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Ron Leach  |  Dec 29, 2017  |  0 comments

While there is no single “perfect lens” for all forms of photography, a few lenses offer more versatility, image quality, portability, and bang for the buck than others. One such lens is the 50mm “Nifty Fifty” we featured in a recent Shutterbug video, and as you’ll see in the video below, another is the 135mm f/2 short telephoto.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 28, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re all familiar with the notion that lenses in the 85-105mm range are the best choices for portrait photography, supposedly because of the “natural” way they render a subject’s facial features. But in the video below, you’ll see why one pro prefers to use a longer telephoto zoom for portraiture. 

Dan Havlik  |  Dec 20, 2017  |  1 comments

Shutterbug photographer Jordan Matter is back with another photography how-to video, offering tips on getting the most out of your 50mm lens. 

Ron Leach  |  Dec 19, 2017  |  0 comments

There’s been a growing trend among digital photographers to use vintage lenses on modern mirrorless cameras. Why would you want to do that? Among other reasons is that old manual focus lenses often sell for a fraction of the cost of their current autofocus counterparts, and the necessary adapters are both abundant and affordable.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 18, 2017  |  0 comments

It’s common knowledge that telephoto lenses enable you to get in tight on distant subjects, while wide-angle lenses do the opposite by providing a more expansive view of the scene you are photographing. But what about the interaction between focal length and perspective? This is a very important concept to understand.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 15, 2017  |  0 comments

High-performance zoom lenses with fast maximum apertures are powerful tools for everyday shooting, and in this battle of the mid-range zooms, you’ll see a comparison between two of the best: The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, and Sigma’s 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  0 comments

You’ve probably heard the term “lens diffraction” to describe how image sharpness suffers as you use smaller and smaller aperture settings. While depth of field increases as you stop down a lens, the amount of fine detail a lens can resolve decreases at smaller f/stops.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  0 comments

The term “bokeh” is a common buzzword among photographers these days, used to describe the subjective quality of defocused areas in an scene—either behind or in front of the main subject. A popular misconception is that it’s all as simple as “a faster aperture or a longer lens gives you better bokeh.” But as you’ll see in the video below, there’s a bit more to pleasing bokeh than that.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Let’s say you want to try your hand at close-up photography, but you can’t afford an expensive macro lens. Or maybe you’re not short of cash, but you don’t plan on doing enough macro work to justify the investment. 

Ron Leach  |  Dec 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Our favorite weird lens expert Mathieu Stern is back, this time with three cheap vintage lenses that deliver amazing bokeh. And like all the bargain glass Stern discovers, these lenses can be adapted for use with modern digital cameras.

 

Ron Leach  |  Nov 29, 2017  |  0 comments

This morning Leica unveiled what they call “a revolution in portrait photography,” in the form of a high-speed Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens, featuring a fast maximum aperture and the promise of exceptional image quality, unique bokeh, and a price to match.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 28, 2017  |  0 comments

There are an abundance of inexpensive adapters available that enable photographers to use vintage lenses on modern DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, and it’s often possible to pick up a premium legacy lens for far less than the cost of a current entry-level or mid-priced lens.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 17, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’re like most Shutterbug readers, with a full arsenal of lenses, you know that every lens performs differently in terms of color rendition, sharpness, depth-of-field, bokeh, and contrast. In the video below, you’ll see how one pro determines the “sweet spot” of every lens he owns.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 14, 2017  |  0 comments

Two of our favorite holidays, Thanksgiving and Black Friday, are right around the corner. And if you’d like to save some cash on photo gear, check out these great deals on Nikon cameras, lenses and accessories.

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