5 Affordable (and Fantastic) Must-Own Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

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We’re huge fans of the Micro Four Thirds platform here at The Phoblographer. The system’s small size and weight give it an advantage over many bigger systems such as APS-C and Full Frame. Honestly, you’re not giving up much in image quality either, regardless of what M4/3 detractors might say. I have used the platform professionally for two years now, and I’ve never had a problem. The five lenses we’ve listed are small, light, sharp, have rapid autofocus performance, and they are all incredibly affordable. If you’re new to the Micro Four Thirds platform and are looking to build up a solid lens collection without going broke, check out the five lenses we believe are must-haves for all Micro Four Thirds users.

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Some of the Most Rugged Cameras Are DSLRs – Here’s 5 To Consider

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Mirrorless cameras are fantastic. They have ushered in new autofocus technologies, IBIS systems, electronics viewfinders, focus peaking, and more. However, one area where they still lag behind DSLRs is in how rugged they are. Mirrorless cameras have come a long way, don’t get me wrong, but many pros who still prefer DSLRs simply because some of the most rugged cameras come from this era. I use both Mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, but I still reach for my trusty DSLR when the going gets tough. If you want ultimate durability, exceptional battery life, and stellar image quality, these are the five rugged cameras (DSLRs) we’ve reviewed that you should reach for.

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5 Great Third Party Lenses For Fujifilm X Mount That Will Inspire You

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Perhaps the biggest downer about Fujifilm cameras is that the X series system is a closed one. While Sony has opened the gates so that Sigma, Tamron, and others can create lenses without reverse engineering their AF system, Fujifilm does not want to go this route. This is fine, simply because Fujifilm creates gorgeous lenses. However, having choices in lenses (and price points) is always a win for the consumer. Still, there are, in fact, some third party lenses for the Fujifilm X mount; and they’re incredible. Not much attention is given to these mostly manual focus Fujifilm X mount gems. They should really be on your radar, though, if you want to branch out a little when it comes to lenses. After the break, we’ll share 5 third party lenses for the Fujifilm X mount that will leave you speechless.

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Fujifilm, Tamron, Have the Most Popular Lenses of 2020 Per Our Readers

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For a while now, we’ve been rounding up the most popular lenses with our readers at the end of every month. Now, we’ll take a look at the most popular lenses for 2020. There have been plenty of new lenses across all of the major platforms this year. However, quite a few of the most popular lenses are now a good few years old. In fact, you really will be quite surprised with some of the glass on this list. If you want to take a peek at what has been selling well and what your fellow readers have been picking up to use, you’ll enjoy this roundup. The list is presented to you in order of popularity, with the best selling lens listed first. Take a look at the most popular lenses of 2020 after the break.

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5 Luxurious Cameras That Ooze Quality and Performance

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A lot of gear roundups we do focus on affordable, feature-packed cameras. Those cameras are honestly more than enough for 99% of photographers. However, what if money was not a problem? What if some luxurious cameras were calling your name? We’re talking cameras that feature the most beautiful build materials, cameras from brands that are steeped in history and heritage, luxurious cameras that are meticulously designed and crafted. In this roundup, we’ll take a quick look at five of the best luxury Mirrorless cameras that money can buy right now. If we had deep enough pockets, these are the five Mirrorless luxurious cameras that would be high on our most-wanted list.

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The 20 Most Popular Cameras with Our Readers in 2020

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Wow, we’ve almost made it to the end of 2020. What a wild year this has been. Still, even with everything that has been going on, we were blessed with lots of new cameras. And you, our readers, have been busy adding new gear to your collections. If you didn’t know, we recap what the most popular cameras have been at the end of every month. These roundups are compiled based on how many units of each camera our readers have purchased. Now, we’re ready to show you the most popular cameras of 2020. Some of the most popular cameras will come as no surprise. Still, there are some fascinating inclusions on this list.

