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Ron Leach  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  0 comments

We regularly share helpful tutorials from portrait photographer Manny Ortiz. In this behind-the-scenes photoshoot, Ortiz reveals his two favorite lenses—a fast 55mm f/1.8 and a high-speed 85mm f/1.4. 

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.

 

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

When Sony first unveiled their Alpha D-SLR system in June 2006, the company made a pledge to expand its line of lenses with additional Sony G models as well as some Carl Zeiss lenses. The first three of these products, with a ZA designator indicating Zeiss Alpha, are available at this time, distributed exclusively by Sony. A fourth model, a wide aperture (f/2.8) zoom, should be...

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

The Olympus D-SLR system always included a series of pro-caliber lenses targeting serious photographers working with the E-1 pro camera. Since the introduction of the newer E-3, Olympus has also unveiled three high-grade zooms, the first in the Zuiko Digital line with Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) autofocus. Designed to provide the ultimate in AF performance, this trio offers wide apertures...

George Schaub  |  Aug 29, 2014  |  0 comments

The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) member magazines recently convened for their General Assembly to vote for the best photo and imaging products launched by the industry in the last 12 months. The voting took place during the General Assembly that was held in spring, 2014, in Vancouver, Canada.

Peter K. Burian  |  Jan 01, 2006  |  0 comments

Although many zoom lenses are labeled as "macro" that designation generally refers only to moderately close focusing ability. With a few exceptions, such zooms are not adequate for a dramatic frame-filling image unless the subject is quite large. (A few tele macro zoom lenses are capable of much higher magnification, however.) On the other hand, true macro lenses can...

Jack Neubart  |  Aug 01, 2008  |  0 comments

I developed a love for fisheyes way back when I was shooting film. In fact, when I took the digital route, the first new lens I bought for my brand-new Canon EOS 5D was a fisheye.

I figured, what better way to celebrate my purchase of a full-frame D-SLR than with a lens that could take full advantage of the larger sensor! So now, fast forward to the purchase of a...

Jack Neubart  |  Nov 01, 2008  |  0 comments

The mid-range zoom I started with when I bought my Nikon D300 was no speed demon, and I was hankering for an f/2.8 lens in the (effective) 70-200mm range. What first attracted me to the Tokina AT-X 535 PRO DX was the fast, constant maximum aperture, providing a bright view every step of the way. What’s more, the barrel on this tele-zoom does not rotate when zoomed: all movement is entirely...

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Does a 5mm scratch in the center of the front element ruin a lens? We gouged a brand new, straight-from-the-box, $499 Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 zoom to find out. Then we shot some test subjects. Was the defect visible in the images? See for yourself…

Ron Leach  |  Dec 05, 2016  |  0 comments

Inexpensive kit lenses typically only add a hundred bucks or so to the cost of a new camera, and they provide a means of getting you get started before you can afford to upgrade your glass. In the video below, you’ll learn a few tricks for achieving interesting effects with these bargain lenses, and have some fun in the process.

Deborah Sandidge  |  Jan 24, 2019  |  2 comments

This will probably surprise you, but for someone writing about the advantages of heading out with one camera and one lens, I mostly don't do that. As a professional photographer who emphasizes travel images and loves to apply special techniques, I most often carry a rather full kit of lenses and a back-up DSLR, plus filters and a tripod.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 07, 2016  |  0 comments

Sony shooters will soon be able to use their beloved Nikon F lenses on Sony's E-mount mirrorless cameras with a new adapter from Vello scheduled to ship sometime next month. This is a premium adapter with all-metal construction, superb build quality, and an anti-reflective matte finish.

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