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Fact: many photographers who work in Adobe Lightroom only utilize the basic adjustments panel. However, the program gives them lots of control over their images and allows for many parameters to be manipulated. Sadly, most people are also not aware of much of what the development panel does and how it can help you create the images that you want.

In this post, we give you a very quick introduction and idea of what each section does and how to use them.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 24-35mm f2 review product images (2 of 9)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Not long ago, Sigma announced the fastest aperture zoom lens made for a full frame camera: the 24-35mm f2 DG HSM Art. With a constant f2 aperture range throughout its zoom range, it is the fastest constant aperture full frame lens made so far. But with that comes what many believe to be a big tradeoff. The lens has a very limited zoom range and essentially gives you three big focal lengths: 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. However, these lengths are made possible by 18 elements working together in 13 groups in conjunction with a 9 bladed aperture.

And at under $1,000 this lens any many others that Sigma makes may be some of the few things keeping you working with DSLRs.

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Model: Natalie Margiotta

Model: Natalie Margiotta

Mirrorless cameras offer pretty much everything that most photographers need and are the next step in the evolution of cameras (along with smartphones and what they’re capable of). And for many, there is no reason why a portrait lens wouldn’t be in their camera bag. The best portrait lenses are longer focal lengths that allow a photographer to separate elements of a scene from their subject so that viewers will only focus on them. Additionally, wider focal lengths tend to make someone (and their parts) look very distorted.

We’ve scoured our reviews index to find some of our favorite portrait lenses for mirrorless cameras. Here’s our roundup.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.8 review product extras (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Portrait lenses: these two words can make a photographer’s heart melt when seen together. For years, Zeiss has dominated the portrait realm, though Sigma and Canon have had their share of lenses that sing. So when Zeiss released the first true portrait prime lens for the new Sony FE mount system, we knew that it had to be incredible. Indeed the Zeiss 85mm f1.8 Batis is a lens that can have that effect on you.

While this all sounds completely wonderful on paper, we needed to see if it really would make our jaws drop. Initially, we really thought it was something special. But did our love affair last? Or was this just another summer fling?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis lens product image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 3.5

The Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis is one of the company’s lenses designed for the full frame Sony E-mount (FE), but unlike the Loxia lenses, the Batis line has autofocus. Beyond this, they have a new and very unconventional feature: a HUD on top of the lens that displays information in the right situations.

With 10 elements in 8 groups and a minimum focusing distance of just under eight inches, the lens is one that many photographers can keep in their kit for a variety of reasons. Food? Cool, use it! Architecture? Sure! Adventure! You got it! And what makes this all possible is Zeiss’s stamp of approval when it comes to being more resistant to abuse and the elements.

And if you’re a Sony user, you’re bound to become smitten with the colors.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 extra review photos finals (5 of 5)ISO 64001-30 sec at f - 2.0

In the past couple of years, the trend has been to add image stabilization to wide angle lenses. Why? Because many photographers tend to handhold their cameras and lenses rather than put them on tripods. So that makes a lot of sense when you consider Tamron’s 15-30mm f2.8 VC lens. The lens is targeted at Real Estate, Architecture, Adventure, and Landscape photographers that want to leave the tripod at home while also trying to keep their kit as minimal as possible. Both Canon and Nikon have competing offerings–but neither incorporates image stabilization nor were they probably developed with resolving a 50MP full frame sensor in mind.

The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD is a lens with not only vibration compensation, but lots of weight at that. And for the professional photographer, it’s sure to be a constant companion.

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