3 Beautiful Zeiss Lenses to Adapt to Canon RF Cameras

If you’re a fan of the classic look, then you’ll probably adore what Zeiss lenses can do. And if you’re a Canon RF camera shooter, then you’re in luck. We’ve reviewed tons of Zeiss lenses on Canon bodies over the years and have always been in awe of what they can do. If you’re looking for something slower with a more unique look, we think you’ll love these. Dive into this roundup with us!

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Pick One! The Best 28mm Lens for Vintage Lovers!

The 28mm lens isn’t the most popular focal length. And in our eyes this is a shame. For some of us, it resembles how we see the world. To that point, a lot of them can look the same. But there are a few key gems that have put some extra twinkle in our eyes. Here’s our list of the best 28mm lenses for vintage lovers. And yes, we’re going for the vintage renders.

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The Best Lenses with Character You Want for Sony E Mount

If you want lenses with character and you’re sick of the same clinically clean image quality, you’ve come to the right place. Why shoot a photo only to have to do tons of post-production? Why not be happy with what you get out of the camera? Well, that’s what we’re rounding up in this post on the best lenses with character for the Sony E Mount. Take a look!

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What’s the Best FStop? Do You Need to Stop Your Lens Down?

If you told me years ago that nearly every lens on the market made today would be super sharp wide open, I’d be elated. But if you also told me that lenses could be too sharp, I wouldn’t believe you. I mean, how is that possible? Years ago, you’d just consider the best fstop on a lens based on sharpness. These days, that’s not necessarily the case. Photography has changed, and people want something different. So, with over 12 years of testing lenses under our belt, we’re going to talk more about the best fstop and how it’s changed over the years.

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The Heartbreaking Disaster of Zeiss Lenses and How It Happened

Let’s be very honest here, Zeiss lenses are fantastic. They’re capable in every single way. For years, they also had some of the best image quality you could ever get from a lens. Zeiss lenses were available for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Leica-M, and Fujifilm X cameras. But they quietly disappeared from the photo industry with more of a focus on cinema. So what happened? Well, I’d like to relay what I’ve seen in my 12 years of journalism and covering the Zeiss company.

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Choosing the Right Sony FE 50mm Lens for Your Camera

There are a bunch of options when it comes choosing a Sony FE 50mm Lens. In fact, there are more options than ever before. Passionate photographers can reach for a higher end, premium lens or something a tad more mediocre. It all depends on your budget. Check out our guide to choosing a Sony FE 50mm Lens. And if you’re inclined, also take a look at our Sony FE Lens Guide and our Reviews Index. 

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2022 Is the Perfect Time for Film Cameras to Return

Film cameras and film, in general, saw an uptick in sales during the pandemic. (I’m not just saying in 2021, but I’m specifically saying in the pandemic because we’ve been going through two years of this nonsense.) In 2021, The Phoblographer saw sales of lots of film cameras and film through affiliate efforts. But it’s also proving to me that this could be the perfect time for film cameras to return. Why? Well, manufacturers are complaining a lot about global supply chain issues. So why not cut down on the materials needed to create something new? Or better, bring back something old! For this reason, I think 2022 is the best time for film cameras to return.

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Want a 40mm Lens? Here Are 3 with Stunning Image Quality

The 40mm lens is seriously something we’ve been happy to see make a comeback in the past few years. Folks over at Sony, Sigma, and other companies have made them. Honestly, the 40mm lens deserves to live right up there with the 35mm, 28mm, 50mm, and other lens offerings. And lucky for you, we’ve reviewed loads of 40mm lenses. We’re highlighting just a few in this roundup we think you’ll like. Take a look with us!

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Where Have All the Good Point and Shoot Cameras Gone?

It’s really, really sad. The world of good point-and-shoot cameras is pretty much gone. And in 2022, I’d be shocked if it comes back. Though honestly, with the major component issues, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring them back. They’re an affordable way (for the manufacturers) to get more cameras sold. I know tons of photographers that would love a good point-and-shoot camera. I, myself, have many times wished that I had one on me. And the times that I have the most fun testing cameras is when I use good point-and-shoot cameras.

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Adapt These 3 Great Leica Lenses to Sony Cameras

It’s not every day that we think about adapting luxurious Leica lenses to Sony cameras. But the truth is that when you do, you get the best of two worlds. You get great, full-frame image quality with some of the best lenses money can buy. Of course, you don’t always need to dish out lots of money either. So in this round-up, we’re focusing on good Leica M-mount lenses that we’ve reviewed (and we’ve reviewed a ton). None of them are from Leica, and we’re mixing it up with affordable and mid-tier prices. Considering adapting Leica lenses to Sony cameras like the Sony a7c. We had a lot of fun doing that.

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3 Fantastic Lenses to Adapt to Nikon Z Cameras You’ll Love

Nikon is pretty big on telling photographers to adapt their old F-mount lenses onto their Z-mount cameras. And if you’ve been a long-time Nikon camera user, then maybe it’s time to come to mirrorless. The Nikon Z system has really grown up. And best of all, you don’t have to throw away all your old lenses. We’ve reviewed lots of Nikon lenses over the years. Here are some of the best lenses to adapt to Nikon Z cameras.

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This Carl Zeiss 500mm F8 T* Has Really Cool Bokeh for Good Reason

When you hear about a lens like a 500mm f8, you usually don’t think of Zeiss. Indeed, Canon created two lenses with similar designs recently. Those lenses are the Canon RF 600mm f11 and Canon RF 800mm f11. They’re what’s called reflex lenses. These are one of these “if you know, you know” types of situations. That should be enough to make any veteran photographer salivate. While we would’ve never guessed Zeiss made one, the Carl Zeiss 500mm f8 T* indeed does exist. This too was a reflex lens. Zeiss and reflex lens together in the same sentence? That’s the cherry on top of the sundae! And there’s currently one in stock through the Rare Camera Store with Blue Moon Camera. Curious as to what a reflex lens is? We’ll explain this and the really cool bokeh effect.

