Other than the tiniest full frame mirrorless, there are a few more novelties from Sigma today. Three of them, to be exact. Sigma has just announced three out of four rumored lenses for Sony FE: the 35mm f/1.2 Art, 45mm f/2.8, and the 12-24mm f/2.8 Art. We finally have more details of the specs, prices, and availability, so let’s check them out.
If you’re in the market for a 24-70 f/2.8 lens for your Canon camera, there are a few options available. In this video, Matthew Gore goes in-depth about the similarities and differences between Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II and Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 ART. Both have a good reputation, and the price difference isn’t really big, which makes the decision not so easy to make. So, if you’re having second thoughts which of these to choose, this video could answer some of your questions and help you decide.
You know how many photographers say that gear doesn’t matter and that the story is more important than the gear you use? YouTuber Casey Neistat has made one of the most ridiculous (but pretty fun) comparisons between two pieces of gear. In this video, he tests a crappy $35 smartphone zoom lens against a $1,000 Sigma zoom lens. Can they even compare?
A new, huge lens has joined the Nikon family. NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is a super-telephoto lens with a built-in 1.4x teleconverter. It lets you extend the focal length from 180-400mm to 252-560mm on full-frame cameras. Used with crop bodies, that’s the equivalent field of view to full frame 378-840mm with the teleconverter activated.
The lens seems to be designed with sports and wildlife photographers in mind. It has plenty of great features, and they come with a price tag of nearly $12,400.
Choosing prime or zoom lenses is mainly a matter of preference. And what to choose when you’re shooting portraits? Many photographers would rather reach for primes, but modern zoom lenses can also give you sharp, high-quality images. In this video, Manny Ortiz discusses his choice when it comes to the lens for portrait photography. He tests an 85mm f/1.4 and a 70-200mm f/1.8. They are both great, but they have both advantages and disadvantages.
After getting one’s first camera and kit lens, the first question that inevitably follows is “What lens should I buy next?”. For any given manufacturer, there’s such a huge variety. And that’s before you even consider the 3rd parties who produce lenses for that system. And, barring speciality glass like fisheye, macro and tilt shift, they generally fall into two categories. Zoom or prime.
Understanding the advantages that each has over the other can help you to make a more informed decision. This video from Craig Roberts at e6 Vlogs goes over those differences. What advantages they offer over zooms, as well as their pitfalls. With this information, it should help you narrow down your choices to at least a type of lens.
Long lenses are a must for certain types of photography, but they can be a huge investment. This is why people often opt for teleconverters. This may or may not be the best option, and maybe you’re having second thoughts whether you should buy a teleconverter or not.
In his latest video, Jay P. Morgan talks about the advantages and disadvantages of teleconverters. If you can’t make up your mind whether they’re worth the investment, this video might be of great help for you.
After the website that helps you chose the best lens for you, here’s another interesting lens-related tool. It’s named Lens vs. Lens and it helps you when you can’t decide between two (or more) lenses. It compares the photos taken with different lenses, at various focal lengths and apertures. So, if you’re indecisive, it can be a helpful tool to have all the sample photos in one place for comparison. I believe it has both good and bad sides, and I’m curious to hear what you think.
It seems that the rumors around new Sigma lenses were true. At least partially though – because they didn’t launch two new lenses, but four of them. Sigma 14mm f/1.8 and 135mm F/1.8 Art prime lenses are accompanied by two zooms: 100-400mm f/5-6.3 and 24-70mm F2.8. Considering that it’s a Sigma Art lens that got the highest DxO Mark rating ever, you might want to consider buying one of the new Art lenses if you’re looking to add these primes or zooms to your gear bag.