If you’re an Olympus camera body owner looking for a do it all lens, then the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO could be just up your alley. By ‘do it all’, we mean a lens that covers the most useful focal lengths, going from very wide to medium zoom. Throw in good optics and
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When it comes to owning a standard lens, it’s usually a 50mm that is the first port of call. However, a 35mm at a cost-effective price is also a good staple. A 35mm lens gives you a slightly wider look to the world and you also don’t have to pay a fortune to get good
If you’re currently shopping around for a wide-angle lens, it may be just worth going a bit left-field for a change. In this case with the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens. The focal length of 12mm is probably as wide as many people will go until you get into fisheye territory. This lens has some
It has to be said, that Zeiss lenses have that little extra something above the average crop of lenses. It’s not just the overall sharpness, but the rendition of the final image that adds that extra level of quality. If you currently own one of Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras, then you have access to the
If you’re in the market for buying a reasonably priced zoom lens that can cover the popular focal lengths, then Canon may have the answer. The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is made specifically for APS-C DSLRs, which works out at a real-world focal length of 29-216mm. Adding other features such as image stabilization
If you’re currently working with a Canon crop sensor body and want a very wide-angle zoom lens that doesn’t cost the earth, then you have a few options. The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is one such lens with a few specific attributes. The EF-S stands for ‘Short-back focus’ which means the lens is built
A small 50mm prime lens has always been a good addition to a camera kit bag. Either as a backup lens or a do it all focal length, a 50mm covers a lot of bases. Now there is another option on the market in the form of the Meike MK FE 50mm f/1.7. A fully
The latest version of the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro steps into the shoes of its predecessor, with some tasty upgrades. This lens covers a wide range of focal lengths and where it will probably most end up is on as APS-C DSLR, with a real-world field of view working out to be 112-480mm.
If you have bought into the Leica range of camera bodies, then you will be wanting an equally high spec lens. This will obviously depend on the types of subjects you are capturing, but owning a zoom lens with the most used focal lengths is always a good idea. Enter the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4
For those wanting an affordable super telephoto zoom lens from the Nikon camp, options used to be limited. When third-party makers released cost-effective versions, Nikon stepped up their game with the mouthful of a name, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. Strapped onto a cropped sensor body, the focal length comes out at
The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is a cost-effective, mid-range telephoto zoom that packs a lot into this package. A generous focal range, optical image stabilization, fast autofocus motor, and is happy to work on both APS-C, full-frame, and even mirrorless camera bodies with an adapter. This latest version adds another stop of
When the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G was released, was the first 35mm Nikon lens with autofocus at the top end of the quality range. Updated optics and a Silent Wave Motor means fast focusing at a focal length that can be a happy alternative to the standard 50mm. Although the lens is a few
There are times in our photography careers where we simply want the best optically when it comes to our lenses. One of the consistent leaders at this end of the spectrum is ZEISS. The company has a long history of high-end, optical quality and this is reflected in one of their latest prime lenses, the
The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens is one of the most popular lenses the company has. Most can buy the lens separately or in kits as this is usually the additional camera that comes with bundles. It is also a go-to lens due to its cheap price, telephoto zoom range, compact size, and
It’s not always the case that Canon camera users want the most expensive lenses possible, especially for the crop sensor users. In this regard, the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM worked very well for many Canon camera models in the past. The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is, therefore, a welcome addition to the lineup,
When it comes to the longevity of camera lenses, some fall by the wayside, while others stand the test of time. One such lens is the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM. The lens is part of Canon’s top-end L-series and will serve those looking for a long telephoto lens for the likes of sports
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM is a wide-angle lens with some special qualities. This is the first wide-angle zoom to own image stabilization, enhanced optical quality, and of course, the L-series build quality. For those who shoot predominantly at the wide end of the spectrum, a high-quality wide-angle zoom provides flexibility with
In a world where zoom lenses are far more practical and the best they have ever been, it’s easy to overlook prime lenses. However, when it comes to optical quality and depending on the model, a prime lens can provide that extra optical zest you can’t quite get with a zoom lens. If you’re looking
Some camera lenses stick around for a long time for a simple reason — they were made great in the beginning. This is usually down to nailing the optical qualities, build, and the message getting out that they are extraordinary lenses. One such lens in this camp is the Nikon 28mm f/1.4D. This is not
The Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM marks an update to the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, which also coincided with the release of a newer version of the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 lens. Both lenses were treated to better image quality, image stabilization, USM, and a better minimum focus distance amongst other things.
The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM has definitely been a long time coming. Other manufacturers have been producing their own long zooms with top-notch features, so Canon had to get it right for this widely used lens. On the surface, everything points to top-quality features, upgraded image stabilization, Canon’s L-series quality, and a
High-quality ultrawide, zoom lenses don’t usually come cheap. In this regard, Canon has produced the high-end Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens for those wanting the best quality at the wide end of the spectrum. As usual, these types of high-end lenses from Canon cost a pretty penny but are also the best in quality.
Sometimes in life, you don’t need the most expensive, optically superior lens in the world. A lens that produces good results is usually lightweight and doesn’t break the bank. This is the case with the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 or rebranded Meike lens. The Neewer naming is used for Sony E-mounts and Olympus and Panasonic M4/3
Long lenses are fun to use, like the Canon 400mm lens. There’s something appealing about being at a distance and still able to capture high-quality images. The Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM is one such lens which has fantastic optics and is built for the wear and tear of outdoor life. It may have some
A lens that offers such a wide focal range can bring both excitement and trepidation at the same time. Excited to think that one lens can cover so much zoom, while on the other will also mean big compromises in optical quality. Covering the ground from wide-angle to super-telephoto is no mean feat as the
As flat as a pancake. It’s the thought that comes to mind when you first see the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. An inexpensive lens that due to modern lens technology doesn’t cut down on quality, which wasn’t the case in past ultraslim prime lenses. This design is aimed at the APS-C brigade, which should
As a Canon user, owning a high-quality same brand, wide-angle zoom lens is a must. Luckily, Canon produces a variety of wide-angle zooms in their L-series which go from 16mm, 17mm, and 20mm upwards and are all great performance. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM adds to the lineup with the latest optics and
You have to hand it to Sony. They’re not just producing great camera bodies, but also a nice lineup of lenses to fit all focal lengths. One of the latest is this short telephoto prime lens, the Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS. If you’re a current Sony camera body owner, then a 100mm
The Pentax SMC FA 31mm f/1.8 AL is an old school looking lens, verging on wide focal length in Pentax‘s Limited series. Favored as a good performer, the FA-31 is getting quite old now, but can it still produce the goods? Design Back in 2001 when film cameras were still big, this type of lens
The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED was first released in May 2017 and replaced the older 28mm f/1.4D lens. The older model was well-known for its capabilities. Impressive sharpness and contrast worked equally well on crop sensors or full-frame cameras. Luckily, the new version has been completely re-engineered with the latest electronic gadgetry and