Remember the beautiful weird lens paradise that Mathieu Stern recently visited? During this visit to Camera Rescue in Tampere, Finland, he got to test out some pretty rare, weird and unique lenses. And one of them is Canon 50mm f/0.95 from the 1960s. Mathieu tested out how it works for portraits, and although fun, shooting with this lens looks a bit challenging, too.
Both f/1.4 and f/1.8 lenses are pretty fast and they can both come in handy in low-light situations. Also, they both give you soft, creamy bokeh when wide open. Although the difference between these two apertures is not huge, f/1.4 lenses cost two or three times more than their f/1.8 counterparts. Is it worth paying extra cash for a slightly faster lens? In this video, Pierre T. Lambert uses them side by side and puts you on the test: can you tell the difference between f/1.4 and f/1.8?
The Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens was discontinued, but now it’s back. The full-frame lens is designed for mirrorless cameras and will be available in Nikon Z, Canon RF, and Sony E mount. The new and improved version is officially announced, promising improved performance and image quality compared to the old version.
So I’m down at the dock at the cottage and I decided that I wanted to snap a photo of my coffee to post a fairly typical, quick and easy Instagram banger.
Since the purpose of this photo was straight to social, I arranged the composition and then pulled out my phone to snap the picture (because why would a manufacturer build a camera with Android to be able to do this on an actual camera…).
After snapping the photo, I decided that it actually looked pretty decent – nice enough that I had to run back up to the cottage to grab my DSLR with an 85mm f/1.4…because, well, you know…bokeh.
German lens manufacturer Meyer Optik Görlitz has just launched a new version of their super-fast 50mm f/0.95 lens. Nocturnus 50 III F0.95 comes in a new design and it’s less heavy than the previous model. It’s made for full-frame cameras, but you can use it on crop bodies, too. Also, it now features a Leica M mount in addition to Sony E and Fuji X.
After the 35mm f/2.8 lens announced in June, Samyang is expanding their line for another 35mm lens. This time, they are announcing a fast 35mm f/1.4 lens for Sony E-mount. Samyang 35mm f/1.4FE is another autofocus lens in their line-up, intended for Sony full frame cameras.
Samyang 35mm f/1.4FE competes Zeiss, and it’s almost half the price of the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA. It comes with a price tag of £599, which is around $790.
I held the curiosity of having a fisheye lens in my camera bag since I first used the Nikon 10.5mm APS-C Fisheye. Though fisheye lenses serve a very niche market, it’s a fun lens to have and most of those lenses are not that big or heavy to bother your shoulders.
There are reasonable alternatives available in CaNikon world, but since I shifted to Fujifilm, the only highly reviewed option I could find was Samyang 8mm f2.8 Fisheye, which I did go to purchase but (un)fortunately only the demo piece was available in stock and the seller did not agree on any discount for that lens.
7Artisans has launched four fast prime lenses for different mirrorless and Micro Four Thirds cameras. They are available for Fuji, Leica, MFT, and Sony cameras, and the prices start at only $70. The fastest among them is f/1.1, and still, it costs only $369.
The selection of lenses includes 50mm f/1.1, 35mm f/2, 25mm f/1.8 and fisheye 7.5mm f/2.8. Three of them were made for full-frame cameras, but they can be used on crop bodies as well. The fisheye is intended for APS-C cameras only. So, if you need a fast, yet really affordable lens, you should check them out.
Have you ever seen an f/0.7 lens? Stanley Kubrick used one regularly.
If you are lucky enough to be in San Francisco right now, you can pay a visit to the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition (it’s curently playing at the contemporary jewish museum). If not, former Mythbuster Adam Savage takes you on a filmed tour.