This Chart Will Answer Whether or Not You Should Buy That New Lens

If you’re considering buying a new lens, here’s your answer

Photography is of course an expensive hobby; but you always do need just one more lens. Lenses are a million times more important than cameras and are sometimes worth even more. They surely hold their value; and this cheeky infographic will help you out in your purchasing decisions. You see, the holidays are coming around and when it comes to getting new gear, there are always complications of some sort. If you’re a professional photographer, then most of the time it can be expensed within reason. But if you’re not a professional, then sometimes it can be more complicated unless you’ve got money sweating from your skin. Of course, there are always discounts, rebates, etc.

And let’s be honest, sometimes nothing is better than getting a new prime lens and experiencing that sweet, glorious bokeh that you get from it. With all this said, let this special infographic help you to get exactly what you need.

PS: We should probably let you know that there are a ton of new lenses available on discount over at Amazon

H/T: Thanks Dragos!

The Panasonic G9 is Claiming to Have the World’s Fastest Autofocus Speed

It wasn’t such a great kept secret, but the Panasonic G9 is finally a real thing.

The Panasonic G9 looks to be one of the company’s most serious mirrorless cameras to date; and when you look at the thing, everything about it makes you think about a Canon 5D series camera but in mirrorless form. I mean, look at it: the body resembles a DSLR so much. The Panasonic G9 has a 20.3MP Four Thirds sensor at the heart, 6.5 stop of IS compensation, claims the world’s fastest autofocus speed, 20fps shooting in continuous autofocus, 60fps in single autofocus and all of that at 20.3MP. Yes, that’s insane. But there’s even more.

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The Voigtlander 40mm f1.2 is Now Available in Leica M Mount

The Voigtlander 40mm f1.2 lens in M mount is identical to it’s Sony FE variant, but rangefinder coupled

A little while ago, Voigtlander released a brand new Voigtlander 40mm f1.2 manual focus lens for the Sony E mount; but just recently they announced it for the Leica M mount. This lens is nearly identical optically to the Sony E mount version but the Voigtlander version is cosmetically different to accommodate more of the rangefinder crowd. Additionally, the M mount version is rangefinder coupled. Of course, this also means that you should ensure that your rangefinder can work well with lenses that focus down to that shallow of a depth of field. Of course, you could always zone focus too; but the point of having a lens like this is to shoot at f1.2.

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Review: Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 with Composer Pro II (Canon EF Mount)

The Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 optic has been long overdue in some ways–a more modern lens with sharp elements, and overall high quality optics makes more sense when you combine them with higher resolution camera sensors. But of course, if you know anything about Lensbaby, you’re probably aware that nothing is really supposed to be incredibly, ultimately sharp. When used correctly, the Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 optic can be just that. It’s designed to be used in conjunction with the Composer Pro, which acts like a tilt shift mechanism when the focusing of the lens and the shifting of the Composer Pro are used together.

Overall, the Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 optic is one of my favorites along with the 50mm optic. But what the 80mm does is make both landscape and portraiture really fun again.

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From the Pit: An Introduction to Photographing Concerts

All concert photography images by Olivia Pasquarelli

In my opinion, shooting live music is one of the most challenging photographic experiences possible. For starters, there is very low light, and it’s constantly changing. I’ve shot in venues that are lit by a single bare lightbulb hanging from the ceiling, and venues that have light shows that move beams of colored light in all directions. In addition, your subjects are constantly and unpredictably moving around. You’re surrounded by people who, depending on what genre of music you’re shooting, are dancing, jumping, pushing you and spilling drinks left and right. Depending on your access, you may have a limited amount of time to get the perfect shot.  Most larger venues only give photographers the first three songs to shoot.

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The Yashica Y35 DigiFilm Camera Is Most Likely Getting a Bigger Sensor

The Yashica Y35 is being finely tuned to make it a better camera

I wasn’t so sure it would actually happen, but it indeed really is: the Yashica Y35 digifilm camera will most likely get a bigger sensor. In a Kickstarter update, Yashica announced that they figured out a way to give the camera a bigger sensor and a better lens. These are some of the things backers wanted. Indeed, Yashica is answering the call, but perhaps not in the way everyone wanted.

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Review: Rokinon 14mm f2.4 SP Lens (Canon EF)

The Rokinon 14mm f2.4 SP isn’t the fastest wide angle lens on the market these days, but Rokinon is touting it to be one of the company’s very best. The lens is part of the SP lineup, which Rokinon is branding as the creme de la creme of their lens lineup. These lenses are designed to take on the likes of Zeiss. That’s a bold statement, especially as Zeiss has been a premium lens maker for far longer. But Rokinon also isn’t charging Zeiss prices. When you consider that, the Rokinon 14mm f2.4 SP seems to be a very attractive option. With a metal exterior body and a giant rubber focusing ring, the Korean lens manufacturer seems to be doing what I’d like to believe is a great job. Then I took some time to really try the lens–and I’ve seen just how far Rokinon has come.

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First Impressions: Sony 24-105mm f4 G OSS (Sony FE)

The new Sony 24-105mm f4 G OSS is an extremely versatile offering, but not as great as a G Master

If you were to mount the Sony 24-105mm f4 G OSS on pretty much any modern Sony FE series camera, you’d be incredibly amazed at its versatility. However, these types of lenses have always been more about convenience than solid quality. And, with the Sony 24-105mm f4 G OSS, I find the lens to be not as sharp as many of Sony’s other offerings–at least initially.

To be fair, I only had maybe four hours max to use the new Sony 24-105mm f4 G OSS recently. So our full review is on the way still.

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