How To Clean Camera Lenses. Over 15 Experts Give Feedback

Recently, I saw a heartbreaking post on a Facebook group about cleaning a vintage camera lens with Hydrogen Peroxide. The photographer wanted to get rid of fungus on the lens. But instead, they ended up destroying the optics. They cited photographers on YouTube who say this is the thing to do. And unfortunately, that’s the problem. Lots of photographers on YouTube aren’t experts. If you wanted official information on something more pressing, it’s often best to check out .edu, .org. or .gov websites. Don’t get me wrong, we’re a .com website. But we’re also an accredited source of information. And besides, over the past decade, we’ve asked some of the best and brightest minds how to do this.

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Camera Lenses Are Confusing, But This Will Make It Easy

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I could easily start this with various lens nomenclatures and our autocorrect system would think it was gibberish. For example, GM. VC. OS. OSS. IS. VR. ED. ASPH. APO. DG. DN. HSM. STM. USM. Seriously, anyone that looks at these names wouldn’t know what they mean unless you really know photography and the brand. Photography manufacturers complicate their naming conventions instead of simplifying them. And I think that’s a huge problem for sales and for messaging to the audience. Here’s what we need to do about camera lenses.

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5 Affordable Lenses That Are Perfect for Spring Landscape Photography

Landscape photographers can get big performance from lenses with smaller price tags.

Spring is upon us, and that means flowers will soon be blooming. The landscapes around us are about to change drastically. It’s this reason that many decide to pick up a camera. When it comes to landscape photography, you don’t need a super expensive, ultra-fast lens. You can actually pick up more affordable options with slower apertures. Landscape photography is about slowing down. When I say this I mean slowing yourself down so you can enjoy the views and slowing down your aperture. You need smaller apertures to get more in focus during landscape photography. The lenses we’ve rounded up after the break are perfect for those new to the genre. You’re going to get sharp lenses that produce gorgeous colors. Best of all, they won’t make your wallet cry. See our picks for the best affordable landscape photography lenses after the break.

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We Haven’t Seen Lens Deals as Big as These in a Long Time

We have found lens deals galore from both Sigma and Tamron.

Upgrading your camera is one thing. However, if you really want to see a difference in your images, you need new lenses. There are some incredible lens deals from Sigma and Tamron right here. Tamron’s weather-sealed f2.8 primes for Sony E mount are ridiculously affordable. The 20mm f2.8 is just $249, the 24mm f2.8 is $199, and the 35mm f2.8 is only $199. There are even deals on Tamron lenses for DSLRs. Sigma has lens deals currently as well. The Sigma 16mm f1.4 is down to just $368.79 (Sony E mount), and the Sigma 35mm f1.4 for Canon EF mount is just $689! If you’re a birder and you shoot with Nikon F mount cameras, grab the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary for only $829! You could even adapt it to Nikon Z mount cameras! There are many more deals after the break.

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Camera Lenses That Focus Via Heat Are Here, and They’re Fascinating

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The future of camera lenses sounds like something from a Sci-Fi movie.

Camera lenses are incredible. The amount of design and engineering that goes into them will blow your mind. All we see is the outer shell and the front and rear elements, but inside is a complex work of art. Tiny tolerances and margins for error ensure your lens delivers razor-sharp images. It’s really no wonder some camera lenses cost as much as they do. Now, though, a new lens that obtains focus via heat transfer generated by lasers is here. No, this isn’t some far-fetched idea from a movie; this lens is real, and it’s here now. After the break, we’ll talk about this and what it could mean for the future of photography.

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A Great Idea, But It’s Not for Everyone: KUVRD Universal Lens Hood

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Every year we get exposed to photography accessories that are meant to revolutionize the game. Sometimes, these accessories come along and make our lives easier. However, most simply fail to live up to the hype surrounding them. You may have heard about a company called KUVRD. They made a product that really was excellent in their universal lens caps. So, when they announced the universal lens hood, we were excited. We’ve spent some time with the new KUVRD Universal Lens Hood, and we’re both amazed and dismayed. Find out why below.

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The 10 Best Lenses According to DXOMark (July 2020 Edition)

According to the boffins at DXOMark, the lenses listed in this roundup are the best you can attach to your cameras.

The old saying is that your camera is only as good as the lenses you use. Well, if you want to attach the best lenses to your camera, you might be interested to see which lenses DXOMark believes to be the best of the best at the end of July 2020. Check out the top ten lenses according to DXOMark, combine them with our real-world tests, and you will have a much better idea why these lenses have been ranked the way they were. If you want some of the best lenses around, take a look at the top ten performing lenses according to DXOMark for July 2020.

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Under $600: 18 of the Best Photography Gifts for Dad This Father’s Day

These photography gifts will make Dad snap happy this Father’s Day.

