Add a Cinematic Look to Your Photos. Irix Edge Vari ND 2-5 Filter Review

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They’re very popular in cinematography circles for their cine lens lineup, and just a couple of months ago, Irix Lens released a new range of variable ND filters. They say it’s one of the slimmest and most compact ND filters in the market. The Irix Edge Vari ND 2-5 filter comes in two versions – the Magnetic Mount System (MMS) version and the more standard screw-in version. I received a copy of the latter for our review and was pleasantly pleased with the color rendition and lack of X pattern banding in the images taken with it.

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Should You Really Use a Macro Lens for Portrait Photography?

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There are lots of photographers who have used 90mm macro lenses for portrait photography over the years. Logically speaking, it just makes sense. Most macro lenses are handy. In fact, they’re arguably the most useful lenses because of everything they can do. But some Macro lenses are better than others. We’ve tested loads of Macro lenses, and in many situations, we’ve used them for portraits, macro photography, and a lot more. In our search engine, folks were wondering if these lenses are great for portrait photography. So let’s go through it.

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Product Photography: 4 Macro Lenses That Will Make Products Shine

These sharp macro lenses will allow you to capture immense amounts of detail.

Macro lenses are fantastic. They allow us to get closer to objects than other lenses, which makes them great for product photography. Sharing images of products that highlight fine details can really help sell a product to those interested. Fortunately, there are quite a few great macro lenses on the market these days, and they’re affordable. If you want to elevate your product photography game, you should consider a solid macro lens. After the break, we will share four macro lenses that have seriously impressed us.

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Popular Lenses: Tamron Continues to Shake Up the E Mount Market

Tamron’s impressive and affordable E mount lenses are incredibly popular.

It’s that time of the month where we look at the gear you, our readers, have been snapping up. This roundup will focus on the most popular lenses for March 2021. We’ve been seeing a trend over the last few months here at The Phoblographer. Photographers everywhere are going crazy for Tamron’s latest E mount lenses. This is really not surprising. The quality of their lenses has gone through the roof, and they have remained affordable. There are, of course, lenses from other manufacturers on the list too. So, lets, dive in and see the most popular lenses for March 2021.

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Essential Kit: This Is A Great Setup For Astrophotography

This setup, which includes a camera, lens, and accessories, is all you need to get started with astrophotography.

There are many cameras, lenses, tripods, bags, and accessory options on the market today, and this can make things difficult. If you’re thinking about tackling astrophotography, but you aren’t sure where to start, this roundup will help. Here we will take a look at a kit that includes a camera, a lens, and three other accessories to help you start. Even if you already have a camera and need a suitable camera bag, this will help. Just need a new tripod? See which one we recommend. By the end of this roundup, you’ll know what gear to get to take on your astrophotography adventure.

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3 Affordable (and Sharp) Macro Lenses That Deserve a Closer Look

These macro lenses are often overlooked, which is a shame because they are pure gold.

Macro photography has skyrocketed in popularity, thanks to the ongoing pandemic. This exciting and interesting genre can make everyday items in your home take on a whole new form. The world of macro photography is magical. Once it sucks you in, it’s hard to escape from the joy it brings. Not only can macro lenses make small objects appear larger than life, but they also double as excellent portrait lenses. Many think dedicated, specialized macro lenses cost an arm and a leg, but that’s not always the case. There are some absolute gems on the market that are affordable and that don’t compromise on image or build quality. After the break, we take a quick look at three macro lenses you can pick up without making your wallet cry.

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5 Bargain Lenses For Beginner Landscape and Cityscape Photographers

New landscape and cityscape photographers who don’t want to break the bank should check out these value-priced lenses.

If you want to join the ranks of landscape and cityscape photographers affordably, this roundup is for you. Landscape and cityscape photography are genres that many new photographers jump into first. There are dozens of opportunities to create great images all around you. If you’re here, though, by now, you’ll understand the importance of ditching your kit lens. When it comes to gear, nothing will improve your work faster than a new lens. The good news is that there are tons of fantastic, weather-sealed lenses for these genres that won’t destroy your wallet. After the break, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite affordable weather-sealed lenses. These lenses will serve landscape and cityscape photographers well.

