Lenses: Designed For Digital
What exactly are “designed for digital” lenses, and what makes them ideally suited for D-SLRs?
Far from simple marketing hype, the term "designed for digital" encompasses the entirety of lens technologies unique to the demands of image sensors and their various sizes. Unlike film, image sensors have a shiny, flat surface. That surface is prone to causing internal reflections of light that bounce back and forth between the image sensor and the elements within the lens, otherwise known as ghosting and flare.
Nikon Introduces AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens
MELVILLE, N.Y. (JAN. 28, 2008) - Nikon, Inc., today introduced the new AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED lens engineered specifically for extreme close-up photography, and perfectly suited for general imaging as well. The new AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED lens can focus at a distance of approximately 0.185m (.6 ft.) at its closest, and allows photographers to capture breathtaking close-up photography with reproduction ratios up to 1:1 (life-size).
Nikon Announces Wide-Angle PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Lens
MELVILLE, N.Y. (Jan. 28, 2008) - Nikon, Inc., today introduced the
new PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens, the latest in a series of lenses
that are equipped with a tilt/shift mechanism that enables
photographers the flexibility to effectively manipulate perspective,
distortion and focus. Whether photographing architecture, landscapes,
interiors or panoramas, this Perspective Control (PC) lens easily
corrects linear distortion and aberration to deliver images that more
accurately reproduce the view as the human eye sees it.
Nikons AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm Lens Offers Broad Focal Range and VR Image Stabilization
MELVILLE, N.Y. (JAN. 28, 2008) - Nikon, Inc., today announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, which offers Nikon digital SLR photographers exceptional wide-angle capability along with superb telephoto versatility. The wide-ratio zoom makes this new lens suitable for a broad range of shooting situations, including indoor and outdoor events; streetscapes; and portraits and scenery, making it ideal for everyday use. It incorporates several of Nikon's most advanced lens design attributes such as Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass, Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM) and Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction image stabilization), delivering the outstanding optical performance that has made NIKKOR lenses the choice of so many professional photographers.
Canon Launches Two New Telephoto Lenses at PMA 2008
EF200mm f/2L IS USM and EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lenses Add New Levels of Super Telephoto Performance to Canon's Market-Leading EOS System
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 23, 2008 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the launch of two new telephoto lenses for use with its EOS SLR cameras: the EF200mm f/2L IS USM*/** and the EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM*/**, the world's longest focal length lens with an Optical Image Stabilizer system.*** The Company, which exhibited prototypes of the lenses during PhotoPlus Expo in New York last October, is launching them at the PMA tradeshow (booth E101) at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 31 to February 2.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Lenses
How to choose the best glass for your D-SLR
Pop quiz, hotshot: Would you rather have a) an awesome camera and an okay lens, or b) an okay camera and an awesome lens? The correct answer is b—no doubt about it.
Add extra visual excitement to your portraits, scenics and more with the extreme perspective of wide-angle lenses
The everyday workhorse lenses with which most photos are taken don't receive the publicity showered on the more extreme optics. That's likely because extremes are always more exciting than the norm. We continue that trend here and introduce you to the most extreme wide-angle lenses and the widest-range zoom lenses available for digital SLRs.
Nikon Introduces Affordable 55-200mm F/4-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens
MELVILLE, NY, MARCH 5, 2007 - Nikon Inc. (www.nikondigital.com) today introduced the new 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens - a new compact telephoto zoom Nikkor lens that offers Nikon's exclusive Vibration Reduction technology in a high-powered 3.6x zoom lens. Engineered exclusively for use with Nikon's DX format digital SLR cameras, including the D80, D40 and recently announced D40x, this new lens approximates the picture angle characteristics of an 82.5-300mm lens on a 35mm film SLR camera.
Three New Canon LCD Projectors Feature 1.6X Zoom Lens
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 21, 2007 - In an age when vivid, big-screen image display has become so essential to business, education, and many other fields, Canon has once again increased the price-performance impact of its affordable LV Series of LCD-based Multimedia Projectors. Three new compact, feature-packed models- the LV-7265, LV-7260, and LV-X7 Multimedia Projectors- all deliver bright, high-quality XGA images, and provide users with a stellar blend of an extremely short throw distance, and a powerful yet versatile 1.6x Canon wide-angle zoom lens.
Equipment TestDrive: Tamron SP AF28-75mm ƒ/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Zoom
A new family of lenses that will help you make the leap from film SLRs to digital SLRs
The new Di series of lenses are Tamron's Digitally Integrated optics. They're designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras and image sensors. Like the other lenses in the Di line, the new SP AF28-75mm ƒ/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Zoom is optimized for a digital camera, but it will function fine on a film-based SLR body.
Buyer's Guide 2005: At The Camera Counter
A digital camera buyer's checklist
After nearly seven years as an editor here at PCPhoto, I recently purchased my first digital camera. I've been shooting with digital cameras all along, but since there's a constant flow of the latest and greatest equipment through our offices, I never felt compelled to commit myself to a purchase. Content with just borrowing a camera for a time, I was reluctant to buy because I assumed that something better would always be on the horizon.