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Shutterbug Staff  |  Sep 19, 2019  |  0 comments

Do you like long exposure photography? Have you ever wondered what the best lens is for capturing long exposure shots? Well, long expo shooter Attilio Ruffo has answer based on his vast experience capturing long exposure images.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 19, 2019  |  0 comments

This lens has me going in circles. I spent weeks looking for a well-rounded person to photograph. Every image I captured was pointless. Okay—enough of the circle jokes. Time to get a round to the review.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 25, 2019  |  0 comments

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Tamron’s SP (Superior Performance) lens series. They elected to commemorate this special occasion by introducing what they have labeled “the ultimate Tamron lens” in the form of the new SP Tamron 35mm F/1.4 Di USD (Model F045) prime lens in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. 

Joe Farace  |  Jul 23, 2019  |  0 comments

Tamron has a long history of producing versatile, do-everything lenses and the Tamron 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043) continues with that heritage. I received the Canon EF-mount version of the lens for testing, but a Nikon F-mount version is also available at the same price. While designed for Canon’s full-frame EF-mount cameras, the Tamron 35-150mm lens can also be used with their APS-C models where it produces a field-of-view equivalent to 56-240mm.

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 09, 2019  |  0 comments

Sony just launched its latest prime lens for its mirrorless cameras: the new Sony FE 35mm F1.8 lens. We got our hands on this new Sony FE lens prior to this morning's launch and had a chance to shoot with it for a few hours. Included in this story are eight of our full resolution test images captured with the Sony FE 35mm F1.8 lens.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 05, 2019  |  0 comments

Canon has not one but two elite 85mm portrait lenses: Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II and Canon RF 85mm f1.2L lens. The main difference between these two portrait masters is that the EF lens is designed for Canon's DSLRs while the R lens is made for its new full frame mirrorless camera line.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 27, 2019  |  0 comments

In the late 1980s Canon introduced a 135mm f/2.8 autofocus lens that featured selectable softfocus. In addition to delivering dreamy out-of-focus images on demand, it’s also tack-sharp and extrapolates up to the equivalent of a 216mm f/2.8 when used on a crop-frame Canon.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 25, 2019  |  0 comments

Photographer Julia Trotti is out with a revealing new video where she compares portraits shot with her whole arsenal of prime lenses: 24mm vs 35mm vs 50mm vs 85mm vs 135mm. We knew there would be a difference in the look of each portrait shot at a different focal length but we were surprised at how much.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 20, 2019  |  0 comments

Laowa’s newly introduced 100mm macro lens offers 2:1 reproduction ratio and a fast f/2.8 aperture. The specifications for this manual focus lens are impressive—but does it deliver, and does it deserve its $449 price tag? We put a sample (in Nikon mount) through the paces and made a couple interesting discoveries.

Dan Havlik  |  May 03, 2019  |  0 comments

What's the ultimate lens for street photography? What's the worst lens? Could the 24-70mm F/2.8 be both good and bad for shooting street? All these questions (and more) are answered in the below video from photographer Pierre T. Lambert.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 22, 2019  |  0 comments

The Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM and Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD lenses share a similar focal length, and both can be used with Sony's full frame mirrorless E-mount cameras. But they differ dramatically in price.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 17, 2019  |  0 comments

Portrait and wedding photographer Julia Trotti loves prime lenses. In fact, she known for stocking her camera bag exclusively with primes whenever she heads out on shoot.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 04, 2019  |  0 comments

It’s Macro SmackDown! If the cost were the same, which Olympus macro lens would you buy for your Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, the 60mm f/2.8 or the 30mm f/3.5? We shot with both and came to a conclusion that might surprise you.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Mar 14, 2019  |  0 comments

Lens guru Mathieu Stern recently had a chance to try out a vintage-version of the Leica Summilux M 35mm F1.4, which is selling for nearly $4000 on eBay. The lens is noteworthy not just because it's a Leica, but because it's the world's smallest F/1.4 lens.

Jason Schneider  |  Feb 28, 2019  |  0 comments

It’s now widely appreciated that many great old lenses of the analog era can capture images that have that elusive quality known as character. Writers of the early 20th    century tried to express these qualities by describing them as “rounded” “luminous” or “plastic” rendition, but later writers and scientists dismissed such terms as imprecise and speculative, turning to resolution and later MTF testing to quantify lens performance parameters.

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