As I sit here cleaning and organizing my lens collection, I’m thinking about which lenses are the foundation of my photography. Sometimes for simplicity and frugality’s sake, I wish I could start my photography life over. If I could travel through time and space back on my photography path, here are the lenses I would tell the newbie me to focus on first. I think these are the types of lenses every DSLR owner should have. [click to continue…]
You’ve bought your first camera and now you have some good shooting time beneath your belt. You’re waiting to move beyond that kit lens and there is some money burning your pocket, begging to be spent on new glass.
When I’m asked for advice on what a photographer’s next lens should be, my response is usually, “What do you like to shoot?” The answer to this is the best way to determine what the next lens should be. With that in mind, here are my recommendations for the lenses which should follow your kit lens.
Attention, Micro Four Thirds videographers! New all-manual Micro Four Thirds lenses with fast apertures are headed your way, and they’re coming from Kowa in Japan. The company has a long history of manufacturing photographic products, but in the recent past they mainly produced field optics such as binoculars, as well as CCTV lenses. Around CP+, Kowa more or less secretly announced a set of three all-manual lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras that look like they could be suited for cine work.
The set comprises of three focal lengths: an 8.5mm (19mm-equivalent), a 12mm (24mm equivalent) and a 25mm (50mm-equivalent.) The lenses come with T-ratings, but the aperture ring is marked for f-values. The maximum apertures of the lenses are f2.8 for the 8.5mm and f1.8 for both the 12mm and the 25mm. Despite the lack of autofocus, these lenses can be seen as direct competitors to the Olympus 12mm f2 and 25mm f1.8, as well as the SLR Magic 12mm T1.6.
Pricing and availability haven’t been announced yet, but Kowa’s dedicated website states a summer 2014 release date for the Prominar series. From the looks and the lens diagrams, we reckon these lenses won’t be cheap. Their bodies look like they’re all-metal, and the optical constructions seem pretty elaborate, with both aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements. In any case, both manual lens aficionados as well as Micro Four Thirds videographers will surely welcome these additions to the system’s lens lineup.
Although CP+ is in full swing, Photokina can’t get here soon enough. Photo Rumors spotted a new full-frame camera lens from Tokina sporting the insanely popular 24-70mm focal length range. Labeled the Tokina AT-X PRO SD 24-70mm f2.8 (IF) FX, the lens will supposedly be officially announced at Photokina in September, but for now it’s making a display only showing at CP+ show in Japan.
Sadly we have yet to see the earlier rumored Tokina wide-angle 12-28mm f/4 lens for crop sensor cameras or the Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f4 PRO FX VCM-S telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLRs. The new Tokina 24-70mm lens will run into some heavy competition from Nikon and Canon as well as the recently released Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 SP VC. Another 24-70mm lens that’s due for a Photokina appearance is the earlier rumored Sigma 24-70mm f2 lens.
The 50mm lens is a favorite amongst many photographers. However, there are some that don’t warm up to this focal length as much as others. Either way, it’s a lens that can prove to be very versatile and may probably even stay glued to your camera.
Here are just a couple of reasons why those lenses do so well.
Over some coffee and some conversation about the Nikon Df, a question came up. How effectively could it be used for event photography? In my review I mentioned it would be a decent camera for that type of photography. With permission I decided to use it in my biggest week of event photography to date, the lead up to a really big football game in New Jersey. It took place in the beginning of February 2014. We can’t say its name because due to some contractual things with my day job. I wanted to put the Nikon Df in a real world working situation.
The Nikon Df is not the most popular new camera on the market. Once you get beyond lack of shutter speed and lack of video, is it a good camera?