Zeiss Batis Lenses Arrive

Designed to work in tandem with the Sony a7 series, the new Batis 25/2 and 85/1.8 optics deliver sharp image quality and vivid color
By David Schloss
Sony and Carl Zeiss have long had a strategic partnership—you'll find the blue-and-white Zeiss badge on products ranging from the company's compact cameras to Sony-designed lenses for the company's flagship Alpha series. With the release of their first two Batis lenses, which are only available for the Sony E-mount (such…

Hi-TechStudio: The Mid-Range Zoom

With reduced distortion, sharpness across the field of view and a generally comfortable working distance, the mid-range zooms are a preferred tool for fashion and beauty
By The Editors
Mid-range zoom lenses—those that go from moderate wide-angle to portrait telephoto—are versatile tools that can cover a wide range of subject matter. But they're especially well suited to fashion/beauty/portraiture work, letting you frame from full body to tight headshot from distances that provide pleasing perspective. Note that with an APS-C…

Superfast Glass

The pros and cons of using lenses with maximum apertures greater than ƒ/1.4
By The Editors
Fast lenses let you shoot in dimmer light and can really limit depth of field for selective-focus shots. Superfast lenses are even better, right? We'll go into that in a moment, but first, what is a fast lens? Fast refers to the size of the lens' maximum aperture, and it's…

Lenses Deconstructed

We demystify the key specifications and how each one plays its role in making the perfect image
By The Editors
Everyone does it, even if they don't admit it. From global photojournalists to the image makers cruising around Fashion Week to fine artists working in their hip lofts, everyone pores over spec charts about their photo gear. Another thing most photographers have in common is that they have only a…

Hi-Tech Studio: Lens Adapters

Create a completely custom body and lens outfit with an adapter
By The Editors
These two Novoflex adapters demonstrate how flange-back distance is a factor when adapting disparate mounts to one another. The very narrow adapter is for connecting a Nikon lens to a Canon EOS body. The thicker adapter is for attaching a Nikon lens to a Micro Four Thirds body. Novoflex has…

Hi-Tech Studio: Key Primes For Pros

For speed and sharpness, add a set of single-focal-length lenses to your lens collection
By Staff
As good as zoom lenses are, it's tough to beat a prime lens for its combination of speed, sharpness and overall optical excellence. With their inherent sharpness, many prime lenses are able to perform up to the level of the latest image sensors. And, of course, the explosion of DSLR…
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