The 85mm is the favorite lens of many portrait photographers. The 85mm f/1.2 RF was introduced last year, and it has become a choice of those who switched to Canon’s EOS R mirrorless system. But can it beat the good old EF version of the 85mm f/1.2? Chris and Jordan of DPReview were eager to find out, so they made a comparison test of the two versions of this lens.
Even if you don’t suffer from the so-called Gear Acquisition Syndrome, I’m sure that you’ve bought some gear that turned out to be a bad investment. Evan Ranft sure has. In this fun video, he lists all the gear that was a totally bad choice and that he now regrets buying. Are any of these items on your list as well?
No, that thumbnail isn’t clickbait – at least not entirely. Photographer Arthur Reutov does indeed take a box cutter blade to a Sony sensor in this video to see just how much effort it takes to actually damage a camera sensor. The video was made in response to criticism he received after posting a video about the Sony A9 and constantly leaving the sensor exposed to the elements.
While Arthur doesn’t abuse an actual working camera in the video, he did buy a Sony A6000 sensor module in order to perform various tests to see how dust, soil, fingerprints and even sharp objects might damage the sensor. The good news is, you probably have nothing to worry about.
Venus Optics, the company behind Laowa, has announced three new cine lenses. They are the Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 Cine for Micro Four Thirds, the Laowa 9mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine for Super35 and the Laowa 15mm T2.1 Zero-D Cine for “large format” (full-frame) video-capable cameras. Laowa says that all three lenses feature the same optical system as their photography lens equivalents, the 7.5mm f/2, 9mm f/2.8 and 15mm f/2.
Tokina has announced its new atx-i 11-20mm f/2.8 CF lens for Nikon and Canon APS-C DSLRs. As an APS-C lens, it offers a full-frame field of view equivalent to roughly that of 18-32mm on Canon and 17-30mm on Nikon and it features a fixed maximum f/2.8 aperture throughout its range.
Tokina says that despite being built for Nikon F and Canon EF, the new lens should have no problem on Nikon or Canon mirrorless bodies using the FTZ and EF-EOS-M adapters for those respective bodies.
People are paranoid about scratching their lenses. So much so that they’ll actually put filters over the end of them, intentionally degrading the overall image quality to prevent “ruining” them and degrading the image quality (yeah, I know). But is it really that big of a deal? Is a fingerprint or a scratch on your lens that bad?
In this video, Chris and Jordan at DPReview test out a bunch of different levels of dirt and damage on lenses on both the front and rear elements to see exactly how much difference it makes to the image quality. Some of the results are actually quite surprising.
Manfrotto’s 504HD fluid video head has been extremely popular since it was released about a decade ago. It’s a solid but smooth head that supports an impressive 16.5lb load. Now it’s seen an update as Manfrotto launches the new 504X fluid video head with a very Nitrotech-inspired design with some significant improvements.
The load capacity has been increased to 26.5lbs, and as well as an overall change in aesthetic design, it’s changed a little in function, too. Instead of having a built-in 75mm ball base like the 504HD, it now features a flat base with a 3/8-16″ threaded socket offering a much wider range of compatibility with different tripods. but it keeps some of the things users loved about the 504HD, too.
Filters were once common to all but compact and disposable cameras for shooting a vast array of topics. I’ve got about 20 here that I can pick from when I’m shooting black and white film, for example. But aren’t filters all just irrelevant now with digital photography where we can change the colour and contrast in post?
Well, no, not all of them. In this video, the team at DPReview TV takes a look at four filters that they say you still need for digital photography. Personally, I’m only really inclined to agree with three of them, but have a watch for yourself and make up your own mind.
Sigma first introduced a 100-400mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary lens quite a while ago. It’s an affordable yet powerful zoom lens, but it has been available only in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma SA mounts. Judging from recently leaked images, Sigma is soon launching a new version of the lens, and it will be available for Sony FE mount, too.