If your dad is the photographer (or wants to be the photographer) of the family, and you’re struggling to come up with ideas on what to get for him this Father’s Day, look no further than this post. Whether your dad is a newcomer to the craft, or he has been around the shutter a few times, these items will make this Father’s Day even more special for him. Head on past the break to see all the incredible deals we found on photography gifts.

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Cheap Photo: Fujifilm GF50mm f3.5 $499, Tamron F2.8 Primes Just $299

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If you shoot with Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, or Fujifilm, you do not want to miss out on these lens deals.

Looking to grab some new lenses to pair with your Fujifilm, Sony, or Micro Four Thirds cameras? If so, you’ll love these deals. The Fujifilm GF 50mm f3.5 for GFX series cameras is just $499 (that’s half its normal price), and the 56mm f1.2 RPD for X mount cameras has a discount of $500.95, bringing it down to $999! M4/3 shooters can grab the Panasonic 25mm f1.7 for $147.99 and the excellent Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro for just $399! Sony shooters can score the new Tamron 20mm24mm, and 35mm f2.8Di III OSD M1:2 lenses for only $299 each. Check out all these great lens deals and more after the break.

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Photography Gear: APS-C, M4/3 Continue Their Positive Trends in May

Judging by the photography gear our readers purchased in May, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras continue to do well, and lots of Tamron lenses found new homes too.

There’s nothing like buying new photography gear, and many of you have given new homes to plenty of equipment during May. Lenses were the big sellers this month, with primes being the flavor of the month. When it comes to cameras, we saw a few Full-Frame cameras get new owners, but APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras are continuing their upward trend in popularity. Join us after the break to see what photography gear your fellow readers purchased during May, 2020.

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Truth Bomb: Camera Systems Are Only as Good as Their Lenses

It’s safe to say that most people buy a camera based on its specs and then they worry about lenses, but you should be looking at new camera systems differently.

Today in the world of photography, it’s the news about new cameras that seems to travel the furthest. This should come as no shock because advancing technology in the gear we use is exciting. This does create a problem, though. More often than not these days, many photographers buy into camera systems based only on the specs of the latest camera. After the excitement of owning a new camera wears off, they realize the camera they purchased may not have available all the lenses they need, or they find that the lenses lack a little something that can bring images to life. This happens far more often than you might think. After the break, we’ll talk about the importance of lenses and why you should buy into camera systems based on the glass, not because of features and specs of a shiny new camera.

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Cheap Photo: The Sony 85mm F1.8 Is Only $548

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Cameras are nothing without lenses, and we have found some of the best lens deals on the web.

One sure-fire way to improve your images is to invest in better lenses, and there’s no better time than right now to do it. We have found some genuinely incredible lens deals. The Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 is just $746.20, and the Sigma 100-400mm is down to only $599! You can also grab the Tamron 18-400mm with a Nikon F mount for $539. If you’re a Micro Four Thirds user, you can pick up the Olympus 300mm f4 Pro for just $1,759.86 (International Version), and if you shoot with Sony cameras you can score the impressive Sony 85mm f1.8 for only $548! In all, we have found over 40 lens deals that you don’t want to miss out on.

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10 Great Pieces of Photography Gear Popular with Our Readers (Jan 2020)

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There are some surprises in the list of best-selling photography gear for the month of January.

The first month of the year has come and gone already, and a lot of you have been busy adding some cool photography gear to your collections over the last 31 days. We have to say you all have great taste! In this roundup, we take a quick look at ten items picked up by our readers, who are no doubt now enjoying their new toys! There are some surprises in the list this month too, which warm our hearts! Join us after the break to see the photography gear that your fellow readers have put their hands on this month.

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Cheap Photo: Mega Early Black Friday Camera Deals, Lens Deals, More

These are early Black Friday camera deals and deep discounts on lenses, lights, and software you don’t want to miss!

We’re in the time of the year where deals and discounts are plentiful, and we have found some stunners. You can get the Canon EOS RP for just $999, the Fujifilm X-H1 for $999, and the X-T3 for only $1,299. The Nikon Z6 ($300 off) and Z7 ($700 off) have huge discounts, and so does the Panasonic G9 ($500 discount). There are deals on lenses too. The Canon 85mm f1.8 is down to a crazy low $269, and the 24-105 RF Mount is only $899. Nikon has discounts on their new Z glass (save $150 on the 35mm 1.8 Z), and Fujifilm has discounts on their X mount lenses as well. If you’re looking for lights, the eVOLV 200 is only $254.15, and the bundle with the XPLOR 600 and the eVOLV 200 is just $879! You can also get a bundle of 1500+ presets for only $29! Check out all the early Black Friday deals after the break. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: Check Out These Fall Lens Deals from Sigma,Tamron, More

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You can save a significant chunk of change on these lens deals from Sigma, Tamron, Sony, and Samyang.

