This Sony a7c Bundle Is One of the Best I’ve Ever Seen in a While

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“What?” is literally what I uttered when I saw this bundle deal together. The Sony a7c can come with the Sony 20mm f1.8 G lens. The bundle kit is pretty insane. We reviewed both the Sony a7c and the Sony 20mm f1.8 G lens. Both are highly rated. In fact, ergonomically speaking the Sony a7c is one of my favorite camera bodies in the lineup. It’s the perfect camera body to mount Leica m mount lenses. Now think about this; you’re getting a fast aperture, wide-angle lens and a super compact camera body. It’s going to be great for travel. But is also means you can bring other lenses with you like the 35mm f1.8 or the 55mm f1.8. The latter is one of Sony’s sharpest lenses, and both of those lenses are at great prices right now. Plus, they’re all very weather sealed.

One of Sony’s Best Lenses Is Under $600 Right Now

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This lens from Sony is one of the best you can get your hands on.

Sony has a plethora of great lenses, but one of their best is available right now for a steal. The Sony 85mm f1.8 FE is one of our favorites. Most people probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between it and the G Master. And it’s available at an insanely good price right now. But so are a bunch of other Sony lenses. In fact, they’re all enjoying sales prices until 6/27/2021. Who knows how long the supplies will last in today’s market? You might as well act fast! We’ve got the whole run down after the jump.

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My Favorite Sony Prime Lenses: Editor in Chief Chris Gampat

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If you want an honest and heartfelt answer to what my favorite lenses are, please know these are my favorite Sony prime lenses.

I’ll always say Sony’s cameras feel more like computers stuffed into a body that’s supposed to be a camera. While I’m not the biggest fan of their bodies, I’ll admit I adore their lenses. The company shows they have an investment in the photography world in many ways. Not only do they make the imaging sensors for pretty much everyone, but they also create some great technology themselves. Implementing AI into their cameras and creating some of the best autofocus around, they have changed quite a bit from a decade ago. Further, they’ve built up a fantastic selection of lenses. And though I’ve tested a whole lot of them, they’re not all my favorites. The ones that are the gems in my eyes tend to really take advantage of what mirrorless cameras are about.

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The Best Lenses According to DXOMark of March 2019

Do you own one of the lenses that DXOMark rates as one of their best scoring optics?

In continuing our pursuit of capitalism and conversations that will ultimately lead to some photographers feeling inadequate about their gear because the internet is a terrible place, we’re rounding up the top lenses that DXOMark rates to be fantastic. We need to remind everyone though that their results really only grade the optics and there is so much more to a lens than just the optics. Additionally, what they don’t test for is character. Instead, they base it off of what they can put into a quantifiable, factual and clinical finding. They also judge things like weather sealing, autofocus speed, build quality, balance, etc. Only real life testing does that. But without further adieu, check out their best lenses.

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Editor in Chief Chris Gampat’s Kit: Travelling Light with the Sony a7r III

Editor in Chief Chris Gampat’s working kit for most of the location work done for the Phoblographer is done with his Sony a7r III.

I’m going to move on past the fact that I just referred to myself in the third person and instead focus on the crux of why you probably clicked on this link: you want to know how I do travel work with the Sony a7r III and what’s in my every day carry kit for work. While I adore my Fujifilm gear, not all of my lenses are weather sealed and so I’m sort of limited in certain situations. But all of the lenses and cameras that I own for Sony are weather resistant, and so for that reason combined with their compact size, I tend to bring them with me when I need to get actual work done for the site. While I’m a good enough photographer where I can use anything that you put in my hands, the Sony a7r III provides me with lots of resolution, versatility, performance, and a lightweight package that is also really small.

Editor’s Note: This is not a sponsored post. You can see our policy on sponsored posts and see how we clearly label them if you’re interested though.

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This Unusual Rolleiflex TLR Wide Angle Lens Goes for $5,200

Check out this mint Rolleiflex if your camera collection has some room for a beautiful, wide angle TLR camera.

Rolleiflex TLR cameras are always on top of every photographer and camera collector’s must-have list. Whether you’re looking to add one more to your growing collection or yet to have your first elegant Rolleiflex, you might want to check out our latest ebay find: a wide angle Rolleiflex in mint condition. It doesn’t come for cheap, however, at a whopping $5,200.

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A Real World Visual Demonstration of How Various Focal Lengths Work for Portraiture

Fact: lots of photographers don’t know how well a focal length will work for them when it comes to portraits. But don’t worry any longer, we’ve tested a number of them on full frame cameras when it comes to portraits and we’ve got just what you need.

We’ve gone through our reviews index to round up a number of images from various focal lengths to show you how they render portraits.

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DxOMark: Sigma’s New 50mm f1.4 Art Lens Doesn’t Best Zeiss Otus

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DxOMark is announcing their Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens findings today. According to what they did in the lab, the company concludes that the lens is outperformed by the 55mm f1.4 Zeiss Otus lens only in terms of light transmission, distortion control, and vignetting control. Otherwise, they’re basically exactly spot on when it comes to sharpness numbers. The even more fascinating news is that they both wipe the floor with Canon’s f1.2 L offering–and hopefully will dispel the myth that someone should only go for all L glass when building their Canon kit.

The company didn’t test the lens on the Nikon D800E and we figure that this is mostly because the units going around right now are Canon mount.

More findings are after the jump.

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Review: Phottix Luna Folding Octa Softbox (43 Inch)

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Phottix introduced an Octabank earlier this year that is not only collapsible, but also fairly large at 43 inches. In the right situations, you can get some beautiful and soft light, but the overall feeling that you can get is also very punchy. And for the person interested in shooting fashion, this modifier is an invaluable and affordable piece of your kit.

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Field Review: The Pentax K-5 (Day 4)

This week, I took our Pentax K-5 along on an engagement portrait shoot in the scenic Oakland hills, and – for the third field test in a row with the robust little Pentax – it was raining. I will say, without hesitation, that we have tested and proved the weather sealing of both camera and 55mm f/1.4 DA* lens. In our previous entry (here) I discussed both the camera’s discreet and capable handling while photographing a wedding (a rainy wedding) and a critical issue of purple fringing in certain images.

Before reading this posting, you may want to read about it used at a wedding, in tough weather, and my initial feelings.

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