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Nifty fifty and four other pieces of gear every aspiring portrait photographer should have


 
 

For new portrait photographers, it can be tricky to determine what gear is "must-have" and what gear you can hold off on and purcahse later. To make wading through the portrait waters easier, Hanssie at SLR Lounge has made a list of five must-have items that every new portrait photographer ought to buy.

Let's...

Sigma reports lens mount scratching issue with Pentax K-1, prepares fix for affected lenses


 
 

Third-party lens maker Sigma has today disclosed a potential issue with some of its lenses when used in concert with the just-released Pentax K-1 DSLR. Three current Sigma lenses and eight discontinued models are affected, and each can cause a minor scratch to appear in the K-1's body directly above the lens mount....

Capture distinct images with your mirrorless camera for cheap with these four “toy” lenses

We recently covered Mathieu Stern's review of the $1,600 Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 "soap bubble bokeh" lens, and now he's back with a review for those of us who want to spend a lot less money to get a really distinctive look. In Mathieu's latest post, he discusses four toy lenses that are worth trying out on your mirrorless camera. The best part? They...

Lomography pays homage to Daguerre and Chevalier with Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens


 
 

It seems to be the week for interesting lenses. No sooner have we told you about the affordable, Petzval-esque Lensbaby Twist 60 than we stumbled upon another very cool optic. This time around, it's a resurrection -- in spirit, at least -- of one of the first photographic lenses, created in 1839 by Charles...

Begone, reflections: Zeiss explains the science behind its famous T* coating technology

 
 

Just about every modern lens has something in common: The use of anti-reflective coatings which allow the complex, element-rich optical formulae we take for granted today. Perhaps the key pioneer in the field was Ukranian physicist Alexander Smakula, who invented the first interference-based anti-reflective coatings in...

Is Olympus preparing to release a full-frame camera? Full-frame lens patents filed in Japan

 
 

Is Olympus preparing for a full-frame mirrorless camera? Patents filed this year in Japan may point to that possibility.

Earlier this year, Egami reported on a patent filed by Olympus for a 28mm f/2 full frame lens. At the same time, patents for 20mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4, and 35mm f/1.4 full-frame lenses were also...

Lens Care 101: Everything you need to know to diagnose and clean your precious optics


 
 

Snap question: When is the last time you cleaned your lens? If you had to stop to think about the answer, chances are that it has been a while, and although that's probably not having much of an effect on your photos yet, it could still be subtly degrading image quality and shortening the life of your lens.

If...

Tamron announces new 85mm f/1.8 and 90mm f/2.8 lenses, plus accessory for updating lenses at home

Tamron has announced two new lenses for full-frame cameras, the SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro. In addition to these two lenses, Tamron has also announced the TAP-in Console accessory that allows users to update the firmware and customize setups for selected Tamron lenses. 

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

The SP...

The perfect lens doesn’t exist and getting close to perfect is expensive

Many of us only have the opportunity to use one copy of any particular lens. It isn't practical for the end-user to test different versions of the same lens before settling on one, nor is it good for retailers if consumers are cycling through lenses. Supposing that you had the equipment to accurately test your lenses (which you probably don't), your...

Sony raises the bar: We talk with Sony’s top lens designer about what makes their latest lenses so special

 
Mr. Motoyuki Ohtake

Distinguished Engineer
Opto Design Department, Core Technology Division, Digital Imaging Business Group

Sony's three new FE-series (full-frame E-mount) lenses promise a new level of optical performance, both in terms of sharpness and resolution as well as in producing beautiful bokeh. In...

See the first real-world images from Sony’s new G Master lens series! (UPDATED)

 
 

Update (02/05/16): A handful of sample photos from the 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens have now been added to the Sony A7R II Gallery.

Sony today announced a whole new brand of lenses with their "G Master" series. This flagship line begins its era with three new full frame FE lenses, the 24-70mm F2.8 standard zoom, an 85mm F1.4...

What happens when you drop a metal ball on Sigma’s new WR Ceramic protective filter? Take a look!

 
 

In December, Sigma introduced a new line of protective filters. These filters utilize Sigma's new Clear Glass Ceramics technology and Sigma states that they are the first of their kind and the strongest in the industry.

Sigma recently shared a video on their YouTube channel that shows their new WR Ceramic Protector...

A Leica trifecta: 3 new M-mount lenses announced!

 
 

Leica has introduced three new M-mount lenses: the Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH, Leica Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH, and Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH.

Per Leica’s press release, these updated versions of three "classic M lenses" each deliver “enhanced image performance and quality, thanks to their new optical design.”...

Where did lenses come from? Video tells the backstory!

 
 

John Hess from Filmmaker IQ has made an excellent video detailing the history and science of lenses and glass, and we think it's a "must-see" for our ethusiast gear-heads out there. 

The origins of modern camera lenses can actually be traced back to the Nimrud Lens, whose intended purpose remains a mystery, which is...

B&H Super Sales: Day 4 of 13 - Tripod Tuesday - (through midnight Tuesday, Dec 8) - plus, new sale on lenses!


 
 

Another day, another deal! It's Tuesday, and today B&H has another one-day on a wide selection of tripods, tripod heads, monopods, and tripod kits. There are deals all sorts of popular brands from Gitzo and Manfrotto to Sirui and Oben. If you've been waiting to upgrade to some new "legs," or you know a photographer...

8 best lenses for your new Canon DSLR

 
 

Congratulations on your new Canon DSLR! This new camera will enable you to take gorgeous photos for years to come. 

Many folks purchasing a new camera pay little heed to lenses, treating them as an afterthought. But with the right lineup of lenses, you'll be able to capture wide-open landscapes, gorgeous close-ups of...

Blast from the past: Photographer attaches 105-year-old lens to mirrorless camera!

 
 

French photographer Mathieu Stern just kicked off a new video series called "The Weird Lens Challenge." In this series, Stern will be using "only the weird lenses, the old, the crazy ones" and mounting them to a mirrorless camera.

His first antique optic for the series is a 1910 folding camera lens, an Eastman Kodak...

Deals site Massdrop announces upcoming photography community

Deals websites aren’t scarce by any stretch of the imagination. But one deal site in particular takes an interesting approach to cutting costs. The site is called Massdrop and this week, they announced it would soon be opening up a brand new category for photographers.

Before diving into what the upcoming Photography section will consist of, it’s...

Facebook wants to be able to ‘fingerprint’ a single image to any one of its 1.5B users

In the age of the internet and always-connected devices true privacy (and anonymity) is becoming harder and harder to come by. Thankfully, more often than not, there are means by which we can protect our privacy and adhere to anonymity through the removal of data; particularly geolocation and other information integrated into the metadata of many of...

Canon’s incredible Expo 2015: Amazing technology, but where’s photography going?


 
 

Every five years, Canon puts on a single-company trade show they call the Canon Expo. This year's was the third I'd attended, and it's incredible to see the growth and development that's taken place in the ten years since my first.

A look back at Canon Expo 2005

To give you some idea of how much things have...