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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 19, 2014  |  0 comments

Photographers depend on the physical characteristics of light to apply their craft, yet the average Joe knows surprisingly little about how light works. It’s not necessary to be an optical engineer to take great photos, but having a basic grounding in the physics of light could help you understand some of the defects found in nearly all lenses (to one degree or another) and the effect that imperfections have on images.

C.A. Boylan  |  Feb 07, 2013  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2013  |  0 comments

Lensbaby Spark
Created for young photo enthusiasts, the Lensbaby Spark is a fun and affordable lens that offers Lensbaby effects for just $80. Made for use with Canon and Nikon D-SLR cameras, this 50mm f/5.6 lens features a multi-coated glass doublet and a focusing range of 13” to infinity. This manual focus lens offers a sharp sweet spot surrounded by soft blur. The Spark is compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System and all of the Lensbaby 37mm threaded accessory lenses.

C.A. Boylan  |  Sep 24, 2012  |  First Published: Aug 01, 2012  |  0 comments

These fashionable, durable, and discreet Messenger bags are available in three sizes. Each features a wide main access compartment with a “dual mode” flap that offers security and a quiet working mode, a wide shoulder strap, stretch pockets, and a grab handle. The model 250 and 150 offer a padded laptop/tablet compartment. The model 250 is large enough to easily hold a pro D-SLR camera, three to four lenses, and an iPad or 13” laptop. The retail value is $79.99. The model 150 can hold a D-SLR camera, two to three lenses, and an iPad. The retail value is $69.99. The model 100 can hold a compact D-SLR or mirrorless camera with a lens attached. The retail value is $59.99.

C.A. Boylan  |  Dec 10, 2013  |  First Published: Nov 01, 2013  |  0 comments

Rokinon recently introduced their 16mm T2.2 Cine lens, a wide-angle lens for D-SLR and mirrorless cameras in both APS-C and Micro Four Thirds formats. With its fast maximum aperture, the lens allows for an impressive range of depth of field and with its smooth operating manual focus, it offers high sharpness and clarity. It features de-clicked apertures and follow focus compatibility that is ideal for video. It uses 13 optical elements in 11 groups with two aspherical lenses. Rokinon provides a wide range of mounts for Canon, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung NX, Sony, Sony E, and Micro Four Thirds cameras.

C.A. Boylan  |  Oct 29, 2013  |  First Published: Sep 01, 2013  |  0 comments

The Photogenic ION Lithium-ion Pure Sine Wave Inverter is a compact, lightweight, and affordable AC power supply unit for use in the studio or on location. Weighing only 3.5 lbs and measuring 7.5x4.4x3.3”, it features two AC outlets for two monolights and gives you over 3500 flashes at 320 watt seconds. The built-in USB port allows you to power-up your phone or other electronic devices. The ION comes complete with the inverter, lithium-ion battery, charger, carry strap, and adjustable multi-clamp.

CA Boylan  |  Dec 14, 2012  |  1 comments

The Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens boasts the company’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology and a wide f/2.8 aperture. The OS feature is said to allow the use of shutter speeds approximately four stops slower than would otherwise be possible, enabling handheld, close-up photography.

C.A. Boylan  |  Oct 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens
Sigma introduced their new 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens. This large aperture, standard zoom lens was created for APS-C digital cameras and features Sigma’s Optical Stabilization functionality, which allows you to shoot handheld at shutter speeds nearly four steps slower than would otherwise be possible. It also features their...

C.A. Boylan  |  Dec 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens
Designed for use with AF 35mm, full-frame sensor, and APS-C sensor D-SLR cameras, the SP 70-300mm lens features vibration compensation and a silent ultrasonic autofocus drive. It has an extra low dispersion lens element made from high-grade glass. The angle of view (diagonal) is 34? 21’-8? 15’; the maximum focus...

C.A. Boylan  |  Aug 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Tamron’s SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II Macro Lens
Tamron’s 60mm Macro lens is designed for use with Canon, Nikon, and Sony D-SLRs. It measures 3.15x2.9” and weighs just 14.1 oz. The SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD (IF) Macro 1:1 lens covers an equivalent angle of view of 93mm when converted to 35mm format and offers a maximum aperture of f/2.0.

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C.A. Boylan  |  Sep 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Nikon’s S-Series COOLPIX
There are three new S-series COOLPIX cameras from Nikon. The S8000 features a 10x optical zoom ED glass lens, a four-way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization System, ISO settings to 3200, and a 3” LCD screen. It can record HD movies with stereo sound and has a Sport Continuous mode. Colors for the S8000 include black, red...

C.A. Boylan  |  Mar 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Pro-Optic’s Affordable Fisheye
Pro-Optic has announced the 8mm Pro-Optic Fish-Eye lens, featuring a breakthrough in optical design for the first affordable fisheye lens designed for D-SLRs that have APS-sized sensors. Most fisheye lenses are designed for cameras with 35mm-sized sensors and when placed on an APS sensor, the edges of the image are cut off. Not so...

C.A. Boylan  |  Aug 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Lens
The AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens is constructed from die-cast magnesium and sealed to resist dust and moisture. It features meniscus glass to protect the front element, VR II image stabilization, Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, Silent Wave Motor technology, and three Focusing modes. The suggested...

Ron Leach  |  Apr 07, 2017  |  0 comments

Weird Lens Guru Mathieu Stern is our go-to source of clever ways to use cheap vintage lenses on modern digital cameras. In the quick video below he illustrates how to easily modify an old lens to create dramatic nocturnal photographs with a unique look.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 21, 2016  |  0 comments

Petar Sabol Sharpeye is an award-winning Croatian photographer with a wide-ranging portfolio. One of his specialties is macro photography, and he’s created some unique images using a Meyer-Optik Goerlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 “Soap Bubble” lens.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 26, 2018  |  1 comments

Fast telephoto lenses have a special mystique in the minds of most outdoor photographers. But what if you can’t afford to purchase exotic big glass? In this eye-opening tutorial, you’ll learn a free and effective alternative to using a long lens.

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