Building the ideal equipment of lenses in which you will rely on during your adventure as a photographer can be difficult, not just because of the large number of options and alternatives available, but also because of the diverse amount of technical details, numbers and nomenclatures that they present.
For instance, Nikon offers more than 200 alternatives in its own lens range called Nikkor, which are meant to allow you to transform the picture you visualize in your mind into a real one. Each of these lenses is designed for a particular type of photography.
If you do a web search or directly investigate a little on the manufacturer’s website, you will realize how difficult is for an amateur photographer to build an ideal lens equipment.
While the essential ingredient of taking excellent photographs is yourself, having a good team of lenses will make things a lot easier.
Putting together a good team that accompanies you photo by photo as you travel your way into the world of digital photography isn’t as simple as it seems since there are hundreds of models, brands and technical aspects to consider, not to mention your budget.
Samyang has announced the availability – for the month of December – of the first two lenses from their Premium XP product line: the 85mm f/1.2 and the 14mm f/2.4.
Presented last September, just prior to Photokina 2016, Samyung’s Premium XP – eXcellence in Performance – lenses are entirely manual and have been designed to accommodate very high resolution sensors – more than 50Mpx. We were able to confirm this during our recent field trial of the ultra wide angle 14mm f/2.4 mounted on the Canon 5Ds R. Both lenses boast a high quality of optical design – which includes aspheric lenses and a UMC – Ultra Multi Coating – to minimize flare. Their circular diaphragm consists of 9 aperture blades in order to produce an harmonious bokeh.
The official price for each of Samyang’s Premium XP lenses is 1000$. At the moment, only the availability for the Canon EF mount has been announced; availability for the Nikon F and Sony E mounts remains unknown.
Samyang products are distributed in our country by Rodolfo Biber. More information can be found on the product webpages for Samyang 85mm f/1.2 and Samyang 14mm f/2.4.
We took advantage of the release of the Tamron SP 90 mm f/2,8 Macro Di VC USD update to confront it with its main rival in the Canon universe: the Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM.
Even if their focal lengths are not exactly the same, these two objectives both have the particularity to be designed for freehanded fieldwork and to integrate an optical stabilization.
We have recommended each of these two models in their respective tests, but between the two, what is the best choice? We will try to figure it out.
These two objectives are very similar at the level of their technical characteristics. Both are designed for macro shooting and offer a reproduction report of 1 for 1 with a minimum distance of 30 cm for adjustment.
The Nikon D3400 aims to be one the stars of the market as it is the Japanese company’s low cost DSLR option. Even though the D3300 is still for sale and is a good option, there is no doubt that the D3400 will soon be discounted and be the new ideal camera for newbies in the world of photography. If you either have a Nikon D3400 or a Nikon D3300 and are planning to buy a lens, here is a list with the best lenses for these two cameras.
The best lens for the Nikon D3400
There is a lens that is better than all the rest in terms of the quality/price ratio, and also in terms of picture quality. This lens is the Nikon 35 mm f/1.8. It’s a very well known lens among all Nikon camera users. Its price is considerably affordable since you can get it for less than 200 euros, but it’s still the best option is you’re looking for high quality pictures. Its maximum aperture f/1.8 delivers pictures with a great bokeh effect. Actually, thanks to the fact that this is the maximum aperture, we can work with a little more resolution than ultra high resolution, but at the same time maintaining a great aperture, perfect for night photography just to name one use. Even though it also offers versatility that allows us to use the lens to produce a portrait in which we will try to defocus the background, while getting closer to the subject. It’s even great for recording videos. Without a doubt it’s the best thing you can buy for your Nikon D3400 or Nikon D3300. Being a fixed lens, you are forced to move closer or farther from the subject since you won’t have zoom, but that is made up for by the great quality that a fixed lens like this one offers.
Nikon presents its new AF-S Nikkor 105 mm f/1.4E ED, which will be the brightest 105 mm on the market today. With new optics, the AF-S Nikkor uses an electromagnetic diaphragm that has been advocated for in the world of optics for many years.
As we’ve mentioned, those in charge at Nikon have confirmed that the old – but by no means outdated – mechanical operation lever of the diaphragm of the Nikkor lenses, which is reminiscent of the sixties, does not only fail to offer the needed precision for the available means of exposure in the cameras of the 21st century, especially regarding burst shooting in sequence, but in addition, it also takes away the designers’ freedom when deciding on the optical scheme. This is because with this type of lever, the diaphragm must be located as close as possible to the mount to avoid issues with torsion of the lever. It then becomes a limitation when deciding upon the location of the lenses and their diameters.
As we evolve in this little world of Reflex photography, the way in which we conceive objectives and lenses is constantly changing. Along our journey, many times, we adopt many wrong, erroneous and baseless ideas related with the objectives. Here, there are some of them. Please, make sure you don’t fall for any of these superstitions.
Does Size Matter?
At the beginning of our photographic life, when we finish landing in the "SLR" world, we believe that the best lens is the biggest and longest one, the one with greater range and greater zoom. We’ve all been through this typical moment in which we have seen a professional photographer walk around with a SLR with an 200mm or 600mm telephoto and we have stayed open-mouthed, thinking "How lucky, I wish I had one as big as that".
There are two are new lenses presented by the korean fabricator:
The 14 mm T3.1 and the 35 mm T1.5. These two products, next to the already existing 24 mm T1.5, 50 mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5, create a balanced set of five optical able to record movies at an image quality of 4K+.
All the XEEN lenses, including the two new 14 mm T3.1 and 35 mm T1.5, are great for working with full frame sensor cameras (24 x 36) as well as cameras with APS-C, APS-H and super 35 sensors. These lenses are available in five different mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony-E, PL and MFT, and include a multiple nano lining. (NCS) that minimizes radiation and reflections. Thanks to the X-Coating technology of Samyang, the film quality of the images is assured and the bodies of all the XEEN are aluminum, which makes them ultra light weight, making them resistant and able to work under any filming condition.
The aperture luminous is one of the most distinguished features, of the brand (almost all of the XEEN have an aperture of T1.5). These lenses offer high contrast sequences and real colors, even in low light settings. Plus the big aperture gives way to a bokeh effect, that’s perfect for out of focus backgrounds.
Made to offer, infinite creative possibility the 14 mm and 35 mm XEEN will be available starting March 2016 for one P.V.P. For about £1599 each one.