How The Laowa 90mm f2.8 Macro Makes Bokeh Extra Special

We’re really curious about the Laowa 90mm f2.8 Macro lens being announced today for a few reasons. First off, Laowa puts out new lenses at a very furious pace. More importantly, they make them for nearly every lens mount available too. But what’s seriously fascinating about the new Laowa 90mm f2.8 Macro is a critical part of the design: it’s an apochromatic lens. If you’ve read about my thoughts previously on Apochromatic lenses, then you’ll understand why this is extremely special. Even better, Laowa is promising that the design is less than 5 inches long while being a bit more than 1lb.

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The Nikon Z 800mm F6.3 VR S Captures Stunning Photos

Well, let’s be honest here; the new Nikon Z 800mm f6.3 VR S wasn’t a well-kept secret. Birding and sports photographers using the Nikon system have been waiting for this. Combined with the focusing algorithms in the Nikon Z9, you’ve now got a foolproof setup. With the world opening back up as well, the new Nikon Z 800mm f6.3 VR S could be your new Safari lens. But best of all, you’ll be hard-pressed to experience issues with camera shake. 

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4 Great Cameras with Image Stabilization for Your Shaky Hands

The best thing about modern cameras with image stabilization is that you can capture things that weren’t as possible before. These cameras acquiesce to the fact that you’re probably amped up on coffee or not always in a stable situation. Combine them with the latest lens technology, and you’ll have something really wonderful to tote around with you. We dove into our reviews index to find some of our favorite cameras with image stabilization. And these are our favorites.

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If the Olympus Pen F Mk II Ever Comes Out, This is What I Want

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I really, really do hope that Olympus is considering making another high end Pen F camera. They tend to say that those cameras don’t work for them. But Nikon said the same thing about the Df. Then we got the Nikon ZFc, that’s proving to have a lot of hype. Nikon learned from their mistakes, for the most part. So why can’t Olympus? With that said, I’m still holding out hope for an Olympus Pen F Mk II. I’d love to see one.

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The Big Reason Why You Should Just Get an F2.8 Zoom Instead of the F4

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There are loads of articles helping you figure out whether or not you should get an f2.8 or an f4 zoom lens. We’ve written articles about it too! The articles all say that it really depends on what you need. And that’s not a wrong answer at all. Some of us may need one thing over another. But in 2021, I feel like modern lenses and cameras have become very advanced. In fact, they’re so good now that the answer to this question has really changed. More importantly, we think that the answer is pretty obvious.

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3 of the Best Lenses for Bird Photography as Tested by Us

If you went and got into bird photography during the pandemic, then this roundup is for you. In fact, lots of folks suddenly got into birding when there was little to nothing to do. And it’s pretty easy to really enjoy this hobby. The thrill of capturing a woodpecker eating something or a sparrow in its nest is wonderful. The best lenses for bird photography take us into worlds we’re not always able to see with our naked eyes. We’ve reviewed tons of lenses, and we dove into our Reviews Index to bring you this special list. We think you’ll love it!

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3 Fantastic Canon RF Lenses We Tested Showing True Innovation

Is it time to get a new lens? If it is, then you’re probably wondering what lenses are doing that makes them stand out from the others. In truth, not many lenses are very innovative. But since the Canon RF mount came about, we’ve seen some exceptional Canon RF lenses. In fact, Canon RF lenses are incredibly innovative most of the time. Lucky for you, we’ve reviewed most of them. Be sure to check out our Reviews Index or Canon RF lens guide. And now, take a look at some of our favorites.

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New Life for Fuji! Tamron 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di III-A2 VC VXD First Look

The day has come. Fujifilm is finally game for working with third-party lens manufacturers. And Tamron is the first to do it The Tamron 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di III-A2 VC VXD is the first lens to come to the system and fills a much-needed niche. And of course, Tamron didn’t skimp on quality. This lens is lightweight, reliably fast to focus, and delivers darned good image quality. We’re doing our full review of the lens on the Sony system, but we called one in for the Fujifilm system too. Here’s what we’re finding.

