After the website that helps you chose the best lens for you, here’s another interesting lens-related tool. It’s named Lens vs. Lens and it helps you when you can’t decide between two (or more) lenses. It compares the photos taken with different lenses, at various focal lengths and apertures. So, if you’re indecisive, it can be a helpful tool to have all the sample photos in one place for comparison. I believe it has both good and bad sides, and I’m curious to hear what you think.
Filmmakers, Veydra fans and everyone who is interested in lenses, pay attention! Last night, someone broke into Veydra headquarters in California and stole over 200 Veydra Mini Prime Lenses.
The company is offering a reward for any information that could lead to returning the stolen lenses back to their inventory.
It seems that the rumors around new Sigma lenses were true. At least partially though – because they didn’t launch two new lenses, but four of them. Sigma 14mm f/1.8 and 135mm F/1.8 Art prime lenses are accompanied by two zooms: 100-400mm f/5-6.3 and 24-70mm F2.8. Considering that it’s a Sigma Art lens that got the highest DxO Mark rating ever, you might want to consider buying one of the new Art lenses if you’re looking to add these primes or zooms to your gear bag.
There is a new lens player in town – IRIX, looks like they are there to compete with Rokinon, Sigma and other prime lens makers. Their first lens is a 15mm f/2.4 full frame prime, and it looks delicious.
We had a chat with the European branch of IRIX a few days ago in the UK Photography show and we are impressed.
All things held constant, prime lenses are far sharper at any given focal length than their zoom counterparts. The trade off, of course, is that you don’t have the convenience of changing the composition of an image with only a twist of the wrist.
One field where zooms seem to make the most sense is in photojournalism, since you’re oftentimes constrained with where you can shoot. But the truth of the matter is many photojournalists prefer primes. Myself included.
The reasons will vary from photographer to photographer, but two reasons I prefer fixed focal length lenses are that they tend to offer faster apertures, which help in do-or-die situations where light is all but nonexistent, and that the constraint of primes often leads to better images, as it makes me use my own legs as a means of composing images.
Regardless of why I, you or any other photographer chooses primes, I’ve decided to bring together the top five prime lenses for anyone looking to get into photojournalism. [Read more…]
Right off the bat I have to clear up a misunderstanding some have to what a 50mm ‘standard’ lens actually is. Throughout my teaching career I’ve heard beginner photographers refer to them as prime lenses and, of course, they’re correct. However, as the conversations develop I’ve found that a good number also believe that only a 50mm is a prime lens. In actuality any non-zoom is a prime lens.
With that small but important point out the way let’s move on to why I think the prefix ‘standard’ can be a little misleading and undermine this focal length and the many advantages there are for using one.
From the outside, the FujiFilm X100T, which just became available for pre-sale, maintains the classic styling of it’s ever popular predecessor, the Fujifilm X100S. Yet, while Fujifilm may not have found it necessary to add too many upgrades or embellishments to the camera’s outer-body, the X100T has undergone a series of internal upgrades, all of which make this sleek, small fixed lens a serious contender in the increasingly tough mirrorless camera market.
Life if full of all kinds of debates, both practical and philosophical. Chocolate or vanilla? Dogs or cats? Paper or plastic? Window or aisle? Jazz or blues? The list goes on. Most don’t really have a definitive answer, because life without choices can get pretty boring pretty fast. The Great Debates rage on, though, throughout the photography industry as well, covering everything from camera brands and strap style to memory cards and lenses. It’s the lens debate, though, that I find particularly interesting. I’m not talking about Canon vs. Nikon or Sigma vs. Tamron. I’m talking about Zooms vs. Primes.
If you’ve just made the move from smartphone or point and shoot to a DSLR body, you should now be considering the lenses you use. You have gotten the kit lens along with the camera and wanting another lens for variety, or you are looking to improve the technical quality of your photos. Toby Gelston (aka CameraRec Toby) suggests that at least one of the lenses in your arsenal should be a prime lens.
Prime lenses are lenses with a single focal length (e.g. 50mm, 85mm and so on). While Toby lists 5 reasons for using a prime lens – Bokeh quality; get more light; quality; value for money & size – I think Toby is only scratching the surface with the reasons to go prime. Do you own a prime lens?