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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.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Mar 25, 2019  |  0 comments

It's an eternal debate amongst photographers: do you prefer shooting with prime lenses or zoom lenses? Of course, it's completely subjective to say which one is better but it's always fun to discuss.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 19, 2016  |  0 comments

Canon held its once-every-five-years Canon Expo 2015 show in New York City last September where the Tokyo-based company pulled back the curtain on some potentially groundbreaking imaging technology. Part science lab and part marketing showcase, the event drew tens of thousands of buyers, dealers, and distributors of Canon products (along with a large group of journalists) eager to see what the company had up its sleeve.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 11, 2018  |  1 comments

Yes, this seemed counterintuitive to us too but it’s actually pretty clever. Photographer Pierre T. Lambert, who we have featured on Shutterbug.com many times, has a neat trick that will help you capture unique photos: put something in front of your lens.

George Schaub  |  Jun 27, 2014  |  First Published: May 01, 2014  |  0 comments

Starting with the 2014 CES trade show, held at the turn of the year, and continuing through press time for this issue, we’ve seen a goodly number of new products come to the fore. All this is only the start—this being a photokina year we’ll see a whole new round of products, including CMOS-sensor medium formats, with prices to match, coming our way. I trust that this report will give you a good sense of what’s here and what’s coming down the pike. So, here are my quick picks of those products that caught my eye, plus a snapshot of some of the trends.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 27, 2014  |  0 comments

Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera systems promised us lenses that are more compact but fully featured. That promise has finally been fulfilled—and it took Tamron, the master of the All-in-One Zoom, to make it happen.

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.

Dan Havlik  |  Oct 13, 2014  |  0 comments

We've covered a lot of exotic lenses being sold for exorbitant prices on eBay in the past– remember this $96K Nikon 6mm F/2.8 fisheye? – so this rare glass offering really caught our eye.  It’s a Nikon 13mm F/5.6 wide-angle lens currently drawing a maximum $18,099 bit on eBay. (The auction ends on Thurdsay.)

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