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Joe Farace  |  Aug 16, 2018  |  0 comments

We all have photography gear that we love to bring with us, whether we’re traveling around the world taking pictures, or going for a stroll in our backyard for a couple of local landscape shots. The following is the gear I find to be my essential “traveling companions” for trips both long and short.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 01, 2017  |  0 comments

Have you ever noticed a yellow tint to the glass in a vintage lens? That may be because certain lenses in the 60s and 70s used a Thorium coating that yellows over time. Thorium has a high refractive index that improves light transmission, but it also turns out to be slightly radioactive.

Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz  |  Dec 01, 2009  |  0 comments

There are plenty of other good (but significantly slower) 21mm and 24/25mm lenses on the market, almost all cheaper, smaller, lighter, and exhibiting less distortion than the two under discussion here.

Roger W. Hicks  |  Dec 01, 2008  |  0 comments

As soon as I heard about it, I wanted to try the f/2 28mm Zeiss ZF lens; ZF, for those unfamiliar with the current Zeiss line-up, is their superb line of Nikon F compatible manual focus lenses, as distinct from ZM (Leica M compatible) and ZV (classic Hasselblad compatible).

All of the ZF series are also available in ZK (Pentax K bayonet compatible) and a few, though apparently not...

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 22, 2018  |  0 comments

We recently shared a video where photographer and YouTube personality Matt Granger picked his 9 favorite Nikon F-mount lenses. Well, another popular YouTuber has gotten into the act and chosen what he calls “the 5 best Nikon lenses for full frame” DSLRs.

Henry Anderson  |  Sep 16, 2019  |  0 comments

Portrait lenses come in all shapes and sizes but some particular focal lengths, many photographers would argue, are better than others. In the below video, 

Dan Havlik  |  Dec 03, 2018  |  0 comments

Canon is still the king but don’t look now, Sony is closing fast. That’s the message from the annual hot gear list from LensRentals, a top source for photographers looking to rent cameras, lenses, lighting gear and video equipment.

Dan Havlik  |  Dec 22, 2014  |  0 comments

Rare and exotic camera lenses go on sale on eBay from time to time and they’re always fun to ogle over.

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 25, 2019  |  0 comments

Pierre T. Lambert has a secret that every beginning photographer needs to know. That 18-55mm kit lens that came with your camera? It’s really pretty slow and mediocre and if you want to start taking better photos, you should get a fast, prime lens immediately.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Mar 14, 2019  |  0 comments

Lens guru Mathieu Stern recently had a chance to try out a vintage-version of the Leica Summilux M 35mm F1.4, which is selling for nearly $4000 on eBay. The lens is noteworthy not just because it's a Leica, but because it's the world's smallest F/1.4 lens.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 26, 2018  |  0 comments

There’s a common misconception that all you need for landscape photography is a good wide-angle lens. And while it’s true that a wide perspective is great for capturing expansive vistas, experienced shooters know that short telephoto lenses are also important for landscape photography.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 27, 2015  |  0 comments

Massive, exotic telephoto lenses are always fun to imagine shooting with and here’s one giant piece of glass that’s actually designed to capture rockets launches. According to the seller on eBay, the Jonel 100 2540mm F/8 Mirror Lens was used for capturing Saturn V and other similar rockets as they were launched into space.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 17, 2019  |  0 comments

Kenko Tokina just announced the new Tokina ATX-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF super wide-angle zoom lens for crop-sensor DSLR cameras from Nikon and Canon. According to Kenko Tokina, this new lens is designed for photographers who specialize in landscape, architecture, documentary, environmental portraits, and night sky imagery.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 22, 2019  |  0 comments

Kenko Tokina just announced the new Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF, a wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLRs. The new lens will go on sale on March 15, 2019 for $699 USD.

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