Better and better: AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens review

July 2017 issue Tech

When it comes to camera lenses, fast and accurate matter, but usability is key. Nikon’s new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR zoom lens is better than its predecessor in both regards. Still, is it worth the investment to upgrade? I’ll highlight a number of features and changes to help you evaluate the improvements and decide whether upgrading lenses makes sense for you.Even though Nikon didn’t label this lens the VR III, it’s the third generation of the VR 70-200mm lens. At 7.9... Continue Reading >

Product review: Sirui filters prove analog still beats digital

June 2017 issue News

While digital methods have supplanted many analog techniques of the past, some things are still best left analog. One is the use of filters on a camera lens.There are digital filters designed to mimic analog polarizing and graduated neutral density filters, but they never quite get it right. And there’s no digital substitute for a protective UV-reducing filter or 10-stop neutral density (ND) filter. Sirui has a new product line of filters that includes a screw-in UV, circular polarizer, and... Continue Reading >

Lensbaby Announces Twist 60

4.12.2016 News

Lensbaby has announced the upcoming release of the Twist 60, a metal-bodied non-tilting lens that captures a sharp subject with a swirly blurred background and enhanced vignette. “Twist 60 embodies our love of old lenses and their unique ways of helping photographers discover creative possibilities,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby co-founder and chief creative officer. “True to an 1840 design by Joseph Petzval, this lens reveals striking separation between subjects and their background, a... Continue Reading >

Slice of life

April 2016 issue Tech

Lensbaby composer Pro II and Edge 50 OpticAmong photographers who enjoy creative exploration outside of their camera manufacturer’s lens lineup, Lensbaby products have attracted a large and loyal following. I always have them packed in my car in their own bag and available for when I see opportunities to create something different.The Lensbaby system comprises a lens and associated optics. The lens is not a lens in the conventional sense but rather a device that mounts on the camera body... Continue Reading >

World’s First 85mm f/1.8 lens with VC for Full-frame DSLRs

3.23.2016 News

© COURTESY TAMRONTamron has announced the launch of the SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016), the world’s first fast-aperture telephoto lens with VC (Vibration Compensation). Tamron’s Vibration Compensation makes it possible to take handheld photographs in dim light or at night. The 85mm SP lens uses LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements in the optical design to minimize color fringing and to achieve sharp and clear image quality with high-fidelity color. It... Continue Reading >

Lens trifecta

January 2016 issue Tech

Sigma 24-35MM f2 DG HSM art lensExceptional quality, short focal length range, large-aperture zoom, great price—who doesn’t yearn to find that trifecta in a lens? Sigma’s 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens is a winner in all three heats. But it comes with some cost: The zoom range isn’t large, and it’s not what anyone would call a small or lightweight lens.With high-end wide-angle zoom lenses the focal length range is around 2.5X or less; anything beyond that seriously tests the limits of... Continue Reading >