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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 first impressions (14 of 19)ISO 2001-180 sec at f - 2.8

The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 was announced earlier this year–aimed at landscape, real estate and architectural photographers, this lens represent’s the company’s attempt to take on the likes of the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L and the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G. For the past couple of years, Tamron has been putting out incredible lenses that have impressed us over and over again. At first sight, we were impressed with the size of this one–it’s huge!

With 9 aperture blades, 18 elements in 13 groups, and a front element so large you can’t use a filter, there is bound to be lots that pro photographers will love about it.

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Today, DXOMark has released their findings and tests with the new Sony 90mm Macro f2.8 G OSS lens for Sony FE mount cameras. Of all the ratings on the site, this lens is one of the company’s sharpest and is only behind the Sony 55mm f1.8. Tested on the Sony A7r, this rating places it even ahead of the Sigma 35mm f1.4. In fact, the top 10 list is dominated by Sony and Zeiss with a bit of Sigma and Nikon slipping in there.

So what does this mean? Creatively speaking, nothing really because of just how great modern software is these days and that creativity doesn’t really rely on gear.

However, it should do more than enough to hush the complaints of those that say that Sony’s FE system doesn’t have a lot of lenses for their system. Both Sony and Zeiss have made lots of offerings for the still growing system. We’ve got lots of primes, lots of zooms, and many essential focal lengths.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Batis 25mm f2 first impressions (20 of 24)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Zeiss’s first lenses for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras didn’t have autofocus and were branded the Loxia lineup. But soon after this the company announced a brand new lineup: the Batis. The Zeiss Batis lenses are an interesting new take on what lenses are these days. It eliminates the traditional distance/depth of field scale for a digital readout. This is much different from what any other manufacturer has done so far.

One of the first Zeiss Batis lenses is the 25mm f2 wide angle offering–perfect for the street photographer and also filling the gaps for many Sony shooter out there.

We’ve been using it for a couple of days now. Like our thoughts on many Zeiss lenses, we’re incredibly impressed.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 5Ds first impressions product photos (10 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.0

As camera companies pack more power into smaller packages, the image quality only stands to improve, right? The Canon 5DS R has an ungodly 50.6-megapixel sensor, which is far more than most people need. Similarly, the Sony a7RII has a 42.4-megapixel sensor, and the Olympus OMD-EM5 Mk II has a 40MP high-res mode. It seems that the prevailing thought is that we need far more sharpness in our images than we already have, but there’s something unreal about hyper sharp images. If you’ve looked at any ad or photos from a high end fashion shoot in a magazine, you’ll notice how crisp these images are. It’s almost as if what’s been photographed is living on the page.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 50mm f1.8 STM lens review product images (2 of 2)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Of all the cheap 50mm lenses made, Canon’s nifty 50 has always reigned supreme as the niftiest thanks to both image quality and affordability. Very recently, however, the company chose to update its formula for the lens. The Canon 50mm f1.8 STM is a lens that, like its predecessors, is still priced rather affordably and also performs very well for the price point. In every single way, this lens is a step up and improvement from the previous version and with that in mind, it will surely serve a new generation of budding photographers very well.

But it’s not totally perfect.

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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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