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Sigma's new 85mm DN Art Has a Dirty Little Secret

The Mystery of Sigma's 85mm DN Pincushion Distortion. I recently reviewed Sigma's new 85mm f/1.4 DN Art. During the image quality part of the review, I noticed that the new lens had a surprising amount of pincushion distortion. Now, don't get me wrong - it's easily correctable in post and Sigma's new lens is still overall the best 85mm I've encountered for Sony full-frame e-mount, But it was really odd to see pincushion on an lens of its focal length. In fact, I've never encountered it before.
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Understanding Focal Length Terminology

The first camera was invented over 200 years ago and while many aspects of photography have been standardized and use highly specific terminology, there is a real issue of confusion and disagreement regarding focal length terminology. Improper or ambiguous use cases exist in both retail scenarios and the professional photography community.
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Say Hello to Sigma’s New 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art

The new 85mm DG DN Art looks poised to be the new champion of 85mm lenses. Sigma just announced their all new 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens, and unlike the previous HSN iteration, this one is designed exclusively for mirrorless camera systems and optimized for both contrast and phase detect autofocus. Of specs and initial reviews are any judge, we may very well have the new king of 85mm lenses in our midst!
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Review: Samyang/Rokinon AF 75mm f/1.8 FE Lens

This article contains affiliate links, for more information see the disclosure here. Using these links won't cost you a thing, may save you money, and it helps us to keep putting out great material for you to read while remaining ad free. Thanks for your support!. At a glance. The...
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Sigma 85mm F/1.4 DG DN Art Review

Sigma's new 85mm F/1.4 DG DN Art is all new lens made for e-mount and l-mount full frame cameras. Rather than adapting the architecture of their existing 85mm DG HSN Art lens, Sigma has started at ground zero, creating a completely new and Promethean offering made expressly for mirrorless systems. The new lens ticks every imaginable box, from a fast f/1.4 aperture, to a vastly lighter, yet equally rugged and premium build. The lens also comes packed with a number of tactile buttons, switches, and rings including an on-board autofocus lock (AFL) button, a physical on/off switch for autofocus, a physical aperture ring that can be de-clicked, and an 11 blade aperture that should definitely makes for some gorgeously smooth bokeh. Sigma has created a veritable powerhouse with their new 85mm DN, and aside from some easily correctable pincushion distortion and near-minimum-focus-distance softness, it's pretty close to flawless. Shooting with this lens is positively addictive and it's become my photographic raison d’être to over the past few weeks. For that, it gets the highest score we've ever assigned to an 85mm lens, a perfect 5 stars -and- the Ayrn Kudos Award. The 85mm DN Art is truly a masterpiece of optical engineering and innovation.
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Review: Samyang/Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 FE Lens

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Review: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens for Sony FE

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Review: Tokina Atx-M 85mm F1.8

This article contains affiliate links, for more information see the disclosure here. Using these links won't cost you a thing, may save you money, and it helps us to keep putting out great material for you to read while remaining ad free. Thanks for your support!. About Tokina 85mm f/1.8.
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Viltrox Lens Roadmap with Lineup for 2020 and 2021 Leaked

It's official, Ayrn has just posted a Viltrox lens roadmap taking us all the way through 2020 into 2021 and it looks like Viltrox will release between 7 and 11 excutubg new lenses this year! Among them is a manual focus S 20mm T2.0, presumably geared towards film makers, an upgraded MII version of their 85mm f/1.8 lens for Sony full-frame e-mount. After that, expect to see three all new autofocus offerings in the form of a 23mm f/1.4,33mm f/1.4, and 56mm f/1.4. These lensese are supposed to be released for Sony, Fuji, and Leica systems and will be followed by 3 T1.5 manual focus counterparts for the same mounts, but apparently geared towards film makers. Then, in the fall, we're looking at three offerings for full-frame sensor cameras in the format of 24mm f/1.8, 35mm f/1.8, and 50mm f/1.8 prime offerings. In 2021, Viltrox will go wide with their offerings as they're slated to release a 13mm f/1.4 for APS-C and a 16mm full frame wide angle lens, both with AutoFocus (AF).
NEW YORK CITY, NY

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 II Release

Ayrn was among the first to do a hands on review of the all new Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 II lens for Sony full frame e-mount cameras and their findings look uber exciting! Among other things, it appears users can anticipate faster autofocus, lighter lens construction, and more professional petal style lens hood modeled after the Japanese lotus flower. More inpressive still, the new lens looks like it will ship for the same ludicrously low price as it's predecessor, the 85mm f/1.8, MI.
PITTSBURGH, PA

Viltrox 85mm f.18 is an f.16 lens!

I recently reviewed the new Viltrox 85mm f1.8 lens and, besides finding it to be a generally excellent piece of glass, I discovered it has a dirty little secret. Well ok, not "dirty per see," the secret this lens has is actually really exciting - it will open up to an f1.6 aperture via a firmware update. Perhaps it may go even brighter and faster in some subsequent future firmware update.
PITTSBURGH, PA

The Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 is Actually an f/1.6 Aperture Lens

The Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM for Sony is shaping up to be one of the oddest lenses I've ever reviewed, and, as it turns out, it's not actually an f/1.8 lens - it's an f/1.6! If you happen to own this lens, fasten your seat belt because I'm going to show you how to harness all the magic of that extra speed and light in a moment, but first, let's get into the details.
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Review: Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM Lens for Sony

If you're looking for an affordable lens that performs like a champion across the board, the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM offers a rare combination of incredible optics, stellar performance, and unbeatable value. This new lens carves out a place all its own among the growing list of 3rd party lenses for Sony's mirror-less full-frame e-mount cameras.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

REVIEWING THE TOKINA ATX-M 85MM F1.8 FOR SONY

During the past week, I've been reviewing Tokina's all-new Atx-M 85mm F1.8 for Sony full-frame e-mount cameras. It appears I may have received a faulty copy so I'll have to wait until Tokina sends me a new one to pass final judgment. In the interim, I can say the image quality is superb and the bokeh is soft and creamy enough to please even the most demanding bokeh snobs.
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Review: Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Manual Focus Prime Lens for Sony FE

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Review: Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Manual Focus Prime Lens for Sony FE

At a glance: Powerhouse performance at a budget price. The PFU RBMH 85mm f/1.8 is an all new manual focus lens created by Viltrox for Sony full-frame cameras. I’ll preface this article by saying my expectations for this lens upon receiving it were low – in fact, very low. Yes, Viltrox has built a reputation for making affordable lens adapters and other camera accessories for years, but this is their first attempt at producing something as complex as a camera lens – at least, that I’m aware of.
PHILADELPHIA, PA

How to Custom Build XanMod Kernel on Ubuntu 18.04

Customizing any Ubuntu 18.04 based system with the high performance XanMod kernel isn't anywhere near as difficult as it is time consuming. In this article, we'll go over each step of the process in detail so that even beginners should be able to do it fairly easily. The backstory. I...
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How to Bulk Disable/Remove Forwarding Addresses in Exchange/O365

Spending hours of your life trying to manually remove forwarding addresses from Exchange or O365 mailboxes is a thing of the past thanks to PowerShell and its multi user editing super powers. In this PowerShell tutorial, I'll show you the quick easy way to blast those nasty email forwards right out of existence.
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