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5 Cheap, Cheerful, and Utterly Great Prime Lenses You Shouldn’t Overlook

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How much do you have to spend to get prime lenses that will do a top job for you? $1,000? $2,000? $3,000? More? Nope, think lower, as in hundreds, not thousands of dollars. Modern manufacturing processes and advances in technology have made it so that affordable prime lenses can do a spectacular job. Sure, these more affordable prime lenses might not have the very best, tippy-top optics, but they’re still fantastic. They might not have weather sealing (although some do), and they may be made from plastics (but so are some lenses that cost thousands). But, the five prime lenses we’re going to share after the break are more than good enough for most photographers out there. We’re positive you’ll love the images you create with them.

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5 Premium 50mm Primes for Photographers Who Demand the Best

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When it comes to prime lenses, none are more celebrated than trusty nifty fifties. 50mm primes are loved by the masses thanks to their exceptional ability to comfortably shoot just about any genre you can think of. These versatile lenses are great for street photography, landscapes, portrait photography, event photography, wedding photography, documentary work, and more. The field of view from 50mm primes is also close to what most (but not all) people see with their own eyes. This is just one of the reasons why images shot with these lenses are so pleasing. However, not all 50mm primes are made equal. After the break, we’ll share five premium 50mm primes with you that will delight you image after image.

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These Lenses Have Beautiful Bokeh That’s Hypnotic

The beautiful bokeh from these lenses will hit you right in the heart! You’ll fall in love all over again!

While easy to get lost in the beautiful bokeh of your lenses, some lenses are just better than others. Lenses like those from Leica combine gorgeous colors with a jaw-dropping out of focus area. Further, there’s something to be said for lining up the shot and getting an idea of how gorgeous the image will be. We dipped into our Reviews Index for a better idea on lenses with hypnotic bokeh. Here are some of our favorites.

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You’ll Love the Bokeh These Great APS-C Portrait Lenses Create

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‘You can’t create nice bokeh with APS-C cameras!’ This phrase has been muttered a million times by those who have been blinded by Full-Frame cameras. This tends to happen a lot, and the ignorance seems to be getting worse. However, we’re here to tell you that you can create gorgeous bokeh with APS-C cameras, and it’s not difficult at all. If you’re a portrait photographer rocking an APS-C camera, read on. We’ve rounded up four APS-C portrait lenses that will create some of the nicest, creamiest, smoothest bokeh you’ll ever see.

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$150 or Less: 5 Stylish Camera Bags That Will Make Great Gifts

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Do you have a photographer in your life? Are you struggling to come up with gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season? If so, you might want to check out these stylish yet very affordable and versatile camera bags. Camera bags are a must-have accessory. They make carrying gear around from shoot to shoot a breeze. They will even protect expensive gear when it’s not in use. We have selected five camera bags from our reviews index that all scored well. The best part: they all cost less than $150, and some are much less than that.

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5 Small Cameras with Big Performance That Cost Less Than You Think

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The Mirrorless age has delivered many fantastic cameras over the last decade or so. One fantastic quality that we appreciate so much is smaller camera sizes. You might think that these small cameras would be lacking under the hood, but you’d be wrong. Some brilliant small cameras on the market pack a massive punch when it comes to features and image quality. Some have the fastest autofocus systems in the world. A few have IBIS that beat the competition. All of them have incredibly impressive sensors. Perhaps one of the best things about these small cameras is their prices. After the break, we’ll share five small cameras that pack all the bells and whistles of their bigger-bodied camera cousins while costing much less.

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The Best Lenses to Use with the Beloved Leica M6

The Leica M6 is by far one of the most popular and revered Leica cameras of all time, and these are the lenses we recommend you pair with it.

Many of you know we’ve always had an affinity for film. It’s important that we don’t forget about this tool in photography. Film is something that helps unite passionate photographers everywhere, but more importantly, it’s also at the heart of the Leica M6. This camera is one of the most popular ever made by the company. Lots of folks love it. Choosing the right lens for it can be a bit tough, so we’re sharing our experiences with some of our favorites.

