Oprema Jena’s 58mm F2 Biotar Lens Will Have 17 Aperture Blades

We posted recently about the rumored and then confirmed revival of the legendary 58mm Biotar lens by Oprema Jena – a company founded by the same people behind Myer Optik. The company has set out to revive old legendary lenses, much in the same way their sister company Myer Optik has, and their second lens is the Biotar 58mm F2, for which they just launched their Indiegogo Campaign.

Among the interesting information gleaned from the Indiegogo campaign page is the revelation that the 58mm F2 Biotar will have an astounding 17 aperture blades. This is a huge number compared to most modern lenses, and will ensure an almost perfectly circular aperture opening throughout the aperture range. This will supposedly result in a cleaner, creamier, less distracting bokeh – something that portrait photographers will no doubt like the idea of.

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Review: Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

The Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR is the third lens addition to the f2 weather sealed compact prime offerings from Fujifilm–and in many ways it’s an excellent portrait lens. But it’s also great for much more than that. You see, Fujifilm developed the Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR lens to be pretty versatile. It can focus fairly close and it has weather sealing built into the design. Combine this with naturally sharp optics, fast autofocus performance, and the not too large size and you’ve got yourself a pretty powerful, compact longer focal length.

Most photographers picking this lens up may opt for shooting portraits. In all honesty, there are better options for portraiture in the Fujifilm X series system, and also a few fantastic third party options. But if you’re the type of photographer who shoots candids on the streets and like to do street portraits, you may want to give this lens a try. Yes, the street photographer and the street portrait photographer are the ones who will want to go for this lens.

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Fujifilm’s Prime Lens Trinities: Which Is Right For You?

Fujifilm shooters find themselves in an interesting dilemma of late with there now being two clear prime trinity setups that one could choose from. On one hand you have the newer, weather sealed, and smaller F2 variants in 23mm, 35mm, and 50mm. On the other hand, you have the F1.4 23mm and 35mm, and the F/1.2 56mm.

Each trinity has its pros and cons, and each has uses that work better for some niches of photography than others. So today we wanted to look at Fujifilm’s two prime trinities and sort of break them down to share which you should be considering based on what you shoot and what you are looking for from your prime lenses. Continue reading…

Review: Zeiss 50mm f2 Loxia (Sony Full Frame E Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f2 Loxia review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Zeiss stirred up quite the love affair with us when we tested the 35mm f2 Loxia. While I’m much more of a 35mm lens lover, the 50mm f2 Loxia certainly has more of my attention. Where the 35mm f2 has great image quality, the 50mm f2 has the Zeiss-like colors and micro-contrast that we’ve come to expect.

With a metal exterior, sweet ergonomics, great colors, sharp image quality, and a small overall package to work with the A7 series of cameras, why would you dislike it?

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Analog Love: Using the Jupiter-8 50mm f2 Lens on the Leica CL

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Leica CL Jupiter-8

After selling my Leica M8 a while ago, there was a huge gap in my camera collection: physically and metaphysically. There was a gap in my shelf, there was a gap in my lineup but there also was a gap in my soul. Because let’s face it, a Leica is not a camera you buy with your head, but with your heart. So I decided to get a replacement for it and bought a CL body — the smallest and cheapest M-mount camera ever made. And what is the cheapest lens you can get for your Leica? Well, the Russian Jupiter-8 of course!

 

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