Wicked Sharpness, Beautiful Bokeh: Leica Summicron M 90mm f2 Review

While the nifty fifty gets all the attention, a 90mm prime brings that bokeh in closer. The Leica M-mount system doesn’t have any shortage of 90mm options. The Leica Summicron M 90mm f2 is brighter than the company’s Macro f4, yet less than half the price of the Summilux M 90mm f1.5 ASPH. It brings a classic Leica look to a longer prime with still excellent bokeh and a durable, yet compact build.

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Tiny Lens Meets Unique Design: Leica Macro Elmar 90mm Review

The Leica M system has several great portrait lenses. The Leica Macro Elmar 90mm f4, however, is often overlooked. While it doesn’t have the f2 of the Summicron, this 90mm is incredibly tiny, focuses in closer, and comes in a little less expensive. The build is a bit different than most M mount lenses, with a collapsable design that also helps the lens achieve infinity focus.

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3 Beautiful 90mm Lenses That You’re Bound to Love!

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If you’re looking for something in-between an 85mm and 135mm lens, consider 90mm Lenses. For many years, it was considered a classic portrait lens. And today, there aren’t many of them left. However, that doesn’t mean that modern 90mm lenses aren’t great. In fact, they’re arguably some of the best lenses in the market. And for what they are, they’re instrumental in a variety of situations. We’ve rounded up some of the best we’ve reviewed over the years.

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Challenging, but a Worthy Slice of Focus: Leica 90mm F1.5 Summilux ASPH

The Leica 90 f1.5 Summilux ASPH rewards patience with some spectacular flare.

Leica’s Summilux lenses boast ultra-bright apertures, but until recently these ultra-fast lenses have been limited to wide-angle and standard focal lengths. The Leica 90mm f1.5 Summilux ASPH is the Summilux line’s first 90mm, joining 90mms from the Summicron and Macro-Elmar line-ups. Mixing the wide aperture of the Summilux line with a longer focal length creates a tiny slice of perfect focus that fades quickly into a spectacular blur.

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These Fantastic Prime Portrait Lenses Aren’t 85mm; You’ll Love Them

These portrait lenses are great; and they’re not necessarily an 85mm lens.

Most photographers seem to reach for 85mm lenses when it comes to their choice amongst portrait lenses. But some photographers genuinely need something longer or shorter at times and also much prefer prime lenses to many others out there. 85mm lenses are absolutely fantastic, but sometimes one needs more versatility. There are moments where you can surely use something longer and other moments where you’d want something shorter. We dove into our reviews index to find some of our favorites.

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If You’re Buying an Analog M Mount Camera, Consider the Viewfinder Magnification

The Viewfinder Magnification of an M Mount Camera means a whole lot depending on how you shoot.

Every photographer at one point in their life should own at least one Leica M mount camera. That doesn’t mean it necessarily needs to be made by Leica though–Voigtlander and Zeiss offered very solid options that you can get in great condition. While some may scoff at the prices, it goes without saying that many M mount cameras are built exceptionally well and are essentially timepieces. But if you’re going to get one, don’t just get it based on price. You’ll need to look at what the viewfinders can offer and a few other options.

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This Leica and Angenieux Combo is a Match Made for the Super Rich

Here’s another vintage camera combo to make Leica fans swoon.

For many photographers, Leicas are already among the most expensive gear to have today. When you pair a critically acclaimed model from the 1980s with a rare Parisian portrait lens, you’ll have a vintage match made for a super rich photographer. Case in point is a Leica M4-P with a Angenieux Paris 90mm f/1.8 Type P1 lens that was recently listed on ebay.

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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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The Phoblographer’s Big Guide to Tamron Prime Lenses

It’s really hard to go wrong with any of the Tamron prime lenses that are on the market.

We’ve reviewed many prime lenses–including all of the Tamron prime lenses on the market. Tamron has worked hard on revamping their lineup over the last few years in the same way other lens manufacturers have. The most significant difference is that Tamron prime lenses offer excellent image quality, autofocus, and weather sealing, and they come in at incredibly affordable price points. We’ve gone through our database and have put together all of our Tamron prime lens reviews to help you figure out which ones are best for you.

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Review: Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

Tamron knocked the ball out of the park with their 85mm f1.4 Di VC USD lens–and so updating the 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD, one of their more popular options just made sense. This lens is very much a jack of many trades. It’s designed to shoot macro images, have image stabilization, great image quality, and also has weather sealing. For many years it was in the hands of enthusiasts and hobbyists, but the 90mm is worthy of being in the hands of many professionals.

This one, like many of the company’s new lenses, offer a metal exterior, weather sealing, 9 aperture blades, 14 elements in 11 groups and 4.5 stops of vibration compensation. For the $649 price point you’re getting quite a bargain..

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Tamron Announces Sweet New 85mm f1.8 and 90mm f2.8 Lenses

Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD (model F016 Canon mount)

This year is turning out to be a pretty awesome one for camera gear so far. Today, Tamron is announcing two new lenses. One–and perhaps the more coveted of the two–is the Tamron SP 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD. It’s the first 85mm f1.8 lens with image stabilization designed for full frame 35mm DSLR cameras.

I’m sure the portrait photographers in the audience just started to drool…

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New 90mm f2.8 Macro From Tamron

Everyone is getting in on the Photokina product launch game. Tamron has announced a replacement for their version one 90mm macro f2.8 lens. The new version is actually quite an upgrade from the original and adds quite a few features like vibration control and their Ultrasonic Silent Drive with Internal Focus instead of the old noisy motor. The IF feature doesn’t have moving front lens elements which help keep the distance between the subject and lens the same regardless of focus distance. The lens also adds moisture resistant construction which is said to help weather proofing the lens a bit.

This lens is actually well known for being an excellent sharp 1:1 macro lens and these upgrades are very welcome. This lens is set to launch late this year and the price has yet to be announced, full specs and press release can be found here.

Pentax Germany Releases New Details on Upcoming Lenses

Pentax Forums found a recent news post from Pentax Germany: who outed the specs on new lenses hinted at in their roadmap. According to the Google Translation in English, three new K mount lenses are coming in the form of the SMC Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6, SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8, 25mm F4, and SMC Pentax-D FA 645 90mm F2.8. The former is a serious birding and spy lens, while the 50mm f1.8 is the quintessential portrait lens for all their APS-C sensor cameras like their popular K-5, the recently announced K-01, and this monster. The latter is a new lens for their 645D and shared image samples from, which we had hands on with a long time ago.

Plus, details on a new telephoto lens for the Q system have been spread; but info is very lacking. They’ve also announced that users of the 645D can finally tether to their computers as they shoot, and some new tough cameras.

For convenience, the translated press release has been copy and pasted after the jump.

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