Category Archives: lens-news

The latest news on camera lenses shows you the latest and most interesting cameras

Lens filter function selection guide

Filters are arguably faster to use, based upon your situation, so if you’re a photographer who is always on the go (such as at public events), they might offer the very best choice. They also don’t suffer the danger, much like slot-in filters, of slipping or sliding from a holder if you chance to be changing position in a hurry.
The other path you can choose, then, would be to use slot-in filters, which by their nature require you to use a dedicated holder (which can usually take several filters at a time, in the event that you so desire ). For this, you will also need to buy an adapter ring that attaches to the front of the lens in use, onto which the holder then slides. The holders and connector rings themselves fluctuate based on individual and manufacturer product particulars, but as long as you stick with the same’system’ you’ll be absolutely fine.
As you might imagine, there are hundreds of creative filters out there. These span every conceivable effect from colourful light correction to starbursts, soft focus and even aids to focusing. This list covers the most popular options, with a concise overview of what each can do for you.
The rule of thumb here should be, as ever, buy the very best that you can afford. Keep in mind, the light might need to pass through the filter before travelling via the lens and onto the camera detector, so the higher the quality of that glass, the better. Realistically, this equates to ensuring you get the sharpest pictures potential. read more

Q&A: Gearing up for the National Football League with sports photographer Otto Greule

As the National Football League season sweeps in, sports photographers across the United States take to the stadiums to create iconic images of a national pastime for use in publications all over the world. In a Q&A below, Seattle, Washington-based, veteran sports photographer Otto Greule (represented by Getty Images) shares insider knowledge and outstanding imagery to give DPReview readers some insight into his fast-paced, visual craft. read more

Meyer Optik is reviving Dr. Rudolph’s APO Plasmat 105mm F2.7 lens

Both the EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM prime lenses feature a 4-stop Canon Image Stabilizer that will automatically detect panning and compensate appropriately. Together with the fast maximum f/2.8 aperture, it allows the lenses to be used in low light without having to boost the ISO setting on the camera. The IS system also aids focusing in low light by introducing a static picture to the focusing detectors within EOS camera bodies.The broad f/2.8 apertures of these lenses make it possible for users to visually isolate subjects from backgrounds, with the EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM and the EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM with seven-blade circular apertures to assist photographers to produce striking background blur.The EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM lens is very versatile: it could be used to capture a more wide-angle view or you’ll be able to get in close to the action with a close focusing distance of just 0.20m. Weighing only 280g, the lens is lightweight and perfect for travelling photographers. The lens’ optical design includes an aspheric, Glass Mold (GMo) lens element to ensure sharp, high contrast images.The EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM has a close focusing distance of just 0.23m to allow photographers get in close to areas and, at just 260g, is lightweight and easy to carry. The lens’ optical design ensures crisp, higher contrast images thanks to an aspheric, Glass Mold (GMo) lens element.

Meyer Optik has announced its new APO-Makro-Plasmat 105 F2.7 lens, a modern version of one of the classic Plasmat lenses developed by Dr. Paul Rudolph 105 years ago. As with previous Meyer Optik revivals, the company is funding its product on Kickstarter, where it explains that the new Plasmat 105 “offers natural sharpness, unbelievable color reproduction, and a glowing bokeh united at every step of the aperture.” read more

Keeping up with the big boys? Shooting pro sports with the Sony a7R II

On paper, the Sony a7R II is one of the best-specified cameras we’ve ever tested, and it is generating a lot of interest – not only from Sony fans but from users of other DSLR and mirrorless systems. We wanted to see whether the a7R II’s impressive specifications live up to their promise in the real world, so we decided to subject it to perhaps the ultimate stress test: a professional sporting event. read more

Lomography releases gold-plated Daguerreotype Achromat 64mm F2.9 lens

Lomography is back with another variant of its Daguerreotype Achromat 64mm F2.9 Art Lens. The lens was first launched on crowdfunding website Kickstarter in early 2016, followed by a chrome-plated version introduced last summer. This time around, Lomography is offering a limited edition gold-plated version of the Achromat 2.9/64, that joining the chrome-plated and original black/brass variants. read more

Yongnuo unveils YN50mm F1.8 II: Version 2 of its ‘Nifty Fifty’ clone

Shenzhen, China camera gear maker Yongnuo has released version II of its ‘nifty fifty’ Canon clone: the YN 50mm F1.8 II. The original YN 50mm F1.8 was one of the first lenses the budget brand ever released, undercutting Canon’s already ultra-affordable EF 50mm F1.8 II. Version II continues this trend, with a price tag of just $75, while the original will cost you just $51. read more

Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat

We’ve organized lenses ‘focal span’ Roughly stated, this is the quantity of the scene that a lens captures: Wide-angle lenses catch more of a spectacle; telephoto lenses capture less of a scene, meaning that they magnify subjects farther away. Unsure which focal length you need to buy? You probably purchased your DSLR with a kit lens, which generally range from moderate to short telephoto focal lengths. Think back to the photography you have done so much and buy a lens that corresponds to your shooting. If you have found yourself wishing you could see more of a spectacle, consider a wide-angle lens if you regularly wish you could zoom into faraway birds, wildlife, or your children on a sports area, go to get a telephoto lens!We’ve also included a couple market lenses designed for much more specific shooting scenarios, such as ‘portrait’ and ‘macro’ lenses, which we will explain as we come to them.Wide-angle lenses capture more of the scene, which makes them ideal for so-called ‘landscape’ photography. Envision a huge mountain vista, the broad open African Serengeti or a huge waterfall: A wide-angle lens is a good choice for these shooting scenarios.Wide-angle lenses are also great choices when shooting inside, especially if you want to capture all an indoor scene such as a 200 year-old cathedral in Europe.Canon’s EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is a wonderful option if you only have $300 and want you can shoot wider than 18mm. In our review, we predicted this lens ‘small, lightweight, very inexpensive and … quite the good performer.’

The Canon EOS 80D is a 24MP APS-C format enthusiast DSLR, with a strong stills and video feature set. When the opportunity presented itself to build a traditional Greenland-style skin-on-frame kayak with craftsman and friend of DPR Kiliii Yuyan, DPReview editor Barnaby Britton used the EOS 80D to document the process. read more