The Sony 50mm f1.8 is one of their cheapest lenses, meant to give shooters a taste of what it's like to shoot with a fast prime on a lighter budget with a very classic style of rendering. This lens has a cheap plastic construction and a clunky autofocus system but it is very small and very lightweight making it a great walk-around lens. There are a lot of technical issues but with the 6 element design, the lens produces some absolutely wonderful images with a more retro vibe.
The Helios lenses have really grown in popularity over the last few years for their classic rendering and crazy swirling bokeh. But are they really any good? With all the awesome new third-party lenses out of China or Japan, the Helios lenses no longer get as much attention as they used to, but they're still fun lenses to shoot with if you can get a good copy.
I get a lot of "what camera should I buy," emails and instead of spending an hour replying with all the details someone needs to make this decision, I thought I would share my reply to a question here. This question was from a reader, it basically boils down to this. FroKnowsPhoto switched to Sony from Nikon because they have the best autofocus (allegedly) and for him, that is the end-all-be-all to a camera. Should I buy into Sony for this reason?
The Fujifilm X100V is the latest of the X100 series and we've seen some big changes and modifications to the overall package. An upgraded lens, new sensor, a new button layout, a totally new look, and upgraded software tools, which all together really help this camera stand apart from the previous models. This is by far the most unique update to date, but is it worth it?