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Product review: Sigma 60-600mm f4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport Lens


June 2019 issue Tech

Whether you’re an APS-C or full-frame shooter, the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport lens is great for both travel and outdoor photography. It covers every subject that doesn’t need a wide angle, and at 200mm it can even be used for telephoto macro photography, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.3. Unlike older zooms with a 10X focal length range, it’s sharp and almost completely free of geometric and chromatic distortions. It’s also large. You can find smaller lenses in... Continue Reading >

Like no other: Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens

March 2019 issue Tech

© Courtesy NikonThe giant leap in mirrorless camera technology opened new doors in lens design. Nikon has made a grand entrance with its Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens, the first ultra-wide zoom to take advantage of the capabilities made available by the Nikon Z Mount. With its flat front lens element, it’s the first filter-attachable ultra-wide-angle zoom lens covering a focal length from 14mm.Landscape, architecture, and event photographers as well as videographers will appreciate the... Continue Reading >

Filters On High: Tiffen Mavic 2 Zoom 6 Filter Kit


1.31.2019 News

Kudos to Tiffen for a well-designed collection. I tested the Mavic 2 Zoom 6 Filter Kit that’s part of the Tiffen ND (neutral-density) Aerial Collection for drones. My tests were of the six ND filters in the set— three ND and three ND with polarizer (PL) filters—which are housed in a nice tin case.© EDDIE TAPP Neutral density filters and polarizers are an essential tool in any photographer’s equipment bag, and they’re particularly important for creating long-exposure drone... Continue Reading >

Review: Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens


12.24.2018 Tech

For the love of BokehThe Sigma Photo 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens is part of the company’s Global Vision line of Art, Sport, and Contemporary lenses. It is a solidly constructed, large-aperture, large-bodied (for its focal length) autofocus lens designed for full-format (24x36mm) cameras. And like the other Sigma Art lenses, it delivers superb optical performance at a reasonable price. One thing about Sigma’s Art series lenses is that they make you feel as if the people who make them truly... Continue Reading >

Super-telephoto Canon lenses are ideal for sports and wildlife

11.25.2018 Tech

Canon has managed to take pounds off the weight required for super-telephoto performance in two new lenses being released this month. The EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM (pictured) is now 25 percent lighter than its predecessor, weighing just 6.26 pounds, and the EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM lens dropped 20 percent to 6.73 pounds.Improvements incorporated into the lenses include Optical Image Stabilization that’s up to five shutter speed stops of correction, heat-shielded paint that helps prevent... Continue Reading >

Review: Sigma 70mm F2.8 Macro Art Camera Lens


November 2018 issue Tech

Macro photography reveals the art of the smallMacro photography is always tricky, but when done well, it reveals a world our unaided eyes cannot perceive. Macro photography is hard because it comes with its own set of problems: The depth of field is shallow (unless you use focus stacking), and the small scale makes lighting control difficult. True macro photography covers the 1X to 10X magnification range of a subject. Lenses that natively magnify greater than 1X, like Canon’s MP-E 65mm... Continue Reading >

Pro review: Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens


8.25.2018 Tech

Good thing, small packageOnce again Sigma has produced a high-quality lens, and it’s not even part of the company’s acclaimed Art series. The Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN is part of the Contemporary lineup for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds system cameras.  Even though it isn’t an Art lens, it performs on the same level—sharp with excellent flare and ghost suppression and pleasing bokeh. I saw no noticeable chromatic aberrations or geometric distortion. Used with APS-C cameras, it covers the... Continue Reading >

Nikon announces new full-frame mirrorless cameras, new lens line


8.23.2018 Tech

Nikon has introduced two full-frame mirrorless cameras: the 24.5-megapixel Z 6, a body optimized for high speed and low light performance, and the high-resolution 45.7-megapixel Z 7. Both bodies are nearly identical in appearance, slightly smaller in width than a full-size speedlight is tall and only slightly taller than the same speedlight is wide. What's remarkable is how thin the body is except for the grip. The bodies are dominated on the front by the new 55mm diameter Z- bayonet lens mount... Continue Reading >

Review: Petzval-style optical design in the Lensbaby Burnside 35


5.29.2018 Tech

Despite the increasing availability of effects and filters in digital cameras and imaging programs, there remains a group of dedicated creative photographers who prefer to get an optical effect in-camera rather than in post-production. Lensbaby has been imagining and producing optics for many years. Its latest creation, the Lensbaby Burnside 35, incorporates two optical effects—a Petzval-style optical design and an adjustable vignette—in a unique lens that opens a wide array of creative... Continue Reading >
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