Lens Reviews

How to Buy a Used Lens Without Getting Burned

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Lenses are expensive. But used lenses are cheap. And thanks to their adaptability to today’s amazing mirror-less cameras, legacy lenses are becoming an ever more popular option for photo geeks looking for top quality at…

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Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm F/4.5 Aspherical III – M and E Mount Lens Review

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Super wide-angle lenses are unique. By their very nature, they’re specialized, uncommon, and expensive. So to go searching for a capable, versatile, and inexpensive super-wide seems like a fool’s errand indeed. But what if I…

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Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 – Lens Review

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I shoot a lot of old cameras, archaic machines that in some cases recall a time when the United States was comprised of only forty-eight such distinct territories, and it’s not unusual to find a…

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Minolta M Rokkor 28mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

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The end of a tiresome week found me weary, disheartened, and worn out. It also found me stuffed into a small, German sedan with my wife, our one-year-old daughter, and enough bags, totes, and rucksacks…

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Minolta MD W. Rokkor-X 24mm F/2.8 Ultra Wide Lens Review

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Every photo geek should have a wide-angle lens in their bag. With a dedicated wide-angle prime we’re able to make images that are simply impossible to make with any other lens. For me, there’s no better way…

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Canon FD 24mm F/2.8 S.S.C. – Lens Review

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Not long ago, I penned an opinion that every photo geek should own a wide-angle lens. In case you missed it, I talked about the incredible ability of wide-angle lenses to present a vision of the world that just…

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Why Everyone Should Shoot a Wide Angle Lens

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One of the simplest ways to increase the dynamism and visual interest of our images is by using a wide-angle lens. By widening our angle of view, we’re able to capture shots of the world around us…

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Pentax – A SMC 35mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

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I’m back from a brief vacation and I’ve brought with me a treasure trove of material for my photophile friends! First on the docket is a review of a pretty rare and rather wonderful legacy lens from Pentax.…

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What’s a Prime Lens and Why You Need One

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Prime lenses are lenses that use a single fixed focal length, as opposed to zoom lenses which offer a range of variable focal lengths. It’s simple, really; zooms can zoom in or out, primes cannot.…

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Minolta’s MD 50mm F/1.4 Might Be The Ultimate Standard Legacy Lens

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Along with the runaway success of today’s mirrorless digital cameras, another segment of the photo gear market has seen a big rise. And while the products in question are neither new nor novel, they’re essential…

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Olympus Zuiko Auto-W 28mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

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We’re back with another lens review, and this time we’re taking a look at a sleeper lens from Olympus. The OM-System Zuiko Auto-W 28mm F/2.8 doesn’t look like much on paper, but its fun-factor, price,…

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Nikon Nikkor 105mm F/2.5 – Nikon’s Most Famous Portrait Lens

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We’re back with another noteworthy lens, and this one’s a real legend for Nikon photographers of a certain age. If you were shooting film during the 1960s or in any of the subsequent three decades,…

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Minolta MC Macro Rokkor QF 50mm F/3.5 Lens Review

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Today we’re talking about a truly versatile lens. It’s Minolta’s MC Macro Rokkor QF 50mm F/3.5, and it provides one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get into macro photography whether you’re shooting…

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Canon FD 28mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

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For a lens to be remarkable it doesn’t always have to be exceptionally gorgeous, have the highest specification, or cost as much as a small, used car. Sometimes the best lenses are modestly specced and…

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