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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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Joe Farace  |  Aug 01, 2009  |  0 comments

There is no doubt that Carl Zeiss is one of the magical names in the world of optics and so the introduction of the Zeiss ZE lenses for analog and digital cameras is big news.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 01, 2009  |  0 comments

“Some OEM lens makers sell exactly the same item in the same configuration to more than one camera manufacturer.”...

Jack Neubart  |  Jul 01, 2009  |  0 comments

There’s an old saying that putting a new lens on your camera is like putting on a fresh pair of eyes. The latest lenses increasingly offer the ability to shoot in lower light without having to raise the ISO beyond quality limits, thanks to wider maximum apertures; shoot wider angles of view with APS-Csensor-size cameras; and allow for perspective control right in the camera.

 

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Peter K. Burian  |  Jun 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Although zoom lenses are certainly versatile and convenient, they do have some drawbacks, including relatively small maximum apertures.

Stan Trzoniec  |  May 01, 2009  |  0 comments

The arrival of the new Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens was a case of perfect timing as within a few days I’d be on the road for a couple of weeks photographing the abundance of wildlife at the Blackwater Refuge.

Peter K. Burian  |  Apr 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Designed specifically for Nikon and Canon D-SLRs with APS-C-size sensors, Tamron’s latest all-purpose lens is even more desirable than the previous 18-250mm Di II model.

Peter K. Burian  |  Jan 01, 2009  |  0 comments

With the growing popularity of D-SLR cameras with sensors of various sizes, most of the manufacturers are working to expand their line of lenses. As expected, many of the latest products are “digital only”: designed for the majority of D-SLRs with the APS-C or Four Thirds size sensor. But (as specified in the text), some are multi-platform products suitable for all 35mm and digital...

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...

Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz  |  Nov 01, 2008  |  0 comments

If you own and use an M-series Leica, a Zeiss Ikon, or a bayonet-mount Voigtländer Bessa, Leica’s 16-18-21mm Tri-Elmar is so staggeringly desirable that it is almost easier to list the reasons for not buying one than to list its advantages—though these are easy enough to list, too. It is compact, sweet handling, sharp, contrasty, rangefinder-coupled, unbelievably convenient, and...

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...

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

Because of the increasing number of D-SLRs with full-frame sensors, Tamron is upgrading several of their multi-platform lenses to the Digitally Integrated standard. The most recent model, the 70-200mm f/2.8 Di, is optimized for D-SLRs regardless of the sensor size but also provides outstanding results with 35mm SLRs. This zoom has benefited from several improvements, including closer focusing...

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...

Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz  |  Aug 01, 2008  |  0 comments

Understatement almost always speaks louder than overstatement; or if not louder, then generally with more authority. The four new Leica Summarits, for M-series Leicas, Zeiss Ikons, and Voigtländer Bessas, are about as far from ostentatious as you can get; they are merely first-class tools for the photographer who knows what he or she is doing.

Neither the...

George Schaub  |  Aug 01, 2008  |  0 comments

Created chiefly for the high-end Nikon D300 and D3, the new 24mm PC (Perspective Control) lens from Nikon can also be used on other Nikon D-SLR cameras, such as the relatively new D60 on which I tested it, albeit with some loss of full automation and functionality. Being a manual focus lens it can also mount on most Nikon film SLRs as well; being a PC lens it is unique in both...

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