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Are Old DSLR Lenses Still Worth Your Money in 2021?

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Old DSLR lenses can be enjoyable to use. They’ve got imperfections that you don’t see in most modern lenses. Plus, they really make you work for the shot. In a world where photography is so simple, they’re refreshing. But in the past 10 years, lots of manufacturers have only cared about clinical perfection. This has surely satisfied tons of different photographers who wanted to get it all finalized in post-production. So what lenses are worth buying? And who should buy those lenses?

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The Most Modern SLR of 2021. NONS SL42 Mk2 Review

A few years ago, we took a very hard stance on SLR gear. We told manufacturers we wouldn’t review them. We also said we probably wouldn’t report on new news about DSLRs. That’s one of the factors that’s put a strain on a few manufacturer relationships we have. But the industry itself also decided to pivot. The DSLR, in 2021, is for the Luddite. And depending on what side of the table you’re on, the NONS SL42 Mk2 is totally new. It’s the successor to the first SLR-style camera to specifically shoot Instax Mini film. The Mk2 gets a few upgrades from the original. And if you really want full control over your Instax shooting, this is the best chance you’ll have.

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Why We Need a Beautiful, Retro-Style Digital Camera with a Top LCD

There are many times where I just want to look down at the screen and shoot.

Think about the schools of thought which use dedicated cameras. They use either the viewfinder to shoot or the LCD screen. And the LCD screen is used in a variety of different ways. Time and time again, I really just want the old-school medium format style magnified finder. You, of course, know what I’m talking about. It’s when you look down into the camera, and there is a hood with a magnification prism. It’s standard on TLR cameras and things like the Mamiya RB67. But I really think that it’s time that digital camera manufacturers make one. Follow me into a dream, if you will!

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The Great Debate: 85mm vs 135mm for Portrait Photography

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The photographers who debate and care about this idea don’t really wonder about image quality. Indeed, if you’re wondering about 85mm vs. 135mm for portrait photography, they’re both very good. But they’re very different focal lengths. Luckily, we’ve reviewed loads of 85mm lenses over the years. And we’ve reviewed pretty much every 135mm lens made in the past decade. So we’re pooling information that we’ve written along with some selections.

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The Solution to the Dirty Sony Sensor That Plagues Your Camera

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There are lots of fantastic things about Sony cameras. But one of the biggest flaws they all have is build quality. Do they work in the rain? Sure. Do they get dusty? Oh yeah. Unfortunately, it’s a problem with lots of Sony cameras. We just got done reviewing a few lenses on Sony bodies, and we ran into lots of dust issues. And guess what? Those issues seldom happen with other camera systems. So we broke this down and decided we’d help folks get around this issue (well, sort of). Here’s what you can do about your dirty Sony sensor.

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3D Printing Could Be a Very Big Part of the Photo Industry’s Sustainability

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For years, I’ve been a huge advocate of 3D printing in the photo industry. I think it’s vital with the vintage camera and accessory world. Unfortunately, lots of camera manufacturers don’t want to support that part of their history anymore. The only one that truly does is Leica, and they should be commended for that. Canon, Zeiss, Nikon, Pentax, and others have been around for many years. If you took a Canon F1 to be repaired, Canon wouldn’t do it. Instead, you’d need to go to a vintage specialist. This, in my opinion, is backward. 

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Essentials: These Zeiss Cleaning Solutions Are Great for Photographers!

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If you have been around The Phoblographer for a while, you’ll know that we take gear cleaning pretty seriously. I mean, why wouldn’t we? We, like you, spend lots of money on cameras, lenses, and gear that we want to last for a long time. Cleaning plays a big role in making your equipment last longer, and it ensures that it performs at its peak. We were recently given a chance to put some Zeiss Optics cleaning solutions to the test. We have to say that we’re pretty impressed. Not only can the Zeiss Optics cleaning solutions keep your cameras and lenses clean, but they can even stop your glasses from fogging up! This is huge for photographers who wear glasses in this new masked age we find ourselves in. Find out more about these cleaning solutions after the break.

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4 of Our Favorite 35mm Lenses: One Is a Beautiful Classic!

The 35mm lens is incredibly essential for every photographer at one point or another in their life.

It took me a while to grow out of the nifty 50 idea and into the love of my life: the 35mm lens! We’ve tested so many of them in the past 11 years. Some are better than others, but not a single one of them is bad. Lots of them have a bit of charm, while others boast the clinical perfection some photographers crave. We went into our Reviews Index to look up some of our favorites. Lots of them aren’t new, so that means KEH will have them at a much more affordable price! Here are some wonderful 35mm lenses you’re bound to adore!

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The New Normal? These 40mm Primes Make A Strong Case

Some say 40mm lenses are perfect for everyday photography.

40mm might seem like a weird focal length to some, but this focal length is loved by many. Falling between the more popular 35mm and 50mm focal lengths, 40mm primes have been making a name for themselves of late. Being a tad longer than 35mm lends to more pleasing bokeh when used to shoot close-ups. Being shorter than 50mm lenses, 40mm primes perform well for street photography in tight spaces. There are quite a few 40mm primes on the market today, and for good reasons. Street photographers, documentarians, photojournalists, photo walkers, and event photographers swear by them. After the break, we’ll share four solid 40mm primes worth taking a look at.

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