Lenses & Accessories

Tips and Solutions

The wedding reception is where you win your battle stars. Events unfold quickly and sometimes simultaneously. You have to be very organized to stay on top of the action here. Enter the arena armed with cameras, lenses and battery-powered, on-camera or handle-mounted flashes.

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Tips and Solutions

Even among the likeminded, you’ll find those who prefer standard-issue shoulder bags, and others who go for photo backpacks, sling and holster-style bags or hard cases.

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Buying Guide

The ability to choose from literally hundreds of lenses opens up a world of possibilities once impossible for small-budget productions. Being able to capture a wide view of a small room with a super-wide-angle lens, or getting a close-up of a subject from a distance, are just two of many powerful options at the photographer’s disposal.

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Buying Guide

While many "looks" can be achieved in post-production, certain aspects of the image are better controlled before the image is recorded. Optical filters modify the light before it enters the lens. The benefit of using optical filters instead of digital filters is that there is no added time in post production and less degradation of the image quality, especially in HDSLRs, which already have limited color space and a highly compressed image.

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3 years ago
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Almost all lens manufacturers offer a choice of 50mm lenses; one with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 and another with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. As a rule, the faster lens is both pricier and noticeably sharper. Nikon’s latest “cheap 50mm” bends the rules by being both a bit pricier than its predecessor, though more importantly, noticeably sharper.

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Tips and Solutions

There are a number of reasons and advantages for choosing to shoot with wider-aperture lenses. Included are the ability to capture sharp, low-light imagery at slower shutter speeds, quicker autofocus and exposure response times—which in turn reduce shutter lag times—and the option to capture your subject in a narrow, selective band of focus.

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Back in the 1960s there was a car called the Amphicar, which as its name suggested, was a car and a boat, depending on whether you were tooling up the boulevard or up the canal. Though it was designed and manufactured in Germany, the engine and electrical system of these four-seater convertibles was English, which in itself should have served as a red flag for anyone considering one.

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Hands-on Review

Standing out from the crowd has long been a challenge in the camera biz, and considering how much technological cross-pollinating there is nowadays among camera manufacturers, making headlines ain’t so easy. For this reason alone you have to hand it to Ricoh for introducing a camera concept that, at the very least, makes you pause and take a closer look.

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3 years ago
Tips and Solutions

Image stabilization, or “vibration reduction,” “O.I.S.,” Optical SteadyShot, SR, VC, VR, MegaOIS, and other equally catchy monikers, are technologies that enable photographers to take pictures under lighting conditions that once upon a time would have been considered too iffy for capturing sharp still images.

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3 years ago
News

Ask any cinematographer (or any still photographer for that matter) who manufactures the best lenses in terms of image quality, construction and design, and the answer will invariably be “Carl Zeiss.” But until now, videographers shooting with professional HD camcorders have had to cheer from the sidelines.

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3 years ago
Tips and Solutions

Enough about Angry Birds already!  Real birds don’t strap themselves into slingshots, as any birdwatcher, a.k.a. birder, will tell you. They know because they observe the chirpy critters in the wild or in urban parks. They spy on flocks through binoculars. They snap pictures; they take notes. High-tech birders can think of better uses for their mobile screens than playing games.

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

If you ask a photographer if they can recommend an easy to use, entry-level DSLR that can shoot stills, HD video and offers an impressive list of pro-level features, there’s an excellent chance that they'll name Canon’s EOS Rebel.

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3 years ago
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The newest addition to the Lensbaby Optic Swap System is the Sweet 35 Optic, a 35mm focal length lens that along with a wide field of view features a 12-blade adjustable aperture and close-focusing capabilities.  

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3 years ago
Tips and Solutions

For professionals, weekend warriors or newbies to the sport of taking pictures, the lure of new gear is a never-ending temptation. And let’s face it; we truly need that new lens, new flash, battery grip and whatever else the camera manufacturers announce on a never-ending basis.

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3 years ago
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Samsung is going full bore with the expansion of its APS-C format NX mirrorless camera system by announcing the introduction of five new lenses, effectively doubling the number of NX-series optics users can choose from.

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