Lens Reviews

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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 10, 2020  |  0 comments

Tamron recently released a fast, compact 70-180mm f/2.8 zoom lens for Sony mirrorless full-frame E-mount cameras. It’s billed as the most compact and lightest f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens in its class. We had a chance to test this lens on a Sony Alpha a7RII camera. Here is what we found.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 11, 2020  |  0 comments

Portraits, close-ups and numerous other creative compositions—the Lensbaby Velvet 85 does it all. Here’s a thorough review and several examples shot with this exciting lens.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 04, 2020  |  0 comments

Making a lens sharp and acceptably free of aberrations is hard. Very hard. Making a lens that can be both tack-sharp and intentionally soft, pleasantly unsharp and able to exploit the native beauty of certain optical aberrations is even harder. Then there’s Lensbaby.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 25, 2020  |  0 comments

The Tamron 20mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2.8 prime lenses have a lot in common. All three are fast, compact and designed for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras. And all focus as close as just a few inches.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 22, 2020  |  0 comments

Have you heard about Sigma’s lineup of fast, affordable f/1.4 prime lenses for Canon M, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds cameras? The set includes the 16mm f/1.4, 30mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4. Here’s a specifications review that features images by world renowned photographer and Sigma Ambassador Jim Koepnick.

Jason Schneider  |  Mar 30, 2020  |  0 comments

We pick a selection of class glass for photographers focused on capturing fabulous faces.

Jason Schneider  |  Feb 20, 2020  |  0 comments

I’m a film dinosaur—about 40% of the pictures I shoot are made on black-and white film, and my favorite analog cameras range in age from 50-100 years. For the remaining 60%, I shoot digitally, sometimes with a vintage lens attached to help capture a "retro" look.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 06, 2020  |  0 comments

Laowa just released a 4mm f/2.8 circular fisheye lens in four mirrorless mounts and we’ve put one to the test. Here’s our hands-on review of this $199 fast prime.

Henry Anderson  |  Dec 17, 2019  |  0 comments

With more and more photographers considering switching from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras, one of the biggest factors in the decision-making process is lens choice. Are the new lenses designed for mirrorless cameras better than their DSLR-centric counterparts?

Deborah Sandidge  |  Nov 22, 2019  |  0 comments

It's not what most photographers would consider essential glass, but in mid-2017, when I heard it was available, I knew the 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5 fisheye Nikkor was a lens I'd like a lot. What I didn't realize was how much "a lot" was going to be. It turned out that I liked to have it with me whenever I was photographing.

Jason Schneider  |  Oct 09, 2019  |  0 comments

Prime lenses, unlike zooms, provide only a single fixed focal length. Despite that limitation prime lenses can be versatile, proficient picture takers that are smaller and lighter than comparable zooms and often deliver superior image quality along with wider apertures.

Dan Havlik  |  Sep 26, 2019  |  0 comments

It's another one of those age-old questions for photographers: what's better for photographing wildlife, zoom lenses or prime lenses? In the below video, photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup put both zooms and primes to the test while weighing the pros and cons of each.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Sep 19, 2019  |  0 comments

Do you like long exposure photography? Have you ever wondered what the best lens is for capturing long exposure shots? Well, long expo shooter Attilio Ruffo has answer based on his vast experience capturing long exposure images.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 19, 2019  |  0 comments

This lens has me going in circles. I spent weeks looking for a well-rounded person to photograph. Every image I captured was pointless. Okay—enough of the circle jokes. Time to get a round to the review.

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