Lenses & Accessories

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.

Nikon Announces a New COOLPIX, Zoom Lens, and Speedlight

The Nikon COOLPIX L620 is a 14x optical zoom point-and-shoot camera that contains the latest technologies housed in an ergonomic design. The 18.1 megapixel BSI (Back Side Illumination) CMOS image sensor allows improved image quality even in low-light situations, and the 14x zoom NIKKOR lens is equipped with the company’s VR image stabilization for ensuring sharp images.

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.)

Hands-On Review: the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens

Continuing their Art class of lenses, the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM zoom lens fills an interesting position for APS-C format digital SLRs, and is available for Canon EF-S, Nikon F, Sony Alpha, Pentax K and Sigma SA mounts.

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