interchangeable lenses

Cinema Zoom Lenses

People have been shooting HD video with DSLR cameras packing still lenses for years—mostly with fixed focal length lenses, which are often referred to as "prime" lenses in the film industry. In general, zoom lenses made for still photos are a poor fit for cinema production. You can use them, as many low-budget indie productions do, but they lack many necessary features.

Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon is the first lens in the new ultra high-grade 'Otus' line for Nikon and Canon DSLRs. The 'bird' naming started with the Touit line (see Mirrorless Cameras for On-The-Go Shooting) and this convention continues with Otus, meaning the genus for owls.

Purchasing Your Next Lens

No matter how many lenses a photographer has, there’s always another one that we long for. There are so many options out there that choosing your next lens can be a confusing task. We're going to help you choose the best lens to fit your specific needs.

Prime Lens 101

Whether shooting a DSLR or mirrorless camera, interchangeable-lens cameras significantly broaden the photographer’s range of creative possibilities. There’s a good chance that the kit lens included with your camera was a zoom lens that offers a zoom range suitable for most of your initial photographic pursuits.

Zeiss T* Lenses

In the following video, Larry Becker presents four wide-angle Distagon T* lenses from Zeiss. The video explores the 15mm f/2.8, 21mm f/2.8, 25mm f/2, and the 35mm f/1.4 lenses and touches on their practical optical performance, including commentary on their manual-focus design, build quality, and different mounts. Becker also showcases examples of how the lenses perform.

Pentax Introduces Five K-Mount Limited Series Lenses and Updated Flashes

Pentax has released five new K-mount autofocus lenses for its series of APS-C format DSLR cameras. The lenses are updates of existing lenses and are being released as a limited-production run with a focus on quality construction featuring updated HD lens coatings, circular aperture designs, and handsome, durable all-metal barrels.

Lumix DMC-GX7: The New Panasonic Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

Panasonic has announced their latest Micro Four Thirds format interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, the Lumix DMC-GX7. The GX7 is the follow-up model to the popular DMC-GX1, which was released in early 2012. The GX7 arrives with several notable upgrades and adjustments as well as the already strong features that will be familiar to any GX1 user.

The New Rokinon Reflex 300mm f/6.3 Lens Brings the Mirror to Mirrorless

Rokinon has recently introduced a unique lens, designed specifically for mirrorless cameras, the Reflex 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS. This lens pairs well with these generally smaller camera designs in that its main principle, too, is a relatively compact form factor, considering its telephoto-length perspective.

New Samsung Galaxy NX Mirrorless Digital Camera: Interchangeable Lenses, Android Jelly Bean 4.2, Wi-Fi and 4G LTE

Samsung has announced the release of its Galaxy NX Mirrorless Camera, an interchangeable-lens camera with 3G/4G LTE technology. A mirrorless compact system camera (CSC) with a bridge camera design, it runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

Fujifilm Introduces the X-M1 and Two New X-Series Lenses

Fujifilm has just announced a three-part update to their X Series of mirrorless digital cameras and lenses: the X-M1 digital camera, the XF 27mm f/2.8 lens, and the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. These additions to the system add even greater breadth to this expanding line of tools.

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