Sony 15mm F1.4 G Lens Review. Beautiful and Sharp!

I really enjoy wider focal lengths. They are versatile, lightweight, perfect everyday lenses. Wider focal lengths are suited for a variety of applications and are wonderful storytellers. The Sony 15mm f1.4 G lens was created with mixed media artists in mind. It promises to bridge the gap between video and stills. It’s ideal for creating impactful portraits and events. And you can also turn it around for fun, spontaneous selfies.

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This Is a Sturdy Storyteller: Panasonic 35mm F1.8 S Review

Some lenses are meant to add extra creative flare and others are meant to simply capture the scene as is. The Panasonic 35mm f1.8 S falls in the latter category. The 35mm focal length is a favorite for storytelling. Panasonic mixes that focal length with a weather-sealed and lightweight design that allows photographers to immerse themselves in the story. With this lens, the suppressed flare and minimal distortion help tell it like it is, rather than adding extra character.

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Great Price, Feeble Edges: Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM Review

Ultra-wide angle lenses tend to be huge and expensive. But, Canon’s widest full-frame mirrorless prime is also one of the company’s most affordable lenses. Beat in price by only the $199 nifty fifty, the Canon RF 16mm f2.8 STM sits at just $299. At under six ounces, it barely adds weight to the front of the camera. And, it’s an ultra-wide-angle lens that doesn’t have an equivalent in the EF mount.

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These Tools Make Street Photography Easy, If You’re Brave

Street photographers have shot with normal and telephoto lenses, but wider is just easier.

Physics is a bigger factor in street photography than most consider. And wide-angle lenses are some of the best solutions. It’s one of the reasons why street photographers always use them. (Well, there are several reasons that involve ethics too!) But if you’re serious about street photography, wide angles are the way to go. They’ll give you a different look at life. And your photos will just reflect that.

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Why Live Composite is One of the Best Things to Happen To Cameras

The Live Composite feature is so incredibly fun to play with.

Unless you’re shooting with Olympus and Panasonic, you’ve probably never heard of Live Composite. In our constant search to move away from editing, this is a feature we adore. It means that a photographer needs to think about something beforehand. They need to be very careful. And best of all, they need to not rely on Photoshop. When someone says, “Photoshop it later,” a part of me dies inside. It’s awful. But with Live Composite, a photographer can stay out in the field creating. If you’re a hobbyist or a professional who really just wants to shoot, we encourage you to try it.

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The One Trick on How to Always Get the Softest Light From a Flash

The key to always getting the softest flash output has to do with the laws of physics: let’s explore!

When you know nothing about using a flash, you’re probably going to screw it up. TTL works well, but it probably won’t give you what you want. Here’s a fact of life: machines don’t give us what we want. They give us what we tell them to, and that’s it. If you’re using a flash in TTL mode, but you don’t like the way it looks, you’ll need to adjust it. You can tell it to go brighter or darker. Or, you can switch to manual mode and set it to do something particular. But if you want the most consistency overall, you’re best off following the laws of physics.

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Tested: The PolarPro QuartzLine Circular Polarizers Cut Down Glare Well

Essentials is a series featuring products we’re currently lusting over in quick, bite-sized posts.

Circular Polarizers have become more and more important in my work, and the PolarPro QuartzLine Circular Polarizers act almost like the dehaze tool does in Lightroom. With a reliable build quality to them, my only complaint has more to do with the laws of physics and how they perform on wide-angle lenses. But if you want to get rid of reflections, get better colors in a scene, and bring out a ton of details in-camera, then the PolarPro QuartzLine Circular Polarizers are an essential item for you. What would otherwise take you time in Lightroom or Photoshop can be eliminated from the start in-camera with the PolarPro QuartzLine Circular Polarizers. And best of all, if you’re using a camera with an EVF, you can clearly see the effect on the scene.

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Two New Laowa Wide Angle Lenses Launched for Nikon Z and Canon RF Mounts

Venus Optics recently expanded their roster of unique Laowa lenses with the Laowa 15mm f2 Zero-D and the Laowa 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 Zoom.

Photographers looking for a wider coverage for their Nikon Z and Canon RF mount cameras now have new options from Venus Optics. The company recently introduced two new Laowa wide angle lenses: the Laowa 15mm f2 Zero-D for both Nikon and Canon RF mount, and the Laowa 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 Zoom for Nikon Z mount.

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Nine Lenses That Will Make Your Firework Photography Sparkle

Firework photography can be challenging, but so satisfying.

Fourth of July celebrations are almost upon us, which means many of you will probably try your hand at firework photography. Zoom lenses are perfect for firework photography as they can give you much more flexibility when it comes to composition choices. Seeing as you can’t move around safely in the dark, and the fact your camera is going to be sitting on a tripod makes zoom lenses much better for this genre of photography. If you want to capture rockets shooting off and exploding into the sky, these nine zoom lenses will really help make your firework photography plans go off with a bang. Continue reading…

First Impressions: Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR (A $399.95 Beast)

The Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR is a fast ultrawide housed within a compact and lightweight body

In addition to introducing the brand new Fujifilm X-T30, Fujifilm also showcased the new Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR, a fast aperture ultrawide angle lens that is so compact and lightweight that you can fit it inside one of the pockets in your pants. With 10 lens elements arranged into 8 groups (2 of which are aspherical), the Fuji XF 16mm f2.8 is designed to take advantage of the increased resolving power of Fujifilm’s own 4th generation 26.1 MP X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor and promises to produce images with edge-to-edge sharpness. We had the opportunity to personally fondle the lens, and here’s what we think so far.

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Four Wide Angle Lenses for Landscape Photography to Fit Every Budget

A quick look at some great lenses that can help capture amazing details in your landscape photography.

