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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, April 26, 2011

Find Your Wildlife Action Lens

How to pick the right lens to match your photo needs and your budget

Wildlife action covers quite a range, from huge bears snagging salmon while standing in a river to quick and tiny birds zipping by.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Landscape Lens Tech

What makes a good landscape lens?

Finding your perfect landscape lens is a matter of defining the priorities.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Essential Lenses Of The Pros

What the top professionals have to say about the optics they need the most

Everyone has one. It’s the lens you never leave at home.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Get The Most Out Of Variable Aperture Lenses

Often dismissed by “serious” photographers, these lenses offer some significant advantages

Zoom lenses come in two varieties: fixed-aperture (70-200mm ƒ/2.8, for example, where the maximum aperture is ƒ/2.8 at all focal lengths) and variable-aperture (70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6, for example, where the maximum aperture decreases from ƒ/4 at the 70mm setting to ƒ/5.6 at the 300mm setting).

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

70 To 200

OP’s guide to the professional workhorse lens for nature photographers

Everyone has a favorite lens. It’s usually in a focal length that matches the way the photographer sees in his or her mind’s eye.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Image Stabilization And You

How to choose and make the best use of stabilized cameras and lenses

For the sharpest shots, a tripod is essential, but you have to carry it with you and set it up each time you want to make a shot—not great for capturing a bighorn sheep that suddenly bursts into view and is gone just as quickly.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Low-Cost Lens Solutions

Think about using a lens adapter to get lower-cost specialty lenses

The vast majority of your nature photography is probably accomplished with your core setup of camera and three-lens kit (wide-angle zoom, midrange zoom and tele-zoom).

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

One Lens To Shoot Anything

Big-range zooms (10x and more) aren’t just for travel anymore. With good sharpness and contrast across their focal lengths, today’s models are some of the most advanced optics on the market and they’re designed for digital.

Outdoor photographers have long sought the “do-it-all” lens, a single unit that could handle everything from wide-angle to telephoto and close-ups.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Certainty Of Sharpness

How to test your lens’ sharpness in the digital era

On a recent photo safari, a colleague asked me to review the images he had captured with his brand-new, top-of-the-line DSLR and matching high-end lens.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What Lens Would Adams Use?

To get the very best sharpness, colors, contrast and overall image quality, you need to use the best lens possible

Ansel Adams used the sharpest lenses he could find for his cameras, experimenting with a number of them to discover the best ones for his work, be it a 70-year-old, 12-inch Voigtlander, the renowned 12-inch Goerz Dagor or the latest 121mm Schneider Super Angulon.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Beyond The Usual Yosemite

Ansel Adams’ famous images of Yosemite helped make it a photographer’s mecca. Today, finding your own vision of one of our most well-known national parks requires getting off the beaten trail.

When you’ve been photographing Yosemite National Park for as long as I have, there comes a point at which you just can’t shoot another one from Tunnel View.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Choose Your Perfect Zoom

The modern zoom lens is a marvel of technology, and it’s the nature photographer’s best friend

There was a time when most landscape photographers used prime (single-focal-length) wide-angle and normal lenses, while wildlife photographers relied on prime super-telephoto lenses.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Up Close And Wide!

How to get the most from your fisheye lens

Apparently, a fisheye lens is how a fish actually sees the world from its bowl.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Building Your Lens Kit For Digital Action

With the autumn migrations and rutting season approaching fast, now is the time to put together a set of lenses to help you capture all the action

Now is an ideal time to upgrade your lenses. Fall wildlife season is here, and it’s also the time of year when you can make some of the best landscapes.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Building The Ultimate Lens Kit

There are so many top-notch, high-tech, affordable lenses available for nature photography, it’s easy to assemble a collection that will give you the right tool for what you love to do

Outdoor photography encompasses a lot of territory—from landscapes, wildlife and macro to tripod-mounted shots of static scenes and handheld shots of quick action. So the “best” lens(es) depend in large part on what you photograph outdoors and how you see the outdoor world. A basic three-lens kit is a good starting point, and it gives you a solid foundation from which to build. Expanding from the basic three is like constructing the structure on that foundation.

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