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With a variety of camera lenses on the market, how do you choose the one that's best for your outdoor camera? Check out our digital camera lens reviews. From wide-angle lenses and telephoto zooms, trust advice from the experts.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lenses For Landscapes

How to choose wide-angle zooms and primes, plus a selection of the latest models

Panoramic photos, created by stitching together multiple images taken while panning across a scene, enable you to capture the full impact of awe-inspiring landscapes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lenses For Wildlife Photography

The OP guide to telephoto optics for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras

When it comes to selecting lenses for wildlife photography, the first thing most photographers look for is focal length—a long lens that can reach out and cover great distances, bringing animals in for close-ups—but other features are also incredibly useful.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tamron’s Fast New Primes

The first two lenses in an upgraded SP series feature close-focusing capability and premium construction

Tamron’s premium SP lens line is getting an upgrade, and the first two models featuring the redesign were introduced this fall.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ultrawide Zooms For Landscapes

Get close and go wide for dramatic landscape compositions

When it comes to landscape photography, don't just think big, think wide!

Friday, August 28, 2015

What’s In A “Pro” Lens

We look at the pros and cons of pro and non-pro lenses to help you make your decision on substance rather than a badge

Generally, pro lenses deliver better optical performance than lesser lenses, quicker and more accurate autofocusing, and are more ruggedly built.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Landscape Lens

Our guide to wide-angle zooms—the most popular and useful lens for scenic shooters

If there was an official lens of OP, it would be the wide-angle zoom.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Get Ready For Prime Time

You can get improved speed, sharpness and a compact size in prime lenses, but what do you give up? We look at the pros and cons of single-focal-length lenses.

Zoom lenses are especially popular because they provide a wide range of focal lengths in a single unit.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Medium Mainstay

Big telezooms get the glory and wide-angle models get the headlines, but the underappreciated middle child in a typical three-zoom kit may be your most useful lens. Learn how to choose the right one for you.

Telephoto zooms are popular with wildlife photographers and wide-angle zooms with landscapists, but the mid-range zooms also have their fans.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Super Telephoto Zooms

We decipher the technobabble behind these nature photography mainstays

A long lens can "bring the subject to you," producing a larger image in the image frame and making long lenses particularly popular with wildlife and bird photographers.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Classic Glass

Your favorite optics live again—in digital reincarnation

In the early 1970s, when SLR photography experienced its first major growth spurt and digital was an uncommon phrase that referred to the use of one's fingers, the Holy Grail of lenses, at least for Nikon owners, consisted of three Nikkors

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Choosing A Lens Set For Nature Photography

How to save money and find the best lenses to match up with your shooting style

When putting together a lens kit for outdoor photography, there are three basic ways to do it.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Telephotos For Landscapes

Think Differently…

Most people think of wide-angles when they think of landscape photography, and much landscape work is, indeed, done with them.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Solutions: Mirror Lens Scenics

For the occasional extreme telephoto shooter, an inexpensive mirror lens gives you a lot of reach for a low cost

As photographers, much of our struggle is to capture what our eyes see better than the camera.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


These simple devices give you more reach with your telephotos for high-impact wildlife, macro and even landscape photography

A really long lens will fill the frame with the subject, but really long lenses are really expensive and bulky.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Big Glass

Long-focal-length super-telephotos are obviously well suited to wildlife work. They also can give you a new perspective on your landscape photography.

Using a longer lens, moving closer to the subject or choosing a larger subject will make the subject appear larger in the image frame.

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