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It’s been years since Canon updated their 50mm f1.8 lens. The first version had a metal mount, the second version went cheaper on the build, and the new STM version includes a brand new motor, seven aperture blades, a metal mount and what otherwise seems to be the same plasticky build quality of version two. At the same time, the lens is also just a bit over $100–and it remains to be one of the best bang for your buck lenses that you can possibly get your hands on.

As of the publishing of this post, we’ve spent most of the past weekend with the lens. And so far, it’s proving to be quite the great offering.

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When Nikon announced the update to their 300mm f4 earlier this year, the updates seemed very intriguing considering the way that they designed the lens. It features a special fresnel design that can keep the size down quite a bit, and in doing that they developed a lens that can easily fit into a camera bag while attached to your camera. That’s important for bird photographers, landscape photographers wildlife shooters, sports shooters, and those that like photographing random things and have lots of money to burn.

The 300mm f4E PR EF VR lens from Nikon has 9 aperture blades, 16 elements in 10 groups, and can focus as close as 4.6 feet. With the price tag coming in at just under $2,000, you’re still getting a pretty good deal, but that’s still quite expensive overall.

One thing’s for sure though: they sure didn’t skimp on the quality.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 WR first impressions photos (1 of 25)ISO 4001-15 sec at f - 2.8

Let’s be honest here: no one is making a bad camera these days–and even further not everyone has a very good reason to need to upgrade their camera bodies. But everyone gets the itch to want a new camera–call it temptation. However, you don’t need one. We’re going to flat out say that it’s the photographer that creates the images, not the camera. But there are indeed things that you can do to make your images look better–at least technically.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 24mm f1.4 review product lead image (1 of 1)ISO 8001-20 sec at f - 1.4

By this point in the game, it’s common knowledge that Sigma is at the top of their game–the lens game that is. With the announcement of the company’s 24mm f1.4 DG lens, folks were naturally excited. DSLR users now know that their 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm lenses will all be the sharpest on the market for the price. Indeed, they’re all beautiful and are bound to make any consumer or even professionals very happy.

So what makes the Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG so special?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 27mm f2.8 first impressions (14 of 18)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Fujifilm lenses tend to be a bit pricier than most others–but at the same time they’re arguably better than their closest competitors in any situation. Each lens of theirs features a working aperture ring, a super close focusing mode that can be activated through the camera, and excellent build quality with many of the lenses being made of metal instead of plastic. Then there are the optics–which are typically solid. But if Fujifilm has any big strength in the photo industry, it’s that they have the best APS-C sensors in their cameras.

Over the years, we’ve been working on reviewing various lenses and we’ve had time to try lots of what Fujifilm and third parties offer. So despite this list not featuring lenses that are anywhere as cheap as other camera systems, here are the most bang for your buck Fujifilm lenses.

Also be sure to check out our entire guide to their system.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 review lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 6.3

The Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 is a lens that makes a lot of sense in the company’s lineup. Fujifilm’s strengths are with their primes, though their zoom lenses have started to become spectacular in the higher end category. However, very little else will appeal to the retro-smitten photographer like Fujifilm’s prime lenses–and the 16mm f1.4 is no exception. With nine aperture blades, a weather sealed body, metal exterior, a clicky aperture ring, and a depth of field scale that you can use for zone focusing, what’s not to like?

While you can surely start off by saying that it costs a heck of a lot, you can also point out to a single major flaw that we found with the image quality. But overall, that’s just about all that you can hate about this lens. Even then, it’s very easy to stay in love with it.

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