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.
Short Report: Sigma Zoom Combo
Two low-priced lenses from Sigma are ideal for photographers on a budget
If you're looking for a low-priced, compact set of lenses that offer a great range for small-format digital SLRs, check out Sigma's new pair, the 18-50mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 DC and the 55-200mm ƒ/4-5.6 DC. These are ideal all-around focal lengths offering wide-angle and moderate telephoto ranges. Designed specifically for digital cameras (indicated by the DC), this combo typically offers an equivalent focal length range of 27-300mm on a small-format digital SLR for a 35mm camera. The image circle of these lenses won't cover a standard 35mm film frame.
Lens Buying Guide
Everything you need to know about focal lengths, maximum apertures, new technologies and more! A trip to the camera store these days will show you an astonishingly vast array of lenses, from tiny zooms on compact digital cameras to big telephotos for digital SLRs. Many of these lenses are based on designs that were unheard of just a few years ago. They offer you new opportunities to expand your photographic capabilities—knowing what the lenses can do for you will help you make a better decision in your camera and lens purchasing, whether that means checking the zoom range of an advanced compact, buying a new lens for a digital SLR or comparing lens speed among any group of lenses.
Short Report: Tokina AT-X 124 AF Pro DX
A wide-angle zoom with a fixed aperture delivers quality
Tokina's first lens produced exclusively for digital SLRs, the AT-X 124 AF Pro DX is a 12-24mm lens that combines rugged construction, internal focusing and a constant fixed aperture for terrific performance. Designed for Nikon and Canon digital SLRs that are built around an APS-sized sensor, the lens features a focal length equivalent of 18-36mm (1.6x lens magnification). In addition to wide-angle coverage, the AT-X 124 AF Pro DX also features a constant ƒ/4 aperture throughout the zoom range.
Short Report: Sigma APO Macro 150mm ƒ/2.8
This fast, telephoto macro lens offers a great deal of versatility for field shooting
I love being surprised by the world, and a macro lens is a great way to discover those surprises. A macro lens lets you isolate and focus in on the often amazing and unexpected details around us. I had the chance to work with Sigma's new 150mm ƒ/2.8 macro lens (officially, APO Macro 150mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG HSM), and this combination of focal length and wide aperture offered a wonderful experience in exploring the realm of the close-up.
Short Report: Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM
The new L-Series zoom delivers under demanding lighting conditions
The appeal of the Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM is two-fold for me. The lens offers the zoom range that I frequently use for most of my photography. The equivalent of a 38-168mm lens on my Canon EOS 20D, it provides me with the flexibility to shoot virtually any subject, from portraits to street scenes. Additionally, its Image Stabilizer feature helps ensure that I get sharp results despite hands that aren't as steady as they used to be.