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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6 Top Third Party Portrait Lenses Under $1000

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samyang 50mm f1.2 product images (6 of 7)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.8

Yes, brand name lenses are great, and have the advantage of being guaranteed to work flawlessly on cameras of that same brand. But third party lens manufacturers, especially in recent years have been coming out with some really killer options of their own. The quality bar has been raised and for most of the bigger established third party brands, quality control and performance issues are mostly things of the past.

So continuing with our Portrait theme for August, today we are going to go over some of our favorite third-party portrait lenses for under $1000.

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Cheap Photo: Our 5 Favorite Camera Deals

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master lens product images. (8 of 8)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 2.5

In the market for a new camera? Here are our current picks for 5 of the best deals on bodies right now. Any one of these cameras would serve you well and can be hand for some pretty significant savings.

  1. Sony A7 (Save $600) – Deal
  2. Nikon D810 (Save $503) – Deal
  3. Fujifilm X-T1 (Save $300) – Deal
  4. Nikon D610 (Save $503) – Deal
  5. Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Save $200) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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8 Spectacular Portrait Lenses for Canon DSLRs

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

Canon is the most popular camera system on the market, despite all the mirrorless buzz, and that means many of you are likely looking for some awesome portrait lens options for your Canon kit. Lucky for you, we have a great roundup of lenses on the docket today and all of them are great options for you Canon invested portrait photographers.

In this roundup we have 8 incredible lenses for portrait photography on the Canon system. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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7 Incredible Modern Portrait Lenses Under $1,000

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

Portrait photography is and remains one of the most popular reasons that people pick up a camera and get into photography. But as we all well know, top quality lenses bring with them budget breaking price tags. Luckily, portrait photography can be pretty forgiving, and you don’t need the most expensive lenses in order to get great results.

Today we are going to focus on the best modern lenses (released within the last 4 years) for portraiture that come with a normal price tag under the $1,000 mark – making them relatively attainable for most photographers. Also note, towards the end of last year we did feature a similar listing, of modern portraiture lenses under $500, so in that under $500 category today we will only be noting lenses that have been released since that post, making the majority of this post in the $500-$999 spectrum.

Okay, lets get into it.

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Cheap Photo: This Week’s Favorite Deals

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (1 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

A look at some of our favorite deals, as well as our usual ‘top deals’ update and ending soon alerts.

  • Rokinon 50mm T/1.5 (Save $48) – Deal
  • Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX (Save $150) – Deal
  • Canon 7D Mark II (Save $200) – Deal
  • 75+ Email Templates For Every Photography Business (Save $110): Deal
  • BREED’s Shooting Fashion Photography On Location (Save $120): Deal
  • SanDisk Extreme PRO 32GB, 95MB/s ($16.49): Deal
  • Instagram Explosion: Photography Edition (Save $200): Deal
  • Aurora HDR from MacPhun : Here

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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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

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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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