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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography Petzval Lens review images samples (10 of 24)ISO 4001-320 sec

The term bokeh colloquially refers to the quality of the out of focus area in an image. But over the years, it has come to be more associated with the whole out of focus area to begin with. In fact, it’s something that many photographers, enthusiasts and others become obsessed with. To get it, you need lenses with wide apertures and generally longer focal length lenses–though some wider options can do a great job too.

In our tests over the years, we’ve run across lenses from different manufacturers that exhibit some incredible bokeh. Here are some of our favorite lenses with the best bokeh.

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Tamron has been relatively quiet this year in terms of new lenses, but just in time for Photokina 2014, the company has a brand new wide angle zoom offering. Tamton has announced the development of a new 15-30mm f2.8mm lens with vibration control built in. This pretty much trumps Nikon’s 14-24mm f2.8 in terms of usefulness and more or less also trumps Canon’s 16-35mm f2.8 offering as well for landscape and architectural uses.

This lens features 18 elements in 13 groups, aspherical elements, low dispersion elements, an ultrasonic silent drive motor, vibration compensation with three ceramic ball bearings, and a new eBAND coating. According to them, the new coating is “A nano-structured layer (1nm = 1/1,000,000mm), with dimensions smaller than the wavelengths of visible rays of light, is deployed on top of multiple coating layers to maximize efficiency.”

“Reflections occur at the interface between the lens and the air because of the difference in refractive indices of the two substances. The nano-structure of the eBAND Coating renders an extremely low refractive index by minimizing the differential with that of air while actively inducing air to its own structure, thus significantly suppressing the extent and degree of reflections.”

More tech specs are after the jump. We also have no word yet on pricing.

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Tamron 14-150mm F3.5-5.8 Di III (Micro Four Thirds)

Tamron has announced a trio of lenses for cameras of all sizes from micro-four thirds, mirrorless APS-C bodies, and all the way to full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLR shooters. First up though we’re going to talk about Tamron’s first ever all-in-on zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras 14-150mm F3.5-5.8 Di III.

Designed for Olympus and Panasonic cameras such as the OMD EM10 and GX7, the lens offers up an equivalent focal length of 28-300mm for a seriously wide range. Despite this long zoom range Tamron decided not to include vibration compensation to have a tripod handy when shooting at longer focal lengths. As a trade off for the missing VC feature, the lens is fairly compact and it has a filter diameter of just 52mm. The 14-150mm F3.5-5.8 will be available starting June 26th for $589.

Click past the break for more Tamron lenses.

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I have tested a few long lenses here. They were mostly prime lenses. The Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 is one of the latest zoom lenses from this third party lens maker. It is a company with a long history in the photography world. I recently purchased their 70-200mm f2.8 and was eager to try this new telephoto zoom. What mattered to me about this lens most was its performance. During this review period, we were at the tail end of some psychotic weather. Snow was still everywhere. [click to continue…]

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 70D First Impressions product photos (8 of 8)ISO 2001-50 sec at f - 5.6

You’ve bought your first camera  and now you have some good shooting time beneath your belt. You’re waiting to move beyond that kit lens and there is some money burning your pocket, begging to be spent on new glass.

When I’m asked for advice on what a photographer’s next lens should be, my response is usually, “What do you like to shoot?” The answer to this is the best way to determine what the next lens should be. With that in mind, here are my recommendations for the lenses which should follow your kit lens.

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

When we found John Thorpe’s “The Renaissance of Heather” we were immediately smitten by it and the inspiration by where it came from. Thorpe started shooting in 2009 and got his start when his first images were published in a three page spread. In addition to his photo work, Jonathan is also part-owner of a “Skyhaq Agency” an advertising firm based out of Northern VA, where he has produced and shot several television commercials. In addition to commercials, Jonathan has also directed several music videos. He is currently represented by Wonderful Machine and in addition to Tamron, is also sponsored by Calumet photo and Holdfast Gear.

But the story behind this image is an even more fascinating one than John’s quick rise up.

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