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Why You Need a 35mm Lens in Your Camera Bag

Why You Need a 35mm Lens in Your Camera Bag

Many photographers say that the first lens you should buy is a 50mm. And while there’s a lot of reasons for that, a 35mm lens is also a great option. In fact, it might be an even better choice than a 50mm. If you’re ready to upgrade your lens, consider...


How to Find the Effective Focal Length of a Lens

How to Find the Effective Focal Length of a Lens

If you shoot with a 50mm lens, it’s focal length is 50mm, right? Well, that depends… On a full frame camera - one with a sensor that has a crop factor of 1:1, a 50mm lens does indeed perform like a 50mm lens. But many cameras these days have a...


Prime Lenses vs Zooms: Which is Best for You?

Prime Lenses vs Zooms: Which is Best for You?

  Prime lenses - those with a fixed focal length - and zoom lenses - those that you can adjust the focal length with a flick of the wrist - have distinct advantages and disadvantages. The question is, is a prime lens or a zoom lens most appropriate for...


Understanding Focal Length

Understanding Focal Length

Focal length is one of the most important photography terms for you to understand because it informs you about the size of the lens - an important feature when buying glass for your camera. Not only that, but understanding focal length also means that you understand what a particular lens...


Demystified: Basic Camera Lens Types Explained

Demystified: Basic Camera Lens Types Explained

Demystified: Basic Camera Lens Types Explained   Fisheye, standard, telephoto, wide-angle, macro...there’s a lot of different types of lenses for your camera. It’s no wonder, then, that beginner photographers (and even some more experienced photographers!) have trouble figuring out which lens should be the next one they buy. In this...


3 Reasons Why You Need a 24-70mm Lens

3 Reasons Why You Need a 24-70mm Lens

 When you’re filling out your kit and deciding what lenses to include in your camera bag, a strong consideration should be made for a 24-70mm lens.  Of all the zoom lenses you can buy, this one might be the most versatile of the bunch. But versatility is just one reason why...


Zero Optik Nikkor-Noct 58mm T1.3 PL Cinema Lens

Zero Optik Nikkor-Noct 58mm T1.3 PL Cinema Lens

LensFinder has recently found the Zero Optik Nikkor-Noct 58mm T1.3 PL lens project.   The Nikkor-Noct 58mm f/1.2 lens has been long sought after for its high contrast, high resolution, attractive bokeh, and usability wide open with no coma or veiling glare. The original photography lens has a 25”...


Why an 85mm Lens is Ideal for Portraits

Why an 85mm Lens is Ideal for Portraits

While there is certainly debate regarding the best focal length for portraits, most portrait photographers agree that 85mm is a perfect focal length for portraiture. One of the primary reasons why photographers love 85mm lenses for portraits is because they can take a few steps back from the model...


Buying Your Next Lens with Confidence

Buying Your Next Lens with Confidence

Buying a lens can be a daunting task if you consider all the factors. Add in additional factors like lens condition as well as accuracy of the seller to give you an honest picture of what you are buying and you get a real chance for problems. There are...


Top Five Lens Choice Considerations

Top Five Lens Choice Considerations

Top Four Lens Choice Considerations   #1 What perspective do I want? You can make objects appear smaller with a wide angle lens. Compress the background to single out your subject with a telephoto. Macro lenses can get you close enough to reproduce your object larger than life. The...


Why Lenses?

Why Lenses?

Photography literally means to paint with light. Lenses are your camera’s view to the world and therefore your paintbrush. Most photographers are unaware of the plethora of options available to them to get a new perspective and unlock a new creative tool. Post production tools provide tons of options...


Don’t Upgrade Your Camera - Upgrade Your Lens Instead

Don’t Upgrade Your Camera - Upgrade Your Lens Instead

Knowing that photography gear can be very expensive, you will come to a point as a photographer in which you have to make a choice - do you upgrade your camera or your lens Though a shiny new camera is what some photographers choose to buy, it’s actually the wrong...


Top Prime Lenses for Nikon Cameras

Top Prime Lenses for Nikon Cameras

Top Prime Lenses for Nikon Cameras   Nikon has the distinction of making some really, really good cameras. The new D850 comes to mind on that front… But they also make some incredible lenses for their full frame and crop sensor cameras. The question is, which Nikon prime lenses are...


