Cheap Photo: Olympus Drops OM-D E-M1 Price Even More

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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has been one of the top still image focused Micro Four Thirds cameras on the market for some time now. It had been on sale for $200 off for a while now, but today Olympus dropped it even further, another $100 in fact, for a cool $300 in savings off the usual price.

“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, and  stellar RAW file versatility…” — Read Our Full Review

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The Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 Lens Will Cost $1399

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Tamron has been on a huge roll this year with their incredible lens lineup, and today the company is announcing their Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2. The G2 moniker stands for Generation 2, and is characterized by a number of upgrades, yet keeps it at a pretty modest price overall. The lens features the company’s eBAND Coating, minimum focusing distance of 86.6 in, and faster autofocus. You’ll also get full time manual focus override, 4.5 stops of vibration compensation, and a new feature called the Flex Zoom Lock that lets you lock the lens in at any position. Plus there’s weather sealing.

When it launches on September 23rd, it will cost $1,399. More tech specs and information on the company’s new teleconverters are after the jump.

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Wait, What?! Patent for Tamron 115mm f1.4 VC Lens Shows Up Online

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Seems like Tamron has something cool in the works! Coming off of the success of their newest lens offerings such as the unique Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD (our review here), Tamron seems to be back at it again with another unique focal-length lens on the horizon.

According to The Digital Picture, Tamron has filed a patent for a 115mm f1.4 VC lens. Many photographers swear by lenses covering the focal range from 85-135mm for portraiture, so this offering seems to sit square in the middle. It could definitely shake things up a bit if its performance is up to par and rivals some of the lenses from Tamron’s competition. The included VC (vibration compensation) and 1.4 aperture is sure to pique the interests of many shooters.

I personally have found the 135mm offerings from both Canon and Nikon to be incredible, although a bit long at times for studio portraiture. This 115mm from Tamron could be just what I, and I’m sure many other indoor shooters, are hoping for! Let’s hope it gets an actual release!

6 Top Third Party Portrait Lenses Under $1000

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Yes, brand name lenses are great, and have the advantage of being guaranteed to work flawlessly on cameras of that same brand. But third party lens manufacturers, especially in recent years have been coming out with some really killer options of their own. The quality bar has been raised and for most of the bigger established third party brands, quality control and performance issues are mostly things of the past.

So continuing with our Portrait theme for August, today we are going to go over some of our favorite third-party portrait lenses for under $1000.

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8 Spectacular Portrait Lenses for Canon DSLRs

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Canon is the most popular camera system on the market, despite all the mirrorless buzz, and that means many of you are likely looking for some awesome portrait lens options for your Canon kit. Lucky for you, we have a great roundup of lenses on the docket today and all of them are great options for you Canon invested portrait photographers.

In this roundup we have 8 incredible lenses for portrait photography on the Canon system. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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Camera Lens Manufacturers Explain The Rise of Backlit Portraits

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Years ago, every photographer used to say that you should never backlight a portrait subject due to the way that lenses render the scene. For a long time, it was very difficult to get any sort of detail on a subject when the sun was behind them. But then things started to change. Lens technology and glass coatings became better and better which delivered more contrast in a scene and brought out more details despite the subject being backlit.

To explore why and how this change happened, we talked to Zeiss, Sigma and Tamron about how it all came about.

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7 Incredible Modern Portrait Lenses Under $1,000

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Portrait photography is and remains one of the most popular reasons that people pick up a camera and get into photography. But as we all well know, top quality lenses bring with them budget breaking price tags. Luckily, portrait photography can be pretty forgiving, and you don’t need the most expensive lenses in order to get great results.

Today we are going to focus on the best modern lenses (released within the last 4 years) for portraiture that come with a normal price tag under the $1,000 mark – making them relatively attainable for most photographers. Also note, towards the end of last year we did feature a similar listing, of modern portraiture lenses under $500, so in that under $500 category today we will only be noting lenses that have been released since that post, making the majority of this post in the $500-$999 spectrum.

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