Lenses Tag

Every year since we got these Op/Tech accessories into the shop we've been making a point of telling people about them. Because every single year winter has come around and photographers have gone out into the rain with their extremely expensive equipment. Most of them have not started out with that intention - they've googled the weather and looked at the little diagram on the BOM site and ignored the bit where it says the probability of rain is 124%. " She'll be right - I'll be fine " and the extremely expensive gear goes into the not-very-water-resistant camera bag and off they go. And it's all good when they get there and get out away from the car and into the spot with no shelter at all...

That's not an alphabet - it's a lens designation. The go-to lens for most of my dance shooting and the longest optic I keep in my regular bag. It is a great big thing that gets bigger and greater as it zooms out - but as it passes the 23mm mark it is still fair game for our week's test. Okay - you'll look a bit bulky as you use it - there's a big petal lens hood on it and it extends out pretty far - but it is not all that heavy. And it does have an effective OIS to improve the sharpness of the images when you are hand-holding it. I regularly shoot wildly flailing ( I mean superbly graceful...

I often go on about the convenience and portability of the cameras and lenses that are sold by Camera Electronic and sometimes get pulled up on it. People have asked whether it is at all important. After all - everything on Earth has a weight of some sort. We drive motor cars that weight far more than digital cameras ( Although you do have to remember the Bronica S2...

Once you find it, go get the piggy bank and the cookie jar. Bash them into fragments, collect the saved-up money inside, and head to Camera Electronic today. They've got a special deal on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkII and three lenses - you'll get them and a spare battery for just under $ 1200. It's the best money you'll spend all year. This, coming from a dedicated Fujifilm user, is high praise indeed. The camera and lens combo means that nearly any photoshoot you want to do is within your grasp straight away. The results from the Micro 4/3 sensor on the Olympus are superb - I've tested these cameras in the Little Studio and would rate them equally as good, if not better, for my close-up specialty. The inclusion of the 14-42mm zoom lens in the kit means that your travel shots are taken care of and the dedicated portraiteur can leave the 45mm prime on the camera forever. Sporty types may elect to do the same with th 10-150mm lens. Whatever, you have them all there ready to go today. Make...

There are two photographers who have it taped - who will be able to succeed with any assignment, any project, any inspiration. They are: a. The person who has every single lens ever made for their camera. b. The person who has only one lens. Everyone else will be wallowing in a sea of indecision and angst - our two stars will be cool and confident: a. The optik-meister can call on the exact lens  - from their 5 acre climate controlled warehouse - to deal with any image. The perfect focal length to match the angle of view - the perfect aperture to capture just enough sharpness - the perfect focusing system to hit the exact plane that they want. No compromises - no half measures. If the image needs an 89.5 mm lens with an f:1:1.7 1/2 aperture it is there on the shelf - a bespoke one-off masterpiece grown on the south slopes of the Ruhr valley under a full moon. Just clip off the kit lens and snap on perfection. If the subject moves or the light changes, send the valet...

Good morning. It is now officially Christmas Day 2017 and you are awake. If you have young children you have been awake for what seems like a very long time. Brace yourself - the day will go on for a considerable time more. And the children. Will. Not. Stop. If you are reading this on your iPad while sitting at the perfectly-decorated tree and sipping a latte you have our congratulations. You may start unwrapping your new mirror-less lenses and cameras in a moment and ask the valet to lay out your morning wear. The Dom Perignon will start shortly and it is wise to prepare yourself. If you are reading this on your 5-year-old mobile phone while your five-year-old plays "Little Drummer Boy " on a plastic trombone you also have our congratulations. Today will be wonderful, and once the lunch is done and the police leave with the perpetrators, you can settle down to read the instructions for your new action camera. With a bit of luck the kids will not have broken it yet. If you are reading this at...

" You may have it for a year. It will be attached to your camera  - your one and only camera - for twelve months. During that time you will take all your professional and amateur pictures with it. You may adjust the camera as much as you like. You may adjust the lens as many times as you wish. You may use a flash or not - it is your choice. What you cannot do is dismount the lens. You must see the world with the angle of view that this lens provides for the following 365 days. It is for you to choose wisely now - which lens shall it be? " Dream? Challenge? Nightmare? Folly? Well, all these and more for some people - people who have become accustomed to owning and changing a vast variety of lenses and cameras. They would undergo an agony of indecision while they contemplated the year's shooting and all the disparate factors that might make up a lens choice. Some would go instantly to what they want and some would try to wheedle their...

I cannot conceal this from you - I adore silver lenses. Whether the finish is chrome, paint, anodised aluminium, or solid sterling silver, I think these optics are absolutely superb. It is prejudice - I acquired a Leica Elmar 2.8 lens with a chrome M2 in 1970 and the experience influenced me ever after. There were some horrible silvers - the collapsible Elmar of the 1950's had a chromed barrel but painted focusing ring and this soon looked sad. There were plain aluminium lenses from East Germany like the Meyer ones from Görlitz that quickly became tawdry. But there were also the Planar and Distagon lenses that fronted the 500-series Hasselblads and they looked magnificent. In my own chosen brand they are also supplying some of their small primes in a chrome finish - 23mm, 35mm, and 50mm so far. I have even seen on-line examples of the Fujifilm 27mm f:2.8 in silver, though whenever it is listed it is sold out. I'll bet it was an exclusively Japanese product. Leica have never given up on the aesthetics of the silver lens. You...