We’ve seen some pretty cool camera-inspired watches so far. But Horage’s Lensman 2 Exposure wasn’t just inspired by photography and made for photographers. It features a rotating bezel that lets you calculate exposure and choose proper camera settings, which is especially useful if you shoot film. It’s your little cheat sheet that can always be with you and tell you both time and camera settings. Pretty cool, huh?
Photo vs cine lenses – Which is really more cinematic?
As cameras have become more video-capable over the last decade and a bit, cine lenses have become more of a thing. Once confined to Hollywood film sets, they’re not readily available for anybody with the cash to spare. While some are uniquely cine lenses, others are photography lenses in new housings. But does the cine housing and feature set really make a difference?
In this video, Syrp Lab takes a look at photo vs cine lenses to see if the latter really is more “cinematic”. There are certainly plenty of advantages and disadvantages to both types of lenses, depending on your needs and how you prefer to shoot, but
How to pick the perfect focal length for your photos
Picking a lens to use for certain situations, especially as a beginner, can be a daunting task. Yet, it’s one of the most important choices you can make when it comes to creating a photograph. Different focal lengths, and the distances they may require you to be from your subject, can have a massive impact on how the image looks and the mood and feeling it gives off.
In this video, Dave Paul at The Camera Store TV walks us through the entire process of picking a lens. He begins with the fundamentals of what focal length even is, then taking us through how it affects the various aspects of your shot and composition. Dave uses the full-frame Sony E mount system as his base, but the same principles apply to any camera system. The numbers are a little different for non-full-frame formats, though.
Panasonic adds two new Lumix lenses to its full-frame L mount 2023 lens roadmap
Panasonic has updated its full-frame L mount Lumix lens roadmap for 2023 by adding two new lenses. One new prime lense has been added at the 100mm (or 105mm) mark with a zoom around the 28-200mm range. The two lenses clearly full up some gaps in the Lumix L mount lineup, but when we’ll see them is currently unknown.
The prime lens sits around the 100mm mark, but potentially 105mm. Whether or not it’ll be a macro lens, like the Canon 100mm f/2.8 or Nikon 105mm f/2.8 is unknown. It might be more akin to the Nikon 105mm f/1.4 (or Sigma’s 105mm f/1.4) than an f/2.8 macro. The zoom looks like a potentially good walkabout lens, as an alternative to the Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro OIS but with a bit more range.
Latest Olympus lens roadmap shows new 20mm f/1.4 Pro prime and 40-150mm f/4 Pro zoom lenses
OM Digital Services has announced a new lens roadmap for Olympus M.Zuiko lenses apparently scheduled to be released. There aren’t a lot of changes, but there are a couple of interesting new lenses being added, including an ED 20mm f/1.4 Pro and a 40-150mm f/4 Pro.
Olympus already has a 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro and a super low budget 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R. The new f/4 Pro would present an option that sits in between the $199 and $1,499 options, offering a lower budget option but with decent quality. The 20mm f/1.4 Pro fills a nice little hole in their primes lineup in between the 17mm f/1.2 and 25mm f/1.2 Pro lenses.
Overhyped camera gear you absolutely shouldn’t buy – unless you know why you need it
When I first watched this video, I thought “well, I’ve got like five of those things on his list and I find them quite useful”. And you’ll probably feel the same way. But you have to remember who this video from Raphael Ludwig is aimed towards. Mostly beginners.
Every time a new piece of gear is announced, there’s a lot of hype and people new to photography and filmmaking get sucked in by it. Every new filmmaker thinks they have to have a gimbal, a motorised slider, a drone and a bunch of other stuff simply because they don’t know any better. And, well, the video’s right. Most of the time they don’t need it.
Lens compression is absolute nonsense – It doesn’t exist, and here’s why
This post will probably upset a few of you. Don’t care. Lens compression is a myth, I’ve been saying it for years, but when I try to explain why, peoples’ eyes start to glaze over. This video from Dave McKeegan, however, explains and demonstrates the principle wonderfully. Although, as Dave says, it really doesn’t matter.
Dave does go very in-depth into explaining the technical side of why lens compression doesn’t really exist, and if you’re not technically minded in the least, you’ll probably want to watch some parts of the video two or three times to fully understand what the demonstrations… uh, demonstrate. But it’s worth sticking with it. The better you know the principles, the better you’ll be able to use your gear.
Viltrox to announce six new Nikon Z autofocus lenses – 3 for APS-C and 3 for full-frame
Historically known more for its lens adapters and accessories, Viltrox has been branching out into budget lenses the last few years and they’ve released a mix of manual and autofocus lenses for a number of systems, including a couple for Z-Mount already, including a 20mm f/1.8 manual focus and 85mm f/1.8 autofocus prime lenses.
Now it seems they’re about to release six more lenses for the Nikon Z mirrorless system. All of them are autofocus. Three of them will be for APS-C format and three of them will be full-frame. The six new lenses were on display at the China International Photographic Equipment and Technology Fair (China P&E) in Beijing, China. Interestingly, none of them appeared on the Viltrox lens roadmap published last year.
Zenit releases four new prime lenses for Sony, Nikon and Canon
Russian lens manufacturer Zenit has announced four new manual focus prime lenses. A 60mm f/2.8 macro and 58mm f/1.9 are made for Nikon F and Canon EF, whereas 50mm f/1.5 and 35mm f/2 are made for Sony E-mount cameras.
Fun fact: Zeiss lens families are named after bird families
If you use Zeiss lenses, love birds, or both, here’s something you’ll find really interesting. Zeiss lens families all have names like Milvus, Batis, Touit, and so on. And have you ever wondered how they’re named? Well, Zeiss’s five lens families carry the same names as families of birds.
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