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Which One Is Best? Comparing the Bokeh of 35mm Full Frame Lenses

If you’ve been looking for a comparison of bokeh from 35mm lenses, then check these out.

Portrait photographers probably care the most about bokeh from 35mm lenses. The lenses give a wide view but single their subject out easily. And Over the years, they’ve gotten better. If you’ve been looking for 35mm lenses with better bokeh, then you’ve come to the right spot. For the past 11 years, we’ve been reviewing tons of lenses. And we’ve kept records on exactly what’s what. So we dove into our reviews index to look at a bunch of popular 35mm full-frame lenses. In this post, we’ll show you the bokeh of various options we’ve shot with.

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Three Lens Filters Us Photographers Use All the Time

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Photographers need lens filters. A lot of folks like to embrace the do-it-in-post mentality. But we’re not about that. We think you should have an idea in mind to begin with, and stick to it. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of editing, but you shouldn’t let it fully take over. You should strive to get it right in-camera, to begin with. And these lens filters can help you do just that.

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85mm Primes That Have Everything Modern Portrait Photographers Need

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As portrait photographers, we demand a lot from the lenses we use today. They have to be sharp, reliable, and produce great bokeh and beautiful natural skin tones. Another quality they need to have is great build quality. Like many other things in life, not all 85mm primes are created equal when it comes to their builds, though. With clients demanding more and more outrageous shoots so that their images stand out from the rest, having a robust lens is a must. Fortunately, some fantastic 85mm primes on the market aren’t only built tough, they’re weather sealed too. After the break, we’ll share five 85mm primes that offer everything the modern portrait photographer could ever need in a lens.

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4 Weather Sealed 24mm Primes Great For Landscapes, Street, More

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24mm primes just don’t seem to get as much love as other focal lengths. This, my friends, is a real shame as the 24mm focal length is incredibly versatile. The 24mm focal length is perfect for landscapes, cityscapes, food photography, street, documentary photography, and even environmental portraits. If you’re in the market for a versatile, weather sealed lens, check out four of our favorite 24mm primes after the break.

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These 5 Popular Lenses Sold Like Hotcakes During November 2020

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That new lens smell! It’s hard to beat! You, our readers, made the most of the fantastic November sales and purchased many popular lenses. Our readers who shoot with Sony and Fujifilm cameras have been snapping up affordable lenses that reviewed incredibly well. These popular lenses are sharp, fast to focus, offer weather sealing, and render gorgeous colors and bokeh. After the break, we will share the five most popular lenses with our readers during November 2020.

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5 Popular Cameras Our Readers Purchased During November 2020

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Wow, November has been a whirlwind month. There have been huge sales on the most popular cameras on the market, and you, our readers, have been busy shopping. At the end of every month, we take a quick look at the most popular cameras among our readers. How do we decide which cameras are the most popular? We look at our sales data to see which cameras you guys and gals have been snapping up. This month, there are a couple on the list that may surprise you. Find out which models of popular cameras have found new homes during November.

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These Lights Will Help You Become a Better Photographer

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When you’re first starting out, lighting can be really difficult. We’re just naturally trained to not pay much attention to it. But the skill in photography comes with understanding lights. Best of all, you don’t need the most expensive or highest end lights to get the job done. Instead, it’s easy to do for a few hundred bucks in most cases. For when you’re first starting out, we recommend the following lights to you.

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The First Prime Lenses To Buy For Your New Mirrorless Camera

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Did you just pick up a new camera during the Black Friday sales? If so, congrats on the new addition to your family. If your new camera came with a kit lens or two, they’ll be fine for a little while. However, if you really want to get the most out of your Mirrorless camera, we suggest stepping up to prime lenses. Prime lenses are sharper, focus faster, and have fast apertures, which means you can create gorgeous bokeh. You’ll notice the difference in quality compared to kit lenses instantly. After the break, we’ll show you which prime lenses you should buy first for various platforms.

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