Canon Announces Two New RF Lenses Geared for Portrait Photographers

If you’re still missing a dedicated portrait lens for your Canon EOS R, you should be on the lookout for these two RF lenses freshly dropped by Canon.

Just switched to the Canon EOS R Full Frame mirrorless system and now looking at your choices for portrait lenses? We bring some good news for you. Canon has just expanded its lineup of RF lenses with two new offerings: RF 85mm f1.2 L USM DS and RF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM. The former is pegged as their best performing interchangeable lens yet for the 85mm focal length. The latter promises to make switching the focus between the background and foreground easier without changing the composition, thanks to reduced breathing during focus shifting.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Canon RF Mount Lenses

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Here’s a gateway to all the reviews we have completed on Canon RF mount Lenses.

Canon has been hard at work the last few years when it comes to their new Mirrorless cameras and RF Mount Lenses. While the platform is only in its infancy, Canon has already produced some top-drawer lenses to mount on their R series cameras. Canon RF mount lenses have been receiving rave reviews for good reason. Their superb optics and excellent build quality mean these lenses are some of the best in the world of Mirrorless. We have been hard at work reviewing them and have created a buyers guide. This guide is an easy place to access our real-world reviews for anyone who needs information about all Canon RF Mount lenses. Continue reading…

Two New Laowa Wide Angle Lenses Launched for Nikon Z and Canon RF Mounts

Venus Optics recently expanded their roster of unique Laowa lenses with the Laowa 15mm f2 Zero-D and the Laowa 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 Zoom.

Photographers looking for a wider coverage for their Nikon Z and Canon RF mount cameras now have new options from Venus Optics. The company recently introduced two new Laowa wide angle lenses: the Laowa 15mm f2 Zero-D for both Nikon and Canon RF mount, and the Laowa 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 Zoom for Nikon Z mount.

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DXOMark: The Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L Is One the Best Zoom Lenses

The Canon RF 28-70mm f2 L USM is a class leading lens according to DXOMark.

Canon’s new(ish) Mirrorless cameras haven’t had the biggest selection of native RF Mount lenses to play with, but all the available lenses are strong performers. According to a new report from DXOMark, the Canon RF 28-70mm f2 L USM is one of their best yet, but it does come at a price. Join us after the break to see exactly how the lens performed during its time on the DXOMark assault course. Continue reading…

These Weather Sealed Canon RF Mount Rokinon Lenses Are Under $500

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Slowly, but surely, the Canon RF Mount lens library is growing.

Canon EOS R and EOS RP users rejoice! We have some good news for you. Today Rokinon announced that they will be releasing two lenses with Canon’s new RF Mount; a 14mm f2.8, and a 85mm f1.4. Given that there are really very few lenses for the platform right now, we are sure that this will bring a smile to your face. Rokinon have been producing some optically excellent lenses lately, so the hope is that these follow suit. Join us after the break for more information. Continue reading…

Canon Announces EOS R, EOS RP Camera Deals, and Save on RF Lenses

If you’ve been thinking about picking up a new Canon Mirrorless camera, you’re not going to want to miss these EOS R and EOS RP camera deals.

Hot on the announcement of the new Canon EOS RP, Canon has announced that there will be bundles on both the EOS R and the EOS RP. The EOS R will come with a free lens adapter so you can pick one up and use your existing library of Canon glass, while there is a $200 discount on a bundle that comes with the adapter and the RF 24-105mm IS USM lens. If you’re thinking about picking up the new EOS RP it will come bundled with a free lens adapter, an extension grip, and instant rebates of up to $300 when bundled with a lens. There are also savings to be had on select RF glass. Join us after the break for more details. Continue reading…

Canon Will Be Releasing 6 New Lenses for the EOS RF System This Year

While some may not find the camera to be a very exciting announcement, the new Canon lenses surely are.

In what I personally find to be the more exciting of the two Canon announcements tonight, the company is announcing their latest lineup of lenses that will be coming on their roadmap for this year. While company already produced some stunners in the form of a 28-70mm f2 L USM, 50mm f1.2 L USM, and a 24-105mm f4 L IS USM, there’s more coming. In fact, some of these are pretty new innovations that haven’t been done by a manufacturer at all, let alone one in the mirrorless camera world.

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Perfect Portraits: 4 Budget Portrait Lenses For the Canon EOS System under $1,000

Portrait photography is no doubt one of the those niches of photography that attracts many new photographers to the industry, both as hobbyists and professionals–and finding budget friendly portrait lenses can be tough. That said, the overwhelming majority simply doesn’t have the budget to spend on top class professional portrait lenses, so today we are taking a look at some of the best budget oriented portrait lenses for the Canon EOS System.

