Review: Lensbaby Twist 60 f2.5 (Canon EF)


Additional reporting done by Chris Gampat

Lensbaby has always been a company that does things just a bit different from the rest. Such is the case with the company’s Twist 60mm f2.5 lens. It’s well built and in the right situations can deliver beautiful photos that will really make your jaw drop. At the same time though, it’s not for everyone. This lens is based off of the old Petzval schematics–and you should be willing to embrace that with this lens.

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Review: Laowa 15mm f4 Wide Angle Macro Lens (Sony E)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Laowa 15mm f4 Wide Angle Macro Lens product images (10 of 10)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 4.5

Wide angle lenses are some of the weirdest but most fun focal lengths out there, and the Laowa 15mm f4 Wide Angle Macro Lens is no exception. They’re often weird because we’re not at all used to focusing or seeing in the way that they present, but that also results in a lot of fun for us as photographers. Landscape, architectural, Real Estate and Cityscape shooters will really love what the Laowa 15mm f4 Macro lens is capable of doing–especially with its perspective control abilities and its fantastic color with Sony cameras.

Starting out at f4 and ending at f32, this lens has an insane 14 aperture blades and is highly capable for the money. In fact, if you’re a photographer that needs a wide angle lens, then it’s incredibly hard to beat this one.

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Review: Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD review product photos (7 of 7)ISO 8001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Tamron knocked the ball out of the park with their 85mm f1.4 Di VC USD lens–and so updating the 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD, one of their more popular options just made sense. This lens is very much a jack of many trades. It’s designed to shoot macro images, have image stabilization, great image quality, and also has weather sealing. For many years it was in the hands of enthusiasts and hobbyists, but the 90mm is worthy of being in the hands of many professionals.

This one, like many of the company’s new lenses, offer a metal exterior, weather sealing, 9 aperture blades, 14 elements in 11 groups and 4.5 stops of vibration compensation. For the $649 price point you’re getting quite a bargain..

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Review: Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary (Sony E)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC mirrorless product images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Sigma has been putting out loads of awesome lenses over the past years–even their Contemporary glass seems to be right up there with their Art and Sports lenses. So when the company announced their 30mm f1.4 DC DN, I was really curious as to why it wasn’t under the Art series.

With an f1.4 aperture, nine aperture blades and fast focusing motors inside, it surely seems like it would be. But maybe Sigma is making their contemporary lenses render a bit less saturation vs the Art series–at least that’s what the 30mm makes me believe.

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Review: Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master (Sony E Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master product images (1 of 7)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 4.5

It was only a matter of time until Sony announced their 24-70mm f2.8 lens that put it more squarely in the eyes of professionals. This lens is part of the company’s G Master lineup: which despite the hilarious name is also very capable of helping you shoot and gain a ton of excitement (I had to, sorry.)

Unlike some of Sony’s other lenses, this one has weather sealing at the mount and resistance built in all around the lens. Plus it focuses quickly, is pretty well built overall, and is pretty compact for a 24-70mm lens.

It’s meant for the professional, and the price really reflects that.

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Review: Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master (Sony Full Frame E Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master lens product images. (7 of 8)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 2.5

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Every brand right now is creating very killer 85mm lenses that really tug at my heart, but without a doubt the one with the best bokeh so far has to be the Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master lens. It’s big, it’s a bit weighty, and it has a unique aperture ring around it that Sony is trying to push onto its higher grade prime lenses.

With 11 aperture blades, weather resistance built in, a 77mm filter thread and weighing just under 30 oz, the lens is quite surely aimed at the higher end user–especially with its $1,798 price tag. In all honesty, it will give you the best images from any 85mm lens right out of the camera–but I’d be telling a complete lie if I said that every photographer needs one.

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Review: Nikon 24mm f1.8 G (Nikon F Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 24mm f1.8 G product images (1 of 6)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Nikon has created an incredible lineup of f1.8 lenses for those of us who can’t afford some of the higher end products. We’ve been waiting a while for the 24mm f1.8–and thankfully it doesn’t disappoint. Nikon’s lenses have always been stellar, and when you use the 24mm f1.8, you don’t really think that you’re using a typical f1.8 lens.

With seven aperture blades, 12 elements in 9 groups and a weight of 12.6 oz, you’ll probably never want to take it off of your camera.

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The Essential Elements of Better Food Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus food photography (2 of 5)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 2.0

Food–it’s the thing to tugs at the hearts of everything that lives and breathes; especially when it’s presented in a beautiful way. Food photography is mostly done these days in a lifestyle format and with a normal human perspective to appeal to our senses. It’s all about the familiar; and for that reason a 50mm lens can do just the job that you need. Combine this with the colors and contrast that a Zeiss lens can give you right out of the camera, and you’ve got yourself an image making combination that is bound to make someone very hungry.

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