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.

Shooting Macro Close-ups with the Meyer Optik Gӧrlitz Trioplan 100

The Meyer Optik Gӧrlitz Trioplan 100 f/2.8 is a new lens with a long history. Dating back more than a hundred years, the Trioplan 100 is a triplet design which, as the name implies, only contains three lens elements. Why people would be interested in an optical dinosaur a century down the pike has to do with the quality of bokeh this lens produces.

Things We Love: Flip-Out (Articulating) LCD Screens on Digital Cameras

It’s a bit of a stretch, but for the sake of the Hallmark set, I can say that I love flip-out LCD screens on cameras. What I really love is the effect they have had on my photography and the creative possibilities they enable when photographing, especially for street photography. My first camera with a flip-out (and swivel) articulating LCD was the 4MP Canon PowerShot G3, which I purchased in 2003.

New from Pentax: Get a Grip with the KP DSLR

Blending a sleek design with versatile shooting capabilities, Pentax has released the KP DSLR, which is poised to be both the compact APS-C model in their DSLR lineup, as well as an apt performer for low-light shooting. Additionally, in typical Pentax fashion, the exterior of the body can be customized with a trio of grips for improved handling and it is weather resistant for use in harsh climates.

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.

Podcast: Cameras of the Year, 2016

Join us as we talk with two of our most regular and reliable guests about new cameras that were announced in 2016. We hesitate to use the phrase “best” cameras of the year because there a few cameras that we’re not all that crazy about, and a few we can only judge based on their announced specs, but there is plenty to talk about.

Best of 2016: Pentax Lenses

Earlier this year, Pentax released its long-awaited full-frame DSLR, the K-1, to stand atop its line of DSLR cameras, which also includes the second-generation APS-C gem, the K-3 II, the enthusiast’s K-70 and the entry-level

Perfect Lens Pairings

One lens can’t always do the trick, and sometimes three lenses is a bit too many to stuff in your bag. Luckily, if you plan well, a pair of quality lenses can often accomplish all you need, and then some. Here are some recommendations for lens pairings that may help you flesh out your lens collection, or decide what to bring on your next shoot.

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.

The New Medium Format

Just as full-frame DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have become the norm, and APS-C sensors are now considered a more compact option for enthusiasts, medium format is finally coming into view as a potential option for even the non-professional photographer. Medium format options are shrinking in size, becoming easier and less intimidating to use, and are more affordable than ever, compared to flagship medium format options whose costs rival that of a new car.


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