Recommended Lenses for Shooting the Solar Eclipse on Any Budget

What is the best lens focal length for photographing the total solar eclipse? Well, there really isn’t a correct answer to that question. There are many factors involved, so let’s outline some options for different types of cameras and budgets.

Above: The Hinode satellite X-ray telescope mission captures the January 6, 2011 solar eclipse. © JAXA/NASA.

Explore the Planet Everywhere with the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-5

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-5 has arrived and it is very, very good! The good news is that if you never picked up the very good Stylus Tough TG-4, you can now grab this feature-packed, rugged Tough TG-5 camera and go out shooting. The bad news is that if you have a Tough TG-4, there is now something even better on the market and you will probably want to upgrade.

Photographs © Todd Vorenkamp unless otherwise noted

Macro Imaging with Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Question: Is there a “best” format for shooting macro close-ups? If you tell me “full-frame,” I won’t argue with you. I’ve taken many fine macro close-ups with 4 x 5" studio cameras, medium-format cameras, APS-C, Micro Four Thirds, and even point-and-shoot cameras. And you know what? They’re all perfect in their own way.

Above image: Detail, old railroad tie (Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 30 f/3.5 Macro ED MSC)

Lighting Options for Your Macro Photography

When you start getting extremely close to your subject, you may run into some difficulty with lighting. This could be because your large lights can’t get into position easily, you can’t get the type of lighting you want, or you are so close that you are casting a shadow. There are solutions to these problems, and each has its own unique capabilities and look that will help you bring your macro photography up a notch.

The One Lens Every Photographer Should Have and Use: the 50mm

If you are stranded on a desert island and can only have one camera lens with you, which lens would you choose? If your answer wasn’t, “a 50mm (or 50mm equivalent lens),” then you might be wrong. The 50mm prime lens is the one lens every photographer toting an interchangeable-lens camera should own… and use.

Micro Four Thirds Lenses for Wedding Photographers

The Micro Four Thirds system is becoming popular among a passionate group of wedding photographers. The compact size of the cameras and lens system, as well as the sheer number of available lenses from Olympus, Panasonic, and other manufacturers, not to mention the nearly limitless option of adapted lenses, means that the wedding photographer has many options for capturing the action.

Five Winter Destinations and the Cameras to Photograph Them

This is a bit of an odd assignment in that any place can be a destination in the winter, but the general idea is to explore a few locations that offer wonderful photographic possibilities in winter that they might not offer in summer. I’ll also blend in a bit of that warm escapism we all crave after a few months of snow and cold.

Best of 2016: Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Regardless of whether you are shooting with Olympus mirrorless digital cameras or Panasonic, one of the fantastic benefits of being a Micro Four Thirds shooter is that you can use top-of-the-line optics from either optical manufacturer (and any third-party Micro Four Thirds lens maker). Panasonic and Olympus work to equip their dedicated shooters with lenses that are second to none in terms of image quality and performance.

Best of 2016: Mirrorless Cameras

This was quite the year for mirrorless cameras, with nearly every company showing off its latest and greatest technology. The biennial photokina most certainly played a part in the excitement and let us recognize the extraordinary variety of 2016, including some brand new medium format options, advanced sensor technologies, and some beautiful retro designs.

Pancake Lens Buying Guide

Pancake lenses, those small, fixed focal length lenses that barely protrude from your camera’s lens mount, are becoming increasingly common. Based on a simple Zeiss Tessar lens design that dates back more than a hundred years, pancake lenses are popular again due to their size—they extend an inch or less from the camera body—and weight, which is usually about 3 ounces.



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