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The Zeiss Biotar 75mm f/1.5 is a legendary lens that’s currently one of the most expensive vintage lenses, available at over $1,000 for a usable one. The original was made in Jena, Germany.The lens is known for its beautiful swirling patterns that it introduces into the background at wide apertures, but it’s also highly sought-after for its rarity. But things may be about to change fo
For a few years now, I’ve had in my collection one very strange lens. I bought it primarily for it’s value as a collectible so, up until now, I haven’t really spent much time playing with it.Made in 1975, this manual focus Minolta MC Rokkor-X 40-80mm F2.8 lens is one strange puppy. When it was first introduced, no other zoom lens could top its image quality and it really didn’t have much competit
Fstoppers Alex Cooke has written a very helpful article about "15 Little Things You Should Carry in Your Camera Bag." We certainly think about the photography gear we should be carrying, cameras, lenses, filters, tripods, etc. But we don't often think about the non-photography gear that can prove to be the difference between making a great shot or not, or gear that can save your bacon in the
As we approach the end of another week, it's time once more for Firmware Friday, our regular roundup of all that's new in the world of camera and imaging firmware (plus occasionally, a little bit of software news to boot.) And this week, you'll want to read on if you're shooting with gear from Fujifilm, Nikon, Leica / Panasonic or Sony, because all of these companies have released
Laowa has announced a new manual focus FE lens designed for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras, the 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D. The ultra-wide and ultra-fast prime lens provides a close-to-zero distortion image with 110° angle of view. The lens is quite compact as well, as it's only 2.4 inches long (62 millimeters) and it weighs around a pound (500 grams). The lens has 12 elements across 9 groups in
Wildlife photographer Vincent Munier is well known for his incredible work and dedication to the craft. A recent trip to Tibet only adds to his already excellent reputation. Munier headed to Tibet to photograph the reclusive snow leopard. Photographing in Tibet posed a unique set of challenges to the seasoned Munier. There are geopolitical hurdles which must be cleared to even enter the country,
A few weeks ago Laowa sent me a copy of their first lens dedicated to Sony’s full frame E-mount system, the 15mm f/2. This lens is meant for landscape and astrophotographers who want to capture as much of the beautiful night sky as possible; which means wide and fast.Last year, I was able to get a copy of their 12mm f/2.8 for Canon and used it on my Sony a7R II with a Metabones adaptor. I was qui
Lightroom has a feature that can help you use your photography metadata to make informed lens buying and upgrade decisions. In my personal case, Lightroom proved to me that I don’t need a 24-70mm lens. I’ll show you how.Here’s a candid portrait that I shot using a focal length of 85mm:I would not have been as successful with my 24-70mm zoom. Here I had a comfortable working distance,
It's nearly the weekend and what better way to kick off the first weekend in August than with a variety of interesting photography topics from around the web? In today's Shutter Release roundup, we will look at how to deal with pesky lens fog, go behind the scenes with a pair of pros and the new Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic and look at new Photoshop video tutorials from Adobe. There are
Click here to read the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E Field Test Nikon has continued upgrading its prime lenses with a new fast 28mm f/1.4E ED AF-S optic. In addition to offering a faster maximum aperture than its 28mm f/1.8G counterpart, the new f/1.4E lens has an electromagnetic diaphragm to ensure better exposure consistency during burst shooting and video recor


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