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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 26, 2021  |  0 comments

Time to hit the Reset Button and put your notions of Image Quality on Pause. In our everyday lives as photographers we prize sharpness, saturation, acutance and absence of aberration when we idealize the images we want to capture. Now it’s time to recognize that images that are blurred, smeared, warped and otherwise traumatized can be beautiful.

Lensbaby lenses produce images that are intentionally unsharp, because optical aberrations can be beautiful. In a word, a Lensbaby turns blur into bliss.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 19, 2021  |  0 comments

The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 zoom for Sony E (Model A036) won the prestigious EISA Award for 2018-19 and is highly regarded as a fast, sharp option for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. Three years on, Tamron announces the G2 (second generation) Model A063 with the same zoom range and aperture.

What’s been improved? We look at the two zooms side-by-side with a critical eye.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 08, 2021  |  0 comments

Ricoh’s line of powerful full-featured pocket cameras has undergone an interesting and welcome transformation since the first GR Digital model was introduced back in 2006. There were three subsequent cameras, all with small sensors, with a bump in resolution from the first 8.1-megapixel version.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 29, 2021  |  0 comments

Tamron just announced the 18-300mm (27-450mm equivalent) zoom for Sony and Fujifilm cameras. It’s Tamron’s first lens in Fujifilm X-mount and their 15th for Sony mirrorless (counting both full-frame and APS-C camera models). Measuring less than 5 inches long, focusing closer than 6 inches and selling for $699, there’s a lot to like. Here’s our hands-on review of the 18-300mm in Sony mount complete with several sample images.

Henry Anderson  |  Oct 14, 2021  |  0 comments

Which lens is better for portraits, a 35mm or 50mm prime lens? That's a question many photographers ask and one that Mitch Lally attempts to answer in the below lens comparison portrait test.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 24, 2021  |  0 comments

My 35mm f/2.8 Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX Macro was discontinued in 2010, but I’ve always liked it because it’s small, it focuses quickly and it’s extremely sharp. It’s for Nikon cameras with APS-C size sensors and was a constant companion for my now-retired 12-megapixel Nikon D90. So I decided to see how it performed on my full-frame Nikon Df. Man, did I get a surprise!

Ron Leach  |  Aug 26, 2021  |  0 comments

So you absolutely love landscape photography and you’re motivated to do everything possible to improve your work. One way to do that is by following the ongoing tutorials we post, and another is to be sure you’re using the type of gear that is best suited for the task.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 29, 2021  |  2 comments

Three big reasons to buy a Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras. First, it’s an ultra-wideangle capable of sweeping wide shots that are sharp edge-to-edge and span 94°. Second, it’s a 1:2 Macro lens (one-half life-size) that focuses as close as 4.3 inches. Third, this 2.5-inch lens costs just $249.

Henry Anderson  |  Jul 21, 2021  |  0 comments

What is the best prime lens for photography? According to photographer and YouTube star Peter McKinnon, it's the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM and in the below video he tells you why.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 15, 2021  |  0 comments

It’s easy to make a pinhole camera. Making a good pinhole camera, on the other hand, is damn hard. And it’s even harder to make a pinhole lens for a digital camera. But wouldn’t it be fun to create the intriguing effects only a pinhole aperture can produce?

Lensbaby, legendary manufacturer of creative effects lenses, has invented the Lensbaby Obscura, a digital camera lens that accurately and precisely produces the same amazing results of not one but three different pinhole mechanisms.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 01, 2021  |  0 comments

Tamron just released their new 150-500mm f/5-6.7 zoom and we received one of the first samples for review. Where would you take such a lens? We went to the NJ Audubon Center, a Somerset Patriots baseball game (they’re the NY Yankees’ Double-A minor league farm team), a nearby nature preserve and the patch of bee-attractant flowers in my back yard. Here’s our review and lots of pictures from these four venues.

Henry Anderson  |  Jul 01, 2021  |  0 comments

Last month, portrait photographer Anita Sadowska conducted a lens shootout pitting the Canon 35mm F/1.4 vs the Sigma 35mm F/1.4 vs the Tamron 35mm F/1.4. The comparison test went down to the wire with the Tamron doing well considering its affordable price and the Canon succeeding for overall image quality.

Henry Anderson  |  Jun 01, 2021  |  0 comments

Camera lens shootouts are always fun especially when comparing a popular focal length and aperture. It's even more fun when they're led by swimsuit photographer Anita Sadowska and she's photographing a beautiful model on the beach.

Henry Anderson  |  May 12, 2021  |  0 comments

The Canon RF 50mm F/1.2L USM lens retails for about $2200 while the RF 50mm F/1.8 STM lens sells for just $200. So, what's the difference between these two 50mm lenses aside from about $2K? A lot, according to Jay P Morgan of the Slanted Lens who pits the two optics against each other in a head-to-head shootout in the video below.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 26, 2021  |  0 comments

More and more photographers are using vintage glass on modern digital cameras and saving a lot of money in the process. That’s because there are inexpensive adapters available that permit you to mount 35mm lenses on just about any mirrorless camera you own.

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