very sad to say goodbye to it.


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Editor’s Note: this review was syndicated from photographer duo Dylan and Sara with permission. All images and text are theirs.

The last week was spent shooting a few thousand frames through the Pentax 645z. This is Pentax’s new somewhat-affordable medium format system. We wanted to take a real world approach to how we would shoot the camera, so this review will be less technical and more about how it performed on the job.  We took it to a full wedding, a weeks worth of portrait sessions and a night shoot.

Medium format digital cameras have been on our mind lately and this did not let us down. This is one of the many current medium format offerings to use the 51mp CMOS sensor produced by Sony. This new CMOS sensor is a huge deal for the way we shoot, mainly because it allows useable high-iso and live view, this wasn’t possible with the previous generation of medium format digitals.

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As photography becomes more and more accessible to everyone, trends start to shift. It was only a matter of time until selfies became so big that companies started making cameras to make taking them easier. The camera in step with the new trend is the Samsung NX 3000. It is a camera built for self-portraits. It also provides an excellent bridge to help get people off their cell phone and using a real camera.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We currently have the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO lens on a short term loan for review–and so far it’s been making our jaws drop. I’ve been an Olympus shooter for many years; my first DSLR was Olympus. Then I left the system, and came back with Micro Four Thirds. Olympus has always produced stellar glass, but I’d be a complete liar if I said that I wasn’t a bit skeptical about this lens. Then again, I am always very skeptical about zooms because there is just so much that can go wrong during the manufacturing process at each focal length.

At New York Comic Con 2014, I tested it with the Olympus OMD EM5, a Westcott 7 foot parabolic umbrella, PocketWizard Plus IIIs and the Adorama Flashpoint Streaklight 180WS. My biggest complaint has to do with the battery life on the OMD draining so far because I was transferring images via the EyeFi Mobi card and giving them to attendees on the floor. But as far as the lens performance goes, I sincerely believe that every single manufacturer should be quivering in fear.

One of the biggest strengths of Micro Four Thirds has always been their lenses, and that is no more true than with this lens. It’s tack sharp, fast to focus, doesn’t miss my subject at all in fair lighting, is super light, well built with an all metal exterior, and delivers images that I’m incredibly proud of.

Our full review is currently in the works, but here are some extra image samples that have been run through Adobe Lightroom with minimal processing. Granted, these aren’t at all my final edits, but instead minor boosts that typically would be done.

Stay tuned for our full review.

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