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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.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Panasonic just introduced the Lumix G9, a new flagship camera promising blazing speed, high image quality and a host of other powerful features.  The camera boasts a 20.3MP Live MOS sensor, with the capability of providing 80MP in-camera images in JPEG/Raw formats.

Dan Havlik  |  Nov 03, 2017  |  0 comments

In the last of our videos from the PhotoPlus Expo 2017 show, we hooked up with Fujifilm to get a look at their new, ultra-compact 24.3MP X-E3 mirrorless camera and two new lenses.

Dan Havlik  |  Nov 01, 2017  |  0 comments

We took a closer look at the new Tamron 100-400 and shot a video showing off the highlights of this surprisingly lightweight and compact long zoomer. 

Ron Leach  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments

We regularly post portrait tutorials, and they typically involve shooting and posing techniques, lighting guidelines, and image-editing tips. In the video below, you’ll get one pro’s take on the best focal length lens for creating pleasing results.

Joe Farace  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments

Sigma’s 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens ($799) is part of their Contemporary series that the company says blends “refined optical design” with “compact and lightweight construction.” The lens is available for Canon, Nikon, or Sony DSLRs. Although as a DG lens it is designed for full-frame DSLRs, it can also be used with APS-C sensor cameras, where it produces an equivalent field of view of 150-600mm.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 26, 2017  |  0 comments

This morning Tamron introduced the 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens, a powerful ultra-telephoto zoom for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLR cameras. Also known as Model A035, the new lens is expected to deliver Vibration Compensation (VC) up to four stops, as well as fast and precise autofocus.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 25, 2017  |  0 comments

Amidst all the excitement at the PhotoPlus Expo show in New York today were notable new lens offerings from Olympus and Sony. This morning we covered the big Sony news, the introduction of the 42.4MP Full Frame A7R III mirrorless cameras, so let’s take a look at their new lenses, as well as those from Olympus.

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