Lenses

Gear reviews and how-to guides for on lenses digital cameras.


Tiffen Professional Series 9 Clear Filter

What are Series-Size Filters?

You don’t come across series-size filters much anymore, but if you’re using a vintage manual-focus lens, you might run into them.

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Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm ƒ/4 S Sample Images

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm ƒ/4 S is slower and less expensive than the better-known 14-24 ƒ/2.8 focal length. But it’s also smaller and takes regular screw-on filters. Here are some sample images I’ve shot with it on a Nikon Z8.

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Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR Sample Images

To go along with my review that I’ve posted separately, here’s a selection of sample images I’ve taken with the Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for Fujifilm X-series cameras.

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Venus Optics Laowa Lens Codes

Laowa lenss use various codes in their names to denote compatibility or particular features. Here’s how to make sense of them.

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Rokinon Lens Codes

The names of Rokinon lenses include special codes to indicate compatibility and features. Here’s how to make sense of them.

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Zeiss Lens Codes Guide

Zeiss uses a bunch of codes and distinctive names n naming their camera lenses over the years. So what do they all mean? Here’s a guide.

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Pentax Lens Codes Guide

Pentax has used a bunch of codes in naming their camera lenses over the years. So what do they all mean? Here’s a guide.

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Tokina Lens Codes Guide

Tokina uses a bunch of codes in naming their camera lenses. So what do they all mean? Here’s a guide.

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Tamron Lens Codes Guide

Tamron uses a bunch of codes in naming their camera lenses. So what do they all mean? Here’s a guide.

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Prime Lens

Sigma Lens Codes Guide

Sigma uses a bunch of different codes in naming their camera lenses. Here’s an explanation of what they mean.

Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens

Sony Lens Codes Explained

Sony uses a bunch of confusing codes in naming their camera lenses. Here’s how to make sense of them.

Fujifilm XF 50mm f1.0 R WR Lens. Photo by David Coleman " havecamerawilltravel.com

Fujifilm Lens Codes

Fujifilm uses a bunch of different codes in naming their camera lenses. Here’s how to make sense of them.

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Nikon Lens Codes

Nikon uses a bunch of different codes in naming their lenses. Here’s how to make sense of them.

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Canon Lens Codes Guide

Canon uses a bunch of different codes in naming their lenses. Here’s how to make sense of them.

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Digital Camera Lens Angle of View Calculator & Charts

Here’s a calculator for the angles of view from lenses on digital camera sensors, as well as angle of view charts for common focal lengths. And an explanation of why the diagonal angle of view maters more than you might think.

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What is a Fast Lens?

Get to grips with fast lenses–what they are, how they work and why they’re so popular among photographers. Learn what defines a fast lens, the benefits of shooting with one, and good lenses to start with. Plus, discover some lens gotchas to watch out for.

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Nikon Fisheye Lenses

There are three fisheye lenses in Nikon’s current lineup. Here’s how they compare.

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Sony E 20mm ƒ/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens Sample Images

The Sony E 20mm ƒ/2.8 is a moderately wide-angle lens for Sony E-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras. With a maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8, it’s fast, but the highlight features are how small and light it is.

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Pentax Lens Filter Size Chart

If you’re looking to add a polarizer, UV, or ND filter to your lens, you’ll need to know the lens diameter/filter size. Here’s a lens filter size chart for Pentax lenses.

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Tamron Lens Filter Size Chart

If you’re looking to add a polarizer, UV, or ND filter to your lens, you’ll need to know the lens diameter/filter size. Here’s a lens filter size chart for Tamron lenses.

Olympus Lenses / OM System Lenses Filter Size Chart

If you’re looking to add a polarizer, UV, ND filter, or lens cap to fit your Olympus lens, you’ll need to know the lens diameter/filter size. Here’s a lens filter size chart for Olympus M.Zuiko lenses.

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Fujifilm Lens Size Chart / Fujinon Lenses

If you’re looking to add a polarizer, UV, or ND filter to your lens, you’ll need to know the lens diameter/filter size. Here’s a lens filter size chart for Fujifilm/Fujinon lenses, including their X series and GFX series lenses.

