3 Sony E Mount Lenses That Survived the Great Outdoors

The great outdoors are a fantastic place to clear your mind. Bring a camera with you. Distract yourself with your passion. And better yet, don’t give yourself anything to worry about later. By that, we mean you don’t need to break the bank. We dove into our reviews index to find some of the best Sony E-mount lenses to survive the great outdoors. Companies like Tamron make fantastic ones that don’t really make any compromises. Check out what we’ve tested!

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How to Keep Your Camera Lenses Working Like the Day You Bought Them

Fact: your lenses are often more important than your camera. What’s more, the condition of your lenses will really matter when it comes to image results. With today’s high-resolution cameras, the slightest imperfections can be picked up easily. Spotting lens and sensor dust is pretty simple. But all that dust can affect how your camera and lens perform. We’re going to teach you how to care for your lens, like the ones from Tamron, to keep them operating just like the day you got them.

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How To Clean Camera Lenses. Over 15 Experts Give Feedback

Recently, I saw a heartbreaking post on a Facebook group about cleaning a vintage camera lens with Hydrogen Peroxide. The photographer wanted to get rid of fungus on the lens. But instead, they ended up destroying the optics. They cited photographers on YouTube who say this is the thing to do. And unfortunately, that’s the problem. Lots of photographers on YouTube aren’t experts. If you wanted official information on something more pressing, it’s often best to check out .edu, .org. or .gov websites. Don’t get me wrong, we’re a .com website. But we’re also an accredited source of information. And besides, over the past decade, we’ve asked some of the best and brightest minds how to do this.

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10 Prime Lenses for Sony That Will Amaze (They’re Under $600 Too)

These bargain-priced prime lenses are so good, they’ll never leave your camera.

Lenses can be expensive, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get great ones. Sony shooters have been blessed with tremendous support from third parties – manufacturers like Rokinon, Tamron, Sigma, and more. The best part is that the super-sharp prime lenses we’ll share cost much less than you think. In this roundup, you’ll find ten prime lenses that will blow your socks off with their performance. How these lenses sell for under $600 each is beyond me, but they do, and you can reap the rewards they give.

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8 Unique Lenses: Dare to Be Different and Create Like Never Before

These unique lenses will help you create entirely different images than anything you have made before.

Modern lenses are stunningly sharp, and free from distortions, lens flares, and anything else that gives them character. There is nothing wrong with this, but sometimes it can get a little boring seeing images that are flawless and clinical in appearance. However, worry not, because a few incredibly unique lenses have bags of character that are sure to make your images stand out from the sea of sameness. If you really want to add style to your images in-camera, you absolutely must see the unique lenses we have rounded up after the break.

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Video: Try This to Improve the Autofocus of Your Camera and Lens

We bet you’ve never tried this trick to tune up the autofocus of your camera.

You’ve all heard about cleaning your sensor. But how many of you clean your lenses? And we’re not just talking about the front element, but what about the contacts? And what about the autofocus contacts of your camera? How many of you are too scared to do it in the same way that you’re too afraid to clean your sensor? In one of our recent episodes of Pro Camera Reviews, I decided to show how I keep my cameras working each and every time correctly. The idea behind this is one that folks rarely do. If you asked photographers to answer honestly, I’m positive that most would say that they never do it. But in this case, it’s necessary. You can watch the video below and read along for our explanation of how we do this and why.

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Using the Fujifilm X100V During Social Distancing (50mm Lenses Too!)

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Video: How Zone Focusing Differs for Manual and Auto Focus Lenses

Zone focusing isn’t the same for every lens, and it can actually be challenging to do.

Street Photographers love to talk about zone focusing as their primary way of shooting. While some still go for autofocus, zone focusing is by far one of the best ways to shoot. Arguably, it’s faster than autofocus methods. And what lots of folks realize is that it’s different depending on the lens. Zone focusing is best at wide to standard focal lengths. But that performance also differs based on how the lens was designed. Arguably, zone focusing is more difficult with lenses designed for autofocus first. In today’s video tutorial, we explore this a bit.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Keep Your Lens Clean

Here’s how you can keep your lens free of dirt, dust, grime, and moisture to get great photos.

