Equipment

 

Samyang 135mm f/2 Now Official: It’s a Fast, Manual Focus Portrait Lens for $549

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After weeks of being teased through an enigmatic campaign, the Samyang 135mm f/2 has now been officially announced. It’s a full frame manual focus portrait lens with an attractive price point.
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Canon PowerShot N Transformed Into a Waist-Level Rolleiflex-style Camera

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The digital camera industry is dominated by eye-level viewfinders, but waist-level finders have their advantages. One main one is that it makes photographing strangers less threatening since the photographer is looking down instead of directly at the subjects.

Photographer Paul Richters wanted to bring the experience of shooting with waist-level finders to the world of digital cameras, so he turned his Canon PowerShot N compact camera into a little Rolleiflex-lookalike.
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Shooting with the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 in a Cold and Rainy Outdoor Portrait Session

Editor’s note: This our third hands-on test of the super affordable Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 clone lens. We previously shared casual and optical tests.


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I was finally able to get the stars to align and get an outdoor session set up to test the new Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8. I booked an amazing model, Halie Jaye from Envy Model Management, and an equally fantastic makeup artist Carly Ryan. We decided to brave the frozen tundra of Mount Charleston outside of Las Vegas.
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Make a DIY Extension Tube to Turn Your Regular Lens Into a Macro Lens

Looking for a simple weekend project that lets you experiment with photography? Makify created this 4-minute step-by-step tutorial on how you can create a DIY extension tube using some plastic piping to capture macro photos using your regular lens.
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A Closer Look at Nikon’s New Phase Fresnel (PF) Lens Technology

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Weighing just 1.66 pounds, Nikon’s newly announced 300mm f/4 is the world’s lightest 300mm full frame prime autofocus lens. It’s also the first Nikon DSLR lens to feature the company’s new Phase Fresnel (PF) technology, which is the main reason the lens can be so small and lightweight.
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The First Leaked Pictures of the Upcoming Rokinon 135mm f/2 Lens

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Rokinon, the lens brand owned by South Korea’s Samyang, has been teasing a new “three digit” lens for weeks now. The first images of the lens were leaked onto the Web today. As many commentators suggested, it will be a 135mm f/2 lens.
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Video: The Technologies Inside Canon’s EF Lenses

If you’d like a primer on the technologies found inside Canon’s EF line of lenses, look no further than this 12-minute introduction created by Canon. We learn about things like aspherical lenses, fluorite lenses, diffractive optics, USM, lens coatings, and more.

Canon produced its 100 millionth EF lens back in April of 2014.

(H/T The Digital Picture)

Yongnuo Products Are Now Carried by B&H, Including a Canon Lens Clone

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Yongnuo has taken another big step towards legitimacy as a third party brand for camera gear. The Chinese company’s wares are now being carried by B&H, the largest non-chain camera store in the United States and one of the largest gear retailers in the world.
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Nikon 1200-1700mm Helps French Photogs Capture Hostage Situation from a Safe Distance

Le Monde journalist Maxime Goldbaum tweeted the above photograph this morning as a hostage situation involving Charlie Hebdo suspects unfolded in Dammartin-en-GoĆ«le, France. It seems that the Nikon 1200-1700mm is a tool in Reuters’ arsenal that’s used to keep photojournalists at a safe distance.
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Nikon to Offer Free Repairs for D750 Flare Issue

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If you’re a Nikon D750 owner experiencing the camera’s dark band/flare issue, help is on the way. Less than two weeks after announcing that it is investigating the issue, the company is now saying that it will be offering free repairs to customers affected by the problem.
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