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If the Fujifilm GFX 50S II is Real, We Want to See This

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The reports abound of the Fujifilm GFX 50S II. Is it real? Are we getting another 50MP Medium format camera? Of anything I’ve heard, this seems to be the most unlikely. But I’m not going to completely rule out the idea here. Of any of Fujifilm’s medium format cameras, the Fujifilm GFX 50S was the most unappealing. Overall though, it wasn’t a bad camera. So how can Fujifilm make this one stand out from the pack? Well, if it’s real, we’d like to see the following.

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I’m Dreaming of the Canon RF 35mm f1.2 L Lens to Be Real

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When I was still starting this website, I used the Canon 5D Mk II and the 24-105mm f4 L IS USM. But for many years, my bread and butter setup was the Canon 35mm f1.4 L and the Canon 5D Mk II. This was the case until Sigma made an arguably better lens. And for every camera system I own, I’ve always reached for their 35mm lens–Leica L mount being the exception. Canon has been mostly redoing their L lenses from the EF mount but in RF mount. So realistically, we should expect to see a Canon 35mm f1.4 L with something special. I mean, look at that 100mm Macro lens they did! It looks so amazing!

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You’ll Be Tempted By This Awesome Canon EOS R Kit

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The Canon EOS R is a camera I still use pretty often. Thumbing the D-Pad to choose an autofocus point isn’t all that awful. It’s lightweight, weather-sealed, and can focus just as well as the Canon EOS R5 in most situations. Where the Canon EOS R falls a bit behind is with autofocus situational profiles and animal eye AF detection. But if you’re shooting portraits, that won’t be a problem. The Canon EOS R has the same sensor as the Canon 5D Mk IV, which is still in use with lots of photojournalists. And with the 35mm f1.8 STM bundled, you’ll gain image stabilization but won’t have full weather sealing. Just remember that when you change lenses to turn the camera off. Check out the bundle over at Amazon.

It’s Hard to Not Think the Nikon ZFC Is a Fuji Rip Off, But Check This Out

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The Nikon ZFc has been accused by a few folks of basically being a Fujifilm rip-off. But that’s not the case. Actually, the Nikon ZFC is the company’s modernization of the Nikon Df (you can catch up on all our coverage of the Nikon ZFc here). They’ve desperately needed a retro style camera body. Plus the Nikon ZFc can come in a bunch of awesome and cool colors. Fujifilm doesn’t do that at all. So we went into a deeper thinking session on what differentiates the cameras.

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The New Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L Is Exactly What the System Needs

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What’s the biggest thing you’ve been asking Canon to do in the mirrorless camera world? If you’re like us, then you’ve probably been asking for smaller, lighter, fully weather-sealed lenses. And the new Canon RF 14-35mm f4 L IS USM is exactly what we needed. Not only did Canon give this lens 5.5 stops of image stabilization, but it also only weighs 1.2 lbs. Put it on a body with image stabilization, and you can get up to 7 stops of image stabilization. Crazy, right? This will be the lens every landscape photographer will want to carry around on their adventures. But there’s more.

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Why The Sony 24-70mm F2.8 G Master II Needs to Be That Great

It’s apparent the world moved on from what this Sony lens can do, and they need to supersede everyone else!

The Sony system is currently the best choice for a professional photographer, working journalist, or creative. There are lots of third-party lens options and fantastic flash/lighting support that are lightweight, small, and reliable enough. Durability aside, the system can reliably do anything you really need it to. No other camera system can say that at the moment. But where the rest have pulled ahead is with lenses. One lens of particular contention is the Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master. These days, it’s questionable whether or not you’d buy it, but if Sony really wants to pull ahead of the pack, the Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master II needs to be fantastic.

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The Canon RF 35mm F1.4 L Has to Address a Big Problem

Word on the street is that the Canon RF 35mm f1.4 L lens will be coming this year.

