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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cub and Company Shooter Strap Review images (2 of 8)ISO 8001-25 sec at f - 4.2

Fujifilm users have some big changes to look forward to. According to Fuji Rumors the Fujifilm X Pro 2 will feature a new 24MP non-organic X-Trans sensor plus room for two SD cards. The updated Fujifilm flagship will also purportedly get a few other upgrades including a new tilting screen and Wi-Fi.

A new source speaking to the rumors site also suggested a camera will come in the 2nd quarter of 2015, which could be any time from April to June. Previously, we’ve heard early reports the X Pro 1 successor could come any time between January to December of next year so we’re going to take this news with a grain of salt.

Whenever it does drop, the Fujifilm X Pro 2 has been rumored to cost 20 to 30% more than the X-T1, putting it in the ballpark of $1559.94-1689.93 for just the camera body by itself.

On a separate, tangentially related note Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki let loose that it’s may make Sony E-mount lenses in an interview with Imaging Resource. Yamaki explained that Sigma has been getting a lot of requests to make lenses as the market of E-mount lenses is still surprisingly nascent. What’s more, Yamaki also hinted at the possibility of taking existing Sigma FF lenses and adding an E-mount option as well.

Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art on a Sony A7s? Yes please.

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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sports  Product Images (2 of 2)

Product images by Chris Gampat

Over the last few years we’ve seen Sigma steal the show from Canon and Nikon with amazing prime lenses plus its completely unique Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 zoom lens. Now in the pursuit of creating the world’s biggest telephoto lens, Sigma has created a real monster with the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport.

It’s absolutely massive, bigger in scale most of its telephoto lens compatriots. On the Photo Plus East floor we got a chance to wield the lens and aside from making our arms sore, I came away quite impressed.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography Petzval Lens review images samples (10 of 24)ISO 4001-320 sec

The term bokeh colloquially refers to the quality of the out of focus area in an image. But over the years, it has come to be more associated with the whole out of focus area to begin with. In fact, it’s something that many photographers, enthusiasts and others become obsessed with. To get it, you need lenses with wide apertures and generally longer focal length lenses–though some wider options can do a great job too.

In our tests over the years, we’ve run across lenses from different manufacturers that exhibit some incredible bokeh. Here are some of our favorite lenses with the best bokeh.

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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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