We’ve been playing with the new Nikon 28mm f1.4 E lens for a little while now and are honestly completely blown away by the image quality. The Nikon 28mm f1.4 E lens is incredibly sharp wide open, but is also has great bokeh and an overall very nice look I genuinely feel will make a whole lot of sense for portrait photographers, documentary photographers, photojournalists and street photographers. Street photographers: yes. The look is really stunning.
Of course, the closest thing to a normal prime lens had to be the first thing that Fujifilm announced for their Medium format G Format; and to that end we got the Fujifilm 63mm f2.8 R WR lens. It’s an interesting move for Fujifilm. You see, when the X series was announced, the company debuted at least one f1.4 lens. But this time around, we got slow lenses. Yes, I’m aware that this is medium format, but there are f1.8 lenses in the 645 format–which is larger than G format.
Nevertheless, the Fujifilm 63mm f2.8 is a fantastic lens that I wasn’t sure I’d like. But a number of factors had me coming back to it over and over again.
It was rumored for a very long time, and the Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO was finally announced around Photokina this year. This was a very long awaited lens for the Micro Four Thirds system, and it desperately needed to be here a while ago. Better late than never, right? The Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO is weather sealed, fast to focus, and was apparently over-engineered. One of the reps from Olympus told me more about the lens and how the standard it was being judged against was the Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Otus when it came to the design. So if you consider this, then the Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO really must be a fantastic lens, right?
It surely is.
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Today’s update continues after the jump…
Tokina has always been a maker of some excellent third party lenses, and the release of the Tokina 70-20mm f4 ATX Pro heralds this even more so. The recently announced lens isn’t billed as being weather sealed–but that doesn’t meant that it wasn’t able to take a beating. The lens also exhibits great image quality and some of the best bokeh that we’ve seen from a zoom lens.
But while it’s an overall great lens, know that it doesn’t specialize in any one particular aspect.
Fujifilm’s XM1 is targeted at the user that wants Fujifilm’s image quality, but can’t reach the higher fruit that is the X-E1 and X Pro 1. This audience is the entry level mirrorless camera user–and certain things about the XM1 hammer this fact home. For example, it is kitted with the 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 lens which has no aperture ring in order to make it simpler for entry level users to operate it. Instead, the XM1 emphasizes the use of two dials to set up exposures.
The camera also deviates from its higher end siblings in that it forgoes the use of a viewfinder of any sort and instead relies on its tilting LCD screen.
Fujifilm has already proven itself in terms of image quality and having stylish good looks. But can they really court over a crowd that asks, “Canon or Nikon” before anything else?
Nikon’s new 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 AF-S VR lens is one heck of an optic. When I was first reaching for it, I expected to need to use more strength than I really needed. But when I picked it up, my jaw dropped. In all seriousness: where the hell was this lens when I was a paparazzi? This refresh of the older lens is smaller, lighter, and focuses ridiculously fast. To be very honest, I haven’t seen a DSLR lens focus this fast–ever! The closest thing might be Canon’s 85mm f1.8 on a 1D X or a 5D Mk III, but even then this latest offering from Nikon wiped the floor with them.
Granted, you’re surely paying for everything you get in this lens.
The Canon EOS M has been the butt of many jokes. The company has received well deserved critiques stating that they essentially half-assed the camera. But it seems like from there, they have figured out a way to try to improve on it. We played with the camera a while back and by all means, it isn’t a bad camera per se. But the autofocus really wasn’t the best.
However, the camera received a firmware update recently that was supposed to greatly improve the autofocus capabilities–therefore giving some extra hope to the camera.
Canon Watch’s readers sent them videos showing off the differences. From what we see, it still isn’t faster than Olympus, Panasonic, Sony or Samsung. But it can be said to be a tad faster than Fujifilm’s focusing. See for yourself after the jump.