Lenses are an integral part of photography or filmmaking. Well, unless you’re using a pinhole camera. But field of view, focal length, and crop factors can be confusing for newer photographers. This video from The Basic Filmmaker goes over the basics of what they all mean and how to convert “focal length equivalency” for non-full frame sensors.
Embarrassingly a few years ago I was very vocal about how disappointed I was about some of the Nikon lenses. I’ve been using Nikon cameras and lenses for decades and although I was very pleased with the image quality and colour rendition their cameras produced, I strongly considered jumping the Nikon ship in search of crisper, cleaner looking lenses. In fact I was so close to leaving Nikon a couple of years ago that I went through the process of hiring and testing other brands to see if other manufacturers could deliver what Nikon could not.
As the launch date approaches, new information of the upcoming Nikon mirrorless cameras keeps coming in. That’s right, you read it well: cameras. The previous rumors that Nikon is launching two full-frame mirrorless cameras instead of one have been confirmed. And in addition, three lenses to accompany the cameras are coming on 23 August, too.
When you’ve been into photography for a long time, and especially if you have the so-called “gear acquisition syndrome,” keeping your gear organized can pose quite a challenge. In this 90-second video, Ted Forbes will give you six DIY ideas for storing your precious gear. They all include household items, and some of them you may already have at home.
This is one of those exercises that, while a little boring to do, can make those valuable lens investments worth so much more. Fortunately, it’s something that only takes about 10 or 15 minutes to do, and when it’s done, you’re all set. That exercise is finding the “sweet spot” of your lens. Essentially, figuring out at what aperture it performs best and gives the sharpest, cleanest results.
This video from photographer Mark Denney walks us through the process. How to shoot the images and then what to look out for when analysing the results. This way, when you depend on your lens on a real shoot, you’ll not be wondering why your images are soft.
I’ve been a big fan of Irix lenses since I first had the chance to check out their then-new Irix 15mm f/2.4 in person at The Photography Show in 2016. Later in the year, they let me have a bit of a play with the Irix 11mm f/4 at Photokina later in the year. They’re both very impressive lenses.
The only potential issue with them, though, is that until recently, if you wanted lens profiles for these lenses in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom, you needed to download them yourself and install them manually. Now, though, Adobe have officially added lens profiles to support these lenses to CC.
Fujifilm has announced a roadmap of lenses for X series cameras, and it contains a very interesting lens. The company announces the development of 33mm f/1 lens. What’s interesting is that it will have autofocus, which will make it the first lens of its kind.
A tilt-shift lens is most likely not the first one you’ll buy after the kit lens. But, a specialized lens like this can be a great problem-solver in many situations, or add a new dose of creativity to your shots. In this video, Jon Lorentz of Canon USA gives you some tips on using tilt-shift lenses, so you’ll get some ideas about how they can improve your photographic work.
When we speak of landscape photography lenses, the first thought for many photographers will be wide angle lenses. In this video, Nigel Danson shows you that it’s not only about wide angles. He suggests three lenses essential for landscape photography, which will provide you with plenty of versatility and creative options.
Remember when Huawei released the P9 and everybody got excited over its cameras because they had Leica written on them? And then there was the whole controversy over exactly how much involvement Leica had with their development? Well, it seems here we have another item bearing the Leica name with questionable origins. According to a patent recently filed by Konica Minolta, the $5,500 Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH lens is actually their design. Not Leicas.