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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Samsung NX Mini 1 mm 10.0 sec at f - 13 ISO 160

Wide angle lenses should be tested by every photographer. They force you to get close to your subjects and interact with them if you’re a photojournalist, but if you’re shooting landscapes then they make the capturing process much more straight forward. Sure, they may have distortion issues, but much of that can be fixed with modern software.

You don’t need to be a professional to be able to afford good wide angle lenses either. Many are available at a very affordable price and can last you a very long time in your photography career.

In our travels, we’ve reviewed loads and loads of lenses. Here are some of the best wide angle lenses that we’ve worked with under $500.

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The Phoblographer staff spends loads and loads of time testing and evaluating lots of lenses out in the field. Over the years, we’ve reviewed countless numbers of lenses. While going through our pool of reviews, we found a bunch for pretty much every camera system that you’d want to get your hands on if you’re on a budget of under $500. So without further ado, here are the Best Lenses Under $500. [click to continue…]

Sigma 85mm vs Sigma 50mm lens

We’ve had some heated debates recently on the site’s Facebook page when it comes to 85mm vs 50mm lenses. We tested it out ourselves a very long time ago, but recently another posting made readers wonder about it more themselves. To figure out which lens can render a better image when it comes to portraits, we tested two lenses from the same manufacturer to put an end to the debate once and for all.

So the real question is: Which lens is better for portraits? The 85mm vs 50mm Lens?

Editor’s Note: this is a formal comparison test not done in a lab, but instead in a real life situation. Real life situations simulate shooting subjects and not test charts. Frankly, if you’re purchasing a lens just to shoot charts all day you need to open a gallery of your test chart images and see someone’s reaction to them.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Rokinon Sigma 85mm f1.4 three way comparison (1 of 3)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 3.5

With Zeiss’s new 85mm f1.4 Otus reviewed, we took it upon ourselves to do an informal comparison of two of its biggest and closest competitors: the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 and the Sigma 85mm f1.4. Now granted, neither of these lenses are said to be targeted at the higher end photographer. But with Sigma’s offering being a couple of years old and Rokinon’s not being so old either, we decided that it would be great to see just how the three perform against one another.

Editor’s Note: Again we are saying that this is an informal comparison to see how the three stack up against one another. We’d like to remind our readers though that each offering is pretty darn solid, but if anything this is more of a measure of how the technology has progressed.

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Pictured here is the DP2. At the moment of publishing this article, photos of the DP1 were not available.

Pictured here is the DP2. At the moment of publishing this article, photos of the DP1 were not available.

Sigma has shown commitment to odd ergonomic design in their announcement today detailing the new DP1 Quattro. To refresh, the DP2 Quattro was their first entry into this series. Sticking to Sigma tradition, the company’s DP1 has a wide angle 28mm equivalent f2.8 lens in front of the new Foveon Quattro sensor. Said lens unit houses one FLD element and two glass mold aspherical elements.

Just like the previous Quattro Foveon sensor, expect loads and loads of details to be rendered from the images. To see just how much, you can check out our review of the dp2 Quattro here.

Sigma states that the DP1 Quattro will feature better battery life, a TRUE III imaging processor, better ISO performance (they claim up to two tops of improvement), better autofocus, improved white balance, new color modes and better metering when it comes to auto exposures. .

But in addition to the camera, the company is also announcing a new LVF for the series with a diopter adjustment of -2 to +1. It magnifies the LCD screen 2.5x.

We have no word on pricing yet, but expect it to hit the stores sometime around December 2014

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Product Images 1

Photokina season must be in full swing because the gear announcements are coming in hot and fast. Today Sigma is introducing a three new zoom lenses and two new teleconverters. Starting with the big one, the lens maker is introducing two different 150-600mm f5-6.3 lenses for its Sports and Contemporary lines. The two lenses feature optical image stabilization and a water and oil-repellant coating on the front and rear elements.

Where the two lenses diverge is the Sports version is a big larger and made up of 24 elements in 16 groups whereas the Contemporary lens features 20 elements in 14 groups. Overall the optics in the Sports edition of the 150-600 f 5-6.3 are better with two “F” low dispersion elements (FLD) and three special low dispersion (SLD) glass elements. By comparison the Contemporary counterpart has just one FLD and three SLD glass elements.

Of course the Sports lens is built better with a dust and splash proof construction though out the barrel while the Contemporary version only features ruggedized mount. Speaking of mounts the two new 150-600 f 5-6.3 lenses will be available for Canon, Nikon, and Sony users. Sigma has yet to announce availability or pricing for it’s latest telephoto lenses, but read on to see Sigma’s new 18-300mm superzoom lens and more.

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