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Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Lensbaby recently introduced the latest addition to its unique line of creative lenses. The new Velvet 56 is a 56mm f/1.6 lens for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. It's a classic portrait lens with 1:2 macro capabilities designed to deliver "a velvety, glowing, ethereal look at brighter apertures," according Lensbaby, and sharp (but subtly unique) images as you stop down.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Rokinon & Samyang just introduced two new high-end lenses: a 100mm F/2.8 Macro and the new Cine DS 135mm T3.1 Macro. (The Korea-based Samyang company owns the Rokinon brand.)

The Editors  |  Mar 31, 2015  |  0 comments

Have you shot some great photos? Well, now’s the time to enter them in our brand new photo contest where you’ll have the chance to win two amazing prizes!

Cynthia Boylan  |  Mar 20, 2015  |  0 comments

The Pocket Toddy is a compact, double sided lens cleaning cloth that conveniently folds down into its own tiny pocket and includes a sturdy tab that lets you attach it to your key ring. It measures (unfolded) 5x7 inches and folds down to just 2x2½ inches, to easily fit in your pocket or handbag.

Dan Havlik  |  Mar 06, 2015  |  0 comments

Unboxing videos are the closest thing the photo industry has to straight-up product pornography. Or, as the great journalist, author and social observer Tom Wolfe once termed this fetishization of luxurious objects: “plutography.”

George Schaub  |  Mar 06, 2015  |  0 comments

Photokina 2014 in Germany has been covered widely on the Internet already—including our own extensive reporting on the show on Shutterbug.com—so there’s no need for me to rehash the major announcements from the event, such as the latest full-frame cameras from Canon and Nikon and the like. My photo report here is aimed at sharing some wider ranging thoughts and perspectives on this important biennial show and what it told us about photography today and where it might be heading tomorrow.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Mar 03, 2015  |  0 comments

Sony announced a variety of new Alpha E-mount lenses and converters tonight. The Sony lenses include four new "FE" full-frame E-mount lenses designed to complement Sony’s Alpha 7 mirrorless camera lineup.

Dan Havlik  |  Mar 03, 2015  |  0 comments

We recently got some hands-on time with the two newest lenses in Sigma’s arsenal: the Sigma 24mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art lens and 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens. Both lenses, which will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, go on sale this month at relatively decent prices considering their impressive specs.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 24, 2015  |  0 comments

Panasonic has announced the new Lumix G 42.5mm/F1.7 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) (equivalent: 85 mm) and the Lumix G Macro 30mm/ F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (equivalent: 60mm) lenses. Both lenses are designed for Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds camera systems.

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 11, 2015  |  0 comments

A few days after Sigma announced a new 24mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art lens, the company has revealed its pricing and availability. And the lens will cost a lot less than people were probably expecting.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Fujifilm North America has unveiled a new “roadmap” for its next XF lenses for its X-series cameras. You can see the Fuji lens roadmap above.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 09, 2015  |  0 comments

Sigma announced two new photo products ahead of the big CP+ Imaging Show in Japan: a new 24mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art lens and the dp0 Quattro camera.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 05, 2015  |  0 comments

Canon just debuted the new EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens designed to deliver high quality, minimally distorted images throughout the entire zoom range. Canon says the new lens features the widest angle of view (126º05’ diagonal) ever achieved for a rectilinear full-frame Digital SLR lens, along with a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches (at 24mm).

Cynthia Boylan  |  Feb 05, 2015  |  0 comments

Ricoh Imaging just introduced two new HD PENTAX D FA Lenses. Designed for use with the current PENTAX K-mount D-SLR cameras (and future PENTAX sensor technology) these lenses offer ranges not found in previous models, including a star-series telephoto zoom and super-telephoto zoom for capturing clear images of distant subjects and weather resistant for shooting in all conditions.

The HD PENTAX D FA lenses feature a high-grade HD Coating which helps produce extra-sharp, high-contrast images, minimizing flare and ghosting, even under demanding lighting conditions such as backlight situations. 

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 29, 2015  |  0 comments

Another extremely rare, very large, and very expensive lens has gone on sale on eBay. This time it’s a one-of-a-kind, all-black Leica R 600mm, F/5 Apo-Telyt Unicum lens, which had an asking price of $229,999.

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