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Zach Sutton - Lensrentals  |  Aug 15, 2017  |  2 comments

There is no denying that zoom lenses have far more versatility than prime lenses, and with faster-apertured zoom lenses becoming more and more common in the photography world, I figured it was time to truly give them the spotlight they deserve.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 01, 2017  |  0 comments

Have you ever noticed a yellow tint to the glass in a vintage lens? That may be because certain lenses in the 60s and 70s used a Thorium coating that yellows over time. Thorium has a high refractive index that improves light transmission, but it also turns out to be slightly radioactive.

Joe Farace  |  Jul 27, 2017  |  0 comments

“Show me a home where the buffalo roam…and I’ll show you a really messy house.” —Anonymous

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Nikon just announced the new AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR lens. The new Nikkor 70-300mm lens features enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization capability and adds a stepping motor designed for fast and quiet AF performance, making it Nikon’s first full-frame AF-P lens.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 06, 2017  |  0 comments

If you stumbled upon a rare Novoflex 600mm pistol grip “bazooka lens” at a yard sale for $17, we imagine you’d lay down your cash, grab the case, and quickly head for your car. That’s exactly what our weird lens guru Mathieu Stern did recently in Paris.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Tamron has introduced the second-generation SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 zoom lens with a host of upgrades over its popular predecessor. This new version, Model A032, is constructed with specialized glass materials for optimum resolution, sharpness and color rendition.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 26, 2017  |  0 comments

The first thing many photographers do after investing in a new lens is to screw on a UV or haze filter. The idea is that these filters protect the front element of your lens from dirt and impact damage while improving contrast and eliminating atmospheric haze.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 23, 2017  |  1 comments

Tamron has introduced a versatile 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD zoom lens that’s ideal for shooting everything from expansive vistas to tight shots of distant wildlife. Designed for APS-C DSLR cameras, this is the world’s first all-in-one zoom lens with a powerful reach of 400mm (equivalent to 620mm in the 35mm format) at the long end of its range. 

Ron Leach  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

Dirty camera sensors are a common source of degraded image quality, resulting in tedious post-processing work to clean up the photograph. This problem is the bane of those who shoot outdoors in dusty conditions, and is particularly acute when using small aperture settings that tend to exaggerate imperfections.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re not quite sure what the folks at the Waterjet YouTube channel have against Canon gear, but in this somewhat sacrilegious video they use a 60,000 psi hydraulic tool to slice open a perfectly good Canon 17-85mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens. Just because.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 19, 2017  |  0 comments

There are plenty of rules about which focal length lens works best for different types of photography. For example, many of us were taught to reach for a 50mm or 85mm lens for portraiture and a 24mm ultra-wide for interiors, architecture and landscape shots.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 19, 2017  |  0 comments

A homemade paper lens hood may not be an ideal replacement for the plastic hood that came with your lens, but it will definitely improve image quality in a pinch if you lost a hood and you’re waiting for the replacement to arrive in the mail.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 16, 2017  |  0 comments

To say that the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is versatile is an understatement. The long-awaited follow-up to the GH4, which was beloved by photographers and videographers alike, the GH5 takes the roots of its predecessor and expands on them.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 15, 2017  |  1 comments

Cleanliness is next to sharpliness, at least where camera lenses are concerned. A few specks of dust can be overlooked, but when the front element has been tagged with a thumbprint it’s time for cleaning. 

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