OK, you probably know I don’t like ultra-long lens names. I don’t like lenses that are expensive (who does?). So when you throw out a 50mm lens with a long name, like the Sony FE Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA, and price it at $1,500 I’m a bit predisposed not to like it. Seriously, that’s a […]

(G Master Lens Discussion starts at 4:10 in the above video, after the discussion about the exciting new a6300) G Master.  Now there is a name that instills confidence.  And rightly so from a look at the specs of the new lineup of Professional highest quality glass for the Sony E mount.  Apparently, Sony has […]

Last post, we took apart the Canon 35mm f/1.4 Mk II lens. Continuing the 35mm theme, today we’re going to do the same to the Sony 35mm FE f/1.4 ZA lens.  And chill out, we’ll do the Sigma 35mm DG HSM f/1.4 Art lens next and one of the Zeiss after that.   Before we start, let’s be sure we’re […]

  Understanding the three pillars of The Exposure Triangle, and how to use each of them to your advantage in concert, is one of the highest arts in photography.  Up there with color and composition.   Understanding the exposure triangle of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO is the first step in mastering photography. They are three of […]

RONKONKOMA, NY — June 19, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens and camera manufacturer, today announced the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens, the market’s first full-frame zoom lens offering a wide-open, constant aperture of F2 throughout the zoom range. Pricing and availability are pending. With the development of this latest Global Vision […]

Showcasing “exceptional handmade craftsmanship and premium Russian optics,” Lomography has introduced the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens as “the very heart of the LC-A legacy.”  The lens will be sold in a Leica M-mount, and is available for pre-order now, with anticipated initial shipments going out in July, 2015. Premium Optics The glass used to make […]

Editors Note: With the rumor mill alive with speculation about a soon to be announced Sony A7R Mark II with a whopping 59MP of resolution, a discussion immediately came up with some of my professional photographer friends about where is the actual diffraction limit going to be with a Sony 59MP full frame sensor?  The limit being the […]

Rollei lenses on a Sony A7S?  Is this possible?  Yep, Rollei lenses on a Sony A7S, and the results may  surprise you as much as they did me.  Not only is the video superb, the still images are every bit as magical as their medium format counterparts.  Rollei lenses on a Sony A7S for me? You better […]

Perspective correction, or “tilt–shift” as it is often called, encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that […]

The new Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 telephoto is the longest, fastest zoom at F2.8 available for a mirrorless camera. The Panasonic 35-100 F2.8 is incredibly compact and regarded by many as one of the best mid range telephoto zooms on the market for the M43 format. Neither of these lenses is what I call inexpensive, but then […]

Matt Granger, from ThatNikonGuy.Com digs into the difference between F Stops and T Stops in this short presentation.  Just what is that difference, and is that difference important to us, you mite ask? In the science of optics, the f-number (sometimes called focal ratio, f-ratio, f-stop, or relative aperture) of an optical system is the ratio of the lens’s focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil at the […]

Now I See from Philip Bloom on Vimeo. WATCH TILL VERY END FOR COMPARISONS! Read the “evolving review of the Sony A7s” here: gopb.co/a7s Any use of the tip jar to help fund these reviews is always gratefully welcomed! Thank you!! Everyone had been saying the just out Sony A7s is a low light monster […]

With the release of OS X Yosemite later this year, Apple will cease the development of its professional photo editing application, Aperture. Bummer.  Users of Aperture will be transitioned to Photos, a new app that was introduced during the Apple WWDC keynote recently. The new Photos application integrates many of the advanced photo editing features that were previously found […]

The Art Of A Focus Puller One of the least expensive and most versatile lenses in any filmmaker’s bag of tricks is the 50mm lens. Check around, almost every manufacturer sells a “nifty fifty.”  Considered by many to be the default “normal” human vision equivalent, there are more 50mm lenses in existence than the next two focal lengths combined.  If […]

The Fujifilm X-T1 combined with the  XF 23mm 1.4R prime lens is an amazing combination. This is the sharpest Fuji lens we have seen so far,  even beating the very good XF 35mm 1.4. The widest opening of f/1.4 allows lovely background blur. In some cases the maximum shutter speed of the X-T1 (1/4000) is […]

From the deepest depths of “In My Fondest Dreams” and from a Bad Kreuznach Division IBC Press Release, 13.09.2013, I bring you the current #1 pick for my “Christmas Video, 2013 Most Wanted Stocking Stuffers.”  (Saint Nicholas should be this good to all of us .)   Schneider-Kreuznach presents its new range of Xenon full-frame […]