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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CP+ 2015: Checking Out the New Tokina and Samyang Lenses

 John Harris takes a look at the new Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX and Samyang 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC lenses at CP+ 2015. 

Holiday 2012: The Year's Intriguing Lenses

2012 has played host to numerous camera and lens announcements, many of which are improvements over past products, while others are entirely new designs full of intrigue. The main innovative duty of lenses is to keep up with the cameras themselves and to capture greater detail and information.

Holiday 2012: HDSLR Innovations

As 2012 draws to a close, we have the opportunity to take a look back at a year which saw many innovations in the world of HDSLR video. One of the most prominent trends of 2012 has been the continuing blending of still and video acquisition technologies into the same tools.

Holiday 2012: New Lenses

As camera technology continues to progress, lenses also continue to evolve. With improved sensor technology and greater resolution cameras, a lens's main progression is to keep up with the amount of data and image quality that can be resolved by an image sensor and processor.

 

Holiday 2012: Manual Focus SLR Lenses

With all of the technological advancements in the world of autofocus—both in relation to the lenses themselves as well as camera’s AF features—manual focus lenses have also gained popularity recently for a number of reasons.

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