Entries from Professional Photographer Magazine Web Exclusives tagged with 'lens'

BorrowLenses.com: Loaner Equipment Opens Opportunities

The process couldn’t be simpler. You choose the gear you need from the BorrowLenses website, select your rental duration, log in or create an account, enter start date and payment information, and you’re done.

Epitome of Lens Design: Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2

The focusing ring uses ball bearings like the finest cinematography lenses to ensure a smooth, silky feel free of backlash or play. There are stops at the minimum focusing distance (19.7 inches) and at infinity. And the focusing ring rotates in the proper direction for the camera on which it is mounted.

Sigma USB Dock: Improving Autofocus Performance

Sigma has recently has gone a step further and introduced the Sigma USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro software. The dock and software allow you to reprogram autofocus performance and update firmware for the new Global Vision line of Art, Contemporary, and Sports lenses.

Review: Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC Telephoto Zoom Lens

By Cate Scaglione Many world-class wedding photographers can cover most of a wedding using a 70-200mm lens. With the versatility of its focal range and the appealing compression it displays at longer working distances, it’s a champion lens in the...

Improve Your Precision with LensAlign MkII

By Ellis Vener It’s no secret that working professionals need to make sure that the tools of the craft work together smoothly and reliably. It is also true that just because high quality cameras and high quality lenses cost a...

As Good As It Gets: Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens

By Stan Sholik For five years, Carl Zeiss has produced single focal length, manual focus lenses for camera bodies that accept Nikon, Canon, Sony, K-mount, and M-42 screw-mount lenses. These lenses are highly regarded by landscape, closeup and portrait still...

Review: Sigma APO 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG HSM Lens

By Don Chick, M.Photog.Cr., CPP  The new Sigma APO 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens with its 10X zoom range is one impressive lens. Sigma pitches this lens as the “all-in-one” dream lens, especially for nature photographers. It’s also suitable...

Review: BodaV3 Weatherproof Lens Bag

By Cheryl PearsonProfessional photographer Jim Garner set out to create a different kind of camera bag, one not just for storage but designed instead for easy access and carrying while you’re actively shooting. I found that the Boda V3 lens...

Review: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

By Don Chick, M.Photog.Cr., CPP Canon’s new EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens (MSRP $1,049) is quite a lens! Even though it has a fixed focal length, the image stabilization, speed (f/2.8) and life-size close-up capabilities without an adapter,...

Sneak Peek: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

By Betsy Finn When I heard about Nikon’s new VR II lens, my first thought was, “how much better could it really be?” You see, I own the VR version of this lens, which  has what I would consider a...

Review: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical [IF]

By Betsy Finn, CPPTamron’s 17-50mm f/2.8 lens has a minimum focus of 11.4 inches (0.29 m) over the zoom range, with macro capability to 1:4.8. Equipped with Tamron’s proprietary Vibration Compensation (VC) image stabilization mechanism, the 17-50mm allows photographers to...

Review: Sigma APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX II DC HSM

By Don Chick, M.Photog.Cr., CPP As a passionate portrait photographer, I prefer to use a zoom during a session for the flexibility and range that a zoom lens has to offer. In order to minimize distortion, much of my portrait...

Review: LensAlign PRO

Calibrating your camera’s autofocus system for best performance with individual lenses By Ellis Vener Every now and then a specific autofocus lens and body combination just do not work perfectly. You may not even be aware that one or more...

Review: Lensbaby 0.42x Super Wide Angle Lens

By Corey Shelton Before adding the 0.42x Super Wide Angle Angle Conversion Lens to your camera bag, let me first suggest that you purchase a large bib to catch your own drool as you shoot with this new Lensbaby family...

Review: Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM

The “all you can eat” lens! By Don Chick, M.Photog.Cr., CPP What kind of genie would you need to call if you wanted a lens that is reasonably priced, has fantastic zoom range, and is super fast? We’ll let you...

Pro Review: Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 and 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Lenses

By Stan Sholik With all of the excitement surrounding Nikon's FX (full-frame) digital cameras and associated lenses, new lenses for Nikon's DX (APS-C size) digital cameras can get lost in the mania. That would be unfortunate, because two newly released...

Review: PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Lens

By Joe Farace The PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED lens was introduced along with the PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D, bringing the total number of Nikon’s Perspective Control (PC) lenses up to four, the others being the PC-E Nikkor...

Review: Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD Lens

By Joe FaraceFast powerful zoom for the Four-Thirds System The Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD is part of Olympus’ new Super High Grade (SHG) lens system aimed at professional photographers and featuring advanced optical/precision technology and crisp, fast...

Product Review: Shootsac Lens Bag

By Karen Linsley Advertised with the tag line “form meets function,” the Shootsac is not a camera bag, but more of a lightweight carry case for lenses and other accessories.  At a recent wedding, I used it to carry a spare...

Nikon announces live view D3 and D300 digital SLRs as well as new pro lenses

Press Release—Nikon has introduced 12.1-megapixel D3 digital SLR with a new FX-format CMOS sensor, measuring 23.9 x 36mm, which is "nearly identical to the size of 35mm film." Nikon boasts the D3 has the fastest startup time, shortest viewfinder blackout...

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