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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 10, 2012

Camera, Lenses, Landscapes!

Get the right gear to cover all of your landscape shooting opportunities

Today's digital landscape photographers can choose from a great variety of DSLRs.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wide-Angle Zooms

The ins and outs of a landscape photographer’s most used lens

Wide-angle lenses are essential landscape photography tools for their ability to take in epic vistas and allow you to move in close to emphasize a foreground object while still showing enough of its surroundings to give a feel for the location.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ultra-Wide-Angle Zooms

Create dramatic and dynamic landscape images when you explore the ultrawide end of the spectrum

As their name suggests, ultra-wide-angle lenses take in very wide angles of view.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Macro Lens Guide

A proper macro lens is designed to eliminate aberrations, focus colors and attain maximum sharpness on close-up subjects

Macro is the photo op that’s always available: You can find good close-up subjects just about anywhere.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Promise Of Stabilization

Between image-stabilized lenses, in-camera stabilization and high-ISO technology, the game has changed for photographers seeking the freedom to shoot handheld

Image-stabilized lenses and cameras let you capture sharp, handheld photos at lower shutter speeds than ever before, while supersensitive sensors let some DSLRs shoot in the dark.

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.

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