Under $700: Outstanding But Not Costly Lenses for Fujifilm X Mount

You can build a solid lens collection for your Fujifilm camera with these affordable, yet high performing Fujifilm X Mount lenses.

Fujifilm make some truly wonderful cameras, and to go along with them there are some Fujifilm X Mount lenses that are just as stunning. The best part is that many of these lenses are incredibly affordable. Fujifilm’s weather sealed f2 prime lenses are some of the best deals on the market. Photographers buying into the Fujifilm system who need to stick to a budget should fear not; you will be able to build a solid collection of primes and zooms on the cheap without sacrificing quality. The Fujifilm X Mount lenses we will be looking at in this round-up are all incredibly sharp, produce great colors, solidly built, most are weather sealed, and they’re all under $700 (with many of them being significantly under that price). These super affordable Fujifilm X Mount lenses make owning a Fujifilm camera a little easier on the wallet, and the lenses won’t leave you wanting for more.

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9 Budget Friendly But Good Sony FE Mount Lenses (Under $600)

If you’re looking for cheap but really good lenses for Sony FE cameras, then you’re in the right spot.

Here’s the good news: we’ve tested loads and loads of lenses for Sony E mount; and you can see some in our database right here. And then there’s better news: we’ve scoured through our reviews index to pick and choose some of the best lenses for the money if you’re looking for entry level lenses and budget lenses. If you’re searching for an affordable wide angle prime, then we’ve found one! Want a portrait lens? We’ve got more than one for you!

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Three Full Frame Cameras Around $1,000 to Step up to From APS-C

These bargain priced Full Frame cameras offer outrageous value for money, and image quality that’s hard to beat.

Full Frame cameras can be quite expensive to purchase, and that’s one of the main reasons why a lot of first time buyers opt to go with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera that has an APS-C sensor. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all; there are some fine APS-C cameras on the market. But there are some Full Frame gems out there that cost right around $1,000 that will beat most APS-C offerings when it comes to overall image quality and low light performance. If you’re looking to step up from an entry level APS-C camera, or are looking to buy your first camera, these Full Frame bargains are worth a look. Continue reading…

Four of Our Favorite Wide Angle Lenses Under $500 for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

These great performing wide angle lenses for Sony Mirrorless cameras won’t break the bank.

If you’re a Sony shooter on the hunt for great quality wide angle lenses that won’t scare your wallet but will produce excellent results, you’re in luck. As photographers we are really fortunate there are so many options on the market when it comes to lenses. Just a few short years ago it was hard to find budget lenses that really performed as well as first party glass. Now, thanks to advances in technology, increased market competition, and lower prices, you can indeed find budget wide angle lenses that perform exceedingly well. Continue reading…

Three Bang for Your Buck Lenses for the Discerning Cityscape Photographer

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You don’t need to spend thousands on wide angle lenses to capture stunning cityscapes.

There seems to be a certain stigma that follows cheaper lenses around these days that really isn’t warranted or deserved; it is something that needs to change. There really isn’t such a thing as a bad lens anymore. Whether you’re looking at wide angle lenses, telephotos, or even super telephotos, you’re going to be able to get great glass for little outlay. When it comes to cityscape photography the wider the lens the better. After all, you want to capture as much of that stunning vista as possible, and fortunately there are some great wide angle lenses available that offer outstanding value for money. Continue reading…

Four Budget Lenses for Canon Cameras That Dispel Expensive Glass Myths

There are some truly amazing budget lenses for Canon cameras that are wallet friendly, and produce amazing images.

