German lens manufacturer Voigtländer has launched Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical lens for Sony E-mount. Since it’s a manual focus and de-clickable, this fast and wide prime lens can be a good choice for both photographers and filmmakers.
It’s hard to imagine shooting landscapes, cityscapes or architecture without wide-angle lenses. Of course, photographers of many other genres use them as well. However, it’s easy to make mistakes with a wide-angle lens that will make your photos, well, less than impressive. In this video, Spencer Cox of Photography Life guides you through some tips for mastering wide-angle lenses and using them to make the best out of your shots.
Lomography has come up with some interesting products in the past couple of years. The latest addition to their family is the Lomogon 2.5/32 Art lens. It’s a handcrafted 32mm f/2.5 lens aimed particularly at travel and street photographers, but of course, it can be used for many other genres. Aside from reasonable price and compact design, the most interesting feature of this lens is probably its perfectly circular bokeh.
Along with the big announcement of the X-T30 mirrorless camera, Fujifilm has also announced a new lens you can pair with it. Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR is a wide-angle prime for X-Mount APS-C Fuji mirrorless cameras. It’s small, lightweight and therefore ideal for everyday use and travels.
Photographing wild animals from up close can be a difficult or even impossible task. Some of them are dangerous and you’d put yourself into danger if you approach them. The others, on the other hand, could be shy and won’t show themselves if there’s a human nearby.
Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas has come up with tech that overcomes these challenges. He has designed a few products that make it easy to photograph dangerous and shy animals from up close, without coming anywhere near them. In this video, he talks about his inventions and how they can help photographers get unique, dramatic close-ups of wild animals.
Wide-angle lenses are not the most common choice for shooting portraits, but they can give some interesting results. If shooting wide is your creative choice for portraiture, there are some things to watch out for. In this video from Adorama, photographer David Bergman will give you some quick tips on what to keep in mind when shooting portraits with wide-angle lenses.
Venus Optics has launched a new lens for DJI X7 cameras on DJI Inspire 2 drones. Laowa 9mm f/2.8 DL Zero-D is the widest lens yet for these cameras, and the “Zero-D” stands for “zero distortion.” Despite the very wide angle, the lens is designed to reduce the optical distortion to a close-to-zero level.
At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nikon announced that Z series of lenses is going wide: NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S is the latest addition to the Z family. It’s not only the first ultra-wide lens for the Z system but also the world’s first ultra-wide full-frame lens that lets you attach filters on the front.