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Glass Encounters of the SLR Kind: Out-of-This-World Lenses for 2013

To capitalize on the ever-increasing resolution of image sensors, lens manufacturers continue to come up with new optical designs and other lens technologies that allow greater low-light capability and aberration-corrected imagery. Read on to learn more about the standout advances in this year’s roundup of noteworthy SLR camera lenses.

Canon Announces 5D Mark III Kit with 24-70mm f/4 IS USM Lens

For those thinking about a DSLR upgrade, or a filmmaker ready to take the HD leap, Canon has announced the release of a new camera-and-lens kit featuring the esteemed EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera. The 5D Mark III is paired here with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens, creating a versatile system ideal for multiple photo and video applications.

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.

Aspects of Cinema

For aspiring filmmakers, the key to “getting into cinema” is networking, working on productions, and creating your own projects. There was a time when, if you wanted your films to look like film, you shot on film. Even five or six years ago, a professional-quality video camera would cost you several thousand dollars, at a minimum. Moreover, solid-state media and hard-drive storage cost nearly ten times what it does today.

Portable and Mobile Printing for the Holidays

There are moments when you miss your old Polaroid. Photography’s move into the digital era led to advancements we could've only dreamed of years ago, like instant feedback via an LCD screen. But, there is still nothing like holding a fresh print in your hand. Here to solve this problem are portable printers.

Tips for Preserving Precious Family Photos

Chances are that most of you have a pile of family photo albums sitting in a box somewhere that rarely, if ever, gets to see the light of day. We live in a world where photos are shared constantly through social media, text messages, and email.

Zacuto Recoil Rigs

HDSLRs and large-sensor video cameras have become today’s most popular cameras for shooting video. But, straight out of the box, they’re still notoriously uncomfortable to hold when shooting video for longer than a few minutes. From the beginning, even early adopters of these cameras asked, “How can we shoot comfortably for longer periods of time, keep the camera stable, and not give up mobility?”

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.

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