Author Archive | Andy Shields

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Zeiss Announces the Batis 18mm f2.8 Distagon

The lensmakers at Zeiss have announced a new addition to their premium full-frame line of autofocus lenses for Sony E-Mount. The all-new Batis 18mm f2.8 aims to build on the success of it’s predecessors, the Batis 85mm f1.8 and 25mm f2. The reception of this new line from Zeiss has been quite positive placing the lenses on what […]

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The Lensbaby “Twist 60” Takes Bokeh for a Spin

Lensbaby ( has announced that it will be adding to it’s portfolio of quirky yet functional lenses. Labeled the Twist 60, this 60mm f2.5 full-frame optic is built with one trait in mind, swirly bokeh. The lens formula is that of the historic Petzval, crafted in the 19th century. It features a large center area of […]

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Social Stock: Shooting for a Company’s Social Feeds

Let’s face it, the opportunities available to budding photographic hopefuls aren’t as bountiful as they once were. Traditional channels of employment, outside of weddings and portraiture, have become increasingly rare.  In the age of “citizen journalism,” capturing the world’s every move via smartphone and beaming it to social streams, it can feel like there’s little room […]

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Panasonic Announces the Lumix GX85

Panasonic has just announced a new camera: the Lumix GX85, an interchangeable lens Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera. Spec’d to compete in the mid-range enthusiast market, the interchangeable lens shooter offers a heap of features considering it’s $800 USD price tag. Like most MFT cameras, it has a 16mp sensor. However, the imager drops the anti-aliasing […]

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Irix 15mm f2.4 Ultra-wide Rectilinear Lens Announced

Swiss newcomers Irix look to leave a wide wake with their first entry into the 3rd party manual lens market. The Photography Show 2016 in Birmingham, Swiss lensmaker Irix have just announced their 15mm f2.4 ultra-wide manual focus rectilinear lens. Produced for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Pentak K Full-Frame mounts (look at you Pentax!) the new Irix […]

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