One of the “fun facts” I remember from my photography classes was that “wide-angle lenses are not for portraits”. Of course, you can always experiment and photograph people with wider focal lengths, but the truth is – it does make them seem a bit weird in the photos. This fun gif shows precisely how the change of focal length affects the face of a person you’re photographing.
It’s one of those debates that’s been going on since the dawn of digital photography. To use UV filters or not? In the film days, a UV filter was often a wise choice, depending on what film stock you were using. In the days of digital, it didn’t really offer the advantage it once did. But, many still choose to use them. The common reason is for “protection”. In the event that something bangs into it, or the lens is dropped “I’d rather replace a UV filter than a front element”.
But just how tough are front elements, really? And just how strong are the UV filters? Are they really protecting the element from impact as much as most people think? That’s something YouTuber Vaes Joren wanted to find out. After his Nikon 18-55mm kit lens broke, he decided to shoot both it and a UV filter with an airsoft rifle to see just what would happen.
For those new to photography or video, lenses can seem like a scary subject. There’s so many different types, and numbers and letters that all denote different things. There’s countless different mounts and adapters. So many different features and options. Is the lens even the right one for your size of sensor? It can be hard to know where to begin.
In this video from YouTube filmmaker D4Darious, we’re talking through all of the important information you need to know about lenses. Covering everything from the basics of aperture and focal length to more advanced capabilities such as built in stabilisation and macro. Even if you’ve never held a camera or lens before, this’ll be easy for you to follow.
Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo is well known for its inexpensive flash units and radio triggers. More recently, the company have turned their hand to lenses. Adding to their fairly small 50mm f/1.8 and 35mm f/2 lineup, Yongnuo have now announced a 100mm f/2 lens. Outwardly reminiscent of the Canon 100mm f/2 USM, the lens is initially available on Canon only. We can probably expect a Nikon version to come along at some point in the future.
The best thing about it, though, is the price. Costing around $170, this is a little over a third of the $499 Canon. At this price point, it could be a great option. A potentially ideal portrait lens on a very low budget. How well it stands up to scrutiny side-by-side with the original Canon remains to be seen.
Sigma recently made a big leap into the world of the cinema by announcing 8 new cine lenses all at once. While most are expected to be released throughout the course of 2017, pricing and availability for the first two has now been announced. Those two lenses are the 18-35mm T2.0 and 50-100mm T2.0 lenses for APS-C sensor cameras.
Designed for super high resolution 6K and 8K footage, they’re also very fast at T2.0. Priced at $3,999 each, they’re certainly not inexpensive lenses, but they’re not too unreasonable when stacked up against the competition. These lenses are compatible with the “Super35” image size standard and are available in Canon, Sony and PL mounts.
Here is a bit of interesting news, a letter that Sigma distributors just sent to their retailers tells that Sigma is stopping to make some of the Sony mount Sigma lenses.
A reliable source within the industry tells us that Sony is actually quite a small business with Sigma, so they are letting this line go.
Everybody wants to know what Sigma plans for the future. Ever since they launched the ART line, the company has been getting nothing but praise.
While there is a huge focus on Sigma’s lenses, the company’s camera line does not “suffer” from the same success. I mean Sigma’s lenses are a viable option when looking for a camera, but I don’t really think photographers are considering them seriously when deciding on a new body. So here is the million dollar question, why are Sigma making cameras in the first place?
When you get a third party lens, there is a concern that it will not always be compatible with your camera. I mean Canon, Nikon and the likes have no obligation to make their bodies work with third party lenses.
Now Sigma has actually found an incompatibility with some Canon bodies, and issued an incompatibility warning, most notably with the new Canon EOS 5DmkIV, they also released a workaround:
Back in early 2016 we interviewed IRIX about their new line of wide angle primes. Now we are back with some exclusive news and first sample photos. The good news: IRIX are moving from just Ultrawides to primes. Their first lens which was just announced is the IRIX 45mm f/1.4. You can see that lens in the video, it is quite a big lens, and if it holds up to the previous lenses optics it is going to be very interesting. and definitely form some competition to the Tokinas and Samyangs out there. (head over to our previous interview to see why we think the IRIX is such an exciting lens)