“That’s a camera I bring out when I need to work, not just for fun,” is what a buddy told me the other night at dinner. We were discussing camera systems. He owns the Canon EOS R5 and the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM. It’s an excellent combo and probably one of the best on the market today. But like me, he complained about the weight and size. I think we can all agree that Canon is one of the most innovative lens manufacturers around. That’s not even a question. But there is a huge problem with just how big and heavy their lenses are. So if the Canon RF 35mm f1.4 L is coming this year as reported, Canon needs to fix this.

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The Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR Looks So Tempting

Photographers should be excited about the Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR being announced today.

If you weren’t already in love with Fujifilm’s lenses, then the Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR will give you a major reason to be. Just imagine it: a weather-sealed wide-angle zoom lens with Fujifilm Velvia. In my eyes, this is precisely what landscape photographers have wanted. As a 15-35mm equivalent lens, it’s going to serve lots of landscape photographers well. But I also think that cityscape shooters will appreciate it. Most of all, the lens is weather-sealed–unlike its predecessor. And if it’s anything like some of the more recent Fujifilm lenses, then we’re very excited about it.

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The Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro Art Makes Sacrifices

Coming in at $799, the Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro Art will launch in late October without a significant feature for macro photographers.

The Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro Art has had rumors around it for a while now. And guess what? It’s real! Sigma says that the bokeh is so delicious that each shot will be just like having a bite of ice cream. Well, they’re not really saying that. In fact, they’re not at all. But with a 1:1 macro focusing claim, you’re surely going to get lots of bokeh. Couple that with the durability of the Art series, and you’ve got a pretty nice lens. The cherry on top of the sundae is the $799 price point. And like ice cream, too much of a good thing isn’t the best. So, of course, there’s a caveat.

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How to Get Sharper Images with Manual Focus Lenses

Getting sharper images from manual focus lenses is incredibly rewarding.

“Patience is a virtue,” is a quote that I’m convinced was first said by someone who used manual focus lenses. I’m kidding, but the proverb rings true for photographers. Many of us are impatient. And if you enjoy your photography hobby, you should relish the time. If you’re a professional photographer, then you most likely know how to make the most of manual focus lenses. Most importantly, the passionate photographers among us genuinely care about the artistic methods involved in shooting photos. Everything else around us is so automated and electronic. Sometimes, it’s nice to go back to the analog ways and do things ourselves. That’s why creating photos with manual focus lenses can be so rewarding.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Hold a Camera for the Best Stability

Do you know how to hold a camera and keep it steady without image stabilization??

If you’re looking for a way to stabilize your camera and finding that image stabilization isn’t enough, then we’ve got some methods for you. Of course, there is the tried and true method of using a tripod. But not everyone always wants to carry one around. We’ve noticed lots of folks just not using the proper methods of doing these things. This is partly because of all the new photographers who have come up in the past few years. With so many lenses and sensors having image stabilization, they think they don’t need to check themselves. The truth though, is that proper camera stabilization starts with you. So we’re getting into the basics today and showing you how to hold a camera.

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Video: How to Shoot Handheld without Image Stabilization

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We Handheld the Canon EOS R5 at 105mm for Over a Second

A bunch of lenses got a firmware update today and perform even better with the Canon EOS R5.

I’m a photographer trained to not rely on image stabilization–and I’ve seen that this training has helped so much with my photography. Today, all of Canon’s RF lenses with image stabilization are getting a new firmware update. The Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 now work with the internal stabilization systems to produce more steady results. Canon has stated that with specific lenses, you can get up to 8 stops of image stabilization. So if you’re one of those photographers that loads up on too much coffee, can’t control their breathing, or just has shaky hands, you now have a better chance of producing sharp results at slower shutter speeds. And for those of us who do things the old school way, we’re now able to do a whole lot more. We took the Canon EOS R5 and the Canon RF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM onto our Brooklyn rooftop to shoot the sunset. Our findings: we’re very impressed even when we go beyond 8 stops of IS.

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