Review: Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art (Canon EF)

The answer to the question that you’re wondering is yes, the Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art lens is indeed much better than the previous version of the lens. At higher megapixels, you start to see the flaws of the older version, but the newer one exudes an image quality that is truly unbelievable. Additionally, it sports a bit of weather sealing. And the ultimate answer to whether or not you should upgrade really has to do with your own intentions. If you absolutely want to stick to using DSLR cameras, then this is a must-buy lens.

But holy crap, is it huge!

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Three Kits: Wedding Photography With The Sony Mirrorless System

Now that it is the winter and Wedding photographers are in their off-season across much of the northern hemisphere, many are taking stock of their current kits. This is the time to look at what else is on the market, look into buying new gear, and trying out the latest technological achievements. Sony has been one of the most talked about brands of the last few years, and their current generation A7 series full frame mirrorless cameras offer what a lot of professionals are looking for. Here are our picks for kit options for wedding pros thinking about jumping into the full frame E mount (FE) system here in 2017.

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Could Third-Party AF Adapters For Fujifilm Finally Be Coming?

I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I have always felt that a big reason why Sony has had the success it’s had with its mirrorless system, namely the A7 series cameras, is thanks in part to the vast array of third-party AF lens adapters.

This has been one downside to the Fujifilm system, in my estimation, since there are no AF adapters at this point, there is no easy ‘try-before-you-buy’ option if you are a photographer who relies on AF (which most of us these days do). It looks like this could be changing, though, as a video demonstration of the first (to our knowledge) third-party Fujifilm AF adapter has surfaced. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: Killer Price Drops on Westcott Apollo

Today we have a line on some new Westcott Apollo brand price drops, these are great modifiers if you are using speedlights to light your images. Zeiss is also selling their Touit lenses for Fujifilm at a nice discount, so make sure to check that out as well if you are looking at third-party lenses for the X-Series.

Plus: Fujifilm 100-C just dropped back in price.

Quick Hits

  • Medium Apollo Softbox – $124 – Get It
  • Mega Apollo Softbox – $169 – Get It
  • Apollo Orb – $149 – Get It
  • Apollo Strip – $149 – Get It
  • Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Touit – $499 – Get It

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

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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The Sterile Look: The Problems with Camera Lenses Being Too Good

When you look at camera lenses made for photographers, we can all say that they’ve arguably become better and better. Lenses today are sharper than they’ve ever been, more contrasty, able to keep lens flare down, and able to render incredible colors. Part of this came from marketing and everyone who believes they are an expert on the internet involving lab test scores to compete for the favor of many. This ultimately translates into awards and sales. This is fine in some ways, but the problem is lenses eventually start becoming something designed too much for engineers and those who don’t necessarily know better, and less for the actual photographers themselves. If you peruse any Facebook group with the more experienced photographers, you’ll see that they bring their own creative vision to life using software and lighting in their own ways.

This is the inherent problem with photography these days. What am I talking about?

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Tutorial: Zone Focusing With Super Wide Angle Lenses

One of the biggest strengths of manual focus lenses and the reason why so many photographers love using them has to do with a process called zone focusing–and Zeiss Milvus lenses like the 18mm f2.8 and 15mm f2.8 lens themselves well to this. For years the methods around zone focusing are what has allowed many photographers to outdo the fastest focusing autofocus cameras and lenses. Street photographers, landscape photographers, and many others have used the technique to ensure that they get sharp photos. When film photography was king, lots of photographers did this to ensure they got “the shot.” Digital photography and its inherent nature requires photographers to get even sharper photos.

When you’re shooting landscapes and architecture, you really want the best you can get. With manual focus lenses, sometimes the best thing to do is to use zone focusing.

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6 Weather Sealed Wide Angle Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras

If you’re an adventurer or a photographer that gets outside often, there are a number of wonderful lenses you can get your hands on to create compelling images in the elements. Many photographers tend to go for wide angle lenses, and these tend to give images that convey how they feel about the vast expanse before them when out hiking. But otherwise, they’re used by street photographers in the rain or sometimes even for certain types of portraits.

Here are six weather sealed wide angle lenses that we love for mirrorless cameras.

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