7 Gorgeous 35mm Lenses Worth Drooling Over

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f2 IS product images (4 of 7)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Arguably, the 35mm focal length is a lens that renders the human perspective when it comes to the full frame 35mm format. They’re excellent general purposes lenses. The 35mm lens is often wide enough to photograph most subjects and if you need something more narrow and focused then you simply just step forward. The even better news is that there are loads of great options for anyone that is interested in obtaining one of these gems.

Here are seven excellent 35mm lenses from The Phoblographer’s reviews index along with sample images.

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Voigtlander Announces Three New Sony FE Mount Lenses


Sony’s FE mount camera system just became even better supported; and this time by one of the legendary German lens/camera manufacturers. Though earlier this year, Voigtlander discontinued some of their film rangefinder cameras they are announcing three lenses for the Sony FE mount.

Essentially, they are some of the same lenses that are available for the VM mount (Leica M mount with Voigtlander’s own moniker) but converted to natively work with the Sony FE mount according to the information available. The three lenses are:

• 10 mm F 5,6 Hyper-Wide-Heliar
• 12 mm F 5,6 Ultra-Wide-Heliar
• 15 mm F 4,5 Super-Wide-Heliar

These lenses also have electronic contacts that transmit lens data, focusing data, etc. so that the camera can switch to the magnifying mode when manual focus is used (and providing you have that setting enables.) Like many other modern Voigtlander lenses, modifications were made that allow the user to have stepless aperture when shooting video. If you want, you can switch back to the good old clicked aperture setting that us photographers love. Voigtlander also says that these are the first three in the series–which means that we’re going to see more.

The three lenses are slated to come out in Spring 2016, no word on pricing details have been released but don’t expect them to be more expensive than the Zeiss lenses currently available for Sony FE mount (full frame E mount like the Sony A7 series of cameras). However, do expect them to be pricy.

Recommended Lenses for the 40MP Multi Shot on the Olympus EM5 Mk II

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (8 of 10)ISO 1001-30 sec at f - 4.5

With the release of the Olympus EM5 Mk II, many folks were thrilled for the 40MP image feature that pretty much does a special stitching effect. But when we asked Olympus what lenses would work best at delivering the highest image quality, they stated “The Pro and Premium lenses.” Indeed, Olympus has specific designations for these lenses, but those are for just their own glass.

The other big player in the Micro Four Thirds world, Panasonic, also offers some beautiful lenses–as does Voigtlander and other brands.

Here are some lenses that we’ve found that will do the feature justice. There indeed may be more and some of them we haven’t tested, but we have faith in our choices.

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Voigtländer Introduces the Wide and Fast Nokton 10.5mm f0.95 MFT Lens


Image courtesy of ePhotoZine

Voigtländer has announced a new Nokton 10.5mm f0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. In terms of full frame equivalency the lens offers a nice and wide 21mm equivalent focal length. What’s more–users will be able to get up close with their subject at 17-centimeters (about 6-inches) taking full advantage of all the bokeh that f0.95 lens creates; though we’re still sure that it won’t be very much.

ePhotoZine got a chance to play with the lens and it was thoroughly impressed with the lens’ sharpness and straight lines despite being a wide-angle prime. With the lens being made up of 13 elements in 10 groups, there are undoubtedly more than a few aspherical lenses to help reduce distortion.

The lens is reportedly due to be released sometime in 2015, however, Voigtländer has yet to announce a price. We can’t wait to get this lens in for a full review and until then check past the break for more specs on the Voigtländer Nokton 10.5mm f0.95.

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The Phoblographer Explains: What is a Rangefinder Camera?


When it comes to cameras there are two categories that many are split into: DLSRs and Mirrorless cameras. Rangefinders are a sub-division of mirrorless cameras that have been around for years and years. In fact, they’re older than SLR cameras and are largely unchanged in their basic design and functionality since their inception.

But with more cameras being more retro looking, how do you exactly tell the difference between the two?

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Cosina Updates Voigtlander 25mm f0.95, You Still Can’t Afford It


When Voigtlander/Cosina released the first 25mm f0.95, the Micro Four Thirds world began to drool. And today, the company has updated the lens according to 43Rumors. The new version does what the 17.5mm f0.95 did–added the option of making the lens de-clicked for video shooting. On the lens, there is another ring right above the aperture ring. This ring can be pulled back and twisted. When it is in one position, the aperture clicks for photographers. In the other position, it becomes clickless.

So for the same price, Voigtlander is trying to make this lens more viable to videographers. Though at the moment, the older version seems to be quite discounted to under $1,000.

When we reviewed the 17.5mm f0.95, we fell in love with it. Indeed, it is still my favorite lens for the Micro Four Thirds system.

Five Pancake Lenses That Will Make You Drool

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer 5 Panckae article (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.2

Small lenses quite obviously help keep your camera package portable and lightweight. Since the mirrorless camera movement has been around, folks have been asking for small pancake primes to really make the system work towards its original intentions. But DSLRs also have great small pancakes, and if you’re looking for one, check out this list.

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Review: SLRMagic 17mm T1.6 (Micro Four Thirds)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer SLRMagic 17mm T1.6 product images (2 of 5)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.8

SLRMagic has always been right up there with Rokinon on offering cine lenses at an affordable price. So when they offered us a chance to look at their 17mm T1.6 lens for Micro Four Thirds, we were naturally curious. Many of their previous lenses were quite sharp but in the recent years the company has been trying to take on a higher end audience. And when we got this lens, we were a bit confused by the results that we were getting until we realized that it is a lens that isn’t about the chart numbers.

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