Lenses & Accessories

Vello Extension Tubes for Mirrorless Cameras

When you first hear it, the phrase “extension tubes” can conjure up many connotations, none of which accurately describe their purpose and function. In principle, extension tubes are very simple tools used to overcome a specific challenge, often while offsetting a number of other difficulties in order to perform in the most convenient way.

Unveiled: The New Nikon D3300 DSLR, a Fast Nikon Prime Lens, Five Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras

It certainly is the time of the sea(CES)son, and Nikon has brought forth a wealth of cameras and lenses bound to intrigue a wide-range of shooters. For starters, the D3300 DSLR has been announced, with a new 18-55mm kit lens—and a new 35mm f/1.8 prime lens has also been released. Five distinct point-and-shoot cameras have also been announced, including a new flagship long zoom.

Unveiled: New Sony Alpha, Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras, and a New Lens

Sony has announced the next member of their impressive lineup of Alpha E-mount APS-C format mirrorless cameras: the Alpha A5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera. Additionally, they have brought forth a new zoom lens for E-mount APS-C mount cameras, the Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens and a new, slim compact zoom, the DSC-W830 Digital Camera.

Unveiled: New Fujifilm Digital Cameras and X-Mount Lens

Fujifilm is kicking off the New Year right, with a slew of new point and shoot cameras and another new X-mount lens. The new cameras hail from the long zoom and “tough” camera side of the Fuji point-and-shoot spectrum.

First Look: Nikon AF-S 58mm f/1.4G

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G  is Nikon’s highest-performing “normal” lens with an unusual design goal: particular attention has been given to bokeh (smoothness of blur) with the result that images of three-dimensional subjects, and especially those at closer and medium distances, have a smoothness and three-dimensional quality that is highly appealing.

Fujifilm, the King of Retro

In light of contemporary fashion, Fujifilm has redefined, yet maintained, their image as a classic photography brand. Best known throughout photographic history as one of the major film producers, Fujifilm has expanded on their legacy by delving into the digital photography realm in an equally revolutionary and trend-setting manner.

Unveiled: Sony Announces an Updated 70-200mm f/2.8 A-Mount Lens

Sony has just announced an updated version of their highly versatile and aptly performing telephoto zoom A-mount lens, the 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM II. This updated lens brings with it a refined autofocus system that improves subject-tracking capabilities for even more precise, repeatable focus control when working with fast-moving subjects at a distance.

Fujifilm Adds a 23mm Lens to Its X-mount Lineup

Fujifilm has announced an addition to its X-mount line of lenses for the APS-C format X series mirrorless cameras. The Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens is a fast prime with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 and a 35mm equivalent focal length of 35mm.

First Impressions: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera is a high-end offering aimed squarely at the professional and advanced enthusiast, and adds significant enhancements to the already well received OM-D E-M5.

Zeiss T* Lenses

In the following video, Larry Becker presents four wide-angle Distagon T* lenses from Zeiss. The video explores the 15mm f/2.8, 21mm f/2.8, 25mm f/2, and the 35mm f/1.4 lenses and touches on their practical optical performance, including commentary on their manual-focus design, build quality, and different mounts. Becker also showcases examples of how the lenses perform.


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