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Newest Otus family member from ZEISS continues the success story Zuwachs in der Otus Familie von ZEISS setzt Erfolgsgeschichte fort

It was only a matter of time until Zeiss added a new lens to the Otus family: and today the company is announcing their 85mm f1.4 Otus lens. The company said on Facebook last year that they’d be releasing a new lens and indeed it’s on its way for Photokina 2014. Before we even get into it, the price is $4,490–way too much for many of us mere mortals. But the company has surely done a lot of work to make sure that the performance is the utmost top of the line. Indeed, we’ve been testing the lens for a couple of weeks now and it has been blowing our minds.

As for the features of the lens, it sports an all metal exterior with the exception of the focusing ring–which is made of rubber just like the company’s Touit lenses. The reason for this is due to working in the cold weather with the lenses. It has 11 elements in 9 groups, a minimum aperture of f16, has an 86mm filter thread, comes in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, and weights 1140g for the Nikon version with the Canon version coming in at 1200g.

The lens is obviously targeted at portrait photographers along with fashion photographers–but given our user experience with the 55mm f1.4 Otus lens we will probably think that manually focusing the optic without a tripod may tend to shake the camera up a bit to get accurate focusing consistently.

At this point though, the photo world is most likely drooling over this lens but looking at Sigma for an autofocus response.

More tech specs and images are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Photo Plus Expo 2013 Fujifilm XE2 XQ1 Mini90 Instax product images (8 of 18)ISO 16001-80 sec at f - 2.5

Though the compact camera area of the market is shrinking pretty fast, Fujifilm is trying to still fight in the space with thin cameras featuring big sensors and fast lenses. When the company announced the new XQ1 not long ago, we found it be a very standard compact camera that would be great to just tote around or for anyone looking for something stylish and with a large sensor.

But is it enough for folks that want to consider DSLRs and interchangeable lens cameras?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus EP5 images (5 of 8)

Today, Olympus is announcing the brand new EP5 that has been highly rumored for a while. It’s been quite some time since the flagship Pen camera received an update but that update was well worth the wait. First off the camera has the same sensor as the OMD EM5 but boasts a couple of differences that in some ways make it better than the OMD. The focusing is faster, it sports focus peaking for manual focus users, and has Wifi built in for starters. But otherwise, it has an aluminum body, no weather sealing, a flip up LCD screen with barely any external screws to the entire build, and an interesting new design layout.

Tech Specs and more images are after the jump. But also be sure to check out our first impressions and our comparison to the Olympus OMD EM5.

Editor’s Note: The EP5 is available body only for $999.99 in black, silver and white or with the 17mm f1.8 and new VF-4 viewfinder for $1,449.00 in black or silver.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D5200 S1 and J3 first impressions CES 2013 (1 of 17)ISO 16001-180 sec at f - 4.0

At CES 2013, we had the chance to play with the slightly-late-to-the-American-shore Nikon D5200. The camera was announced everywhere else in the world but for some odd reason or another, Nikon decided to only now tell us more about it.

As a previous owner of the D5100, I know that the D5200 still targets the consumer who wants to grow with their camera. So what do I think of the upgrade?

 

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