Cheap Photo Deal: Getting Wide On A Budget

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Today’s highlight deal is the Rokinon 35mm F/1.4, a killer lens for those looking to get wider on a budget. Per our review:;

“This lens handles depth of field very nicely. It is very smooth and enjoyable. You can also be very selective with the depth of field. Using a shallow depth of field with this lens, it’s really easy to the blur the background or the foreground of you subject. At f1.4 the bokeh is really smooth as well as the other ranges. The bokeh is as good or better than most of my prime lenses and achieving it manually allows you to adjust it enough to give it that extra bit of softness.”

  1. Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 (Save $80) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Cheap Photo: Sigma Savings For The Budget Oriented Photographer


It may be starting to show its age compared to the competition. But Sigma’s 24-70mm F/2.8 isn’t a bad choice for a photographer looking to grab that popular zoom range on a budget. This is from Sigma’s pre-Global Vision line of lenses, so again, its old. But its more than capable of producing beautiful images, and again – its affordable.

  1. Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX (Save $150) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Cheap Photo: Save up to 68% Off SanDisk 80MB/s + 95MB/s SD Cards

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 first impressions product images (7 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.2

Yesterday’s incredibly enticing Fujifilm deals really got the week off to a good start, and today we have some more killer savings for you to enjoy. Starting with the fact that you can save up to 68% off on SanDisk 80MB/s & 43% off Sandisk 95MB/s SD cards. If you have not taken advantage of some of the other SD card deals we have posted over the last couple months, then this may be one you want to jump on!

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Letters to the Editor: Questions on Flashes

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 50mm f1.8 first impressions product images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Letters to the Editor is a recurring series where Chris answers specific emails/letters that could benefit more than one photographer, interesting questions or questions that come in often. Have a question? Send it to chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com with subject: Letter to the Editor: (Your name here).

Happy Friday everyone!

It’s time for another edition of Letters to the Editor. Be sure to get yours in by following the directions above. Also be sure to support our Kickstarter.

Today’s letter asks a question about flashes and lenses; you probably have the same one. So let’s get right into it!

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Dealing With Complications of Telephoto Manual Focus Lenses

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Milvus lens product images (7 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Consider this, if you will, a highly specialized article/tutorial. As many readers have known, former staffers and I both have been obsessed with manual focus lenses. Part of this come from the experience, but part of it also has to do with the fact that it forces you to put more emphasis and attention into the creation of a single image. Some folks can do it, and some folks can’t. And that’s cool–but it gets much tougher when you work with longer focal lengths because of how little comes into focus at a given aperture and focusing distance.

Considering feedback I’ve recently received from the site’s Rokinon 135mm f2, this piece is designed to help you get the most from a telephoto lens with manual focus. Take it from a guy with a terrible astigmatism. It can applied to any focal length 85mm and above in a full frame 35mm equivalent, but also can be applied in some ways to anything longer than 50mm.

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Review: Rokinon 135mm f2 ED UMC (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.5

Many years ago, Rokinon wasn’t as much of a household name amongst photographers as they are moreso today–and I would never have thought that they’d come out with a 135mm f2 lens. They were associated with the likes of Vivitar–and indeed it took a long time for them to erase that history. Today, they’re regarded amongst the photography community as being synonymous with a budget Zeiss option.

In fact, that’s kind of what the Rokinon 135mm f2 performs like.

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Jason Lanier: Photographers Should Be Inspired by Light


Sony a7R ii, 35mm FE Zeiss f/1.4

All images by Sony Artisan Jason Lanier. Used with permission.

Jason Lanier is an award winning photographer who has traveled the world pursuing his passion for photography. He left Nikon for Sony and uses the system to create beautiful photos that clients love. His love of photography grew out of his appreciation for landscape photography and he now incorporates the tenets of landscape imagery into all of his work. Jason also now teaches workshops about photography and believes that all photographers should be inspired by light.

Not wanting to be pigeonholed to one form of photography, Jason started shooting weddings while simultaneously building his portfolio in landscapes, wildlife, fashion, and model photography.

Today, Jason is a member of the Sony Artisan of Imagery Program, the Worldwide Ambassador for Rotolight, Sponsored Pro for Interfit, and an Affiliate with ThinkTank Camera Bags, Adorama, and Spiderholster.

But most of all, he’s an inspiration for every photographer that wants to go from hobbyist to full time pro.

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