Lens Reviews

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The Editors  |  Jan 05, 2018  |  7 comments

Another year has come and gone, which means it’s time for Shutterbug to once again pick our favorite cameras and lenses of the past 12 months. With so much great photo gear to choose from in 2017, it was a difficult task. The below list though is a good summation of the cameras and lenses Shutterbug’s editors and writers most enjoyed shooting with last year.

Joe Farace  |  Dec 11, 2018  |  0 comments

Tamron’s new SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens ($1299) continues a trend that many camera and lens manufacturers have embraced in recent years. This new Tamron 15-30mm lens is fast, big, expensive and designed for photographers who expect optical excellence. As part of Tamron’s Di lens series, the SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is available for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs and APS-C cameras where it produces a 24-48mm equivalent focal length range.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 19, 2018  |  0 comments

Travel photographer Pierre T. Lambert has been traveling the world for the past year so, naturally, he needs to keep his gear choices minimal to not get weighed down. In terms of lenses, he’s narrowed it down to two main choices: the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master lens and the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master lens.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 30, 2018  |  0 comments

Attention wideangle prime lens fanatics! The new 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens from Venus Optics Laowa for Fujifilm X, Sony E and Canon EOS-M cameras has arrived.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 16, 2018  |  0 comments

There is nothing more invigorating for a zealous photographer than putting a brand new lens on a familiar, reliable DSLR body. The world looks different through a new lens, and the tableau of photo opportunities hits the reset button, refreshing all of the possibilities. My experience with Tamron’s new Tamron 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD tele zoom brought this realization into focus, no pun intended.

Jason Schneider  |  Aug 15, 2018  |  0 comments

Using a vintage SLR lens on a DSLR can be a fun and, occasionally, frustrating experience. (Not all the inexpensive glass you dig up on eBay is going to suit your needs.) To help you find that perfect analog match for your high-tech digital SLR, we’ve picked our ten favorite classic SLR lenses that will get you shooting timeless images with your DSLR right away.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 02, 2018  |  0 comments

What do you get when you compare three classic prime lenses: the Canon 85mm F/1.2, 85mm F/1.4, and F/1.8? Photographer David Flores found out when he recently put the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM, and Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lenses through their paces in a portrait shootout on New York City’s Coney Island.

George Schaub  |  Jun 26, 2018  |  0 comments

While the main body of my work has been with lenses such as the 24mm fixed, wide angles, and mainly my trusty 16-35mm zoom, I have often found myself wanting a long zoom for the scenes that present themselves along the way. It’s not that I am unwilling or just plain lazy to get closer—a long zoom, like the recently released Tamron 100-400mm, simply changes the way I see and helps me explore other visual options.

Joe Farace  |  Jun 19, 2018  |  0 comments

The classic definition of macro photography is that the image projected onto the digital sensor (or film plane) should be the same size as the subject. With a 1:1 ratio, a DSLR with a full-frame chip should be able to produce life-size magnification and focus on an area as small as 24x36mm.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 14, 2018  |  0 comments

The specifications are impressive, but can a super-wideangle zoom with a super-fast f/2.8 aperture deliver the results pros and ardent amateurs demand?

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 22, 2018  |  0 comments

We recently shared a video where photographer and YouTube personality Matt Granger picked his 9 favorite Nikon F-mount lenses. Well, another popular YouTuber has gotten into the act and chosen what he calls “the 5 best Nikon lenses for full frame” DSLRs.

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 16, 2018  |  1 comments

Matt Granger is a photographer and educator who runs a popular photography YouTube channel. And if you’ve ever watched any of his videos, you’d know that he has lots of opinions about photography gear.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 19, 2018  |  0 comments

Shutterbug, a member of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), once again teamed up with over two dozen other member magazines from around the world to select the winners in the annual TIPA World Awards for the best photo products of 2018 in 40 different categories.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 13, 2018  |  1 comments

Professional travel photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich gets asked one photography question more than anything else: what is the best lens for travel and documentary photography? The answer’s not so simple as he explains in the below video.

Joe Farace  |  Mar 02, 2018  |  0 comments

When shopping for a wide-angle lens, presented for your approval, is a collection of our favorite (mostly) zoom lenses to expand your view of the world.

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