Back Button Focus – What it is and why you might want to use it

Dec 20, 2023
Dunja Djudjic

Yes, we’re bringing up the back button focus. This is one of those things that regularly seems to split the camera-owning public. One side swears by it, and the other side can’t stand it or just doesn’t see the point. But, like many things in photography, it’s just another way of doing something. In this case, focusing your lens.

How I converted a 103-year-old Zeiss lens to autofocus M-mount

Nov 27, 2023
Jim Headley

Recently I was rummaging around in a box of old cameras, and I stumbled across a cute little Zeiss lens that I didn’t even know I had. It was a 5cm (50mm for you youngsters out there) f: 3.5 Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar. I researched its serial number (in the 411,000 range) to discover this little lens was manufactured in 1920, that’s 103 years ago.

Panasonic teams up with DJI to bring LiDAR AF to your mirrorless camera

Aug 14, 2023
John Aldred

Last year, DJI joined the L mount alliance. This ever-growing list is a shared commitment to collaboration and a degree of interoperability between some products…

What are focusing modes, and how do you choose one?

Jul 18, 2023
Daniela Bowker

There is a range of different focusing modes within autofocus. By choosing the right one for your shooting situation, you can get a whole lot more out of your camera and improve your photography

Photos of upcoming full-frame Viltrox AF 16mm f/1.8 FE lens show built-in display

May 15, 2023
John Aldred

Viltrox is planning to release a number of new lenses, according to a post on Weibo. A number of images of one of them, the…

Canon is starting to let 3rd parties make RF mount lenses

Mar 31, 2023
John Aldred

In a recent interview at CP+ 2023, the team from DPReview spoke with Canon about a wide range of topics. Two of them stick out…

Panasonic confirms PDAF is coming to MFT

Feb 27, 2023
John Aldred

In an interview with Yosuke Yamane, Panasonic’s Imaging and Business division director, Phototrend confirmed that Panasonic plans to implement phase detection autofocus into the Micro…

Nikon Z5 firmware adds Eye AF support when shooting video

Feb 17, 2023
John Aldred

Nikon has announced a new firmware update for the Nikon Z5 full-frame mirrorless camera. The new v1.40 update expands the previous v1.22 update with support…

Nikon is limiting third party manufacturers from competing on Z Mount lenses, a report

Feb 6, 2023
John Aldred

This is a bit of an interesting one and it potentially explains why we’ve seen a handful of autofocus Z mount lenses over the last…

Nikon adds Eye AF while shooting video to the Nikon Z50 with new firmware

Jan 24, 2023
John Aldred

Nikon has released the new version 2.4.0 firmware for the Nikon Z50, and it looks like the focus (no pun intended) for this one is eye-detection…