If you were to look at the mirrorless camera world, it would appear that Canon, with the Canon M6, is an entry into the world where they’re still trying to find themselves. To some, they could look like an experimental 20 something trying in vain to get their life together. Yet somehow or another, I genuinely never thought that I’d like the Canon M6. The camera isn’t designed to be the highest end mirrorless camera from Canon, yet somehow or another it’s a camera that surely deserves respect in some ways and groans of frustration at the fact that Canon has gotten this camera almost perfectly right yet it feels like they were purposely holding themselves back. The Canon M6 has at its heart a 24MP APS-C sensor which is smaller than all the other options out there from Fujifilm, Sony, Pentax, Sigma–and let’s be honest because they’re all more or less made by Sony. Designed for the enthusiast, the Canon M6 has some very tough competition from the entire camera world. Yet somehow or another, this truly is a camera that you need to personally experience to understand.
If you’re a fan of the Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art lens, then you’re bound to fall head over heels for the Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM Art lens. When it comes to portrait lenses, photographers are typically tied to the 85mm and 135mm focal lengths: and so that makes this latest decision even harder. Both are good. In fact, both are fantastic. But with the new Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art lens, you get what seems like a smaller and lighter lens though surely longer. Plus it has weather sealing and a classic quality about it with just a bit less contrast than many of the other Sigma Art lenses.
But is it the right portrait lens for you?
One of the cooler things about owning a camera with a legacy lens system is that you can use their lenses with old school film cameras loaded with fresh film. That typically goes for lots of new lens options on the market. To be clear, this means that Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Leica M, and Sony/Minolta A mount lenses can all work seamlessly on your film cameras and your digital cameras without the need for an adapter. In fact, for a really long time I’ve used the Canon EOS Elan 7 as a backup camera body of sorts.
So what happens when you use new lenses with film? Those of you who grew up with film may say nothing special. But for those of us who started in digital, we say differently.
Nikon is still one of the major camera brands out there, despite their recent financial troubles, so chances are some of you may have a Nikon, and some of you may be thinking about which lenses to upgrade to from your kit lens. Today we have five really solid lens options for you to take a look at that all offer superior image and build quality over your Nikon kit lens.
Landscape photography is one of those great niches of photography where you can just grab your gear and go–no need to line up a client or model, just drive out to your nearest wilderness area and you are golden. This often makes landscape photography a popular niche for hobbyists and amateur landscape photographers, who by extension are usually looking for budget lenses to built out their kit.
One nice benefit to landscape photography is that your subjects are not moving, so autofocus is a luxury that you can live without, meaning access to inexpensive manual focus prime lenses is something that makes a lot of sense to look into. Today we wanted to focus on some of our picks for the best budget landscape photography lenses, and we have broken the list up into two parts, DSLR Lenses and Mirrorless lenses. Let’s jump into it.
It happens often: you go to buy a lens and you’re offered the option of also purchasing a UV filter. But do you really need one? Photographers are often confused as to whether or not to get one. For many years, photographers have used UV Filters for a number of reasons. In fact, most photographers who started in digital most likely didn’t get one.
So here’s the explanations for them all.
5 Reasons for Portrait Photographers to Get Super Excited About the New Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG Art Lens
Yesterday, the new Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art lens was announced–and it’s an understandably amazing reason for portrait photographers to get very hyped up. The 135mm focal length is one of the best options out there for portrait photographers. It does a whole lot of compression of your subject and is often perfect for headshots. Of course, you’re standing pretty far back away from them but the lens is capable of delivering so many great looks that you’re bound to just fall in love with its capabilities.
So here are some reasons why we’re so hyped about the new Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art lens.
In addition to the attention-grabbing Sigma 14mm f1.8 Art and Sigma 135mm F1.8 Art prime lenses, Sigma has also announced two new zoom lenses today at CP+; their new 24-70mm F2.8, and the 100-400mm F5-5.3. Both of which will be very enticing to their respective niches. Continue reading…