If you have another camera system no worries, we will be following this up with budget portrait lens roundups for other systems as well. Previously we have looked at Fujifilm’s X-Series, and will continue on to the other systems after we hit Canon today.

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Canon Keeps Making Fantastic Lenses That Go on Mediocre Cameras

Canon continues to push the envelope with its RF Mount lenses, but they need more cameras that can make the most of them.

Canon is really going to town with lenses for its new RF mount. Since the launch of the Canon EOS R and the EOS RP, we have seen quite a few RF Mount lenses either teased or released, and we have seen a fair few that have had patents filed for them. Today we have found out that three more RF Mount lenses (an 18mm f1.0, an 18mm f1.2, and a 25mm f1.2) have had patents filed for them. These three ultra-wide, ultra-fast lenses certainly push the boundaries in terms of what’s possible with the RF Mount, but here we are a year later with just three middle of the road EOS R cameras. What game is Canon playing? Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…

3 Sigma Lenses That Will Make Your Next Wildlife Photography Trip Easier

If you love wildlife photography and the results from Sigma lenses, these three telephoto lenses will please you.

Sigma’s lenses have come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years; they now produce some of the very best lenses on the market. Sigma is known for its prime lenses, but Sigma’s zoom lenses are equally as great. If you’re a wildlife photographer or you enjoy birding, and you haven’t looked at Sigma’s telephoto options, this roundup will clue you in on what they have to offer. After the break, we will take a quick look at three Sigma lenses ideal for all types of wildlife photography. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: Olympus Pen EPL8 Lens Kit $290, Save on Rokinon Lenses

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These early holiday camera deals and deep lens discounts will put a smile on your face.

If you’re looking for some pre-holiday bargains, you’re in the right place. There are some cracking deals right now like the Olympus Pen E-PL8. You can get this incredibly fun Micro Four Thirds camera with the M.Zuiko 14-442mm lens for just $289.99! That’s over $300 in savings! The Nikon Z6 with the FTZ adapter is only $1,696.95. The Canon EOS R has come down to $1,799, and the EOS RP is a steal at $999. There are also great deals on lenses from Rokinon like the 14mm f2.8 AF, which is only $579, and the 85mm f1.2, which has seen its price drop to just $799. There are also deals from Tamron, Lensbaby, IRIX, and Fujifilm. Come and check out all of the camera deals and lenses on sale after the break. Continue reading…

The Best Wide Angle Zoom Lenses for Landscape Photography and More

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Wide zoom lenses will have you covered when it comes to landscapes, documentary, environmental portraits, and so many more genres of photography.

While we love our prime lenses, there’s always space in our camera bags for versatile zooms as well. If you like to have just a few lenses to cover multiple focal lengths and multiple genres of photography, wide-angle zoom lenses have you covered. Want to shoot gorgeous landscapes? Wide-angle zooms will help with that. Do you like astrophotography, documentary photography, architectural photography, and environmental portraiture? You guessed it, wide-angle zoom lenses will help you with all of those genres and more. After the break, we list some of our favorite wide zoom lenses that cover multiple platforms. Come and check out what lenses we wouldn’t leave home without. Continue reading…

These 24mm Lenses Are Very Special, and Here’s Why You Need Them

24mm lenses are perfect for many photography genres, including street, weddings, environmental portraits, and more.

Here at The Phoblographer, we have a soft spot for 24mm lenses, and for good reason. These prime lenses are so handy they should have a permanent home in each and every camera bag around the globe. Need a lens for street photography? The 24mm has you covered. Need a solid performer for environmental portraits, landscapes, astrophotography, weddings, or documentary and photojournalism work? A trusty 24mm won’t let you down. Here’s a quick look at six of our favorite 24mm lenses that you should consider adding to your lens library. Continue reading…

The Canon EOS Ra is Fine, But it’s Not The Camera we Need or Want

The Canon EOS Ra will scratch the itch of Astrophotographers, but it will leave everyone else wanting, and waiting for more.

It has been just over a year since the Canon EOS R arrived on the Mirrorless camera scene. While it may have been lacking features that many expected, over the last 13 months, the EOS R has been updated to the point where it has become a very competent camera. Canon fans want more, though. The EOS R is lagging behind Sony in terms of feature sets and resolution, and Canon has said that a higher Megapixel EOS R camera is in the works. So, when we heard about a new EOS R camera from Canon hitting the market, we got excited, but, unfortunately, it’s not what you’re thinking. Join us after the break to find out more about the Canon EOS Ra and who it’s geared towards. Continue reading…

The Best 85mm Lenses for Pro Portrait Photographers (That Bokeh!)

