7 Lenses That Really Changed the Photography Game this Year

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Lens innovation over the past few years has mostly focused on pure image quality. But it’s obvious that we’re at a point where both cameras and lenses these days are so good it doesn’t matter. So lens manufacturers have needed to do something else to make them all much better. With that said, new innovations have produced better lenses, and allowed photographers to have even more creative freedom when working with them.

We went through our reviews and found a bunch that have come up this year.

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The Best Photography and Cameras Deals for Cyber Monday 2016

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If you click any link today on the search for Cyber Monday Deals, this is only one that should truly matter.

We all known that Cyber Monday is the better shopping day because you can take care of it all in your pajamas! Many deals from Black Friday have been extended, and you can find those below, but we also have some new savings for you to enjoy so make sure and check out today’s listing.  Continue reading…

The Best 35mm Camera Lenses Under $1000

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The 35mm focal length is one of the most popular prime lens options out there, and with such popularity, there comes with it plenty of options for the budding photographer to choose from when looking for a 35mm lens to join their kit.

Today we are here to take a look at our picks for the best 35mm lenses under $1000.  Continue reading…

Review: Nikon 105mm f1.4 E ED (Nikon F)

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The world of portrait photography is becoming more and more filled with great lens options available for purchase. Sony. Zeiss, Sigma, and Tamron all make some absolutely fantastic ones that were recently announced: but one lens is seriously looking to outdo all of them. Nikon has shown some recent true innovation with the Nikon 105mm f1.4. This lens is the longest telephoto lens to have an f1.4 aperture and also something that absolutely no one else has. Though Sony’s 85mm f1.4 G Master has 11 aperture blades and Tamron’s 85mm f1.8 has vibration control, nothing has the pure perspective flattening that a 105mm lens can–and nothing has the out of focus bokeh ability.

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Cheap Photo: Sweet Olympus, Canon and Fujifilm Savings

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If you are in the market for a budget flash option, the Altura N1001 noted below is a great deal right now at 50% off. Also, Canon’s G7X is an incredible compact point and shoot option for those who can’t splurge on a RX100 series camera but still want a very capable carry around camera. That is currently 14% off.

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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

  1. Olympus OM-D E-M1 – Save $300Get It

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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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!