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Dan Havlik  |  Sep 12, 2017  |  0 comments

Nikon launched an intriguing new lens this summer though you might have missed it. For whatever reason, the AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6E ED VR, which was announced the second week of July, slipped under most photographers’ radar and that’s a shame. I recently had a chance to test out this surprisingly lightweight and compact wide-ranging zoom lens from Nikon while shooting with it from the field level press area at a Major League Baseball game and came away impressed.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  0 comments

This morning Fujifilm introduced the latest in their line of ultra-compact mirrorless cameras, the 24.3MP X-E3 with a companion XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR macro lens. Also unveiled was a GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR wide-angle lens for the company’s GFX mirrorless medium format camera. 

Ron Leach  |  Sep 05, 2017  |  0 comments

We often turn to Weird Lens Guru Mathieu Stern for interesting tips on bargain vintage lenses that that can be adapted for use with today’s modern mirrorless digital cameras. Best yet, you can often pick up some awesome glass for chump change and the adapters are very inexpensive.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 28, 2017  |  0 comments

Canon just introduced a host of new glass tonight: the new Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens and three new Tilt-Shift macro lenses: the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lens.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 17, 2017  |  0 comments

The Lensbaby Twist 60 is a very modern rendition of a 175-year-old optical design, and true to the designer, Joseph Petzval. But does it satisfy our creative expectations when used in the field?

Zach Sutton - Lensrentals  |  Aug 15, 2017  |  2 comments

There is no denying that zoom lenses have far more versatility than prime lenses, and with faster-apertured zoom lenses becoming more and more common in the photography world, I figured it was time to truly give them the spotlight they deserve.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 01, 2017  |  0 comments

Have you ever noticed a yellow tint to the glass in a vintage lens? That may be because certain lenses in the 60s and 70s used a Thorium coating that yellows over time. Thorium has a high refractive index that improves light transmission, but it also turns out to be slightly radioactive.

Joe Farace  |  Jul 27, 2017  |  0 comments

“Show me a home where the buffalo roam…and I’ll show you a really messy house.” —Anonymous

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Nikon just announced the new AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR lens. The new Nikkor 70-300mm lens features enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization capability and adds a stepping motor designed for fast and quiet AF performance, making it Nikon’s first full-frame AF-P lens.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 06, 2017  |  0 comments

If you stumbled upon a rare Novoflex 600mm pistol grip “bazooka lens” at a yard sale for $17, we imagine you’d lay down your cash, grab the case, and quickly head for your car. That’s exactly what our weird lens guru Mathieu Stern did recently in Paris.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Tamron has introduced the second-generation SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 zoom lens with a host of upgrades over its popular predecessor. This new version, Model A032, is constructed with specialized glass materials for optimum resolution, sharpness and color rendition.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 26, 2017  |  0 comments

The first thing many photographers do after investing in a new lens is to screw on a UV or haze filter. The idea is that these filters protect the front element of your lens from dirt and impact damage while improving contrast and eliminating atmospheric haze.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 23, 2017  |  1 comments

Tamron has introduced a versatile 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD zoom lens that’s ideal for shooting everything from expansive vistas to tight shots of distant wildlife. Designed for APS-C DSLR cameras, this is the world’s first all-in-one zoom lens with a powerful reach of 400mm (equivalent to 620mm in the 35mm format) at the long end of its range. 

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