The Phoblographer’s Wedding Photography Equipment Guide For 2013

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Photo by Ryan Brenizer. Used with permission

It’s a brand new year, and that also means that you’re probably prepping for a whole new wedding season. To boot, since the days are getting longer you’re probably also wanting to work with natural light more often and taking further advantage of the golden hour. But if you’re starting to think about some upgrades, maybe you should consider some of the latest and greatest that many companies have been putting out as of late.

This is our Wedding Guide for 2013.

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First Impressions: Sony Zeiss 50mm F1.4 (Sony A Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 50mm F1.4 First Impressions product shots (6 of 6)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 5.6

When Sony’s new Zeiss branded 50mm f1.4 lens was announced, we were excited. The Sony Zeiss glass is often amongst some of the best with micro-contrast built in, sharpness, and most of all–autofocusing built in. Then the company announced the crazy price. We were given a chance to fondle the lens, but not put the pre-production sample that we saw a camera to test the image quality yet. From what we saw so far, we’re not sure that it may be worth the price but it does surely show lots of promise.

 

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Recommended Wedding Cameras/Lenses for the 2013 Wedding Photography Year

In the previous year, we didn’t see many exciting items come from manufacturers for reasons of various natural disasters. But this year was by far the year where everyone wore their Sunday best. The wedding industry in particular saw many exciting items that were targeted toward them. We’ve recommended wedding gear before, and we’ve also talked about essential upgrades for the modern photographer. But if you’re looking to step up your game or if you’re being forced into shooting the wedding, here’s what you should be looking at in terms of gear.

 

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to the Right Rokinon/Samyang Lenses for You

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If you’re in the market for affordable, quality primes, it’s hard to ignore Samyang and Rokinon lenses.

Over a very long period of time, staff members of The Phoblographer have reviewed countless lenses. Most notably, though, we’ve reviewed nearly all Samyang and Rokinon lenses and the Samyang variants that have been produced to date. We’ve been genuinely pleased with the production quality and overall image quality from these Samyang and Rokinon lenses, so we’ve compiled a roundup of our reviews. If you’re looking for affordable primes with excellent image quality, this guide to Rokinon and Samyang lenses has you covered.

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Useful Photography Tip #18: Keep Your Lens(es) Protected

A lens with filter and hood. Read below why using both is important.

When being out and about taking pictures, one of the most important rules is to keep your lens(es) protected. There are various reasons why this is important, and various ways of lens protection that are possible. For one, you don’t want your lenses to be damaged. Ever walked through the narrow streets of a small Mediterranean village? You could easily come too close to a wall and scratch your front lens element. Ever taken pictures at the sea with a non-waterproof camera? Dirt or salt could easily penetrate your lens. But it’s not only about the lenses—it’s also about the camera. Ever walked through bright sunlight without a lens cap on? Your shutter or sensor could be damaged by a concentrated beam of light. (Remember how you used to burn ants with a loupe when you were a child?)

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Jedi Vs Sith: A 5D Mk II Autofocus Test

The problem that many users complain about with the Canon 5D Mk II is the autofocus abilities in low-light. These users claim it to be very poor and the clamors have forced Canon to revamp the focusing system as is seen in the 1D Mk IV and 7D. The other night here in New York City, there was a giant Lightsaber battle in Christie Park, put on by NewMindSpace. The situation called for extremely low light, extremely fast-moving subjects, and a dead flash that could not assist with focusing. So how did it hold up?

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The Best Budget Camera Lenses for Your DSLR and Mirrorless Camera

If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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