Hands-On Review: AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR

This budget-based extreme telephoto lens from Nikon is one of the best bargains in photography
By David Schloss
Judging by the name and specifications alone, the new AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm ƒ/5.6E ED VR from Nikon doesn’t seem like it’s going to be an exceptional lens—with a minimum aperture of ƒ/5.6 and a street price of under $1,400, even Nikon’s own press release doesn’t talk up the power of…

Lenses For Portraiture

Considerations when choosing a lens for flattering photos of people
By Wes Pitts
Though there's no "perfect" lens for portraiture, it's generally agreed that a moderate telephoto in the range of 85mm to 135mm (35mm equivalent) is a reliably good choice. For tight headshots, an even stronger telephoto in the 200mm or even 300mm range may be a better choice. A lot depends…

Optics For Macro

Three ways to get closer to your subject
By Mike Stensvold
Want to try exploring the miniature worlds accessible through close-up photography? There are options for every budget, from premium lenses specially designed for macro work, to relatively inexpensive extension tubes and close-up lenses, or "diopters", that resemble optical filters and attach to the front of your lens. Here are the…

Lenses

Although it may be more fun to shop for a new camera, a new lens probably will do more to spark creativity and open new possibilities.
By William Sawalich
Although it may be more fun to shop for a new camera, a new lens probably will do more to spark creativity and open new possibilities. So how do you select the perfect new lens for your photography and camera system? There's a lot to consider when weighing a lens…

The Do-It-All Lens

All-in-one zooms that can cover wide-angles to telephoto
By David Willis
Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM Over time, many pros build up an impressive arsenal of lenses for specialized use, but if you're just starting out, superzooms are a great way to save on cost while still being able to cover most subjects. Digital lens design has mitigated the difference…

Lenses

If you're looking to buy a new lens with the latest optical technology, you're in luck.
By William Sawalich
If you're looking to buy a new lens with the latest optical technology, you're in luck. Manufacturers have spent 2012 introducing many new models from which to choose. Whether you're shopping for an extreme zoom for your mirrorless camera or a superfast wide-angle prime for your DSLR, there's literally something…
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