Review: Zeiss 75mm f1.5 Biotar – the LEGENDARY Original Version

When a door closes, a window opens. I was expecting to be loaned an M-mount lens, or at the very least, a lens with an M-mount adapter. Instead, what I received from the UPS delivery man was an Exakta-mount lens with a Sony E-mount adapter.

Exakta? I haven’t seen one of those since high school? I guess I won’t be shooting with a Leica M10.

The specific lens I was loaned was a Zeiss 75mm f1.5 Biotar (circa 1939 to 1960), which just happened to also be the same lens Oprema used to base the design of their new 75 Biotar. In case you haven’t heard, Oprema is the company that’s bringing back the 75 Biotar. They asked me if I was interested in writing about it. I accepted the opportunity, because I was curious. When I first heard the announcement, I was going to invest in an M-mount version of this legendary lens. But then, I discovered on eBay how much of a premium legendary demanded, and thus quickly came back to my senses.

Oddly in this case, legendary also meant the lens I was loaned came attached with a Sony E-mount adapter? That was completely unexpected. But then, it didn’t matter. In the end, it worked out all the same… opening doors with a full frame Sony.

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The Absolute Best Cameras For Working In Low Light From Each Brand

These days many photographers like to work in a variety of situations, from bright noon sun to starlight, but many cameras can’t handle themselves well in all these situations. So, if you are a photographer that finds themselves wanting a camera that can handle itself in lower light scenarios as well as during the day, which cameras should you be considering?

That is why were are here today, to help you sort this out. So we will be going down the list, brand by brand, giving you our recommendations for the best performing cameras in low light. Ready? Ok, let’s get into it… Continue reading…

How To Choose The Best 35mm Lens For You

The 35mm focal length is popular for all sorts of photography niches, from weddings to boudoir to wildlife to landscapes. This makes your choice of 35mm lens extra important because you are likely intending to use it in multiple scenarios. You don’t want to spend more money than you need to, and certainly, don’t want to waste money by having to buy another lens should you skimp out too much. So in this post, we are going to talk about things to consider and how to choose the best 35mm lens for you. Continue reading…

Review: Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f2 (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

The Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f2 lens is promising zero distortion, and when in use it honestly holds itself very well to that promise. This lens appeals a whole lot to the urban geometry and architecture photographer in addition to the interior and real estate photographer. The reason for this obviously has to do with the lack of distortion. In many ways, you can say that it surely is zero distortion but if you run it through some editing programs you’ll see that it isn’t quite totally eliminated but it’s surely close. It isn’t as complicated as something like the company’s lenses with shift abilities built in. But it’s surely quite a great option.

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Cheap Photo: Hundreds Off Canon’s 7D Mark II, Canon 70D

Who doesn't love saving some money, right?! We sure know we do, regardless of whether it is on bubble gum at the corner store or on some sexy new camera equipment from our favorite online retailer. There are always deals to be had and this week we have some great ones on big name products like the Canon 7D Mark II and Sony FE 55mm F1.8.

Today's highlight deals are:

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Ultra Budget Bokeh: 10 Creamy Lenses That Won’t Break Your Bank

We all love bokeh, after all, what’s not to like?! Actually, there is quite a bit not to like in the form of digits on the price tag. The best bokeh is not a cheap thing to attain, but with that said, bokeh is hardly extremely expensive either. Many lenses that are extremely affordable can offer you bokeh that fights above it’s pay grade.

You want to save money, we want to save you money, but you also want the best bokeh for your money. If that is the case, than this is the list for you, 10 ultra affordable lenses that will give you more bokeh than they should for the price.

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Telephoto Zooms Lenses for Capturing Party Shenanigans From Across the Room

Telephoto zooms are more popular in the party and event scene than you might think initially from the outside. These fast lenses with long-range help photographers capture interactions from a distance without disturbing anyone. You certainly shouldn’t be using a telephoto zoom for an entire party or event in most cases, but as part of a well-rounded party and event photography kit, these make for valuable tools.

Now just as in our previous posts on this subject, we will be going over some high-end and budget options for each camera system, so none of you need to feel left out because of how much you can spend on the lens.

So here are our top picks for telephoto zoom lenses from the event and party photography perspective…

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National Geographic Photographer Ira Block Gives Tips for Instagram and Documentary Photographers

Photographer Ira Block has traveled around the world and these days is both a National Geographic Photographer and a Sony Artisan. To that end, he's one of the perfect photographers to speak to about documentary photography. Earlier this year, he spent some time in front of the camera with us talking about modern documentary photography and how it's changed over the years. To start with though, Ira imparts a few tips for photographers looking to get into documentary photography. Not to our surprise, he tells us a lot of it has to do with passion and preparation.

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