The Lens Every Photographer Should Have and Use: the 35mm

To answer the question posed by fellow writer Todd Vorenkamp in his article about the venerable 50mm prime, the lens I would choose if I were to be stranded on a desert island would have to be a 35mm prime. Sure, the 50mm is an old and reliable choice that should cover most subjects, but it doesn’t work amazingly for anything specific and, frankly, I think it’s a little boring these days.

Rokinon Officially Announces 35mm f/2.8 AF Lens for Sony E

As Sony’s full-frame E-mount system continues to grow and become more accessible, many shooters have been looking for more affordable lens options. Rokinon wants to help these shooters by creating its own line of autofocus lenses for the system, to which the company has just officially added the AF 35mm f/2.8 FE.

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.

Rokinon XEEN 20mm T1.9: Filling out the Cine Lens Lineup

Residing between the 16mm and 24mm focal lengths, the Rokinon XEEN 20mm T1.9 further fills out the XEEN cinema prime lineup. Not quite as wide as the 16mm, yet wider than the 24mm existing XEEN options, the 20mm also features a wider aperture than its wider brethren, with its iris opening up to a T value of 1.9, as opposed to 2.6.

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.

Cinema Lens Care and Maintenance

If you’ve taken the plunge and invested in one, two, or a full set of cine-style lenses, you’ll now want to take the best care possible of your lenses. Not only will the lenses function better if they’re properly maintained, but you’ll be protecting your (probably substantial) financial investment. Most cine-style lens care and maintenance is the same as for still or ENG-type lenses, so if you’ve made the switch from these other lens types, you’ll know the drill.

Cinema Lenses: What Are You Paying For?

This B&H Explora article emphasizes the value of professional cine optics from manufacturers such as Zeiss, Rokinon, Tokina, Angeniuex, Veydra, Cooke, and Schneider.

How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse

Learn about the gear and techniques you need to photograph a solar eclipse, on B&H Explora.

Cine-Style Prime Lens Sets

Learn how to purchase ready-made cine-style prime lens sets, or assemble your own custom kit individually, from makers such as SLR Magic, Zeiss, Cooke, GL Optics, Leica, Zeiss, Rokinon, Sony, Veydra, Bower, LockCircle, Samyang, Schneider, at B&H Explora.

Cine Lens Mania: Primes versus Zooms

If you shoot with cine lenses, read B&H Explora for a comparison of prime versus zoom lenses.


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