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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.

Zoom Lenses that Can Replace Your Primes

I love my primes, but some days I just want to go out with a camera slung over my shoulder and have nothing else to worry about. I’m going to ignore the obvious differences between zooms and primes for the sake of this piece, since that’s a whole separate topic. So, here is a list of some solid zooms that you should consider adding to your set.

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.

 

10 Recommended Cameras to Help Raise Your Selfie Game

Yes, the selfie is firmly entrenched in the realm of mobile phone camera culture, but that does not mean your cell phone is the best tool for the job—it’s just usually the most convenient.

Recommended Cameras for Newborn and Baby Photography

Skill and patience aside, if you want to capture successful photographs of babies and newborns, it helps to have a camera with features that enable you to capture what are more often than not fleeting, unrepeatable moments in time.

8 Must-Have Accessories for Architectural Photography

Architectural photography is both an art and an exacting craft. Unlike most genres of photography, in which level horizon lines and correction for keystone and parallax distortions are secondary issues, architectural photography requires a disciplined workflow and a keen sense of design.

Macro Lens Buying Guide

It is probably safe to say that many of us photographers have, either with our cameras or smartphones, tried to capture a close-up image of an insect, flower, toy, or other object. We have an idea of what we want this photograph to look like as we prepare to capture the image. We have seen and admired beautiful close-up images before but, when we nose the camera lens up to the object, the camera balks—it cannot focus close enough to create the image we want to capture.

Unveiled: Pentax Makes its First Foray into Full-Frame Cameras, the K-1 DSLR

Introduction to Lens Mounts and Lens Adapters

You may be thinking, "What a boring subject for an article," and you would be right. However, as boring as the interface between your camera and lens might be, the significance of your camera's specific mount, along with which lenses can be used on your camera, which lenses can be adapted to your camera, and why some lenses work and others do not, can prove to be a more interesting subject that may even inform which camera or lens system you eventually buy.

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