First Impression

$500 Full Frame Lens!!! Is It Worth It? First Impression of the Rokinon 50 AF f/1.4

$500 Full Frame Lens!!! Is It Worth It? First Impression of the Rokinon 50 AF f/1.4

Rokinon is one of my favorite lens manufacturers. Their lenses have always been cheap, yet amazing optically. I thought it was a huge leap when they announced the AF version for the Sony E mount. It was so inexpensive that I had to give it a try, I figured even with a few minor mishaps it would be worth the value… Let’s see, is this a lens you guys should pick up as well.

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The Worst Lens For Street Photography? First Impression of the Sony FE 28

The Worst Lens For Street Photography? First Impression of the Sony FE 28

Upgrading to the Sony a7II and the Sony FE 28 f/2 from the A6000 and Sony 20 f/2.8 was a no-brainer. I was going from a crop sensor to a full frame sensor and I was going from a cheaply made pancake lens to what I thought was top of the line glass... at least for Sony's wide-angle lineup. This may have been a mistake. There is nothing wrong with the setup, but for street photography, I do feel like I lost a step with this kit.

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Is 70mm Too Long For Street Photography? First Impression of the Bitplay Premium HD Telephoto Lens

Is 70mm Too Long For Street Photography? First Impression of the Bitplay Premium HD Telephoto Lens

It's hard for me to believe that it's been over 6 months since my last First Impressions write-up, what's even more ironic is that my last review was very similar to this one. Mobile photography is where a lot of my focus is going, I still love the experience of shooting with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, but my iPhone is always with me and it truly allows me to capture candid moments, no matter where I'm at. 

The one downfall about shooting with a mobile device is the fixed camera. I shoot with an iPhone X and that gives me a focal length of 28mm, now this is great, as most street photographers shoot between 28-35, but at times I want that extra range or maybe I want to go wider and that's where these little bitplay! lenses come in handy.

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Shooting With Mobile Lenses? First Impression of the Bitplay Snap Lens Kit

Shooting With Mobile Lenses? First Impression of the Bitplay Snap Lens Kit

I've used a number of mobile lenses over the last few years, some were pretty cheap, ranging from $10-20 and some were a little more expensive, like the Pixter Wide-Angle Pro I recently reviewed. Between those 2 classes of lenses I've come to the conclusion that though the more expensive lenses have a better image quality, they aren't worth the 2x price jump when compared side by side to the $20 option. But what about lenses that are 5x the price point. $100 for a mobile lens... Are they really that much better? Well, bitplay is giving me the chance to find that out.

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The Best Lens For Street Photography? First Impression of the Sony E 20 f/2.8

The Best Lens For Street Photography? First Impression of the Sony E 20 f/2.8

Pancake lenses are my favorite style lenses. They're small. lightweight and replaceable. I've tested the Canon 40, the Fujifilm and now the Sony 20. Out of the three, the Sony is hands down my favorite... I'll go as far as saying that this lens might be the best out there for street photography... Figure out why after the jump!

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