Some lenses were seemingly designed for their bokeh. While we’re positive that camera and lens manufacturers try to put a huge emphasis on how this beautiful out of focus area looking, some just do it better than others. And there is often a lot of work that goes into not only creating that wonderful bokeh but also trying to find a way to balance it with some eye-popping sharpness.
We’ve tested and used loads of lenses here on staff, and here’s a round up of some of our favorites.
Now this is something that we didn’t see coming. While roaming the floors of the Photo Plus Expo 2013, we came across the Sakar/Vivitar/Polaroid booth–those are the people that bought the rights to put the Kodak brand on new photographic items. Perusing through the neatly lined-up items at their stand, three tiny lenses hidden in a corner caught our glimpse. Upon closer inspection, not only did we notice a Kodak branding, but also some intriguing specifications. We were looking at a 25mm f0.95 lens, a 50mm f1.1 lens as well as an 8mm f3 fisheye lens, all three for the Micro Four Thirds mount. We were quite surprised, to say the least.
At the time of publishing this post, there are rumors abound about a full frame Sony NEX series camera and murmurs that something similar might one day be coming from Fujifilm. But overall, folks are drooling more and more over mirrorless cameras and everything that they offer. And the more savvy amongst us as shooters are also seriously considering them if we haven’t bought one already.
Since the early days of the system, one of the biggest things to do was to adapt manual focus lenses to take advantage of the size. And if you’re still looking to do that, the Leica M mount is perfect.
Here’s a roundup of lenses that you’ll be envying.
Wide-angle photography is one of the master disciplines of photography. It’s not something you just do, it’s something that needs a lot of thought, as proper composition is crucial in wide-angle photography. And just like mastering the artistical aspect of it, the construction of a great wide-angle lens is anything but a routine job for a lens designer. In order to honor some of the greatest achievements in the history of wide-angle lens design, here’s The Phoblographer’s list of the top five most extreme wide-angle lenses ever built.
Leica M-mount rangefinder film cameras have always held a special place in photo history. For one, because it was Leica who started the 35mm film revolution. Then, because the M3, the first M-mount rangefinder camera that Leica made, started a series of incredibly popular photographic tools used by countless professionals and amateurs alike for decades. And finally, because Leica-made M-mount lenses can be considered to be some of, if not the best lenses there are for 35mm film cameras. In this article, we take a look at what we deem the five greatest M-mount film cameras that were ever made. Not necessarily all by Leica, though.
One would think that as a working photojournalist, you’d own you fair share of cameras throughout your life. Maybe a couple dozen or so. But in the case of Mr Dilish Parekh, you’d be wrong to assume so. Very wrong. As a matter of fact, the Mumbai resident holds the world record for the largest collection of stills cameras. To this date, his collection comprises over 4,400 items, ranging from historic Canons over Leicas and Nikons to Voigtländers and what have you. It all began when his late father gave him a collection of about 600 cameras, to which Parekh subsequently added more. “Cameras are my life. I can’t stay without them,” he says. Go figure.
So, next time your significant other asks you whether you really need so many cameras, point them at this. Things can look so different from another perspective …