Leaves aren’t the only thing to fall at this time of year. Prices on some of the best lenses from Sigma, Tamron and others have fallen too. Right now you can get fantastic deals on the Tamron 45mm f1.8 ($399), the Tamron 70-210mm f4 ($599), and the Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 ($1,199). Sigma also has some cracking deals on their lenses too. The Sigma 35mm f1.4 can be snapped up for $399, the 24-105mm f4 is down to just $779, and the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 has fallen to only $899. All of these lenses from Sigma and Tamron and many more are available for multiple mounts. There are also some sweet Sony E Mount deals too. The excellent Sony 85mm f1.8 is only $548, the razor-sharp Rokinon/Samyang 550mm f1.4 AF is just $479.95, and the Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS is just $998. Skip past the break to see all of the lens deals. Continue reading…

Why Cheap Lenses Will Always Cost You More in The Long Run

Cheap lenses offer an excellent way for photographers to build up a collection, but in the long run, you’ll pay for them in more ways than one.

At the beginning of your photographic journey, it’s easy to drop a few hundred bucks on a cheap lens that you’re sure will lead you to greatness. Continue to do this, and you will amass a collection of cheap lenses that you believe are doing an excellent job for you. Mark these words, though, as there will come a time when you progress in your abilities, and you will start to see the shortcomings of your cheap lenses. You’ll also realize just how much money you now have tied up in lenses that just don’t cut it. 7Artisans announced new 35mm f1.4 lens which sounds excellent, but this makes us wonder whether cheaper lenses always cost you more in the long run. Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…

The Sony 16-35mm F2.8 GM vs the Tamron 17-28mm F2.8

If you have been eyeballing either of these wide lenses but can’t choose, you need to see this.

Just a few short years ago you would’ve been hard-pressed to find photographers who wanted to use third-party lenses over first-party offerings. Until Sigma and Tamron upped their game, the lenses they produced were slow, cheaply made, and couldn’t match the image quality of first-party lenses. Oh, how times have changed. Now, third-party lenses meet and sometimes even exceed the levels of performance from first-party lenses; they’re usually significantly cheaper too. If you like wide lenses and have been eyeing the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 or the Sony 16-35mm f2.8 G Master, you need to see the video we have for you after the break. Continue reading…

The Absolute Best Lenses Around According to DXOMark (August 2019)

These lenses have been put through the wringer at DXOMark, and they came out with flying colors.

It’s the time of the month where we take a look at the best lenses that have passed through the top-secret labs at DXOMark. No lenses were harmed during the tests, but we do know that they were pushed to their absolute limits. We have reviewed all of the lenses in the DXOMark top ten as well. Check out the DXOMark top 10, combine that with our real-world tests, and you will have a much better idea as to why these lenses have been ranked the way they have. If you want some of the best lenses around, take a look at the top ten performing lenses according to DXOMark for August 2019. Continue reading…

Sigma Tops The DXOMark Top 10 Lenses League Table for July 2019

The DXOMark lens league table is dominated by Sony, Zeiss, and Sigma yet again.

It’s that time of the month again where we take a look at the top 10 lenses according to the guys and gals at DXOMark. If you have been wondering which lenses are the very best optically, and want to know where you should spend your hard-earned money, you should check out the DXOMark lens league table. There may be a few surprises in there that have flown under your radar. Join us after the break to see which lenses you should buy if you want the best of the best. Continue reading…

Under $1000: 8 Seriously Stunning Lenses for Sony FE Mount

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There are so many spectacular Sony FE Mount lenses for under $1000 on the market now.

It wasn’t too long ago that the lens selection for Sony Mirrorless cameras was a little on the thin side, but as the popularity of the Mirrorless platform grew, more and more lens manufacturers started taking note. Now, the market is filled with stunning Sony FE Mount lenses from the likes of Tamron, Sigma, Rokinon, Tokina, and of course, Sony themselves. The best part is that there are some truly incredible lenses that are available for well under $1,000. Join us after the break to take a look at some of the spectacular Sony FE Mount lenses you can get your hands on without breaking the bank. Continue reading…

DXOMark: Here Are The Top 10 Performing Lenses For June 2019

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The June DXOMark lens performance league table is here for all to see.

There have been some new lenses that have gone through the DXOMark boot camp over the last month, and there were high expectations for them, but did they have enough about them to beat the existing top ten performing lenses according to DXOMark? Join us after the break to see if new offerings from Canon and Nikon were able to budge lenses that seem to have made their spots in the table their permanent homes. Continue reading…