• August 2, 2017

35mm vs. 50mm vs. 85mm comparison: What’s the difference and What fixed focal length lens should you choose?

When we speak about fixed focal length lenses, it is usually to extol their merits. We even dedicated a large portion of our lens buyer’s guide to fixed focal length lenses. However, the main question most people still have, is which fixed focal length lens they should choose: 35 mm, 50 mm or 85 mm?

35 mm, 50 mm or 85 mm

That is why this “Practical Wednesday” will be dedicated to helping you better understand the differences between these lenses.

APS-C or 24×36?

The fist question you need to answer is whether your camera’s sensor is APS-C format (or even smaller on certain hybrid cameras) or full frame format (full format, 24×36).

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  • July 11, 2017

Different types of camera lenses and their uses: The indispensable lenses you should buying

This is our third buyer’s guide dedicated to lenses. If you were forced to choose between a good camera and a good lens what would be your choice? Many of us would normally choose the camera since it is full of gadgets and innovations. But, would that really be the best choice?

The lens: your camera’s most crucial component

The lens is one of your camera’s most crucial components, if not THE most crucial (for both reflex and hybrid cameras): the lens is what makes it possible to capture light. Put a poor-quality lens on a good-quality camera and you will quickly discover that the camera will not be able to achieve its full potential. The opposite is also true to a lesser extent, and there is really no point in putting a very high-end lens on an entry-level camera.

Lens

The idea here is to find the right balance, without forgetting that a lens is an investment that will undoubtedly outlive your current camera – if you intend to remain with the same manufacturer when you buy your next camera. It is probable that you will change cameras in 3, 6 or 8 years, but the same can not be said about your lenses, especially if you have chosen good-quality ones. Lenses do not really wear out, they do not really get damaged (depending on how you use them) and do not really diminish in quality relative to the new lenses appearing on the market.

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  • June 14, 2017

35mm vs. 50mm Lens? Which fixed focal length lens should you choose for the APS-C sensor

This is a question that I get asked a lot, and one, as is often the case, which does not have an easy answer. This is a question which is deserving of some attention and the following article will try to resolve it.

50 mm lens

Indeed, I am often asked if it is better to buy a 35 mm or a 50 mm f/1.8 for use with an APS-C sensor, since 35 mm corresponds to “human vision”. As usual, the answer is not a simple yes or no, but an “it depends”.

A question of sensor size

I will not be reiterating everything that I already mentioned in the article dealing with sensor size, but just to summarize, on a camera with an APS-C sensor (a reflex or hybrid by the way), a 35 mm lens is the equivalent of a 50 mm on a 24×36 film camera (real focal length), and a 50 mm is equivalent to an 85 mm on a 24×36 film camera.

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  • April 27, 2017

The Best lenses for your Nikon DSLR Camera 2017

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.

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  • April 15, 2017

Best Lenses For Your Canon DSLR Camera 2017

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.

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  • April 11, 2017

The 4 Best Wide-angle lenses for landscape photography

In photography, after the camera, the most important piece of equipment is the lens. With the passage of time, serial lenses fall short on our cameras. Everyone (or almost everyone) has seen us take a big picture of a magnificent landscape and thought: my camera doesn’t do that, why? That is where the need for a new lens arises. In other words, we want new optical experiences and the best way to do this is by changing our lens. A wide angle is an interesting option to start capturing all kinds of landscapes, architecture, interior scenes and even portraits (although not as common). However, today we aren’t here to tell you what a wide-angle lens is, what it’s for or how to use it. This post is here to list some of the best targets for landscape photography.

NIKKOR AF-S 14-24mm f / 2.8G ED: Nikon’s best wide angle zoom

NIKKOR AF-S 14-24mm f / 2.8G ED

We can almost certainly say that it’s the brand’s best lens. Even with its variable focus capability it maintains impressive sharpness at the corners using very wide openings. Many experts claim that 14mm and f/2.8 is still the Nikon’s best fixed focal length lens. In short, it’s excellent for full frame and APS-C cameras (with trim factor).

Its viewing angle of 114º at 14mm allows it to capture large portions of the scene and always maintaining optimum quality. We’re talking about a Nikon G-series lens, with nanocrystalline coatings and impressive sharpness.

