Lenses & Accessories

Two New "X-series" Compact Lumix Zooms from Panasonic

In keeping with the spirit of its compact Lumix interchangeable-lens cameras, Panasonic has introduced two new truly compact zoom lenses: the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14–42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power O.I.S. and Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH Power O.I.S.

Three New Sony E-mount Lenses

To accompany the new Sony alpha NEX-7 and NEX-5n cameras, Sony is rolling out a trio of new E-mount optics: a Zeiss Sonnar T* E24mm f/1.8 semi wide, a Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS portrait lens and a Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS tele-zoom.

The Mechanics of Panoramic Landscape Photography

Back in the early days of photography, panoramic photographs, which by definition are wide-field, unbroken sweeps of scenery, were captured using cameras with pivoting lens turrets that “painted” the image across a wide sheet of film as the lens rotated from left to right (or vice versa).

Use Your Leica M Lenses with the Ricoh M-Mount GXR A12 Module

Ricoh’s GXR module camera system, one of the more “curious” camera systems to come down the pike in quite some time, curiously enough, just might become the next “it” camera with the announcement of its long-awaited M-mount module.

Variable Apertures and Depth of Field

It’s interesting to note how many photographers, even advanced shooters, are mistakenly under the impression that the depth of field (DOF) of a variable-aperture zoom lens changes in relation to the effective aperture of the lens as you zoom toward the telephoto end of the optic’s zoom range.

Focal Length and Camera-to-Subject Distance Affect the Visual Dynamics of Your Photographs

In the movie Jaws, there’s a scene in which actor Roy Scheider, playing Martin Brody, the Chief of Police of the fictitious Cape Cod town of Amity, first spots the central character of the movie: a Great White (mechanical) shark, now on display at the Aadlen Brothers U-Pick Parts in California.

New Entry-Level Macro: Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G

Nikon has expanded its already expansive lineup of Micro-NIKKOR optics with the introduction of the Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G. Although it’s been designed and priced as an entry-level macro lens for use with Nikon DX-format DSLRs, the new 40mm Micro-NIKKOR sports a number of features you’d expect to find on Nikon’s pricier Micro-NIKKOR offerings.

Two New Fast Olympus Pen Prime Lenses

In addition to the new E-P3 Digital Pen, Olympus has also introduced a pair of fast prime lenses that should appeal to low-light and street photographers alike. On the wide side, Olympus has unveiled a new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0, which offers the equivalent AOV of a 24mm lens on a full-frame 35mm DSLR.

Essential Gear for the Working Pro

As a working photographer, the center of the universe is your camera bag and its contents. Your cameras and lenses are the tools of your trade. As you may have noted, both are mentioned in plural because just as you wouldn’t jump out of an airplane without a backup parachute, you shouldn’t attempt to photograph an emotionally spiked, non-repeatable event armed with only one camera.

New World-Class Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4

If you own a Panasonic G-series Lumix camera and have been waiting for a fast, world-class normal lens to round out your lens arsenal, your wait is over.  


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