Awesome Comparison: Bokeh Shootout between Leica, Canon, and Nikon 50-58mm Primes

Leica 50mm f/1.2 Noctilux shot with the Leica MP240

This is a syndicated post originally published over at Street Silhouettes. Prepared by Anthony Thurston. Originally by Horatio Tan.

In retrospect, I really should have conducted this comparison on another day, given that I had been awake that day since 3:00AM Hong Kong Standard Time, and was conducting this shootout after work from 7:00PM-9:00PM. Something was going to give, and in this case, it was a Nikon 50mm f/1.2 that I had I accidentally replaced with a Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor – essentially repeating the result of the Noct-Nikkor lens. Hey, you can’t blame me. Those AIs Nikon lenses all look the same, especially when you’re sleep deprived. Needless to say, I will do a second day of shooting.

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Under $1,000: 5 Lenses for the Sony Travel Photographer

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 18-105mm f4 lens review product images (6 of 7)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 1.0

Much like the basis for our previous Under $1,000  travel lens guide for the Fujifilm X-Series, Sony mirrorless shooters are also finding themselves flock to to E-Mount based cameras for travel purposes. The reasons are very similar to that of the Fuji’s, the cameras are small, light weight, and many of the lenses offer significant size savings over their full frame DSLR brethren.

Today we are going to be looking at some of the top Sony E-Mount compatible lenses for under $1000. So let’s jump right into it, but also be sure to check out our Sony Deals Page for any of these that may be on sale.

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Cheap Photo Alert: 4 Days Left on Nikon’s Current Lens Savings!

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 24mm f1.8 G product images (1 of 6)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Nikon’s latest lens savings are ending on Saturday, so there is only a little time left to save on some of that new glass that you have been keeping an eye on.

  1. Nikon FX 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 VR (Save 90) – Deal
  2. Nikon FX 12-24mm F/4G (Save $315) – Deal
  3. Nikon FX 50mm F/1.8G (Save $43) – Deal
  4. Nikon DX 35mm F/1.8G (Save $33) – Deal
  5. Nikon DX 40mm F/2.8G Macro (Save $33) – Deal
  6. Nikon DX 10.5mm F/2.8G Fisheye (Save $175) – Deal
  7. Nikon DX 24-24mm F/4 IF-ED (Save $315) – Deal
  8. Nikon DX 17-55mm F/2.8G IF-ED (Save $300) – Deal
  9. Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8G (Save $100) – Deal
  10. You can find the rest of our Nikon listings over on the Nikon Deals Page.

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Cheap Photo Deal: Getting Wide On A Budget

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Today’s highlight deal is the Rokinon 35mm F/1.4, a killer lens for those looking to get wider on a budget. Per our review:;

“This lens handles depth of field very nicely. It is very smooth and enjoyable. You can also be very selective with the depth of field. Using a shallow depth of field with this lens, it’s really easy to the blur the background or the foreground of you subject. At f1.4 the bokeh is really smooth as well as the other ranges. The bokeh is as good or better than most of my prime lenses and achieving it manually allows you to adjust it enough to give it that extra bit of softness.”

  1. Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 (Save $80) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Introducing The Cheap Photo Dedicated Deals Page & Daily Update Format

Chris GampatThe Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 lenses (2 of 3)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 5.0

For the longest time, if any of you wanted to check on the latest photography related deals and savings on The Phoblographer our running list on our (usually) daily Cheap Photo blog posts have been your best option. But we realize that having to dig through the feed to find the latest Cheap Photo isn’t ideal, and doesn’t make checking up on the latest deals relevant to you very easy. So we set out to fix that, and today we are officially unveiling our solution – the addition of the dedicated deals page. We are testing the concept out now, so if you have feedback, please let us know, we are all ears.

More details on how this will work are after the jump.

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Cheap Photo: 18% Off Olympus’ Flagship OM-D EM-1


Olympus’s flagship OM-D E-M1 is due for an upgrade, by today’s standards, but that means this highly capable and top end Micro 4/3 body is available for a great price. $899 in fact, a steal by today’s market for a brand’s flagship offering.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Save $200) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

Check out all of our deal listings after the jump…

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Cheap Kits: An Intermediate Nikon DSLR Starter Kit

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 24mm f1.8 G product images (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

If you are serious enough about photography to know that you will outgrow out of a low level Nikon D3xxx or D5xxx series body, then this is a kit for you.

The Nikon D7200, while not Nikon’s top APS-C offering (thanks to the release of the D500 this year) is still in the mid-upper echelon of APS-C cameras on the market, and makes for a great camera for a serious enthusiast or someone looking to go pro on a budget. Our lens recommendations for this kit is the Nikon 35mm F/1.8G, and the Nikon 50mm F/1.8G. The 35mm will offer you that classic 50mm field of field of view that is great for portraits and just walking around, while the 50mm will be great for portraits and when you need a little extra telephoto push. As far as accessories, since the D7200 has two card slots we recommend a pair of these Sandisk Extreme Pro SD cards which are fast and offer good capacity, we also recommend this sturdy Zomei tripod to help you keep things steady.

More deals are after the jump.

Cheap Kits is our new weekly Thursday theme in which we will create system theme kits from items on our deal list including a camera, lens(es), and notable accessories. Each week will feature a different brand, and our full Cheap Photo deal listing is still available at the end of the post.

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