5 Fast Aperture Medium Format Lenses You’ll Envy

Image by YJ-Lee

Lots of photographers love talking about medium format cameras, but there isn't as much talk about the lenses. As every photographer knows, a lens is the heart of a camera system and this is as important with medium format cameras as it is with 35mm, APS-C or even Micro Four Thirds cameras. Due to the significantly shallower depth of field at any given aperture, the capabilities of each lens is important when it comes to creating images you simply can't get with the 35mm small format (or full frame, for many of you).

If you're looking for some super fast medium format lenses, here's a list you absolutely need to check out.

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The Best Budget Lenses for Sony Photographers

Sony has taken the photography industry by storm with their full frame mirrorless system, building upon the already strong system they had built with their APS-C cameras. Lots of photographers are ditching their Canon and Nikon DSLRs in favor of these lighter and smaller Sony bodies, and so naturally, some of you are trying to figure out what your best budget lens options are for the Sony system. This is where we are here to help.

We have a giant master list of what we feel the best budget lenses are for every system, and you can find that here, but in this post we wanted to highlight our picks for the best budget lenses for the Sony system.

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Portrait Focal Lengths, Putting Myths Aside For Clarity

Surely you have run into this situation while trying to get a better handle on what sort of lenses and gear you should invest in for portraits. You have a small space and you are asking for wide angle lens suggestions and everyone goes off the deep end about not using wide angle lenses for portrait without actually explaining why; or by using over simplified responses like ‘bad distortion!’ Continue reading…

Vintage Camera Review: Canon EOS 33 (Canon EF Mount)

If you were to look at any of the best Canon EOS film cameras made, you probably wouldn’t think immediately about the Canon EOS 33. But indeed, it and the Canon Elan 7 are surely some of the best. These cameras incorporate features that make a whole lot of sense for most modern film shooters and don’t cater to the film shooting sports photographer–if even such a thing exists. One of the best things about the Canon EOS 33 is not only its price point but also just how reliable it is.

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Why I Think We All Need to Stop Caring About DXOScores and Lab Tests

Before I get very deeply into this piece, this post isn’t a personal attack on DXOMark, DPReview, Imaging Resource, or any of the sites that do some sort of lab testing. They run a legitimate business that in some ways puts camera and lens testing into a format that is mathematically easier for lots of people to determine for themselves. But if you’re a photographer who has been working in this industry for a while and has developed a set of skills that allows you to create beautiful photos no matter what piece of gear you’re using, then it technically won’t matter if you’re using a Canon 5D Mk II or a Sony a9 as long as you can think creatively and capture or create a jaw dropping photo.

And with that statement I will begin my very pointed opinion.

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The Basics: Choosing Your First Good Zoom Lens for Your Camera

In the past couple of years, photographers have finally been able to pick up their first good zoom lens. By that we mean lower end zoom lenses have become much better at delivering high quality photos. For years, photographers turned to higher end zooms and prime lenses for good quality optics. When you combine these new zoom lenses with high quality sensors though, you’re able to create photos that really stand out to you and others around you.

So we’re going to take a closer look at how you determine what your first zoom lens should be.

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How to Get the Soft Focus Look in Your Photos Using Adobe Lightroom (Free Presets)

One of the popular photo looks these days is the soft focus look; and for many photographers it’s tough to get it just right unless you really understand what’s going on. The soft focus look is based on what photographers used to produce years ago in the film days. Some photographers achieved it by putting stockings over the front of the lens or rubbing vaseline on a piece of glass then putting that in front of the lens. Other photographers do it by scratching a lens up a whole lot to kill the sharpness and details the lens can produce.

I’m pretty positive you don’t want to scratch up some glass, so here’s how you can get the look using Adobe Lightroom.

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Faraz Azhar’s Black and White Urban Geometry is a Solitary Study of Shapes

All images and text by Faraz Azhar. Used with permission.

My name is Faraz Azhar, I’m a travel photographer based in Dubai, UAE. Although I have a fulltime job as a banker, photography is my passion. I cherish black and white photography mostly for architectural photos. I believe that an architect spends endless hours imagining a structure that he is about to build, he draws countless shapes on paper before finalizing his design and he takes care of every little measurement and detail of that building; whether it’s a cornerstone or a pillar or any piece of metal or concrete. Capturing these fine details is an art. Taking photos of architecture in color makes it overwhelming and makes the viewer lose focus of what’s important in the scene…the fine architectural detail.

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