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Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 30, 2015  |  0 comments

Lomo introduced the retro-style but new Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens this morning. This unique lens features the original optics from the Lomo LC-A and is compatible with many analogue and digital cameras.

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  |  Apr 23, 2015  |  0 comments

Sony just announced two new Zeiss zoom lenses for its A-mount camera system: the  Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL2470Z2) standard zoom and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL1635Z2) wide angle zoom lenses.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 22, 2015  |  0 comments

Zeiss just launched the Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 lenses, which are are the first full-frame autofocus lenses with an OLED display for Sony's mirrorless E-mount A7 camera series.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Fujifilm just introduced the new Fujinon XF16mm F1.4 R WR, a weather-resistant, fixed focal length lens (24mm in 35mm format equivalent) for its X-series mirrorless cameras. The F1.4 maximum aperture in the XF16mm is designed to provide high image quality in low-light conditions, and beautiful bokeh-rich macro photography with a minimum working distance of less than six inches for a variety of shooting possibilities.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 14, 2015  |  0 comments

In the market for a new Canon lens? Now could be a good time to buy. Canon announced yesterday it has slashed the prices on 33 of its high-end EF L series lenses.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 13, 2015  |  0 comments

CW Sonderoptic just unveiled the Leica M PL Mount, which lets you use cinema lenses with a Leica M rangefinder camera.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Some photo assignments require you to bring out the big guns. And when it comes to digital photography, there are few bigger guns than medium format systems. More digital SLR users have been making the jump to medium format now that several new models are equipped with CMOS sensors that can capture relatively low-noise images at high ISOs, shoot photos more quickly, and capture HD and even 4K video. Combine these handy features with the massive amount of resolution and extremely high image quality you get from the huge imaging chips in medium format camera systems, and there’s no better time to go big. Here’s a look at the latest cameras and lenses from five major medium format brands.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Lensbaby recently introduced the latest addition to its unique line of creative lenses. The new Velvet 56 is a 56mm f/1.6 lens for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. It's a classic portrait lens with 1:2 macro capabilities designed to deliver "a velvety, glowing, ethereal look at brighter apertures," according Lensbaby, and sharp (but subtly unique) images as you stop down.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Rokinon & Samyang just introduced two new high-end lenses: a 100mm F/2.8 Macro and the new Cine DS 135mm T3.1 Macro. (The Korea-based Samyang company owns the Rokinon brand.)

The Editors  |  Mar 31, 2015  |  0 comments

Have you shot some great photos? Well, now’s the time to enter them in our brand new photo contest where you’ll have the chance to win two amazing prizes!

Cynthia Boylan  |  Mar 20, 2015  |  0 comments

The Pocket Toddy is a compact, double sided lens cleaning cloth that conveniently folds down into its own tiny pocket and includes a sturdy tab that lets you attach it to your key ring. It measures (unfolded) 5x7 inches and folds down to just 2x2½ inches, to easily fit in your pocket or handbag.

Dan Havlik  |  Mar 06, 2015  |  0 comments

Unboxing videos are the closest thing the photo industry has to straight-up product pornography. Or, as the great journalist, author and social observer Tom Wolfe once termed this fetishization of luxurious objects: “plutography.”

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  |  Mar 03, 2015  |  0 comments

We recently got some hands-on time with the two newest lenses in Sigma’s arsenal: the Sigma 24mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art lens and 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens. Both lenses, which will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, go on sale this month at relatively decent prices considering their impressive specs.

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