TTArtisan 28mm F5.6 Review. Better Build Quality Than Leica?

“Wow, did it just dent the floor?” is what my buddy said to me on a phone call when I dropped the lens cap for the new TTArtisan 28mm f5.6 lens in my office. When TTArtisan announced their 28mm f5.6 lens for Leica M mount, I thought it was just a copy of the Leica variant I adore. But when I actually held it (and dropped the lens cap) I realized something more. The TTArtisan 28mm f5.6 lens is built significantly more solid but has similar image quality. And one of the coolest things about this lens is that you’ll want to use it in black and white mode all the time.

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Canon EOS R7 Review. One of the Best Cameras This Year

Let me tell you, I’m blown away! You couldn’t get me to believe that Canon would make such a great APS-C camera for such a cheap price. Bird photographers, wildlife photographers, sports photographers and more are bound to really like it. What’s more, if you shoot Canon RF cameras in the full-frame segment, you’re bound to want this as it’s very capable. We tested the Canon EOS R7 for a while, and here’s what we think.

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Canon EOS R7 vs Canon EOS R5 vs Canon EOS R: How Do They Compare?

We’ve been actively testing a bunch of Canon cameras. With the Canon EOS R7’s announcement, folks are bound to be curious about how the Canon EOS R5 holds up against the Canon EOS R7. And they’re bound to be curious as to why their cameras don’t have some features. But also on the sideline is the Canon EOS R, which is still an incredible camera. So we decided to compare the three against one another. How do they fare? We’re exploring the question of Canon EOS R7 vs Canon EOS R5 vs Canon EOS R in this informal test.

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Laowa 25mm F0.95 Review: Beautiful Bokeh of Your Dreams

I truly believe that the Micro Four Thirds format is host to some of the most fascinating lenses out there. It’s also the oldest mirrorless camera system besides the Leica M. Lots of third party lenses, like the Laowa 25mm f0.95, help give it desirable flavor. Compared to Voigtlander’s competitor, more photographers might want to reach for the Laowa optic instead. Besides the beautiful lens character and affordable price, photographers will adore the Apochromatic lens element and all it does.

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This Lens Is Amazing. Nikon Z 400mm F4.5 First Impressions

We’ve all seen the hype videos about the new Nikon Z 400mm f4.5. It’s sometimes challenging for the internet to get excited at what Nikon does compared to Canon and Sony. But trust me, this is one of the most fascinating Nikon lenses I’ve reviewed in the 13 years of running this website. When I picked it up attached to the Nikon Z9, I expected it to be super heavy, but it wasn’t. I didn’t use a strap with the camera setup but, even so, it shocked me at how lightweight it is. Combined with the price of around $3,299, I think the Nikon Z 400mm f4.5 will be the lens that wins bird photographers over to Nikon.

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5 Lightweight Lenses for Landscape Photography Every Photographer Will Love

If you’ve ever had to hike up a mountain, you probably really appreciated the challenge of climbing with a camera around you. Besides having the right shoes, having less weight also means a huge difference. But when you finally get to the top, you should have the right camera gear to document it. Most lenses for landscape photography tend to be a bit heavier. But we’ve tested the best lightweight lenses for landscape photography. Here’s a selection of lenses we really adore.

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Sony 11mm F1.8 Review: Pack Light, Take Big Photos

The Sony 11mm f1.8 lens was arguably needed for a while. It’s weather-resistant, has a fast aperture, and is lightweight. What more could you ask for? Of course we could demand higher image quality. And that’s perhaps where I wonder about this lens. Make no mistake, it exhibits good image quality. But whenever I think I see something good from Sony, they go and outdo themselves. So, I wonder how Sony could’ve make this non G-series or G Master lens even better.

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Canon EOS R10 First Impressions: Better Than a Rebel

Make no mistake, the Canon EOS R7 will steal the spotlight for today’s announcements from Canon. But the Canon EOS R10 is no slouch. This camera is designed for people who want something better than their smartphones. Those people are also budget conscious and most likely won’t understand many of the controls. To boot, they’ll also want something smaller and lighter. The Canon EOS R10 fits those needs according to Canon. But I’m not totally sure about that.

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Vanguard Veo 3+ 263CB Review: A Reliable and Versatile Tripod

One of the biggest hassles of real estate photography is maneuvering your tripod in small spaces. Moderately sized and historic homes tend to feature tiny rooms. The best vantage point is usually found by squeezing your tripod through the doorway and hoping for the best. The Vanguard Veo 3+ 263CB offers extra reach by its intuitive center column without the stress. It also provides precise adjustments that require minimal correction. Its hollow carbon construction is a healthy compromise of stability and portability. Does the added versatility justify its cost? We think so. Keep reading to find out why.

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Autel Evo Nano Plus Review: An Enjoyable Choice for All Skill Levels

Drones are on the wishlists of many photographers of all levels, and for a good reason. They’re a ton of fun and usually come with significant perma-grin. Rising past the noise and seeing the world from above is exhilarating. Until recently, their price tags meant that only those with deeper pockets were able to buy a quality drone. Those hefty premiums also usually come with higher regulations due to their size. The Autel Evo Nano Plus is a compact option at a moderate price. It aims to bring joy into the hands of enthusiasts and photographers alike. Can a drone be both cost-conscious and functional? We think so. Keep reading to find out more.

