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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  0 comments

Nikon has unveiled two new zoom lenses: the AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR super telephoto lens for its F mount DSLRs, and the Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lens for its Z series mirrorless cameras. The AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E VR is designed for sports and wildlife photographers, and the & NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S is designed as a "workhorse lens for capturing action and portraits," according to Nikon.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  0 comments

If you're looking for a do-everything travel camera with an extremely versatile built-in lens, the new 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P950 could be just what you're looking for. Announced last night, the Nikon Coolpix P950 is a relatively compact superzoom bridge camera packed with an 83x optical zoom lens.

Steve Meltzer  |  Dec 18, 2019  |  0 comments

Sharpness in photographs has long been a topic of debate among photographers. Once it was about the sharpness of film and formats, but today it’s about things like sensor size and shooting Raw vs. JPEG files. I find these discussions pretty quickly become esoteric and pixel picky. I prefer a hands-on approach to improving sharpness in photos and that’s what these tips are all about. 

Henry Anderson  |  Dec 17, 2019  |  0 comments

With more and more photographers considering switching from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras, one of the biggest factors in the decision-making process is lens choice. Are the new lenses designed for mirrorless cameras better than their DSLR-centric counterparts?

Dan Havlik  |  Nov 25, 2019  |  0 comments

It’s Thanksgiving week which means photo manufacturers have, as usual, jumped the gun by offering early Black Friday deals. First up is Sony, which is offering instant savings on several of its best-selling photo products including three popular mirrorless cameras and a lens.

Deborah Sandidge  |  Nov 22, 2019  |  0 comments

It's not what most photographers would consider essential glass, but in mid-2017, when I heard it was available, I knew the 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5 fisheye Nikkor was a lens I'd like a lot. What I didn't realize was how much "a lot" was going to be. It turned out that I liked to have it with me whenever I was photographing.

Henry Anderson  |  Nov 21, 2019  |  0 comments

Portrait and wedding photographer Julia Trotti is back with another prime lens comparison test. In April, we shared with you her video comparing a 35mm lens with a 50mm lens for travel photography.  And now she's comparing those two lenses for portrait photography in the below tutorial.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 06, 2019  |  0 comments

Sigma just announced the launch of the new 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Zoom lens for full frame mirrorless cameras. The new Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN lens will be available in Sony E-mount and L-mount formats when it goes on sale in mid-November 2019.

Henry Anderson  |  Nov 04, 2019  |  2 comments

Lens comparison shootouts are always a lot of fun especially when they're primes and it's a portrait session. In the below video, photographer Jessica Kobeissi pits a 50mm F/1.2 lens against an 85mm F/1.4 lens while photographing a model using the same settings and the same locations.

Henry Anderson  |  Oct 23, 2019  |  0 comments

What is the best lens for portrait photography? It's an eternal question for photographers and one that Matt Granger tries to answer in the below video where he compares shooting portraits with an 85mm lens vs a 105mm lens vs a 70-200mm lens.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 17, 2019  |  0 comments

Kenko Tokina just announced the new Tokina ATX-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF super wide-angle zoom lens for crop-sensor DSLR cameras from Nikon and Canon. According to Kenko Tokina, this new lens is designed for photographers who specialize in landscape, architecture, documentary, environmental portraits, and night sky imagery.

Dan Havlik  |  Oct 10, 2019  |  0 comments

Nikon followed up its budget camera announcement this morning with a new lens designed more for the 1%. The company officially took the wraps off the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens, which is the fastest Nikkor lens to date and one of its most expensive primes in history.

Jason Schneider  |  Oct 09, 2019  |  0 comments

Prime lenses, unlike zooms, provide only a single fixed focal length. Despite that limitation prime lenses can be versatile, proficient picture takers that are smaller and lighter than comparable zooms and often deliver superior image quality along with wider apertures.

Dan Havlik  |  Sep 26, 2019  |  0 comments

It's another one of those age-old questions for photographers: what's better for photographing wildlife, zoom lenses or prime lenses? In the below video, photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup put both zooms and primes to the test while weighing the pros and cons of each.

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