85mm is the sweet spot for portrait photographers, and these 85mm prime lenses are some of the best around.

There are lots of lenses on the market that are considered portrait lenses, but the 85mm focal length is perhaps the sweet spot for portrait photographers. This focal length sits nicely between 50mm and 135mm offerings, and it gives photographers the ability to either capture great 3/4 length shots, or beautiful headshots. The 85mm prime lenses we have listed after the break are some of our favorites across multiple platforms: we’re sure portrait photographers everywhere, whether new to the genre or well decorated, will love the performance of them. Continue reading…

The Camera Market Needs Canon to Stop Drinking Its Own Kool-Aid

Canon’s profits are tanking, and they are losing even more ground in the camera market.

Poor Canon; it seems as though things keep going from bad to worse for the former king of the photography castle. While Canon has been hard at work on all fronts, it seems as though their efforts aren’t producing the results they want. To be fair, earlier on this year, Canon’s CEO did say that he fully expects things to get worse before they get better, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted that their gross profits would tank quite so hard over nine months. Just what does Canon need to do to steady their ship? Continue reading…

8 Powerful Lenses That Make Wildlife Photography Easy

These lenses will get you closer to the action on your next birding or wildlife photography trip.

There’s always talk about street, portrait, sports, landscape, and the documentary genres of photography, but little about the wildlife and birding genres. It seems as though lens manufacturers are taking note of the growing popularity of these two categories: there are more and more lenses suited to this type of work that are hitting the market. Wildlife photography and birding photography may sound easy, but I can assure you that if you aren’t skilled and do not have lenses with great reach, you will struggle. We have picked out eight lenses for various platforms that will help you get closer to the action. Check them out after the break. Continue reading…

Instant Camera Review: Canon IVY CLIQ Instant Camera Printer

While instant cameras are great fun at parties, the Canon IVY CLIQ’s ZINK prints will leave you wanting more.

The popularity of instant cameras has seen a resurgence in recent years, and the IVY CLIQ is the Canon’s entry-level product targeted at this market. Fujifilm is currently dominating the instant camera market with their various Instax cameras and printers. Canon is hoping to compete by pricing the IVY CLIQ at just under US $100. Lacking some of the features of the more premium IVY CLIQ+, the IVY CLIQ is a no-thrills instant camera that creates photo prints using Polaroid’s ZINK Zero Ink Technology. The prints have a peel-apart back that turns them into stickers as well. The compact size of the IVY CLIQ allows it to fit into most pants and shirt pockets, making it easy to carry around. Is the Canon IVY CLIQ the right instant camera for you?

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Cheap Photo: Canon EOS R $1,799, EOS RP $999, Huge Lens Savings

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Now’s the perfect time to jump into Canon gear with these incredible camera deals and deep discounts on lenses!

Canon’s quite spectacular Fall Frenzy deals have just gone live. You can pick up the Full Frame EOS RP with a free EF to RF adapter for only $999! The EOS R with a free Vanguard tripod is down to its lowest price yet at $1,799, and you can pick up the Canon 5D IV with a tripod for just $2,499. There are also deals on the Canon 6D II, which comes with a flash and wireless transmitter. This combo is only $1,199, and the Rebel T7, which would make an excellent gift for someone this holiday season, is only $399! There are also crazy lens deals too, like the Canon 85mm f1.8 for $269, the 100mm f2.8 Macro with a Slik tripod for $799, and the 70-200mm f2.8L is only $1,199. Come and check out all of the crazy camera deals and bargain-priced lenses. Continue reading…

What Anyone Getting Into Photography Should Know About Lenses

For the photographer that knows nearly nothing about lenses, we’ve got you!

Do you know what a lens group actually does? Like, why is it necessary? There are tons of articles and videos out there about cameras and the introduction to them, but there isn’t a lot about lenses. Photographers probably don’t understand why specific lenses have a set number of aperture blades. Did you also know that more aperture blades don’t necessarily mean a better quality lens? And you probably won’t get better bokeh too? We asked experts at Canon, Sony, and Tamron to share their knowledge with us.

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Check Out Our Updated Buyer’s Guide for Tamron Prime Lenses

If you love Tamron prime lenses and want to keep up to date with our reviews on them, bookmark the Tamron prime buyer’s guide.

Tamron has made quite a name for themselves over the last few years. The quality of their lenses has gone through the roof, and photographers who use their lenses can expect outstanding image quality and excellent build quality. The one thing that hasn’t gone through the roof is their prices. We’ve reviewed most of the Tamron prime lenses on the market, and we have now updated our Tamron prime lens guide so that you can find all the reviews (and any future reviews) in one location. Head on past the break for more details about the Tamron prime lens guide. Continue reading…