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George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2003 0 comments

Vario-Sonnar T*

At a street price of just under $3000 the Vario-Sonnar T* 45-90mm f/4.5 lens is not to be trifled with. It is a serious optical instrument for those who require zoom lens flexibility for their Contax 645. But those in the...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Aug 01, 2003 0 comments

Tunnel Vision

There certainly seems to be a true mystique when it comes to telephoto lenses. In a quick poll taken in our lab I found out that when a person buys a new single lens reflex camera the next lens he or she wants is a telephoto. Not...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2003 0 comments

Sigma 28-200mm - 28-300mm Macro Lens

Sigma makes numerous lenses, but the "all-purpose" zooms have been the best selling models in their vast line. Replacing the "DL Hyper Zoom" models...

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Joseph A. Dickerson Posted: Jan 01, 2003 0 comments

Telephoto Lenses For View Cameras

I shoot multiple formats ranging from 35mm to 4x5, depending on subject matter and my...

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Jay Abend Posted: Jan 01, 2003 0 comments

Hasselblad Zeiss Telephoto

When you think about really long, really fast glass, you naturally think of 35mm. I have owned both Hasselblad and Mamiya RZ systems for years, and the longest lens I own is a 180mm. I'm like most shooters--I think of compact and portable 35mm as the...

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George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2002 0 comments

If you go way back you remember the first telephoto zoom lenses as heavy, ungainly things that were often more trouble than they were worth. Travel a bit ahead in time and check out the wide-to-tele zooms, and you get the same thing, with...

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Nikon's brief reintroduction of the rangefinder S3 in a "millennium commemorative" edition prompted the issue of three Voigtlander lenses in Nikon fit: the 21mm f/4, 25mm f/4, and 35mm f/2.5.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Ask any group of professional sports or wildlife photographers to name their favorite lens, and most will mention a "fast" 500mm f/4 model with internal focusing and low dispersion glass elements. Ideal in many respects, such lenses offer several advantages.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

The Sigma engineers never seem to take a break, coming up with new lenses with surprising frequency. Late last year, they released two short zooms that certainly attracted a lot of attention. Their AF 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX DG Aspherical boasts the...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

Ever since I started in photography I was enthralled with the virtues of good, clean available light photographs. After high school my graduation present was a Heiland Pentax complete with an f/2 lens. Combining that with Tri-X film--then rated...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

While shooting stock images around historic St. Augustine, Florida, and closer to home during Veterans Day events, I used this lens extensively for people, birds, architecture, and various travel subjects to assess autofocus response, IS effectiveness...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 01, 2002 0 comments

Best known for their line of highly rated compact cameras with built-in zooms, Pentax has also continued to develop their line of SLR cameras and accessories. Their two most recent lenses--introduced in conjunction with the MZ-S, a...

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W.L. Fadner Posted: Jan 01, 2002 0 comments

With the recent addition of the 150mm f/2.8 autofocus lens, the line-up of telephoto or long focus optics for the Pentax 645N camera is nearly complete. When the 645N was first introduced, Pentax promised that they would issue a...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Dec 01, 2001 0 comments

The best-selling zoom lens in history, Tamron's 28-200mm debuted in 1992. Since then, it has been redesigned and upgraded in 1996, in 1999, and again in 2001. This most recent (fourth-generation) model benefits from significant downsizing...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Dec 01, 2001 0 comments

Minolta's New "D" Series
Minolta introduced a new series of D-type lenses, with an Advanced Distance Integration (ADI) distance encoder chip for superior results in flash photography with the Maxxum 7 and Maxxum 5. By adding distance information to the equation, they...

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