Cheap Photo: Our Top 5 Lens Deal Picks

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X-T2 review initial product images (5 of 12)ISO 2001-550 sec at f - 2.8

There are always good deals to be had on lenses for virtually every system on any given day. Today we have our picks for the top 5 lens deals currently available on display – as always, our full running list is also available if you are looking for a specific deal from the bunch.

  1. Olympus 75mm F/1.8 (Save $200) – Deal
  2. Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L IS II (Save $100) – Deal
  3. Fujifilm 14mm F/2.8 (review) – Deal (Save $300)
  4. Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II (Save $100) – Deal
  5. Fujifilm 23mm F/1.4 (review) – Deal (Save $250)

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Review: RNI Film All Films 4.0 Pro (Adobe Lightroom Presets)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI Films portra with green and variations (4 of 5)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.5

For a number of years now, Really Nice Images has been working on creating loads of very film-like presets through use of science. These photo filters/emulsions/presets culminate in their latest offering: RNI Films 4.0 All Films. The emulsions are designed for use with different cameras and have things including camera profiles in addition to some of the more recently popular emulsions such as Fujifilm Natura 1600. That means that you can apply these emulsions to your digital photos in Lightroom or even Photoshop.

Of course, RNI doesn’t consider these to be replacements for actual film. But to be honest, it comes very close.

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Review: Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens (Sony E, Full Frame)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Laowa 105mm f2 lens review product images (7 of 10)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

When you look at the landscape of portrait lenses available for the full frame Sony E mount, you’ll see that they’re growing at a high rate–and the Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 lens is only one of those options. This lens is very special due to the design incorporating an apodization element to produce images that the company claims will give you “smooth and creamy bokeh while maintaining excellent sharpness at the focal plane.” To that end, it loses some light gathering abilities and has a T rating of T3.2–meaning that the photographer loses more than a full stop of light.

In practice, you indeed do get incredible images. But as with every manual focus telephoto lens, you’ll need to be very careful.

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Cheap Photo: Our 5 Favorite Camera Deals

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master lens product images. (8 of 8)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 2.5

In the market for a new camera? Here are our current picks for 5 of the best deals on bodies right now. Any one of these cameras would serve you well and can be hand for some pretty significant savings.

  1. Sony A7 (Save $600) – Deal
  2. Nikon D810 (Save $503) – Deal
  3. Fujifilm X-T1 (Save $300) – Deal
  4. Nikon D610 (Save $503) – Deal
  5. Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Save $200) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Review: Sony 50mm f1.8 (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 50mm f1.8 FE review images product photos final review (1 of 5)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Sony’s 50mm f1.8 for the full frame E mount cameras is one of the lenses that photographers waited for for a while. When it was launched, it made everyone ecstatic. The system finally had its nifty 50 and would make loads of photographers very happy. As the first lens full frame 50mm lens designed for mirrorless cameras with autofocus, it’s bound to be exciting.

So how is it? If you’re a Sony user, you’ll probably want to get one.

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Cheap Photo: EM-1 Savings & Return of the Running List

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM1 Product Photos (3 of 8)ISO 2001-40 sec at f - 2.8

Olympus’s OM-D E-M1 is a known gem of the Micro Four Thirds system, offering some great features in an attractive package, and currently – for a really great price too.

In many ways, the Olympus OMD EM1 is the perfect Micro Four Thirds camera and can even be said to be the perfect mirrorless camera. It is weather sealed, has WiFi transmission for future forward photographers, excellent image quality, stellar RAW file versatility in the hands of a specialized colorist, good autofocus, focus peaking, functional timelapse shooting, and lots more features that will appeal to photographers.. — Read our full review here

Interested? You can pick one up for a cool $200 off over on Amazon right now. Here are several other notable deals…

  • Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8 (Save $200) – Deal
  • 10 Pack – 8GB Wooden USB Drives – Deal
  • Rokinon 50mm T/1.5 (Save $~$48) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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6 Spectacular Portrait Lenses for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II product images review (2 of 3)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

It would be hard to argue that Sony does not have the attention of the photographic community, with their A7 series of full frame mirrorless cameras (somewhat surprisingly to be honest) still the only player in the game. While the A7 series may not have the autofocus to challenge DSLRs in action situations quite yet, for portrait photography the A7 series is more than capable.

In today’s roundup we have 6 amazing lenses for portrait photography on the Sony system. I would like to note though that these lenses are not in any particular order, this isn’t a ranking or stat sheet, it’s just meant to provide some good direction for Sony shooters or potential Sony shooters who are looking into portrait options with Sony. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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Ivan Tsupka: Embracing Experimentation in Portrait Photography


All images by Ivan Tsupka. Used with permission.

It’s always important that every photographer working for taxable income also does lots of personal work–as is the case with many getting new gigs from their creative side work. “In 2009, I quite accidentally shot my first fashion campaign for designer Olga Gromova, which at the time I worked as a director.” says Ivan Tsupka, a Ukrainian fashion and advertising photographer whose Construction series . “And gradually began to more and more work in the field of fashion photography. In the last two years I my work is mostly fashion photography related.” Part of this is due to his creative art project–which he describes as being very experimental.

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