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Affordable Macro. But Be Careful! Laowa 85mm F5.6 Review

For a long time, I wondered why Macro lenses needed to be so large. And then the Laowa 85mm f5.6 came out. It’s a very small full-frame lens. Granted, it’s got a lot of trade offs to meet a certain price point and a few other parameters. Before writing this introduction, I took some time to process my thoughts on this lens. Is it good? I think there are surely folks who would want it. To them it will be a great lens.

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Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master II Review: A Fanboy’s Love?

Many photographers are bound to like the new Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master II. Following up their previous lens, this one has Sony leaning even harder into their beliefs. It’s sharper, smaller, lighter, and even more clinically perfect. It takes a lot of the tech they’ve created for years and bundles it into this lens. If you’re a fan of that extra clean Japanese look, get ready to pony up a lot of money.

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Three Fashionable Camera Bags for the Stylish Photographer (And One Strap You’ll Love)

Our staff loves fashionable camera bags. We’re pretty discerning about balancing functionality with fashion. Thankfully, the two have started to merge in the past few years. No, we’re not talking about the typical photographer who sticks to only Patagonia gear. We’re focusing on well-made products that last for years while aging like fine wine. We’ve tested a bunch of fashionable camera bags over the years, and these ones really stand out.

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The Best Value in Medium Format? Fujifilm 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 Review

I always look forward to shooting with the Fujifilm GFX system and barely having to edit. The lack of fast lenses for the system is why I have not switched over yet. The company is still creating a roadmap of lenses to reach its full potential. The Fujifilm 35-70mm f4.6-5.6 kit lens is an excellent addition to the GFX lineup. Its focal length is perfect for portrait, product, travel, and street photography. The best part is it is essentially $499 when you buy it as a kit with the GFX50s II. This kit is the most affordable way for photographers to get into medium format. But how does it perform? Keep reading to find out.

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Beautiful and Nearly Perfect. Billingham Eventer MKII Review

Messenger bags have always been my favorite when it comes to hauling gear. I have been searching for something comfortable, functional, durable, protective, and stylish. Many manufacturers create unattractive yet comfortable and practical bags. Or the bags are beautiful but, apart from aesthetics, they don’t make a lot of sense. However, the Billingham Eventer MKII looks to check all the boxes on my wishlist.

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A Beautiful Workhorse. Fujifilm 23mm F1.4 R WR LM Review

I’m going to preface this review with something upfront: I will keep my original Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 and this newer one. The newer one is a fantastic workhorse of a lens, but the original has the character I’ve come to know and love from Fujifilm. With that said, the Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 R WR LM is most likely the best lens I’ve ever used from Fujifilm. It checks all the boxes. And if you liked the previous 23mm, you’ll probably understand why I want to keep it.

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The New Laowa 20mm f4 Zero-D Shift is Bound to Be Fun

Hopefully, photographers won’t need to do it in post-production anymore! We’re always looking for something new and fun here at the Phoblographer. And we’ve wondered for a while why more brands don’t do the tilt-shift style of lenses. There are, of course, Lensbaby’s options. But then there’s the new Laowa 20mm f4 Zero-D Shift. This continues with Venus Optics’ Laowa series of zero distortion and shift lenses. 

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It’s Great for the Everyday Commute – Tenba Fulton 10L Review

Lightweight, durable, portable, and practical are some of the main characteristics I look for in a camera backpack. They get bonus points if they’re somewhat attractive. I shoot with minimal gear, and I often ride around on a Vespa. The compact size and roll-top design of the Tenba Fulton V2 10L backpack check these boxes on paper. But, how does it hold up in real life? Keep reading to find out.

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You Need to Try This. OM System OM1 Review

I think the general consensus among the photo community was that Micro Four Thirds was probably done for when OM Digital Solutions (OMDS) split from Olympus. But in all honesty, it gave me more hope. Often I’ve spoken with Olympus reps who felt like they were held back from their true potential. With those restraints removed, the new OM System OM1 shows how the company is starting to blossom again. Emblazoned with the old Olympus logo on the front, it’s bound to cause confusion. But once you work with it and learn how it works, it’s going to be the most fun you’ve had with a camera in years.

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Is It Love? Funleader Contax 45mm for Leica M Review

The Contax 45mm f2 for G-series film cameras is a classic and iconic lens in many ways. We’ve seen and heard the hype many photographers make about it. And that’s one of the reasons why the Funleader Contax 45mm is probably going to be loved by so many photographers. They took the old lens and give it new life for Leica M-mount. Make no mistake, it’s a sharp lens. But if you’re yearning for character, you won’t find it here.

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Nikon’s Most Innovative Camera Is Awesome. Nikon z9 Review

The Nikon z9 has been the Nikonian’s most anticipated camera. And it brings with it a lot of great reasons why it was worth the wait. For years, I’ve been critical of Nikon not taking steps towards innovating or doing something different. But with the Nikon z9, they’re addressing that issue. More importantly, they’re providing professional photographers pretty much everything they need with this one camera. We spent two weeks with the Nikon z9 and received a lot of loaner gear to test it accordingly. And it’s really true, this is the best Nikon camera I’ve used in a long time.

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