If you’re a Canon DSLR user and want to build your lens collection without breaking the bank this article is for you. Don’t believe everything you read about image quality being great from extremely expensive lenses only. You really don’t have to spend a fortune to get good lenses these days, and these budget lenses are some of the best on the Canon platform. Continue reading…

6 of Our Favorite Budget Lenses for Nikon DSLRs

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If you’re a Nikon shooter looking to expand your kit on the cheap, then this list of budget lenses may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Nikon may not be the shinning pillar on the hill that it used to be, but Nikon DSLR cameras still enjoy their status as some of the most popular stand alone cameras on the market. Everyday someone buys a new (or new to them) Nikon DSLR and needs to start the process of building out their photography kit – only to find that this hobby is way more expensive than they had realized. But fear not, quality budget lens options for Nikon do exist, and we are here today to share some of our favorites with you.

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The Mirrorless Dad: Our 2018 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Is your dad a trendy guy who shoots on a Sony, Fujifilm or Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless system? We’ve got the gifts for you!

Father’s Day, in case you were not yet aware, is coming up fast and furious. So now is as good a time as any to start thinking about what you want to get your dad; something that says I love you and I appreciate your efforts molding me into the person that I have become. If the dad in your life happens to be on the cutting edge of technology these days then they are likely shooting with a new mirrorless system from Sony, Fujifilm, or maybe even Panasonic or Olympus.

If that is the case then today’s gift guide roundup will be perfect for you. We have scoured the web and come up with the following ideas at two price points — budget and premium. So there should be a little something on each list for the mirrorless shooting dad in your life. Ready?

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Three Cheap Options to Achieve Beautiful Diffused Light

Setting up a studio? You’ll definitely need some diffusers, but there’s no need to break the bank to get beautiful diffused light.

Whether you’re doing portrait photography or YouTube videos, good lighting is the first and most important element you should set up in a studio. The most straightforward way to this is to get a softbox for diffused light. But, if you don’t have the budget for advanced and expensive pro equipment yet, there are some affordable options you can use to start with.

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Instagram Will Soon Tell You Much It’s Wasting Your Life Away

It is no secret, we spend way too much time on social media these days

If you were to think back to yesterday, how much time do you estimate you had spent on social media? 1 hour, 2 hours? The reality is that whatever number you put on it, chances are the real number is probably a lot higher. It goes back to that idea that when you look at your bank balance at the end of the month you wonder where all of your money went. Then, after you do the checking, you see all the small purchases you made, which add up to a lot of money spent. Continue reading…

5 Pretty Awesome 50mm Lenses(ish) Under $600 That Won’t Break Your Budget

Say no more if all you want are 50mm lenses that aren’t going to make your wallet hurt

The world of 50mm lenses can be a very pricey one, and on the other end it can be a very affordable one. Navigating and picking out which ones are the best amongst the sea of lenses and manufacturers out there isn’t so simple though. But we’ve reviewed pretty much all the 50mm lenses out (or at least the majority of them), so we went through our archives to figure out which ones aren’t going to break the bank and are still going to astound you.

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The Essential Lenses for Every Fujifilm Photographer

What are the basics: the essential lenses every Fujifilm Photographer could use in their art? 

Photography is a wonderful thing; pick up any camera and any lens and with that you can capture the world, for just a moment, to be preserved as long as the medium which holds it survives. It is a timeless, though under appreciated, a gift to the future. But if you are new to photography, or maybe just new to having a dedicated camera (upgraded from your smartphone, for example) you may be wondering what lenses you need for your new Fujifilm camera.

Well, it’s just your luck that this post is all about that; the essential lenses for your Fujifilm camera system. So, if you are ready, let’s jump on into it… Continue reading…

Essentials: 4 Budget Lenses for Your Sony FE Camera

What are the basic, essential lenses that every Sony Mirrorless Photographer could use to create their art? 

Photography is a wonderful thing; pick up any camera and any lens and with them you can capture the world, for just a moment, to be preserved as long as the medium which holds it survives. It is a timeless, though under appreciated, a gift to the future. But if you are new to photography, or maybe just new to having a dedicated camera (upgraded from your smartphone, for example) you may be wondering what lenses you need for your new Sony Mirrorless camera.

