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Ron Leach  |  May 16, 2016  |  0 comments

German optical company Meyer-Optik Gorlitz is celebrating the 100th anniversary of their acclaimed Trioplan line by relaunching the legendary 50mm Trioplan “Soap Bubble” lens, so named for its unique bokeh characteristics. The new 50mm f/2.9 Trioplan features premium build quality, modern coatings, and a 1:4 reproduction ratio for macro photography.

George Schaub  |  Apr 11, 2012  |  0 comments

The new super wide angle Distagon T* f/2.8 15mm lens for Canon and Nikon mounts is neither lightweight nor inexpensive (1.6 lb for Nikon, 1.8 lb for Canon mount, $2950) but what you get from this manual focus lens is exceptional image quality and facility that is perhaps unmatched by any other lens in its focal length class. With a 95mm filter thread and integral and fully compatible lens shade, the lens offers an extraordinary 110-degree angle of view that is pleasure to work with on a wide variety of subjects. The fast f/2.8 aperture is matched on the narrow end by a minimum aperture of f/22, which at 15mm means there’s potential for extraordinary depth of field effects using the 10-inch closest focusing range. While decidedly not a portrait lens, the 15mm is ideal for landscape, street photography and creative advertising work, as well as architectural and urban photography, as I discovered in mybrief time working with it.

The Editors  |  Oct 26, 2016  |  0 comments

Nikon’s Lindsay Silverman gave us the scoop on two new Nikkor lenses that were making their debuts at the PhotoPlus Expo show in New York City last week: the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR zoom and PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens.

Dan Havlik  |  Sep 17, 2014  |  0 comments

Fujifilm was showing off its new toys at photokina today and we got some hands-on time with these latest X-series cameras and lenses. Initially announced on September 10th, the Fujifilm X100T and XT-1 Graphite Silver cameras, and Fujinon XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF56mm F1.2 R APD lenses continue to build on Fuji’s compact and retro-style (Fuji would say “classic" style) X-Series line.

Dan Havlik  |  Nov 01, 2017  |  0 comments

We took a closer look at the new Tamron 100-400 and shot a video showing off the highlights of this surprisingly lightweight and compact long zoomer. 

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 08, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re currently at the WPPI show in Las Vegas where the brand new Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is making its debut. Because, unlike in years past, WPPI is scheduled prior to the big CP+ Imaging Show in Japan, breaking product news has been light so far.

Jason Schneider  |  Sep 22, 2016  |  0 comments

Part of the fun of the photokina show in Cologne, Germany this week is getting to actually touch and try much of the new camera gear that’s been announced in the past month.

Dan Havlik  |  Sep 19, 2016  |  0 comments

Hasselblad kicked off the photokina 2016 show with a bang today, announcing two new snazzy-looking medium format cameras. The new Hasseblad V1D 4116 is just a “concept” camera, at this point, but it sure looks enticing. It’s an updated version of Hasselblad’s classic Hasselblad V camera, with a modular design and a 75-megapixel, square-format image sensor.

Dan Havlik  |  Sep 05, 2018  |  0 comments

Canon joined the full frame mirrorless camera market by introducing the new 30.3MP Canon EOS R last night and today we had our first chance to take it for a ride. Shutterbug is one of a select group of U.S. media to attend a special Canon R launch event in Hawaii and we spent the afternoon shooting with a full production Canon R and the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM “kit” lens at set-ups with models in Maui.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Sep 12, 2018  |  0 comments

Shutterbug photographer Jordan Matter is back with a new how-to video, this time giving you three reasons you should seriously consider adding a telephoto zoom lens to your gear bag now. 

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 11, 2018  |  0 comments

The title of the video below from Cinecom.net pretty much says it all: 5 Camera Lens Hacks under 4 minutes. The video is led by Cinecom.net’s Jordy Vandeput who explains the five DIY tips for your DSLR lens to create artistic and creative looks.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 02, 2018  |  0 comments

Even top pro photographers can have trouble achieving ideal sharpness for portraits. Photographer and YouTuber Jessica Kobeissi has been there before, so she devised a 6-point system to help her get sharp portraits every time.

Dan Havlik  |  Aug 23, 2018  |  0 comments

Nikon introduced the new 45.7MP Z 7 full frame mirrorless camera and a trio of Z-mount lenses today and Shutterbug was one of a handful of U.S. press outlets invited to cover the launch event in Tokyo, Japan. After the press conference, we got our hands on a pre-production Nikon Z 7 and Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens and shot with it during a “touch and try” session offered to select journalists.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 02, 2019  |  0 comments

We’ve all seen it in photos and most of us know what it’s called. Some describe it as the “beautiful blur” in the background of an image but to most photographers it’s known as “bokeh.”

Ron Leach  |  Apr 25, 2016  |  0 comments

I always thought the weirdest mirror lens ever was a Vivitar Series 1 600–900mm zoom I shot with briefly back in the ‘80s. Until now, that is. Check out the following video review of a Soviet era 1,100mm f/10.5 mirror lens known as the MTO 1000A.

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