Lenses

Hands-On Review: the Fujifilm X-Pro1

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 digital camera will appeal to a variety of photographers, due to its retro design, notable image quality, ease of handling and simplicity of use. The X-Pro1 mimics a 35mm rangefinder design with low profile, all-metal construction, an optical viewfinder and manual exposure controls.

Rethinking Lenses

A funny thing happened as photographic technology became better and better: lenses got smarter, but photographers?—not necessarily.

Yes, modern lenses are ultra-sharp and super-contrasty, they focus automatically, and undesirable artifacts like chromatic aberration and barrel distortion have improved. However, autofocus technology has brought three critical changes that serious photographers need to consider carefully when they choose their lenses, because they can be a hindrance to thoughtful photography if not used carefully.

Editor's Note: This is a guest blogpost by Brian Dilg of NYFA. For more educational resources, you can check out lots of their classes.

Fujifilm Introduces Two New Lenses for the X-Pro 1

Fujifilm has recently announced two new lenses for its retro-styled X-Pro 1 digital camera: An ultra wide-angle and a standard zoom lens. These lenses join the ranks of three other Fujifilm XF lenses, all of which have fixed focal lengths.

The New Sony SAL55300 DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens: Silence is a Virtue

Sony has announced a new telephoto zoom lens optimized to work with its A-mount APS-C-sized DSLR and SLT digital cameras. The SAL55300 telephoto zoom lens is a perfect second lens for any Alpha shooter who is ready to explore the fun, the creativity and yes, the challenges of telephoto shooting. 

Versatility and Efficiency with Sigma's 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM Lens

Sigma has just announced a new wide angle to telephoto zoom lens which covers an ample range of focal lengths, from 18 to 250mm. This broad spectrum of angles of view is further enhanced by a minimum focusing distance of 13.8" (35 cm) across the entire zoom range.

To Zoom or Not to Zoom: Choosing Lenses

How many lenses do you really need? If you’re Henri Cartier-Bresson, one might be enough. But if you’re shooting a complex event like a wedding, you’re going to need a more generously stocked camera bag. The most important tools for any photographer are cameras and lenses. Deciding which ones are necessary requires some serious thought.

Nikon Covers a Full Range with Two New Zooms

Whether your camera supports FX lenses, DX lenses, or both, Nikon has been busy creating a new lens for each type, and has revealed them to the world today. 

Canon’s New EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens Doesn’t Waffle on Quality

Canon’s newly announced EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens has a focal length that places it squarely in that bland category known as “Normal.”  Even used with an APS-C size sensor, it lands on the outskirts of “Normal,” with a view equivalent to 64mm in full-frame format. 

Photography: It Is—and Isn’t—About the Gear

I'd been saving for months and months, which seemed like a lifetime, and I didn’t even have a driver’s license yet. I’d given my savings to my dad to pick it up early that day. I sat in class, and the clock seemed to be going in reverse. I had a volleyball tournament after school, but I hoped my dad would show up before the whistle. The match started, then the second game, and then the third, yet I didn’t see him. Then, in the fourth game I saw him come in with a brown paper bag, and take a seat next to Sharon. That just killed me—not sitting next to Sharon—but knowing that in that bag was basically my life's savings. Wouldn’t you know it? We tied up the match and went into overtime. That I was spiking with all my might goes without saying. Finally, with the last serve, an ace, the match was over, and before anything else, I ran over to the bleachers. He handed me the paper bag with a big smile. I opened it, and inside I saw that brand new Minolta 200 f4 lens I’d been saving so long for. I was in love!

Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post from Moose Peterson

New Olympus 75mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital ED Lens Captures Fantastic Portraits

Not just a portrait lens, the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 (150mm 35mm equivalent) Micro Four Thirds lens is designed and optimized for the dynamic and ever-changing lighting conditions inherent in shooting studio portraits, stage productions and indoor sporting events.

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