Review: Tamron 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

When Tamron announced their new initiative to make major improvements to their lenses, the quality of the products was rather mixed–and so that made me a bit scared about the new Tamron 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD. But they’ve taken some time, improved things even more and with that said, they’ve created a lens that could arguably be called the absolute best value 85mm lens for DSLR cameras.

The lens features 9 aperture blades, 13 elements in 9 groups, weather sealing, an actual metal barrel, and a very overall light weight of approximately 23 oz to 25 oz. At $749, you’re getting what looking on paper to be one hell of lens.

And in all honesty, I actually want to buy one.

All product photos shot on the latest edition of the EyeEm Magazine.

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The Basics of Photography: K for Kodachrome

Boxes of Kodachrome 64 film in 135 format. (Credit: Metroplex on Wikimedia Commons)

Boxes of Kodachrome 64 film in 135 format. (Credit: Metroplex on Wikimedia Commons)

We continue our series on the Basics of Photography with the letter K, and today’s subject is Kodachrome. Now, some of you will undoubtedly wonder why anyone would deem a discontinued slide film basic photography knowledge. But the answer is really rather simple: Kodachrome was probably the single most influential photographic medium of all time, and it played a significant role in shaping the face of modern color photography and photojournalism. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the rise and fall of this film, and explore the photography that was created with it.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to the Right Rokinon Lens for You

Over a very long period of time, the staff of The Phoblographer have reviewed countless lenses. Most notably though, we’ve reviewed a version of nearly ever Rokinon lens produced to date. Because we’ve been generally very happy with the production quality, we’ve compiled a guide to their lenses consisting of the reviews we’ve done.

Looking for some affordable prime lenses with some very good image quality? This guide has you covered whether you’re looking for a Rokinon Lens or Samyang lens.

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Review: Fujifilm WCL Wide Angle Adapter For X100

Previously, we gave our first impressions on the Fujfilm WLC Wide angle adapter for the X100. And as we found, the company didn’t skimp on their optics; which translated well into the image quality. The Fujifilm wide angle adapter for the X100 camera is one that we spent lots of time with; and though the X100 is discontinued now; we would recommend that current owners try to get their hands on this little piece of glass.

Here’s why.

Editor’s Note: Despite earlier reports that the Fujifilm X100 has been discontinued, Fujifilm USA has told me that it is not.

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Getting In Touch With The Foveon Sensor: Using The Sigma SD14

I’ve always been somewhat fascinated by the idea behind the Foveon sensor. Making use of the different wavelengths of red, green and blue light, the Foveon sensor stacks three layers of photosites, each recording a different color for the final image. The advantage: no color moiré due to a lack of need for demosaicking, and thus no need for an anti-aliasing filter. The result: uncompromised sharpness, and theoretically high color fidelity. So when I got the chance of using a Sigma SD14 recently, I just had to take the opportunity to experience the Foveon sensor myself. Oh, and yes, I know, we’re late with this article …

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Review: Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 Lens (Micro Four Thirds)

Do you see that lens up above? That is the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 Nokton for Micro Four Thirds; and it is perhaps the lens that has locked me into the system and also renewed my faith in it. Using this lens I can do so much. Not only is it characterized by its fast aperture, but it is also a 35mm equivalent field of view: which is honestly my favorite focal length.

Before I even get into this review, know that it is an overwhelmingly positive one even though swallowing the cost of the lens was a bit much for me. After weeks of use though, that has all gone away.

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Shooting Portraits With the Panasonic GH2

We’ve finally got our hands on the Panasonic GH2 but only for a short amount of time. With a SLR-style body and considered by many to be the best Micro Four Thirds camera currently out there on the market, the GH2 is a feature packed little beast. As soon as I got my hands on it, I decided to shoot a couple of portraits with it and my Zeiss Biotar 58mm f2 lens. Unfortunately, the Gary Fong Puffer didn’t want to play nice with the pop-up flash, so that was a no-go and so, we went right into some natural diffused light.

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