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There’s A Big Need for Faster Glass on Fujifilm’s GFX Cameras

Current GF lenses for Fujifilm GFX cameras are fantastic, but there’s a serious lack of fast glass, and that needs to be changed.

We absolutely love Fujifilm GFX cameras. We applaud them for their innovation. What’s not to love? The image quality that comes out of the almost Medium Format sized sensors is brilliant. We also dig the GF mount lenses currently available. However, as great as the lenses are, there’s a big need for fast glass on the platform. Fortunately, IRIX has seen the need for speed, and they have made a new fast prime that we think will be well received. Head on past the break to find out about the new IRIX lens and to see why we think Fujifilm needs to start innovating when it comes to their GF lenses.

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Three Lens Filters Us Photographers Use All the Time

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Photographers need lens filters. A lot of folks like to embrace the do-it-in-post mentality. But we’re not about that. We think you should have an idea in mind to begin with, and stick to it. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of editing, but you shouldn’t let it fully take over. You should strive to get it right in-camera, to begin with. And these lens filters can help you do just that.

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4 Macro Photography Lenses That Will Help You See the World Differently

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Macro photography lenses can make the tiniest objects seems larger than life itself.

There are hundreds of items all around you that you likely never take a second look at. A tiny toy, a small flower, seeds or grains, coins, bugs, small electrical components, and so on. We’re just so used to seeing items like this that we don’t think much about them. However, what if we told you there’s a whole different way to see them? Macro photography allows us to get up close and personal with tiny objects, or any object that has immense detail, with ease. Macro photography, while challenging, can be incredibly rewarding. Seeing the often unseen and making it appear larger than life is fascinating. After the break, we’ll share four macro photography lenses that will help you see the world differently.

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Capture Fabulous Fall Landscapes with These Great Lenses

The fall landscapes you’ll capture with these lenses will be your best yet.

It’s almost here! Soon crisp air will surround us, pumpkin spice everything will be in our faces, and gorgeous fall colors will amaze us. All photographers want to make beautiful fall landscape images. If you want to capture these landscapes and do them justice, you’re going to need lenses that are up to the task. In this roundup, we’ll take a quick look at some beautiful lenses on various platforms that will make your fall landscapes come to life.

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8 Lenses and Accessories for Landscape Photographers on a Budget

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Landscape photographers, these are lenses and accessories that will help you capture your best images yet while on a budget.

Can you believe Summer is already drawing to a close? Pretty soon, the sun will set earlier, and the landscapes around us will undergo a beautiful transformation. It’s this time of year that excites me more than any other simply due to how gorgeous the world becomes. Trees are filled with vibrant colors, sunsets and sunrises take on another life, and of course, the lower temperature make it a joy to be outside. If you want to capture the beauty of Fall though, you need to have the right gear. After the break, we will take a quick look at some lenses and accessories that will help all landscape photographers create their best landscape images yet.

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If Not for Third-Party Lenses, Photography Would Have Died Long Ago

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Thanks to third party lenses, photography is still within reach for those of us who don’t have the deepest pockets.

Come, look at our new super-fantastic lens! It’s the widest, fastest, fattest lens in the universe. You need it to be a pro, and it will only cost you a few thousand dollars! Sound familiar? It’s not uncommon for first party lenses from the likes of Canon, Sony, Nikon, and others to cost close to $3,000 these days, and because of this, many photographers are being priced out of certain systems. The photography market is in decline for sure, but if it wasn’t for third party lenses, photography would have died altogether a long time ago.

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Like Wallet-Friendly Glass? See Our Updated List of Affordable Lenses

Affordable lenses have come a long way in terms of optics and build quality, and now, more than ever, cheap and affordable doesn’t mean bad.

There was a time when buying affordable lenses meant that you gave something up. You either purchased an affordable lens that had excellent optics and questionable build quality, or you got a cheap lens that was built like a tank but suffered in the optics department. All of that has now changed, though. These days you can get lenses that cost well under $1,000, and quite a few under $500 that absolutely redefine that affordable lenses mean. We’ve just updated our affordable lens list to include new offerings from both first and third-party manufacturers so that you can see all of the great deals out there in one easy to find location. For more details about the update, head on past the break.

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8 Game-Changing Photography Accessories That Deserve a Closer Look

We all love new cameras and lenses, but quality photography accessories are just as important.

