A first look at the new lightweight, affordable super-zoom
Sigma’s new Contemporary 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM has just arrived, and I’ve been spending some time putting it through its paces at a media event in Utah’s Park City.
The new lens is, according to Sigma “a state-of-the-art telephoto zoom that brings a new level of portability and quality to the super telephoto market.” Sigma has called...
It’s only natural that a camera platform as new as the Sony’s a7 series would be perceived as being a little bit short on lenses. When the first a7 shipped—only a few years ago—you could count the number of lenses that designed for its full frame sensor on one hand. The rest of Sony’s lenses were designed for their smaller APS-C sensor equipped...
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 as the a7R...
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...
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 a relative term in more ways than one. The ƒ-number designates...
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 passing notion of what some of those specs mean...
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 an extensive line of precision mounts for just about any...
For speed and sharpness, add a set of single-focal-length lenses to your lens collection
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 motion capture has also played a major role in the resurgence...
Putting together the best optics for versatility and practicality
By David Willis
While both photography and videography are visual mediums, video and filmmaking add an extra level of complexity. Essentially, you’re creating a motion picture from many sequences of still images, and while many of the same rules apply when it comes to composition, exposure and aesthetics, motion adds several other challenges like sound, camera...
The DSLR manufacturers all produce some excellent lenses for their cameras. But spend some time in professional photography forums online, and you’ll find pros extolling the virtues of older “elite” lenses many feel are optically superior to modern designs.
By Lisette Rose
The DSLR manufacturers all produce some excellent lenses for their cameras. But spend some time in professional photography forums online, and you’ll find pros extolling the virtues of older “elite” lenses many feel are optically superior to modern designs. To some of these individuals, the phrase “designed for modern DSLRs”...