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Ron Leach Posted: Feb 23, 2017 0 comments

Given a choice between a fast 85mm f/1.4 prime lens and a fast-and-versatile 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom, which lens would you choose to shoot outdoor portraits? While the answer may seem obvious, experienced portrait photographer Manny Ortiz decided to find out by taking both lenses along to shoot his pretty wife Diana against a backdrop of the Chicago skyline.

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Ron Leach Posted: Feb 21, 2017 0 comments

Sigma has expanded their popular Global Vision lens line with the introduction of two new zooms and two high-speed primes, including the 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art that is the world’s first ultra-wide, full-frame lens with an f/1.8 maximum aperture.

Joe Farace Posted: Feb 21, 2017 0 comments

Capturing “the decisive moment” is more than just clicking the shutter at the right time and it’s more than luck, too. It’s an artful combination of experience, talent, and preparation. Being prepared for the unexpected is just as important to photojournalists and documentary photographers as it is to a Scout and that includes selecting and using gear that can be deployed at that right time, even if preparing for a single shot or two takes several hours. Some of these tools may be obvious while others not so much.

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 17, 2017 0 comments

There’s no more iconic focal length in Nikon folklore than 105mm. I remember the day in the 1980s when I purchased the legendary Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 lens (at prices that seem ridiculously low these days) from Denver’s Robert Waxman Camera and thought I’d finally made it. I felt some of that same rush of excitement when I picked up the new AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED lens ($2,196). While designed for FX (full frame) Nikon F-mount SLRs, it can also be used on their DX cameras that use APS-C-sized sensors, where it produces a 157.5mm equivalent field of view.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Feb 16, 2017 0 comments

It was portrait shooter’s paradise with two new Sony lenses this week. The 100mm STF is a veritable bokeh machine, while the FE 85mm f/1.8 is a budget-friendly, professional quality portrait lens. Sony invited a small group of editors to a private studio and assured us that we were the first journalists in the world to shoot with this new glass.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Feb 09, 2017 1 comments

If you’re into high quality glass, this is the kind of lens you can get lost in. Build quality is exceptional, performance is outstanding and…I’m getting ahead of myself, but you’ll see the world in a whole new way when you use this lens.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Feb 08, 2017 0 comments

We’re currently at the WPPI show in Las Vegas where the brand new Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is making its debut. Because, unlike in years past, WPPI is scheduled prior to the big CP+ Imaging Show in Japan, breaking product news has been light so far.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Feb 08, 2017 0 comments

Every year lately, Canon sends out an image from the Super Bowl showing the majority of sports photographers at the big game using the company’s familiar “white” professional lenses. And this past Super Bowl, as you can see in the above image from the game, the number of Canon shooters seems to have grown.

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Ron Leach Posted: Feb 07, 2017 0 comments

Tamron has provided a new option for photographers looking for a fast telephoto zoom lens, with the introduction of the SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens. This is a second-generation model, and is said to dramatically improve upon its predecessor with significantly faster autofocus, improved image stabilization, and enhanced optical quality.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Feb 02, 2017 0 comments

Unless you’re completely new to photography, you’ve heard about Lensbaby, the marvelously creative series of lenses that are best described as intentionally unsharp and stuffed with almost every imaginable aberration and distortion. The Lensbaby Trio 28 is the latest model, and it has a secret. 

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Roger Cicala Posted: Feb 01, 2017 0 comments

As with most new lenses, a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II made it’s way back to the repair department for an initial tear-down. I know there’s some randomness as to what we tear down, but we have some reasons for doing these. Sometimes, like with this new Canon, it’s simply because we know LensRentals is going to stock a lot of them and we need to take a look inside to see what is likely to break and what parts we may want to order. And other times, like with this new Canon, it’s because there’s some new technology inside we want to take a look at.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jan 30, 2017 0 comments

We typically turn to lens guru Mathieu Stern for tips on cheap, vintage lenses that can be adapted for use with today’s modern digital cameras. But in the helpful video below, Stern provides a simple solution for the often-vexing problem of mold and fungus that is often found inside older lenses.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jan 27, 2017 1 comments

Ten years ago we ran an article extolling the virtues of soft focus lenses and explaining how to make a pretty sophisticated one yourself. And now, in the DIY video below, you’ll learn a less expensive method for making a basic version.

Dan Havlik Posted: Jan 24, 2017 0 comments

The below gif is one of the cooler things we've seen on Reddit lately. It gives you a visual demonstration of how changing the focal length of your lens affects how a person's face appear in portraits. 

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jan 20, 2017 0 comments

Welcome back! Last week we covered lenses that are well suited for five of the most popular camera activities, including kids’ sports, travel and online auctions. If you missed that piece, you’ll find it here. This week—as promised—five more lenses for five more activities. These are sometimes thought of as being in the realm of more advanced hobbyists, but that ain’t necessarily so. Read on…

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