Budget Lens Options

These new lenses can add creative adaptability to your system at an attractive price
Don’t let the term “budget lens” fool you. Affordability and quality aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. In fact, there are plenty of lenses around or below a $1,000 price tag, yet they deliver when it comes to performance, features and image quality. While major manufacturers’ legacy lenses have been well established for decades, available... Read more

Lenses On A Budget

A roundup of what was new in lenses in 2019 and what to look forward to in the year ahead
Lenses On A Budget
Cameras get the headlines, but experienced photographers know it’s the quality of the lens that often makes or breaks a kit. That’s because lenses dictate everything from the sharpness of a photograph to the ability to shoot in low light at low ISOs with fast shutter speeds while handholding. In short, good glass will often make or break the shot. That... Read more

Pro Lenses

With great new pro camera bodies hitting the market, it’s no surprise there were quite a number of intriguing professional lenses released in 2019
Whenever discussing a new lens, the tendency is to look at its focal length, or range, if it’s a zoom lens, and what its widest aperture is. You’ll often hear photographers discuss lenses in the following manner: “What lens is that you’ve got on your camera?” “Oh, it’s a 16-35mm.” “Ahh, right. Is that the ƒ/4 or ƒ/2.8 version?” “That’d... Read more
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First Look At Five Wide-Angle Lenses

A hands-on tests of five wide-angle zooms and primes
First Look At Five Wide-Angle Lenses
The Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S ultra-wide zoom lens (for its full-frame mirrorless camera system) provided very good edge-to-edge sharpness throughout the zoom range, from 14mm to 30mm. In this image, shot at the 30mm end of the zoom at ƒ/4.0, the lens provided a wonderful bokeh and blur behind the yellow rose in the foreground. In our last issue,... Read more

First Look Review: Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM US Telephoto Lens

Sony’s short telephoto lens includes stunning optics and impressive technology
One of my test shots taken with the Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM US telephoto lens. With its close focusing distance and wide aperture, the new Sony 135mm lens allows you to produce almost macro-type shots of subjects. Photo by Terry Sullivan. In the past 12 months (from July 2018 to July 2019), there have been about twice as many pro camera introductions... Read more

Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS

Hands on with Sony’s fast, prime super-tele
The Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens is remarkable on many levels. First, it’s smaller and lighter than any that have come before. It’s silent, fast and very accurate when paired with the Sony a9 camera. But to stop there would be a mistake. It’s the longest and fastest full-frame, super-telephoto lens designed specifically for mirrorless technology,... Read more

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD For Sony FE Mount

Third-party lens for Sony shooters provides great value for the money
With the release of Tamron’s new 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD for the Sony full-frame mirrorless camera, the company joins a very limited group of manufacturers making native autofocus lenses for Sony’s FE mount. Effectively doubling the number of members by joining this club, Tamron joins Zeiss in developing full-function lenses specifically for the... Read more

Sony AX700 Camcorder Autofocus Put To The Test

Sony’s trio of new 4K camcorders feature face detect autofocus—we put it to the test to see how it performs
Sony’s trio of 4K camcorders are some of the first to feature face-detect autofocus. Whether you’re a still photographer or videographer, having a dedicated camcorder with autofocus in your bag is a huge bonus. All three of the camcorders, from this consumer model we tested all the way up to the professional model, all feature the same sensor, image... Read more

Hands On With Olympus 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 Lenses In South Carolina

The company's new high-end glass gives shooters the images they've been craving.
When Olympus first challenged the conventional DSLR-based photographic market with the introduction of their first mirrorless camera, they steered clear of the traditional full-frame and APS-C-sized sensors and instead used their internally-developed Micro Four Thirds sensor. Smaller than either full-frame or APS-C, Micro Four Thirds sensors allowed... Read more

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C — First Hands-On Test

A first look at the new lightweight, affordable super-zoom
Sigma 100-400mm lens
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... Read more
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