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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.

George Schaub  |  Jan 24, 2018  |  0 comments

Shutterbug, a member of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), once again joined forces with 30 other member magazines from around the world to choose the winners of the annual TIPA Awards for the best photo/imaging products in 40 different categories. The award process began in early 2017 with an initial selection of a wide range of products conducted by TIPA’s Technical Committee, on which Shutterbug’s Editor-at-Large George Schaub serves. 

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.”

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 02, 2018  |  0 comments

One of the most misunderstood and overlooked of photo accessories is, without a doubt, the lowly lens hood. At best, most photographers simply take lens hoods for granted. At worst, they leave them in their camera bags where they serve no purpose except to take up valuable space where you could be storing filters or extra batteries.

Zach Sutton - Lensrentals  |  Sep 15, 2020  |  0 comments

Exploring the fundamentals of the exposure triangle. Part one: aperture!

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jan 11, 2016  |  0 comments

Here is another video from innovative artist Mathieu Stern (number 6 in his "Weird Lens Challenge" creative series) and this time he is testing a large format camera lens from 1880—this was one of the first lenses to feature an iris diaphragm.

George Schaub  |  Jan 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Our show report this year is an amalgam of product news and trend spotting, which pretty much reflects what photokina has stood for in our minds. The sense of a United Nations of photography still prevails at this increasingly European-directed show, but the image and its uses is still the universal tie that binds.

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.

Dan Havlik  |  Sep 19, 2014  |  0 comments

Yes, as we predicted, there’s been a ton of new photo gear announced for the photokina 2014 show in Cologne, Germany. We’re still in Cologne covering the show and there’s been so much photo gear news this past week, it’s actually hard for even us to remember some of what’s been announced.

Peter K. Burian  |  Jan 01, 2007  |  0 comments

With the incredible popularity of D-SLR cameras, all manufacturers are working aggressively to expand their line of suitable lenses and we found many new models at the photokina show. As expected, most of the new products are "digital only"--designed exclusively for digital cameras with APS or Four Thirds size sensor--some are multi-platform lenses. The...

Peter K. Burian  |  Jun 01, 2008  |  0 comments

Considering the many D-SLRs that are introduced each year, it's no surprise that virtually every lens manufacturer is also expanding its line of new products. That includes both digital-only lenses--for cameras with a typical small sensor--and multi-platform lenses suitable for any SLR. The latter are particularly important now because of the increasing number of...

Joe Farace  |  Jun 01, 2010  |  0 comments

“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.”—Walt Disney

 

It’s a photokina year and you know what that means; all of the camera manufacturers will be holding off their newest SLRs for launch at the big show in Germany this fall. While Canon was not at PMA, they officially launched the EOS-1D Mark IV...

Jack Neubart  |  Jun 01, 2010  |  0 comments

This year we’ve seen many fine lenses come onto the scene, many with new optical elements designed to enhance performance while making the lens lighter and more affordable.

Nikon announced two new lenses aimed primarily at FX-format shooters (but usable with DX format). The AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED ($2199) is a fast lens well suited to low-light landscapes or expansive...

Joe Farace  |  May 01, 2015  |  0 comments

The reality is you can make portraits using any lens but most photographers will tell you the ideal portrait lens has a focal length in the range of 85-135mm. The first dedicated portrait lens was the 150mm f/3.3 Petzval developed in 1840, which had a 30-degree angle of view and was considerably faster than lenses of the period. It was so legendary that Lomography recently produced a new version for Canon EF- and Nikon F-mount cameras that costs $599.

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