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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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After our standard Pro zoom lens shoot out, we decided to put the telephoto lenses against one another. As mirrorless camera systems have evolved and continue to develop, they’ve had to meet the demands of professional photographers who have picked up their systems. One of the classic zoom lenses that many photographers tend to reach for is the equivalent of a 70-200mm f2.8 lens. These lenses are great for portraits, events, weddings, landscapes and pretty much anything that you can think of due to their versatility.

So with Fujifilm, Samsung, Olympus, and Panasonic all offering their own versions, which one is the best?

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Mirrorless camera manufacturers have been working at creating better lenses and building out their systems. Very recently, the manufacturers with APS-C and Four Thirds sensors came up with constant aperture pro zoom lenses for their cameras.

Now don’t get us wrong: no manufacturer is making a bad lens or camera. In fact, all of them are superb. So with that in mind, we went about rounding up the information that we collected and figuring out which lens delivers the most pleasing results based on the specific system that they work with.

Our results are after the jump.

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Screenshot taken from the video.

Screenshot taken from the video.

Photographer Tony Northrup decided to do a head to head test of the latest competitor to Canon’s nifty 50 lens: the 50mm f1.8. He does some interesting tests, but in some ways, they seem flawed.

Tony compares the autofocus, and clearly states that the Canon optic nails focus while the Yongnuo didn’t quite do it all the way. However, this is common knowledge for almost every third party lens. I’ve tested Sigma, Tamron and Tokina glass all on Canon DSLRs and everything needs micro-adjustment because of the way that autofocus algorithms work and the lenses that your camera has become used to. In fact, Micro-adjustment isn’t hard to do. Sometimes, even Canon glass needs it–and the company has a patent to automatically do it.

To begin with, most folks using studio strobe also most likely use the higher end 50mm lenses.

There are other comparisons too like with vignetting and aberrations–both of which Tony truthfully states are easily fixed in Adobe Lightroom. Bokeh is compared and you see not much of a difference though there are Tony’s explanations of how the lenses will affect your images in real life use.

If you’re a beginner, springing for a 50mm f1.8 is a really nice option, but we overall recommend that you instead go straight to the f1.4 options which will last you much longer in your photography career. I still own the older 50mm f1.4 from Sigma and though I barely use it. It’s there for when I need it and when I do, it gets the job done,

Tony’s video comparing the Canon 50mm f1.8 vs the Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 WR first impressions photos (2 of 25)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 4.0

Fujifilm’s 16-55mm f2.8 LM WR is a lens that was missing from the company’s lineup for a little while, but has since surfaced. The equivalent of the more professional grade f2.8 general zoom lens, the Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 LM WR incorporates weather sealing, a real aperture ring, and a bunch of awesome features.

The lens features 14 weather seals, nine aperture blades, and three ED and Aspherical elements. For a standard zoom lens with a constant aperture it has a lot going for it–not to mention being in front of Fujifilm’s excellent X Trans Sensors.

For most photographers that use Fujifilm’s system professionally, this is a must-have. But for the rest of us, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.

Editor’s Note: Fujifilm sponsors our Xpert Advice series that appears monthly on this site; but out reviews are still our own opinions.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f2 Loxia review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Zeiss stirred up quite the love affair with us when we tested the 35mm f2 Loxia. While I’m much more of a 35mm lens lover, the 50mm f2 Loxia certainly has more of my attention. Where the 35mm f2 has great image quality, the 50mm f2 has the Zeiss-like colors and micro-contrast that we’ve come to expect.

With a metal exterior, sweet ergonomics, great colors, sharp image quality, and a small overall package to work with the A7 series of cameras, why would you dislike it?

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