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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

As soon as I heard about it, I wanted to try the f/2 28mm Zeiss ZF lens; ZF, for those unfamiliar with the current Zeiss line-up, is their superb line of Nikon F compatible manual focus lenses, as distinct from ZM (Leica M compatible) and ZV (classic Hasselblad compatible).

All of the ZF series are also available in ZK (Pentax K bayonet compatible) and a few, though apparently not...

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Omar Attum Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

All Photos © 2004, Omar Attum, All Rights Reserved

Wide angle lenses are my favorite types of lenses. They allow me to create striking 3D-like compositions, provide more depth of field, and fit more in the photograph, even in confined spaces. Although I regularly use a digital SLR, I often feel limited in using my Canon EOS 10D for landscape photographs because of the...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2007 1 comments

When Sony first unveiled their Alpha D-SLR system in June 2006, the company made a pledge to expand its line of lenses with additional Sony G models as well as some Carl Zeiss lenses. The first three of these products, with a ZA designator indicating Zeiss Alpha, are available at this time, distributed exclusively by Sony. A fourth model, a wide aperture (f/2.8) zoom, should be...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

The Olympus D-SLR system always included a series of pro-caliber lenses targeting serious photographers working with the E-1 pro camera. Since the introduction of the newer E-3, Olympus has also unveiled three high-grade zooms, the first in the Zuiko Digital line with Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) autofocus. Designed to provide the ultimate in AF performance, this trio offers wide apertures...

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Joseph A. Dickerson Posted: Aug 01, 2001 0 comments

To quote Don Quixote de La Mancha, "Can we ever have too much of a good thing?" Well, finally those who shoot Nikon need not stand idly by while their Canon toting friends do magical things to their photographic subjects with Tilt/Shift (TS)...

The Editors Posted: Aug 01, 2009 10 comments

The best imaging products of 2009 were voted on at the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) General Assembly held from April 2-4, 2009 in Budapest.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2000 1 comments

Although most lens manufacturers offer fast (f/2.8) ultra-wide zoom lenses, these tend to be large, heavy, and quite expensive. Tokina's own AF 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO is a superb product but most photo enthusiasts do not require such a wide aperture...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Tokina is not a manufacturer that seeks a lot of publicity, refusing to get involved in the old "sell the sizzle, not the steak" approach. And yet, they deserve greater recognition after producing lenses for over 40 years. Under the trademarks...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2006 1 comments

Although many zoom lenses are labeled as "macro" that designation generally refers only to moderately close focusing ability. With a few exceptions, such zooms are not adequate for a dramatic frame-filling image unless the subject is quite large. (A few tele macro zoom lenses are capable of much higher magnification, however.) On the other hand, true macro lenses can...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

I developed a love for fisheyes way back when I was shooting film. In fact, when I took the digital route, the first new lens I bought for my brand-new Canon EOS 5D was a fisheye.

I figured, what better way to celebrate my purchase of a full-frame D-SLR than with a lens that could take full advantage of the larger sensor! So now, fast forward to the purchase of a...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

The mid-range zoom I started with when I bought my Nikon D300 was no speed demon, and I was hankering for an f/2.8 lens in the (effective) 70-200mm range. What first attracted me to the Tokina AT-X 535 PRO DX was the fast, constant maximum aperture, providing a bright view every step of the way. What’s more, the barrel on this tele-zoom does not rotate when zoomed: all movement is entirely...

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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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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

For extreme convenience a zoom lens with an ultra-wide range can make taking top quality images at a variety of focal lengths very practical. One example of this new breed is the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 AF Aspherical LD lens which encompasses practically...

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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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Tom Fuller Posted: Aug 01, 2000 0 comments

My first encounter with a Vivitar Series 1 lens goes back more than 15 years to the 600mm "Solid Cat," one of the slickest super-telephotos ever made. In addition to great optics, the lens featured an overall length and diameter of--and I'm not joking--around...

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