With all these wonders, there are a couple of points in which this lens suffers. The first is that it’s very big and heavy. The second is that, like almost any good wide angle, it does not allow the use of filters, but instead requires a system of special size filter holder which is very expensive. The third, although understandable, is its price: 1896$.

Canon EF 14mm f / 2.8L II USM: the trophy of the Canon Wide Angles

Canon EF 14mm f / 2.8L II USM

The first version of this 14mm was already excellent, and Canon wanted to reach for the stars with the second, correcting some of the sharpness aspects. Belonging to the Canon L series, it’s a lens designed for professional photographers with magnificent potential.

According to Canon, this lens offers "a perspective superior to human vision," referring to its 114º viewing angle. A wide range accompanied by aspherical lenses and low dispersion to minimize any aberration. It also features an optimized focusing engine and the brand’s excellent Super Spectra coating.

For its part, it suffers from the same ‘disease’ as the Nikon 14-24mm, it doesn’t not allow filter coupling to protect such a costly lens, something that’s scary for any photographer. Its price is 2,099$.

Irix 15mm f / 2.4: Blackstone and Firefly: premium quality at a price

Irix 15mm f / 2.4

If there’s something to emphasize about the Irix 15mm lenses it’s that their features and specifications are those of a premium lens that normally exceeds 1500 dollars. It’s one of the things that’s surprised the many users of Irix. Contrary to what you may think, this series of advantages and innovations is showcased in the 600$ Blackstone version and the tempting 400$ Firefly version. They are available for Canon, Nikon and Pentax; And there’s a Canon adapter for Sony E on the way.

In contrast to other lenses of the same type and others on the market, the Irix 15mm incorporates innovations not seen in others: focus locking ring, rear filter slot, 95mm thread for circular filters, UV reflective marks. and special sealing, among others.

Without going further, in the prestigious magazine Digital Camera, in a comparison of 10 other wide-angle lenses, it was awarded the best price-quality award among all lenses, including Zeiss, Sigma, Tamron or Samyang and other prestigious lenses.

Samyang 14mm f / 2.8: rough polished quality

Samyang 14mm f / 2.8: rough polished quality

The Samyang 14mm f / 2.8 is like a teenager who wants to grow up quick. While it has great quality and value for an angular lens, it still lacks some aspects to be able to be labeled ‘premium’. It is, in fact, a very good alternative for its price and its characteristics, but its performance is far from the previous lenses, especially the Irix 15mm, whose price is practically the same.

The great advantage of the Samyang 14mm is its value for having such good features, such as its f/2.8 aperture or its ability to use almost any camera mount (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, Samsung, etc.).

Obviously, there are many other lenses for landscape photography, we didn’t want this to become an innumerable list but rather to highlight some for their value for the money. With the arrival of spring time, we are some of the many who go out to look for the new colors and sensations that springtime landscape photography has to offer. We hope that one of these lenses has inspired you.

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  • April 9, 2017

Best lens for Nikon D7200

Photography for beginners: DX format lens

Although considered an SLR camera in the top-end flagship class, Nikon D7200 is still an APS-C, using a DX format lens which features both high-quality and affordability, so it is well attuned to family users in the group of new-comers to photography who have no intent to upgrade to Full frame camera.

16-85mm or 18-140mm Kit lens

As a necessary tool for this group of users, Kit lens has a frequently and widely used Zoom range, and one lens of this type, Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm F3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR, is a DX format lens for daily applications, offering good capability that can even match Nikon “gold ring quality”effect to some extent, and has a very good imaging quality in the Nikon Kit lens family. With an equivalent focal length of 24-127.5mm, it can take large-scene landscape photos in the wide-angle end as well as distant-view pictures in the Telephoto end. (See current price and user reviews on amazon)

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Wilson
Wilson

Thanks for a such useful information
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Ben Dover

Thanks!

  • December 24, 2016

Samyang Premium XP 85 mm f/1,2 and 14 mm f/2,4 – Available

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.

Samyang Premium XP 85 mm f/1,2

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.

Samyang Premium XP 85 mm f/1,2

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.

  • November 28, 2016

Tamron AFF017C700 SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD vs. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens, which is better?

Presentation

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.

Tamron SP 90 f/2,8 Di VC USD

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.

Features: Equality

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.

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  • September 24, 2016

Best Lenses for Nikon D3400

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

Nikon 35 mm f/1.8

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.

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