Cleaning your camera’s lens is either as simple as wiping dust, water droplets, or smudge off the front element, or as complicated as taking apart the lens to clean its insides. However, there’s also a bunch of simple things you can do to keep your lenses clean and ready for the next shoot. For our photography cheat sheet today, we have five easy steps you can do as part of gear maintenance.

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These 35mm Primes Will Quickly Become a Multi-Tool in Your Lens Library

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35mm primes are in the Goldilocks Zone when it comes to versatile lenses.

We absolutely love 35mm primes at The Phoblographer, and it’s for good reason. This focal length may just be the most versatile lens you can get your hands on, and we think all photographers should have one in their lens library. Why? Well, 35mm primes are great for so many genres. Shoot street? 35mm primes will have your back. Shoot portraits, landscapes, events, weddings, documentary, astrophotography, food photography? You guessed it, 35mm primes are fantastic for all of those genres too. In this roundup, we will take a look at some of our favorite 35mm primes.

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Review: Sony 35mm F1.8 FE (This Is My Next Lens)

The new Sony 35mm f1.8 FE lens is real, and it’s the most perfect Sony lens I could ask for.

All I ever really wanted was a Sony 35mm f1.8 FE lens–and I never thought they’d make one. But when I received a call last week about testing a product not yet announced, I was quite shocked. The company has its 35mm f2.8 FE and a 35mm f1.4 FE lenses; both are quite good in their own respects. But what they needed was a middle ground option, and that’s where the Sony 35mm f1.8 FE is coming into play very strongly. It’s small and designed to be on par with the quality that the 55mm f1.8 and the 85mm f1.8 deliver. If you know anything about those lenses, you’ll understand that they’re incredible values. Sony considers their 28mm f2 to be on the same playing field, but I’ve got mixed thoughts on that opinion. What I know for sure though: the Sony 35mm f1.8 FE is a far better choice. With weather sealing, fast autofocus, incredibly sharp image quality, beautiful bokeh, and almost cinematic image quality to it, the Sony 35mm f1.8 FE is going to be my next lens.

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8 Incredible Fujifilm Lenses Under $500 That All Fujifilm Users Should Own

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These Fujifilm lenses offer ridiculous levels of value for the money.

A lot of people think switching to Fujifilm is financially out of their reach because of the assumption that the lenses are too expensive. Just like any other platform, yes, some of the Fujifilm lenses can be pricey, but there are also some cracking lenses under $500 for those who choose to shoot Fujifilm. In fact, I think there are more quality lenses under $500 on the Fujifilm platform than there are on competing systems. Join us after the break to take a look at eight Fujifilm lenses under $500 that perform like they should cost twice as much. Continue reading…

9 Weather Sealed Lenses For Show Stopping Landscape Photography

The weather can change in an instant so make sure your landscape photography lenses are weather sealed.

Any photographer who has been practicing landscape photography for a while will likely have many stories about being caught out in ‘the storm of the century’. I know I have my tales. The weather can can change in an instant. A seemingly gorgeous sunny day, can soon become dark with rain cloud filled skies. Can your current lenses handle being caught in an unexpected rain shower? The lenses we will take a look at today are made for just these types of situations. They are weather sealed to the nines, and they will do just fine in a downpour.
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6 Sharp Prime Lenses For Sony E Mount Cameras Under $600

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These prime lenses will help you get the most out of your Sony APS-C crop sensor camera.

Sony has done an outstanding job with their APS-C camera line up. The old Sony NEX system really started changing people’s view about crop sensor cameras. The release of the a6000, a6300, and the a6500 and all of the new technology they brought to the supposedly ‘non-pro’ APS-C camera world continued to push boundaries and made them firm favorites with photographers all over the world. The new Sony a6400 with its crazy fast autofocus system is about to hit the shelves, and we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some prime lenses that will really get the most out of this, and all of the other Sony APS-C cameras on the market.
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Lens Review: Tokina 20mm F2 FiRIN AF (Sony FE)

The Tokina 20mm f2 FiRIN AF takes the great qualities of the manual focus version and adds autofocus.

When the Tokina 20mm f2 FiRIN AF was announced, I was a tad confused as to why they’d create it. I mean, the manual focus version was and still is great. They essentially just took it, gave it autofocus, and didn’t do any other major upgrades, not even weather sealing! So as I went through my review process, I kept all of this in mind. The way I see it, I really want to understand why they didn’t just go for the autofocus version to begin with. To me, that didn’t make sense. Essentially, the Tokina 20mm f2 FiRIN AF is the same lens as the manual focus version. It is still a lens with sharp optics. Still at f2. Still fairly small and lightweight; and at the same time this lens is still relatively affordable. But I’m still scratching my head.

