Why I Love F1.8 Lenses More Than F1.4 Lenses

Photographers have long wanted to reach for f1.4 lenses while scoffing at f1.8 lenses. No, let me rephrase that. Photography snobs have long wanted to reach for f1.4 lenses. To many of them, they could easily and clearly tell the difference between f1.8 and f1.4. They claim they could even do this while looking at the whole image. This is a boomer point of view at this point. If you want a fast aperture, lean into it and go for an f1.2. But for the majority of work, I think f1.8 lenses are more than sufficient. And here’s why I prefer them.

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Review: Sony 55mm f1.8 (Full Frame E Mount)

julius motal the phoblographer sony 55mm 1.8-3

The Sony 55mm f1.8 lens is one of the companies first full-frame offerings for the A7 and A7R. One of the advantages it has over its 35mm f2.8 sibling is that it has a faster aperture. The sheer power of the A7 and the A7R left many wondering why the initial lens offerings aren’t faster, but with time, the lens options will grow. The 55mm f1.8 performs very well when paired with the A7, and it delivers some beautiful bokeh thanks in no small part to its nine aperture blades. And it’s weather sealed, too.

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First Sample Images from the Sony A7r and 55mm f1.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r first samples (1 of 1)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 2.0

We’re in Nashville, TN with Sony testing out some of their latest gear in a totally different environment from what we’re used to. Today, we managed to take the new Sony A7r and 55mm f1.8 out for a walk around the city. Here are some quick samples. They are JPEGs shot in the camera and converted for the web in Lightroom.

Check them out after the jump. The EXIF info is in the image filename.

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Since Sony Has New Mirrorless Full Frame Cameras, They’ve Got New Lenses Too

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7 A7r RX10 Zeiss Lenses (13 of 31)

No camera system is complete without a good lens system. And with today’s announcement of the A7 and A7r, the company is also sharing the news of some new lenses for Full Frame E Mount. Sony is striving to ensure that there are 15 E mount lenses total by the end of 2015; and they’re already making quite an aggressive push. Today, the company is announcing a 55mm f1.8 Zeiss lens, 35mm f2.8 Zeiss lens, 28-70mm f3.5-5.6 kit zoom, 70-200mm f4 OSS and 24-70mm f4 Zeiss lens for Sony Full Frame E Mount.

And if you were hoping that they’d be cheap, you’re wrong. The 24-70mm f4 will retail for $1,199.99, 35mm f2.8 will be $799.99, and 55mm f1.8 will be $999.99.

Photos and specs are after the jump.

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