Well, it’s just your luck that this post is all about that; the essential lenses for your Sony Mirrorless camera system. So, if you are ready, let’s jump on into it… Continue reading…

Meike Launches New 50mm and 25mm lenses for Mirrorless Systems

Budget Brand Meike has launched three new lenses

Meike, a budget gear and accessories brand many of you have likely seen on Amazon when looking for photography gear, has launched three new lenses designed for today’s mirrorless systems. The new 50mm F1.7 and 25mm F2.0 still lenses, and a 25mm T2.2 cine lens, are all expected to be on the more affordable end of the spectrum. Continue reading…

Landscape Photographers! These 10 Lenses Will Do You Well For Under $600

Mountain near, Mountain far… You’re gonna need a lens for that. 

Calling all landscape photographers! Are you interested in expanding your kits but want to do so on the cheap? Well you’re in luck, not only because landscape lenses are already somewhat affordable, but because today we are going to share our picks for 10 landscape lenses you can get your hands on for under $600 each!

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Best Budget Lenses for Portrait Photographers Under $500

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Look for the best budget lenses for portraiture?

Do you shoot portraits? Do you have an income that negates your dreams of owning that latest L Series or G-Master lens? Well then, we have the post for you today as we take a look at what we consider the current selection of lenses best suited for portraits, all under $500. So, take a break from the checking under the couch cushions for money and take a gander at the lenses you should be looking at for your budget portrait kit! Continue reading…

Dear Photographers: You’re Doing Cheap Gigs Wrong

This post isn’t dedicated to the higher end tier of photographers at all, nor is it dedicated to those reaching for lower fruit; instead it’s for the photographers in the middle tier of things. You know, the ones who scoff at Craigslist gigs and cheap gigs below what they’re worth but don’t necessarily have the chops to work with really big brands. These are the photographers who won’t do “cheap weddings.” That’s not at all a defense of cheap weddings where they try to skimp out on a photographer of some sort. Nor is it a defense of cheap portrait gigs, cheap event gigs, etc. Instead it’s insight into how to adapt to the changing world of photography.

And more or less, it’s a secret. Are you ready?

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Ultra Budget Bokeh: 10 Creamy Lenses That Won’t Break Your Bank

We all love bokeh, after all, what’s not to like?! Actually, there is quite a bit not to like in the form of digits on the price tag. The best bokeh is not a cheap thing to attain, but with that said, bokeh is hardly extremely expensive either. Many lenses that are extremely affordable can offer you bokeh that fights above it’s pay grade.

You want to save money, we want to save you money, but you also want the best bokeh for your money. If that is the case, than this is the list for you, 10 ultra affordable lenses that will give you more bokeh than they should for the price.

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The Best Budget Lenses for Sony Photographers

Sony has taken the photography industry by storm with their full frame mirrorless system, building upon the already strong system they had built with their APS-C cameras. Lots of photographers are ditching their Canon and Nikon DSLRs in favor of these lighter and smaller Sony bodies, and so naturally, some of you are trying to figure out what your best budget lens options are for the Sony system. This is where we are here to help.

We have a giant master list of what we feel the best budget lenses are for every system, and you can find that here, but in this post we wanted to highlight our picks for the best budget lenses for the Sony system.

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The Basics: How to Choose Your First Mirrorless Camera

Mirrorless cameras are not the newfangled technology they used to be. Mirrorless systems from Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, and Olympus have had years to build solid systems with various camera and lens options that allow them to be capable of creating stunning images just as well as any DSLR. So you may be considering your first interchangeable lens camera, or maybe you have a DSLR and you are interested in taking advantage of some of the features that mirrorless brings to the table, whatever your reason is you may be asking yourself how to choose between the various options.

In this post, we hope to be able to help you figure out what questions to ask yourself when considering these various cameras and systems. Ideally, this will allow you to pick up a mirrorless camera in a system that will fit your wants and needs as a photographer so that you can take full advantage of it.

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