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Sony Lens Filter Size & Lens Hood Charts

If you’re looking to add a polarizer, UV, or ND filter to your lens, you’ll need to know the lens diameter/filter size. Here’s a lens filter size chart for Sony E Mount and A Mount lenses.

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Nikon Lens Filter Size & Lens Hood Charts

If you’re looking to get a polarizer, UV, or ND filter for your lens, you’ll need to know the lens diameter/filter size. Here’s a lens filter size chart for Nikon NIKKOR lenses.

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Canon Lens Filter Size & Lens Hood Charts

If you’re looking to get a polarizer, UV, or ND filter for your lens, you’ll need to know the lens diameter/filter size. Here’s a lens filter size chart for Canon lenses.

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Sony FE 12-24mm F/4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens Review

The Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G zoom lens has an ultra-wide perspective that adds a lot of drama and packs a lot of scene into the frame, but it manages to do it without the distracting parts that you often get at such extreme focal lengths.

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Lumix S 24-105mm ƒ/4 Zoom Lens Sample Images

I’ve recently been out shooting with the new Lumix S 24-105mm ƒ/4 on the also-new Lumix S1 full-frame mirrorless camera. Here are some images taken with the combination with an emphasis on examples showing how the lens performs in real-world shooting.

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Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 Lens Sample Images

The Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens is fast and tiny, making it a very attractive option for travel photography. Here’s a collection of travel photos to give a sense of how it performs under real-world conditions.

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Hands On with the LensBaby SOL 45

LensBaby have released a new model in their range of special effects lenses. This one, the SOL 45, has a focal length of 45mm and combines selective focus and tilting. Here’s my review and some photos taken with it.

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Prime Lens Sample Images

The Sony 50mm ƒ/1.4 ZA lens is one of Sony’s high-end lenses. On full-frame sensors it offers a normal perspective and is especially good for low-light and selective focus shooting. Here are some sample photos I’ve taken with it.

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Nikon 18-55mm VR Lens Sample Photos

Here are some samples of photos I’ve taken with Nikon’s AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.

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Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Zoom Lens

Tamron’s 28-300mm lens is designed as a versatile all-in-one zoom for full-frame sensor cameras, the type of lens you might choose to leave on your camera most of the time for things like travel photography. Here’s my hands-on review.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Macro Sample Images

Here’s a collection of sample images I’ve taken with the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

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Nikon 18-55mm Lens Zoom Range

Here are some practical examples that show the zoom range of the Nikon 18-55mm lens in case you’re trying to decide which lens bundle to go with.

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Using Sigma’s USB Dock for Lens Updates and Tweaking

Sigma has a USB dock for its newer lenses that allows you to update the lens’s firmware and customize some of the lens’s core functions like autofocus and optical stabilization. Here’s how the USB dock works and what you can do with it.

New Wide-Angle Lenses from Nikon

Nikon has announced three new wide-angle lenses: a 28mm f/1.4 and 8-15mm fisheye zoom for FX sensor cameras and a 10-20mm ultra-wide zoom for DX sensor cameras.

New Lenses from Nikon

Nikon has announced updates to some of its pro telephotos, as well as a new, versatile DX zoom lens that is an especially good fit for travel photography.

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Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM Test & Review

Sigma’s 35mm f1.4 prime lens is a direct competitor to Nikon’s version. But there’s a very big difference in price. Here’s how the Sigma performs in real-world shooting.

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How to Find the Lens Diameter of a Camera Lens

When buying filters or lens caps you need to know the diameter of your lens. But you don’t need to break out a ruler. You just need to know the code. And once you know what to look for, it’s easy. Includes lens filter size charts for major brands.

Tiffen Variable ND Filter Test & Review

An ND filter blocks light, meaning you can use a slower shutter speed or larger aperture. The Tiffen Variable ND Filter sounds great on paper, offering flexibility and convenience. Here’s how it performs in practice.