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Dan Havlik  |  Aug 23, 2018  |  0 comments

Nikon introduced the new 45.7MP Z 7 full frame mirrorless camera and a trio of Z-mount lenses today and Shutterbug was one of a handful of U.S. press outlets invited to cover the launch event in Tokyo, Japan. After the press conference, we got our hands on a pre-production Nikon Z 7 and Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens and shot with it during a “touch and try” session offered to select journalists.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 02, 2019  |  0 comments

We’ve all seen it in photos and most of us know what it’s called. Some describe it as the “beautiful blur” in the background of an image but to most photographers it’s known as “bokeh.”

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 25, 2019  |  0 comments

Photographer Julia Trotti is out with a revealing new video where she compares portraits shot with her whole arsenal of prime lenses: 24mm vs 35mm vs 50mm vs 85mm vs 135mm. We knew there would be a difference in the look of each portrait shot at a different focal length but we were surprised at how much.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 25, 2016  |  0 comments

I always thought the weirdest mirror lens ever was a Vivitar Series 1 600–900mm zoom I shot with briefly back in the ‘80s. Until now, that is. Check out the following video review of a Soviet era 1,100mm f/10.5 mirror lens known as the MTO 1000A.

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  |  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.

Dan Havlik  |  Sep 12, 2016  |  0 comments

Mathieu Stern always has great ideas on weird and inexpensive lenses and his latest project is one of his best yet. In the below video, Stern shows how you can get a 50mm F/1.2 lens for only $20.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 05, 2018  |  0 comments

A good wide-angle lens is an indispensable tool for anyone serious about nature photography. But owning the right glass is only half the battle: If you want to make epic landscape photos, you have to know how to use the lens properly.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 03, 2017  |  0 comments

Weird Lens Guru Mattieu Stern is at it again with this DIY project explaining how to make a Lenbaby style tilt-shift lens for a mere $30. All you need is a cheap vintage Soviet Helios lens, a rubber tube, and you’re good to go.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 28, 2019  |  0 comments

Travel photographer Pierre T. Lambert shares a lot of photography videos on his YouTube channel but it’s the tutorials he does on how to capture sharp images that get the most feedback. Since there seems to be an insatiable appetite from photographers on how to make their images sharper, Lambert has created another video with sharpness tips.

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 13, 2019  |  0 comments

Here’s a quick lens tip, which, if you don’t know it already, might just blow your mind. In the below video, photographer Peter McKinnon shows you how to turn any lens into a macro lens.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 07, 2017  |  0 comments

Last fall during Photokina we ran a report on the weirdest lens we’ve ever seen, the Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro from Venus optics. And now, although there is still no information on availability or price, the Chinese company has released three short videos illustrating the capabilities of the lens.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re not quite sure what the folks at the Waterjet YouTube channel have against Canon gear, but in this somewhat sacrilegious video they use a 60,000 psi hydraulic tool to slice open a perfectly good Canon 17-85mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens. Just because.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 02, 2018  |  0 comments

Our video from last year on “7 Reasons Why a 50mm Lens Is All You Need for Great Photography,” proved to be an all-time favorite. That clip, which featured Shutterbug photographer Jordan Matter explaining what he loves about his “Nifty Fifty” lens, has racked up over one million views on YouTube and counting.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  0 comments

This morning we posted a story suggesting that high-quality vintage lenses often outperform modern mid-level or kit lenses when used with adapters on the latest DSLRs. The video below illustrates a possible exception to the rule, in the form of Canon’s inexpensive and versatile EF 50mm f/1.8 STM.

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