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Review: Lomography Neptune Lenses (Canon EF Mount Adapted to Sony FE)

Everywhere I went, folks were curious about the unconventional look of the Lomography Neptune Lenses.

When the Lomography Neptune Lenses were announced, I was sort of confused. They are simultaneously some of the weirdest lenses that I’ve ever used and amongst the most beautiful lenses that I’ve ever used. In some ways, I want to liken them to something like Zeiss lenses–except that they’re not as sharp (but you wouldn’t be able to tell unless you pixel peeped), have less contrast, more lens flare that I crave, none of the weather sealing, and they aren’t as fast. But if you really use the Neptune Lenses and simply just incorporate them into the way that you naturally work, you’ll be rewarded with image quality that is incredibly unique, versatile, and that you’re probably going to just get anyway if you sit there and apply some VSCO or RNI film presets to your images. But in this case, you won’t necessarily need to.

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Review: Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens (Canon EF Mount)

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens is fantastic: will you trade up for it?

One of the best pieces of news professional working photographers have heard in the lens world could be about the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens. Unlike many first party options out there, it has optical stabilization built in which helps a lot at weddings, events, for portraits, etc. Those types of photographers will greatly appreciate this addition on top of the already fantastic optics. Speaking of those optics, Sigma has consistently hit the ball out of the park in our reviews, and I’m happy to say they’re pretty much going to do this same thing in this review. But I should warn you that Sigma’s zoom lenses, while good, aren’t their primes. Sigma’s prime lenses are better. So if you want the best of every focal length offered here, you probably won’t be satisfied until you go for their f1.4 primes instead. And like many of those other lenses, you can take the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art out into the rain due its weather resistance.

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Cleaning Your Camera Lenses With Isopropyl Alcohol and Purosol

Cleaning your camera lenses are an important part of ensuring that they keep working flawlessly and that your picture taking devices are always delivering the best images that they can. Just like a car, computer, television, or mostly any other electronic item your camera needs maintenance–and so too do your lenses. The reasons why are because your camera lenses in particular tend to pick up dust, grease, and other contaminants that can make it not work as well as it did right out of the box.

So here’s how to fix that.

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Lens Comparison: Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX DG HSM vs Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Milvus

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For many years, Sigma has had an 85mm f1.4 lens for DSLRs that has been very tough to beat. Sony, Canon and Nikon all have great options–but when you consider the affordability of Sigma’s lens combined with just how well it performs, it’s hard to justify anything else. For years, we haven’t had very many third party options to compare to with the exception of the Zeiss Otus and Rokinon. For what it’s worth, the Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 has dominated when it comes to image quality–at least when shooting wide open. To be fair, it’s also very costly.

But with the new Zeiss Milvus 85mm f1.4 released, we wanted to see how it compares to Sigma’s. We were rather surprised.

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Lens Comparison: Sigma 35mm f1.4 vs Tamron 35mm f1.8

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Since the announcement of the Tamron 35mm f1.8 Di VC lens, photographers have been asking whether or not this lens is worth it over the Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM–the current king of the lineup. Indeed, we’ve been wondering this for ourselves when the lens came out. Both can deliver great image quality, but one has vibration compensation for those of us that drink way too much coffee and the other has reigned supreme as the king of the 35mm lens game for the past couple of years.

That means that Tamron has had that long to catch up. But did they? We decided to put the two head to head in our very own real world comparison outside of a lab. So what wins in the battle of the Sigma 35mm f1.4 vs Tamron 35mm f1.8?

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The Phoblographer’s Introduction to Basic Lens Maintenance

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It’s a very well known fact that lenses are more important than your camera. So ensuring that they’re always in tip top shape is essential, though many people don’t know the very basics of lens maintenance. Depending on how often you use your camera and the types of situations that you shoot in, you should do some basic lens cleaning once a week to once a month. We’ll let you decide, but keep in mind that if you’re using your camera and lenses to bring in all your income, maintenance should be done often.

Here are tips for basic lens maintenance.

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