How Does the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L Compare to Samyang 85mm F1.4?

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I’ll preface this article with saying that we didn’t do a head-to-head comparison test of the two lenses. But we’ve done our own original reviews of the two lenses and they’re both very good. Each one has something different going on with it. They’re also very different prices. I believe most people won’t be able to tell the differences between one 85mm lens vs the other. So we’re going to report on our findings based on our tests of both lenses. The Samyang 85mm f1.4 RF is a great lens. But the Canon RF 85mm f1.2 L is obviously Canon’s best of the best. So which is better? Are you ready?

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We’ve Updated Our Leica M10R Review. It’s Amazing

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We’ve completed another update to our Leica M10R review, and you should totally go check it out. The M10R is now being awarded the Editor’s Choice award and five stars. For sure, this has to be the most unique full-frame sensor camera we’ve tested. The 40MP sensor in this camera is present in no other brand’s cameras, which immediately makes the Leica M10R very unique. Then, there’s Leica’s ergonomics. Everyone on staff who tests cameras agrees that Leica M cameras are fantastic. It’s hard to hate how they feel. They feel like, well, actual cameras. The other day, a friend of mine even told me he’d prefer a Leica over the Playstation that he feels his Sony camera is. Alas, our review update doesn’t talk about ergonomics: it’s all about the image quality.

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Do You Need the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS?

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If reports are credible, the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS lens will be coming soon. This will be the version of the lens they created for DSLRs, but it will be for mirrorless. That’s annotated by the DN moniker in the lens naming. If you’re confused about Sigma lens names, you can check out our Sigma Prime Lens guide right here. We’ve tested the Contemporary and Sports versions for DLSRs (pictured in this blog post) a while back, and they had some problems back then. We can predict that it will come in Sony FE and Leica L mounts, though there’s also a possibility for more mounts.

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It’s Hard to Not Think the Nikon ZFC Is a Fuji Rip Off, But Check This Out

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The Nikon ZFc has been accused by a few folks of basically being a Fujifilm rip-off. But that’s not the case. Actually, the Nikon ZFC is the company’s modernization of the Nikon Df (you can catch up on all our coverage of the Nikon ZFc here). They’ve desperately needed a retro style camera body. Plus the Nikon ZFc can come in a bunch of awesome and cool colors. Fujifilm doesn’t do that at all. So we went into a deeper thinking session on what differentiates the cameras.

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The Panasonic 25-50mm F1.7 Raises Important Questions about Micro 43

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Panasonic continues to amaze us since the start of the pandemic. Today, they’re announcing the Panasonic 25-50mm f1.7 lens for Micro Four Thirds. This equates to a 50-100mm f3.4 field of view equivalent in full-frame standards. They’re doing what Olympus hasn’t done: making bright aperture zoom lenses. Olympus used to do this when Four Thirds DSLRs were still around, but now Panasonic takes up the banner. They’ve also released cool things like the S5, the Panasonic 85mm f1.8, and the Panasonic 50mm f1.8 soon on the way. This new Panasonic 25-50mm f1.7 lens adds to an already great lineup of lenses co-branded with Leica. It also raises a lot of big questions.

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Street Photographers: Have You Heard of the Mobiography Awards?

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Street photographers, we’ve got something special for you! We’re incredibly elated to announce that The Phoblographer is the media sponsor for the Mobiography Awards 2021. Mobiography was founded many years ago as a magazine for those interested in smartphone photography. And it’s continued to grow over the years. I know too well just how difficult it is to run and organize a blog, and this is why we’re thrilled to be a part of it. The Mobiography Awards champion innovations in smartphone photography and smartphone-related digital art. Want to enter? We’ll give you all the essential details below.

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Fujifilm Velvia 100 Discontinued in the US Because of the EPA

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Today, Fujifilm Velvia 100 is being discontinued by Fujifilm in America. And this time around, it’s not because of sales. It’s fairly well-known industry knowledge that everyone reaches for Velvia 50 instead. But Fujifilm Velvia 100 is being discontinued only in America. Why? The answer is with Phenol, Isopropylated Phosphate. This chemical is part of the layers of Fujifilm Velvia 100. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) considers it a carcinogen. Even though photographers would never physically touch the layer, Fujifilm needs to discontinue the product. However, sales of Fujifilm Velvia may continue. You might want to go to Amazon right now and pick some up. 

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The New Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L Is Exactly What the System Needs

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What’s the biggest thing you’ve been asking Canon to do in the mirrorless camera world? If you’re like us, then you’ve probably been asking for smaller, lighter, fully weather-sealed lenses. And the new Canon RF 14-35mm f4 L IS USM is exactly what we needed. Not only did Canon give this lens 5.5 stops of image stabilization, but it also only weighs 1.2 lbs. Put it on a body with image stabilization, and you can get up to 7 stops of image stabilization. Crazy, right? This will be the lens every landscape photographer will want to carry around on their adventures. But there’s more.

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The Best Smartphone Photographers Will Win the Mobiography Awards 2021

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We’re incredibly elated to announce that The Phoblographer is the media sponsor for the Mobiography Awards 2021. Mobiography was founded many years ago as a magazine for those seriously interested in smartphone photography. And it’s continued to grow over the years. I know too well just how difficult it is to run and organize a blog. And this is why we’re thrilled to be a part of it. The Mobiography Awards champion innovations in smartphone photography and smartphone-related digital art. Want to enter? We’ll give you all the essential details below.

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Is the new Nikon Zfc the Perfect Step Forward for the Company Now?

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The closer it got to the release date, the more apparent it became that the Nikon Zfc would be a crop sensor body. This was a feature that I was desperately hoping against, having made the decisive and firm jump to Full-Frame sensors nearly a decade ago. If the similarly styled Nikon Df could have been released with a Full-Frame sensor, why did the Zfc have to fall short in this department? With a crop sensor in an 80s-looking body, can the company bring back some much-needed camera sales in 2021 and beyond?

