Peter K. Burian
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Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian 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.

35mm Cameras, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Although Nikon is best known for professional SLR cameras like the F5 and F100, they sell far more of the entry-level and mid-range models. That's understandable, because such cameras are more compact, simpler to operate, and priced to suit the...

Peter K. Burian Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Like many manufacturers, Pentax is constantly striving to upgrade their SLR cameras. At this year's PMA show, Pentax released the new ZX-L, called MZ-6 in other countries. This mid-range model benefits from some of the technology developed for the...

35mm Cameras
Peter K. Burian Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Just as few people actually need a luxury car for transportation, they feel that getting there with impeccable performance in elegance and style greatly enhances the experience. For the same reason, some photographers own one of the luxurious titanium or other alloy-bodied lens/shutter 35mm cameras with...

Show Reports
Peter K. Burian Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

Although everyone at the PMA show wanted to check out the new digital equipment, the compact lens/shutter film cameras still outsell such models. Most manufacturers continue to offer both formats: 35mm and Advanced Photo System (APS or 24mm). Such cameras have been made for decades so we didn't expect to...

Show Reports
Peter K. Burian Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

Whether you own a digital or conventional SLR camera--or both--you certainly need lenses. So, even in this "year of the digital camera," the manufacturers continue expanding their lines. In the recent past, we have seen many new ultra-wide angle lenses, especially targeting those who use digital SLR...

Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian 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...

Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian 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...

Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian 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...

Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian 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...