Landscape photography is one of the most popular and relaxing genres of photography. Thousands upon thousands of photographers head out daily to capture the stunning scenery around them so that they can share the beauty with the world. Fortunately, there are some truly incredible wide angle lenses to help capture all of that detail around us.

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Travel Photography: 4 of Our Favorite APS-C Lenses to Capture the World With

Take your travel photography to the next level with these four lenses that are designed for APS-C cameras. 

We all love to travel, and we all love taking pictures and preserving the memories we make in new lands. But which lenses are suited for travel photography on APS-C Cameras? In this article we will take a look the best lenses for travel photographers who use crop sensor cameras.
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First Impressions: Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master (Sony FE)

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The Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is the lightest and most compact G Master lens yet.

Earlier this week, Sony invited members of the photography press to an event in San Francisco where they unveiled the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master lens, making it the 30th Full Frame lens for Sony’s E mount overall and the 8th lens within the G Master series. Weighing in at only 445 grams, the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is currently the lightest and most compact lens in the G Master lineup. With excellent corner to corner sharpness and a wide focal length, the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is a lens that will suit the needs of photographers specializing in astrophotography, environmental portraiture, landscape photography, and travel photography alike.

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The Best Cheap APS-C Wide Angle Lenses for Landscape Photography

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Fall is perhaps the best time to get out and shoot landscape photos. Cooler temperatures make it easier for us to stay out for longer periods, and bright oranges, reds, and yellows make photographs pop. But it can be hard to find a true wide angle lens if you are an APS-C shooter. 

The seasons are changing and that means beautiful colors will soon be all around us. Fall is perhaps the best time to get out and shoot landscapes. Cooler temperatures make it easier for us to stay out for longer periods, and bright oranges, reds, and yellows make photographs pop. It can be hard to find a true wide angle lens if you are an APS-C shooter, so which lenses should you use or consider buying? If you are a APS-C user and are looking for some cheap but amazing lenses to take your landscape photography to the next level, this article is for you. Lets take a look at the best cheap, APS-C wide angle lenses for landscape photography.

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Pro Tip: Put Something in Front of Your Lens for Instantly More Interesting Photos

Bored with your photos? Try this easy pro tip to change the way you see and frame scenes and get instantly more interesting snaps!

Once in a while, we feel the need to shake up our routine, styles, and techniques to improve our photography. If you feel your work could use something new and different, you might want to try out this quick pro tip. It’s so easy that you probably haven’t thought of it before!

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The Rokinon 24mm f2.8 AF Is the Latest Affordable Lens for the Sony FE Mount

Rokinon, also branded as Samyang, released another lens for their Sony FE lens lineup today

Out of all the third-party lens manufacturers that have jumped onto the Sony FE ecosystem over the past year or so, none have released as many affordable, high-quality AF options as Rokinon. The company continues that trend today with the announcement of their new ultra-compact, wide-angle Rokinon 24mm f2.8 AF; a lens that is sure to get some attention from street photography enthusiasts. Continue reading…

The Hasselblad XCD 21mm f4 Lens Renders a 17mm Field of View for $3,750

The new Hasselblad XCD 21mm f4 lens could be perfect for landscape photographers

Photographers who choose to pay the seriously high price tag of the Hasselblad X series cameras and lenses will be delighted to know that more of their hard earned money can potentially go to the Hasselblad XCD 21mm f4. This lens delivers a 17mm full frame in 35mm field of view, and is the widest lens to be delivered to the Hasselblad mirrorless system so far. What you need to know is that the lens can focus as closely at 32cm and that they’re targeting it at landscape and interior photographers. The press release is after the jump.

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The Lomography Naiad 15mm f3.8 is for the Neptune System

Lomography adds the wide-eyed Naiad 15mm to the Nepture Convertible Art Lens System

Wide-angle lovers and lomographers who already have the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System have something new to add to their arsenal of unique lenses. Lomography has recently unveiled the Naiad 15mm Front Lens, a new wide angle lens attachment promising to add versatility to the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System.

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How To Choose The Right Landscape Photography Lens For You

Landscape photography is one of those great photographic niches that anyone can enjoy and take part in, regardless of gear. You can just go outside, take the nearest walking trail and find plenty of landscape to enjoy and photograph. But what about those really epic landscapes with large mountains or those amazing coastal cliffs? How were those captured? Maybe you find yourself wondering about what sort of lens you should get if you are serious about enjoying and creating more landscape photography? If that is you then you have come to a great place because the whole purpose of this piece is to help you ask yourself the right questions in order to help you figure out the right landscape lens for you. Continue reading…

Pinhole Pro S Lens Turns Your Digital Camera into a Wide Angle Pinhole Snapper

The Pinhole Pro S Lens is promising some fantastic fun!

Looking for something new to spice up your photos and videos? If you’re curious about what you can do when you mix pinhole technology with modern digital cameras, here’s something up your alley. Joining Thingyfy’s family of Pinhole Pro lenses are two new ones for your wide angle shooting pleasure using your DSLR and mirrorless camera.

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Review: Moment Lenses 2.0 (Apple iPhone)

Moment has quite a cult following; the company has created a number of stellar lenses for mobile phones that have inspired generations of new photographers. The Moment Lenses are pieces of high quality glass that attach onto a special case or plate on your phone to change the perspective. In recent years, the telephoto (sort of) focal length they offer has become a bit obsolete, but their wider focal length is quite different. If you need a wide, sweeping view of something, the only other alternative is to shoot panoramic photos of some sort unless you use another add-on lens. But besides changing the viewing angle, Moment lenses tend to add character and charm to an otherwise very sterile aesthetic.

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