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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2004 0 comments

Because of the increasing popularity of digital SLR cameras, Tamron has undertaken an ambitious plan to develop a full range of Di (Digitally Integrated) lenses. Optimized for digital SLRs, the Di-series is just as desirable for use with 35mm cameras, as mentioned in my review of the first two...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Aug 01, 2004 0 comments

For Nikon, 1996 was an exciting year. That was the introduction date of the F5 camera that revolutionized the way handheld cameras would be used. It was also the year that true Silent Wave Technology was brought on-line in the form of the 300, 500, and...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Jul 01, 2004 0 comments

Like modern automobile engines, most digital cameras equipped with interchangeable lenses seem to have most of their power or torque at the high end of the focal length scale. In digital SLRs with smaller than full-frame sensors, your 300mm might be a...

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Jay Abend Posted: Feb 01, 2004 0 comments

Long, fast, good lenses are expensive. They're also worth it. Whether you shoot sports, live performances, wildlife, people, or just need to reach out into the distance for that perfect shot, a really good telephoto lens is a must.

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

Tamron's New SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] Macro And SP AF 180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) 1:1 Macro Lenses

First announced at the photokina show in October 2002...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

As soon as I opened the box I was in hyper-drive. There before me was one very impressive piece of optical gear. Made by Sigma, this new telephoto lens includes useful focal lengths from the ever-popular 300mm to a mind-boggling 800mm. For photographers...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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