We spend a lot of time thinking about which cameras and lenses we should buy. You could even say we fetishize about them, but for some reason we never seem to do the same for photography accessories. Photography accessories such as filters and even computer accessories can make our lives as photographers so much easier. They help us get the images we want in-camera, or they make it easier for us to get the result we want during post. After the break, we will share some photography accessories that are not only game-changing, they’re also super affordable.

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7 Affordable Macro Photography Lenses to Try While You’re Stuck Inside

Being stuck in your home doesn’t mean you have to stop taking pics: macro photography is the perfect solution.

Just because you might be trapped indoors for a short period, it doesn’t mean your photography has to come to a stop. There are hundreds of items around your home that you see every day that you never look at twice, but what if we told you there is a whole different way to see them. Macro photography allows us to get up close and personal with tiny objects, or any object that has immense detail, with ease. Macro photography is incredibly rewarding, and it can be eye-opening. After the break, we will share some of our favorite lenses for macro photography that won’t break the bank.

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Landscape Photography: Affordable Lenses to Capture Spring Landscapes

You don’t need to spend your life savings to get lenses that will deliver stunning results when it comes to landscape photography.

Spring is a time of new beginnings. All around us, the world is beginning to wake, and you’ll see everything from colorful wildflowers, greening grass, and trees that are full of life. Spring is the perfect time to get outside into the great wide open, especially during this time that we have been told to socially distance ourselves, in fact, now is the perfect time to get away from hoards of people in bustling city centers. After the break, we will take a quick look at some great performing, affordable lenses that you can take with you into the great outdoors.

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A Quick Look at Some of Our Favorite Fast Lenses for Astrophotography

The Astrophotography season in the Nothern Hemisphere is about to kick off, and these lenses will help you capture the millions of stars in the night sky.

Right around the end of March is an exciting time for photographers in the Northern Hemisphere. Not only are warmer days afoot, but the Milky Way and all of the beauty and splendor it adds to the night sky finally become visible. Astrophotography is seen as a hard genre to break into by many, but it needn’t be that way. Anyone with a camera made in the last decade and some fast glass can create gorgeous astroscapes with a little practice. After the break, we will take a quick look at some lenses on multiple platforms that are perfect for astrophotography.

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The New IRIX 45mm F1.4 Offers Smooth Bokeh for Pentax Users, More

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Sigma may have bowed out of the Pentax K mount, but Pentaxians can look forward to the new IRIX 45mm f1.4 prime.

The list of lens manufacturers who still support the Pentax K mount may be slightly on the slim side, but IRIX is one of the few who still support the platform. The great news is that their lenses (thus far) have been seriously impressive, and IRIX has added a new lens to their line up today: the IRIX 45m f1.4. Not only will it come in all the usual flavors (Canon EF and Nikon F mounts), it will also be available to those rocking any K mount Pentax body. Click past the break to see if this is a lens you want to use on your Pentax K1 II or your Pentax KP.

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If You Just Got a Nikon Camera, Check Out These Affordable Lenses First

If you just picked up your first Nikon DSLR or a new Mirrorless Z camera, you need to check out these affordable lenses.

It’s exciting when you get your first camera; whether it be a DSLR or a Mirrorless model, you will be able to create beautiful images with it. While the cameras themselves are great, they are nothing without lenses. There is a good chance that the camera you purchased came with kit lenses, and while these are good lenses, you will find that you outgrow them rather quickly. Fortunately, there are a ton of great, affordable lenses for Nikon cameras that will seriously impress you with their quality and overall performance. After the break, we will share with you a few affordable lenses that you should take a closer look at if you want to expand your collection of glass.

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The Best Manual Focus Lenses Photographers Will Love

Some photographers are 100% in tune with their surroundings, and they’re the ones using the best manual focus lenses available.

There are photographers who just never understand how to use manual focus lenses, and photographers who know that using them requires you to be in tune with your environment. Think about the way Leica M shooters think and about how they’re able to predict something before it happens. Being in tune with his surroundings is how Robert Capa was able to capture some of his best images. Indeed, the best manual focus photographer can be quicker than one using autofocus. Manual focus lenses are not only great for photojournalism, they’re also for moments where slow photography allows you to make genuinely better photos. So, we went into our Reviews Index to round up some of our favorites.

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