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Dan Havlik  |  Jan 19, 2016  |  0 comments

Canon held its once-every-five-years Canon Expo 2015 show in New York City last September where the Tokyo-based company pulled back the curtain on some potentially groundbreaking imaging technology. Part science lab and part marketing showcase, the event drew tens of thousands of buyers, dealers, and distributors of Canon products (along with a large group of journalists) eager to see what the company had up its sleeve.

Staff  |  Jan 12, 2016  |  0 comments

THE GOODS is a new feature in Shutterbug that spotlights the hottest premium photo gear out there.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jan 11, 2016  |  0 comments

Here is another video from innovative artist Mathieu Stern (number 6 in his "Weird Lens Challenge" creative series) and this time he is testing a large format camera lens from 1880—this was one of the first lenses to feature an iris diaphragm.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments

Zeiss and the Fellowes’ ExoLens brand have joined forces to create a new line of premium accessory lenses for mobile phones. The new attachable smartphone lenses feature a snazy design with smooth surfaces made of black anodized aluminum with white labeling. More importantly, they will offer quality optics from the respected Zeiss brand.

Jack Neubart  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments

Call them what you will – ultra-wides or super-wides – I love ‘em. By covering a breathtaking expanse, these types of extreme wide-angle lenses are not only capable of capturing most landscapes, they also help sweep you into that landscape, making you feel a part of the scene in the process.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 05, 2016  |  0 comments

Bird, wildlife and nature photographers may have found another tool to add to their arsenal. Olympus just announced the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras at the CES 2016 show in Las Vegas today. This new 300mm is a compact super telephoto lens offering a high level of image quality in a splashproof and dustproof build.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 05, 2016  |  0 comments

Panasonic just unveiled a new telephoto lens at CES 2016 for its Lumix G range of Micro Four Thirds System cameras: the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH Telephoto-Zoom (H-RS100400) with Power Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.).

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 04, 2016  |  0 comments

We’ve been featuring the highly educational photography videos of Filmmaker IQ this past month and here’s another fascinating clip to kick off 2016. Titled “The Properties of Camera Lenses,” the video is narrated, once again, by John P. Hess, and gives you the scoop on everything you ever wanted to know about how lenses work.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Dec 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Sigma has introduced the unique, new Water Repellent (WR) Ceramic Protector, an innovative lens filter that features new Clear Glass Ceramic material and provides enhanced protective qualities.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Dec 15, 2015  |  0 comments

Filmmaker John P. Hess at Filmmaker IQ brings us this highly informative video that expertly documents the science behind the evolution of photography’s most vital tool—the lens. 

Staff  |  Dec 15, 2015  |  0 comments

THE GOODS is a new feature in Shutterbug that spotlights the hottest premium photo gear out there.

Staff  |  Nov 24, 2015  |  0 comments

The Goods is a new feature in Shutterbug that spotlights the hottest premium photo gear out there.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 20, 2015  |  0 comments

Panasonic announced today it will soon start offering an innovative new photographic function called “Post Focus” in some of its Lumix cameras. The feature allows photographers to capture multiple photos with multiple in-focus points through a single release of the shutter.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 20, 2015  |  0 comments

Many, many years ago a coworker at Altman Camera in Chicago showed me that it was possible to screw a Vivitar +10 Macro Adapter into a partially disassembled set of Nikon K-series extension rings and thereby build a soft focus lens that practically exploded with delightfully horrendous aberrations. It was fixed-focus, you had to bob to-and-fro like a drunken sailor to use it, but it was sensationally unsharp and I’ve been hooked on this genre ever since.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 17, 2015  |  0 comments

The term bokeh refers to a photographic technique that creates soft out of focus areas in an image. The brief video embedded below shows how to use a Russian-made Jupiter 9 85mm F/2 lens and a tilt ring adapter on a mirrorless camera to create stunning videos with a beautiful bokeh background look.

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