Hands-On Review: Voigtlander Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm f5.6 ASPH

The new Voigtlander Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm f5.6 ASPH lens for Sony E-mount cameras isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s not that it will wrestle you to the ground or throw you like a bull in a rodeo; rather, it challenges your skills as a photographer. Speaking as someone who routinely shoots with 15mm rectilinear lenses, Voigtlander’s Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm f5.6 ASPH is a whole other animal.

Filmmaking Test: How Format Size Affects Your Focal Length

Without a doubt, your focal length choice affects the impact of your image, whether you are shooting video or stills. With the rise of digital imaging, there has been an uptick of available formats in which you can shoot. To help clarify the relationship between format and focal length, some have coined the phrase “35mm equivalent.” This term has value when you are planning a shoot, your lens package, and as an aid for anyone who began their careers using 35mm film and has transitioned to shoot in a new digital format.

Micro Four Thirds Format for Filmmakers

Filmmakers once had a simple choice when it came to the format in which they shot. The two professional formats were 35mm and 16mm—film. 35mm was, and still is, the gold standard, used on big-budget feature films. 16mm was thought of as the more accessible and affordable alternative, used on documentaries and independent films. Deciding to shoot on 16mm rather than 35mm meant using smaller, lighter cameras and spending less money on film.

The State of Mirrorless Glass

With mirrorless digital cameras continuously growing in both popularity and imaging capabilities, their respective lines of lenses are also consistently being multiplied, refined, and expanded in order to better suit the developing range of cameras. At the beginning, mirrorless cameras were considered an intermediary step between full-fledged DSLRs and compact point-and-shoots.

Mirrorless Camera Insights from National Geographic Photographer Jay Dickman

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: This Year's Top Trends and Breakthroughs

Trending topics on Twitter change rapidly from one minute to the next, but in the world of electronics manufacturing, trends evolve slowly, often taking an entire calendar year to surface. Here at B&H, we’re among the first to get our hands on the latest professional and consumer equipment, and we’re always looking for new trends in the products.


Holiday 2012: M-Mount and M42 Lenses on Mirrorless Cameras

Sometimes technology gets in the way of quality. The convenience of features such as autofocus and optical image stabilization are hard to dispute, but some of the best glass in the world can be found in manual focus lenses that contain no electronics whatsoever. Such is the case with M-mount and M42-mount lenses made by Leica, Zeiss and Voigtlander.

Holiday 2012: New Mirrorless Lenses 2012

2012 has seen an in increase in all things mirrorless, that being a bit of an umbrella term for compact interchangeable-lens cameras, their lenses and adapters. Canon, for example, released its first mirrorless camera system in 2012 and most major manufacturers have added new cameras to their mirrorless lineups. Of course, a growing list of lenses for these cameras—of all focal lengths—is now available, too.


Pancake Lenses that are Small, Light and Visually Succinct

Pancake lenses, those small fixed focal length lenses that barely protrude from your camera’s lens mount, are becoming increasingly common of late, and for several reasons. 



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