You’ve been into photography for a while, you’ve upgraded your skills, and it’s time to upgrade your gear. If you ask me, that’s always exciting, but it can also be stressful: what should you upgrade first? In this video, Scott Choucino discusses this topic and helps you choose between your lens, camera, light, or modifier. And to some of you, the answer may be surprising.
People are paranoid about scratching their lenses. So much so that they’ll actually put filters over the end of them, intentionally degrading the overall image quality to prevent “ruining” them and degrading the image quality (yeah, I know). But is it really that big of a deal? Is a fingerprint or a scratch on your lens that bad?
In this video, Chris and Jordan at DPReview test out a bunch of different levels of dirt and damage on lenses on both the front and rear elements to see exactly how much difference it makes to the image quality. Some of the results are actually quite surprising.
It’s something that all of us have run into at some point or another, particularly when we’re still learning the basics of photography. We learn that when we stop down our lenses, we get more depth of field and a sharper image. So, if I need the most depth of field, I should just stop it down all the way, and everything will be in focus and super sharp, right? Well, no, not exactly.
Diffraction is a topic that gets thrown around a lot when people start talking about stopping their lenses all the way down, but a lot of people don’t really know what it means. They’ve seen the effects, but how and why does it happen? In this video, ZY Productions explains what diffraction is, and how it affects your images.
Viltrox has posted their updated lens roadmap to Weibo and it shows nine new lenses coming between now and next year. Viltrox is traditionally known more for (relatively) inexpensive lens adapters and various accessories, but they’ve actually been making lenses for a couple of years now for various mirrorless systems including Sony, Fuji, Nikon and L mount.
The new lens roadmap shows Viltrox’s existing 9 lenses along with 9 new ones, expected to come out over the next year or so. There is a mix of Micro Four Thirds, APS-C and full-frame lenses coming and while they don’t mention the mounts for the APS-C and full-frame lenses, I think some can be fairly safe bets.
This video was absolutely EPIC to make and a lot of fun. Thank you to all the creators who joined in so that you didn’t have to listen to me the whole time. Also a huge thank you to SONY for letting me borrow all of this Glass.
Many of these lenses are not made for portraits so the sample image may not be relevant to the lens. I just thought it would be interesting to see how the lenses looked when compared side by side. This wasn’t scientific and I’m not sure if we learnt anything but I can say that we had a lot of fun.
I have been using the new Tamron 70-180 for almost a week now, and I have fallen in love with the lens. It took a few days of trial and error for me to feel confident with a long lens and autofocus, but it was worth the effort. I almost exclusively shoot landscape with a wide angle so this experience was like stepping into a new and foreign world.
A few days ago, we shared that Tamron is about to release a 70-180 f/2.8 Sony lens. I received a pre-production sample of the Tamron 70-180 a few days ago, and here are some real-world sample photos that are taken with this lens. All photos are shot with the Sony a7riii.
Even though this is a pre-production unit I am very impressed by its performance. The 70-180 is light, sharp and colors are nice. It’s actually trending as a top seller right now at B&H, and I can see why.
With lenses skyrocketing in price lately, especially on the mirrorless front, it can be difficult for beginner mirrorless shooters to find inexpensive lenses. For DSLRs there are plenty, but for mirrorless cameras, the selection isn’t quite as broad. For Fujifilm X users, though, that selection has just expanded a little, with two new lenses from Pergear.
Earlier this month, Pergear released a 25mm f/1.8 lens for Fuji X, but now they’ve added to the lineup with 35mm f/1.6 and 50mm f/1.8 lenses. They are manual focus lenses, but they give low budget shooters a nice inexpensive set of primes for covering a multitude of uses.
Popular lens (and camera) manufacturer Sigma has said that they are going to be giving priority to their DN line of mirrorless system lenses, going forward. A tweet posted by Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki confirmed this, stating that while the primary focus will be on DG DN full-frame mirrorless lenses, they will also be working on DC DN lenses for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds.