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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 28mm f2 lens review product photos (2 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Besides the 55mm f1.8 and 35mm f2.8, the only other compact autofocus prime lens that we have for the full frame E-mount is the Sony 28mm f2. It was recently introduced as part of the growing line of full frame E mount lenses. Targeted at street photographers, architecture shooters, candid shooters, and many more this lens is one of the few primes that also isn’t Zeiss branded.

With nine aperture blades, nine elements in eight groups, no image stabilization, and weighing in at 7.05 oz this lens has the potential to become a very standard lens for many.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Contemporary Review product images (3 of 7)ISO 4001-180 sec at f - 2.5

Sigma offers the 150-600mm f5-6.3 lens in two different flavors: Sports and Contemporary. For those of us that failed Phys Ed, the company designed the Contemporary lens with a smaller size and lighter weight over the Sports’ better image quality and better optics. But that doesn’t mean that this lens is a slouch at all–and for what you’re paying for it, it shouldn’t be.

This lens is aimed at the high end enthusiast, though at its current price point it’s really not badly priced considering what you’re getting in a package like this. But at the same time, we think that the person using this lens really has to know what they’re doing–and a couple of specific ergonomic changes are only part of what makes us think that.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lensbaby Velvet 55mm f1.6 product images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-140 sec at f - 2.0

Lensbaby’s Velvet 56mm f1.6 is a pretty new lens, and one that many of us didn’t necessarily expect. In the past couple of years, the company has been working on alternative lenses for various systems, and the first sample images look really cool in a lo-fi type of way. Indeed, Lensbaby has always been about seeing the world in a new way, and their newest lenses seem to make you do that, just in a more vintage style.

That’s not to say that these lenses have plastic optics at all, but if you’re a film lover then the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f1.6 lens will give you quite a treat.

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Sony 35mm f1.4 photos

Sony has been working on responding to the criticism that they don’t have enough lenses for their full frame E mount system in a similar way that Fujifilm did when coming out later on the scene: by cranking them out. But the Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 doesn’t feel rushed at all. In fact, it feels very timeless and beautiful. This lens has a very unique design with its aperture ring–it’s the first Sony lens to have one and is designed for videographers who want easier control over their lenses. Rather than fully building a cinema lens, Sony solved the problem by giving it autofocus abilities that also work well for still shooting.

With a metal exterior, weather resistance, and solid focusing abilities for its size and weight, there is very little for us to not like about this lens.

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The idea of 4K video lenses sounds a bit crazy, doesn’t it? With modern lens design being so incredibly good and able to resolve loads and loads of detail, why does it matter? Canon developed a video explaining the science behind these lenses in a very interesting way.

Canon’s video breaks it down into four different components and talks about things like lens coatings, contrast, MTF, and resolution. According to the video, the lenses have to be able to resolve a 9MP image of some sort–which pretty much every lens released since 2009 is very capable of doing since that’s when the megapixel war took a very big leap with the release of the Canon 5D Mk II’s 21MP  full frame sensor and Sony’s A900 24MP full frame sensor. But if lenses are too sharp, then they create moire (in conjunction with the sensor) and other issues.

What’s really cool is how they explain light loss when beams of light pass through elements on a lens and how coatings helps minimize light loss. The animated video on Canon’s 4K Video Lenses is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer SLR Magic Bokehmorphic review photos (7 of 15)

While Bokeh is often used as a crutch to create a beautiful image. When used correctly, however, it can do a terrific job to help tell a story visually. We’re not going to encourage to never stop down. In fact, you need to when telling certain stories with images. However, we are going to let you know about a couple of key secrets on how to get the best from your lens and get the best bokeh.

In fact, we do this as part of our lens testing here at the Phoblographer.

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