Everyone by now has heard the sage old advice told to every young photographer without a zoom lens.  Use your feet.  Or Sneaker Zoom, as most of us old timers call it.  Sneaker Zoom means getting closer or farther away from your subject to effectively change your angle of view without having to change the lens itself. […]

 Venus Optics, the Chinese camera lenses manufacturer based in Anhui, China, who last September launched the world’s first 2:1 Macro Lens with infinity focus, claims to have accomplished another first.  Venus Optics has just announced the world’s widest Macro lens for full frame cameras, the Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide-Angle 1:1 Macro Lens.  And boy, does this Laowa […]

Like everybody else, we’re pretty excited to get our hands on Canon’s new 5DS and 5DS R. There are already a lot of hands-on articles about the cameras that probably have told you more than you need to know to make your purchase decision. Of course, for most of the Canon shooters who read this blog, the purchase […]

From the video image stabilization without a gimbal department, we bring you young French filmmaker Emmanuel Pampuri CEO & founder @ Les Machineurs & TRACTOfilm in France, who has just this week announced a whole new type of imaging stabilization system that looks to hold some great promise. On this second video you’ll see longer videos […]

Sony has announced several new α E-mount lenses and converters, building upon the rapid expansion of their popular mirrorless camera system.  The new introductions are highlighted by 4 new ‘FE’ full-frame E-mount lenses designed to complement the acclaimed α7 camera lineup. These include a ZEISS® Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA wide angle lens, an […]

The new ZEISS Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 lenses are the first full-frame autofocus lenses with an OLED display for the mirrorless Sony αlpha series and therefore the pioneers of a new era. As professional tools, Zeiss claim they enable outstanding outcomes with optimal image performance, impressive contrast and maximum resolution down to the very last […]

Yesterday, just in time for tomorrow’s start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2015  in Yokohama, Japan,  Sigma Corporation of America announced the new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens, the ninth Global Vision lens to join the company’s excellent Art lens line-up. The much anticipated 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art wide angle lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on […]

There are few things I’ve found in my life as a photographer of any real lasting value:  My older pre-ASPH Leica lenses, an old Domke bag I’ve had forever, my hat, and a small library of books – SONY A7/A7R:FROM SNAPSHOTS TO GREAT SHOTS  now being one of those books. The quality hand-crafted into my old […]

From Photography Life: Longitudinal Chromatic Aberration Longitudinal Chromatic Aberration, also known as “LoCA” or “bokeh fringing”, occurs when different wavelengths of color do not converge at the same point after passing through a lens, as illustrated below: Lenses with Longitudinal Chromatic Aberration problems can show fringing around objects throughout the image, even in the center. […]

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 […]

Last June, FujiFilm issued their lens development “roadmap” (see chart below) for the two XF mount cameras at the time, the XPro-1 and X-E1.  I purchased my  X-E1 with the highly regarded and most excellent 35mm f/1.4, deciding to place my bet on Fuji evolving this camera system.  There was no optimized RAW processing support for the […]