Lenses & Accessories

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.

Canon Announces Four New PowerShot Digital Cameras and One New Lens

Canon has announced four new additions to their PowerShot digital camera lineup.  In addition to updated features, three of these four cameras, including the PowerShot G16, are now providing a built-in Wi-Fi connection for easy image sharing. Also, a new EF-S mount lens has been introduced.

Cinema Lenses

Watch and listen as Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, discusses what makes cinema lenses different from other lenses and why they make a great choice for video work. Using the Samyang 24mm T1.5 and Rokinon 85mm T1.5 as examples, McCormick explores the optical and mechanical construction of cinema lenses, including manual control, increased focus throw, and follow focus gearing.

Rokinon 16mm f /2.0 Lens in Nine New Mounts

Rokinon has rolled out nine mounts for their new 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS lens, and I was able to give the Nikon mount a test over the course of a summer weekend. As these lenses are all designed for APS-C or Micro Four Thirds cameras, their focal-length equivalencies must be taken into account.

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.

Getting Close with Vello Extension Tubes

Who likes taking pictures of bugs? Who doesn’t?! Then what do you do if the lens you are using does not focus close enough to clearly capture these creepy subjects in all their glorious detail? Well, there are a couple things you can do. One option is to buy a macro lens that offers at least a 1:1 magnification ratio.

DSLR Lens Primer, Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of a three-part series that lays out the basics of lenses for novices and those who could use a refresher. In this part of the Lens Primer, Larry Becker, of Kelby Media, explores concepts such as aperture, image stabilization (IS) or vibration reduction (VR), and telephoto zoom lenses versus primes.

DSLR Lens Primer, Part 3

This final part of our three-part series on lens basics focuses on special lenses: tilt-shift models, which bend perspective and can even generate a "miniature" effect, and macro lenses, including macro rails that can help you create a super-close-up image that's completely in focus.

DSLR Lens Primer, Part 2

In this second part of our three-part primer on DSLR lenses, Larry Becker, of Kelby Media, discusses basic concepts such as autofocus, filters, and what various sensor sizes mean for the lenses with which you might pair them. (If you've ever wondered what "crop factor" means, this video clears that up.)

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