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Why the Nikon ZFc Is an APS-C Sensor Camera. Is Full Frame Coming?

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I believe the Nikon ZFc will be looked at in multiple ways. First, this is a brave step for Nikon. The Nikon ZFc is smaller and lighter than the FM2 while it includes weather resistance. Of course, it’s also a nod to the Nikon Df. And to do that, they needed to use an APS-C sensor. In fact, it’s the same sensor as the Z50. On the other hand, it’s hard to not feel like Nikon continues to shoot themselves in the foot. I, like many of you, wanted a full-frame Nikon ZF camera. I honestly think that it’s still coming. And if that’s the case, Nikon should’ve put their best foot forward and launched that first. However, there are some pretty cool things about the Nikon ZFc.

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The Big Reason Why DSLR Lenses Should Cost Less

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If you’ve been following what the photo industry has been doing, you probably noticed the trend. Back in 2014, we spoke to many in the industry about the future of lenses. It used to be true that a lens would easily last a decade while a camera lasted only a few years. But that’s not the case anymore. These days, you’re lucky if a lens lasts you 10 years. And in some cases, that’s certainly true. Camera technology advances so much all the time, and so too do the megapixels on sensors. But with DSLRs coming to an end, the high prices on many of DSLR Lenses should as well.

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A Second Hand Fujifilm X100V Can Go for More Than a Brand New One

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It’s not uncommon to see cameras get bought up and sold. Some are even sold for more right after. But there’s currently a huge problem with the camera industry. Lots of companies can’t produce enough to meet demand. This has created something that is very common in the luxury product world. For example, the Fujifilm X100V is a very hot camera. We reviewed it very favorable a while back. But Fujifilm can’t keep up with the demand for them. In that case, you’d probably search for a refurbished or used camera. And in this case, you might end up paying more for a used one than you will a brand new Fujifilm X100V.

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A Quick Update to Our Nikon 35mm F1.8 S Lens Review. It Got Better.

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If there is anything that’s true about the Nikon Z mount system, it’s that it has truly improved. Nikon has worked to release as many lenses as possible in a short time. They’ve also put out a bunch of firmware updates and made new cameras. Those cameras work very well now. And one of our favorite lenses, the Nikon 35mm f1.8 S, has also changed. This lens hasn’t had the firmware updated, but the cameras have improved so much that we’ve felt it necessary to update our review. So how is it? Hit the jump for our findings in our revamped Nikon 35mm f1.8 S review.

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Why It’s Time for Camera Manufacturers to go Back to Metal

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From today on, I’m making a strong effort to never buy a plastic housed lens again. There is a huge movement around to move away from plastics. Almost every home electronic has done it. And if not, they’ve found a way to work with recycled plastics. But most of them tend to work with recycled metals instead. As an Editor in Chief, I tend to look at other industries besides cameras. Computers, for example, use a lot more recycled materials. Lots of them have nearly eliminated plastics. So why can’t the photo industry do the same in a brand new camera?

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What Happens When Wide Format Shrinks? Epson P8570D Innovates

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Large format printers typically take up as much size as a desk. In addition, many require accessing both sides, which means the printer requires more floor space than the physical size of the printer itself. Epson is trying to change that. Announced on June 15, the new Epson SureColor P series models are 25 percent smaller and can also be pushed up flat against a wall. It’s a change photographers making prints in small spaces will likely be eager about. In a category of printers designed for high volume, however, it’s unfortunately not going to spit out fine art quality prints. Most interesting of the bunch is the new Epson P6570D.

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We’ve Updated our Nikon Z5 Review. How Good is the Autofocus Now?

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The Nikon Z5 received a few firmware updates. Most of what photographers will care about tackled the autofocus issues we’ve encountered. As a result, we’ve updated our Nikon Z5 review accordingly. We called the Nikon Z5 back in with the 50mm f1.8 and the 35mm f1.8 lenses. These are two of my personal favorites. The firmware updates did a few things. First off, we talked to Nikon reps, who said that it boosted the autofocus performance. However, that’s not really mentioned in the firmware notes. Then there have been changes to autofocus in low light and how the automatic area selection works. So how is it?

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The Razer Raptor Offers Great Features for Budget Loving Photographers

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At E3 2021, the Razer Raptor made its debut. E3 is a gaming show, but it doesn’t mean that some of these things can’t be used for photographers at all. Monitors are something that photographers are bound to find finicky. If you’re team Apple, then there’s a lot more color consistency. And on the PC side, that’s not always the case. But the new Razer Raptor is a fascinating hybrid. It doesn’t have the highest display output; and that’s probably fine for Macbook Pro Users.

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Will We See a Sony 28mm F1.8 Lens This Year? Or a G Master?

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There aren’t a lot of 28mm lenses on the market right now. But if you were to make any sort of predictions, a Sony 28mm f1.8 lens would be next up. Alternatively, one might consider a 28mm f1.4 G Master. Something like this would add to the stunning collection of lenses Sony already has. Years ago, I was saying that companies need to offer lots of variations to their lenses. And I still believe that to be the case. But with so many mirrorless options out there, these lenses need to stand out from the pack. So how could another Sony 28mm lens stand out?

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Does The Nikon 24-120mm F4 Need to Make a Comeback?

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Years ago, Nikon had a wonderful lens. the Nikon 24-120mm f4. It offered a massive zoom range and a ton of convenience. No one else created anything like it. Indeed, every other camera manufacturer has focused on the 24-105mm and 24-70mm ideas. But in truth, a 24-120mm f4 would be more useful. We wonder why it won’t return. Here’s why I think it needs a comeback, but in a much bigger way.

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