The Top 4 Canon Lenses for Landscape Photography

The Top 4 Canon Lenses for Landscape Photography

One of the great things about being a photographer these days is the incredible variety of cameras and lenses that are available. Of course, that variety can also be a bit of a curse because there are so many options that it might be difficult to figure out what...


How to Read the Markings on a Lens

How to Read the Markings on a Lens

How to Read the Markings on a Lens   If you’re new to photography - heck, even for some photographers that have been at it for awhile now - some of the markings on a camera lens can be downright confusing. Not only that, but lenses have a ton of...


5 Reasons Why You Need a 50mm Lens

5 Reasons Why You Need a 50mm Lens

Ask any group of photographers about the first lens they ever purchased, and I’d be willing to bet the majority of them will say it was a 50mm.   That’s because there’s a lot to love about 50mm, or “nifty fifty” lenses.   If you’re in need of another...


Cheapest CARL ZEISS Lens | 50mm F/2.8 | In-Depth Review

Cheapest CARL ZEISS Lens | 50mm F/2.8 | In-Depth Review

Everyone loves Carl Zeiss lenses, but not everyone can afford them, at least not the modern ones or even the popular Contax series. If you are one of these people who can’t quite afford, but really want to own a “Zeiss”, fortunately there is a lens can be bought for as...


3 Must-Have Prime Lenses

3 Must-Have Prime Lenses

3 Must-Have Prime Lenses   Prime lenses offer plenty of benefits for shooters of all types and experience levels.   The question is, which prime lenses should you have in your bag?   Whether you’re a new photographer looking to add a new lens to your bag or a seasoned...


Pentax-110 Subminiature Lenses for Micro4/3

Pentax-110 Subminiature Lenses for Micro4/3

    Pentax has a long history of making excellent optics of all kinds from eye glass lenses to medical endoscope and microscopes. Photographers know their SLR lenses which are often hailed as budget lenses with excellent color rendition and resolution. Founded in 1919 as Asahi Kogaku Goshi Kaisha in...


Affordable Canon FD Lenses for Sony-E & M4/3 | Buyers Guide

Affordable Canon FD Lenses for Sony-E & M4/3 | Buyers Guide

  Affordable Canon FD Lenses for Sony-E & M4/3 | Buyers Guide     I’m often asked about good lens options for M4/3 & Sony E-mount cameras. Most people are hoping to save quite a lot of money when building a vintage set, so this guide will concentrate on affordable...


20$ Telephoto Zoom | Vivitar 70-300mm Review

20$ Telephoto Zoom | Vivitar 70-300mm Review

20$ Telephoto Zoom | Vivitar 70-300mm Review   When I first took the Vivitar 70-300mm F4.8-5.8 out of my “cheap telephoto lens bag” I didn’t know what to expect from it. It was a bright, sunny day and I was heading out to a Zoo,, so I though to myself: this...


Battle of Cheap 17mm Primes | Tamron Adaptall-2 vs Tokina RMC

Battle of Cheap 17mm Primes | Tamron Adaptall-2 vs Tokina RMC

Battle of Cheap 17mm Primes | Tamron Adaptall-2 vs Tokina RMC I’m often asked about cheap vintage wide angle primes and the two that I always recommend are the Tamron Adaptall-2 17mm F3.5 and Tokina RMC 17mm F3.5. While they do not sound very exciting when compared to lenses like Tokina 11-16mm...


Buying Bargain Lenses! Which? Where? When?

Buying Bargain Lenses! Which? Where? When?

Buying Bargain Lenses! Which? Where? When?   Foreword: This post is aimed at people who are just getting into vintage lenses, but maybe even a seasoned vintage lens user will find some useful info here. When it comes to buying lenses, things can get pretty confusing, especially at the start....


Using Angenieux 9.5-57mm F1.6-2.2 on BMPCC/S16 | In-depth REVIEW

Using Angenieux 9.5-57mm F1.6-2.2 on BMPCC/S16 | In-depth REVIEW

Using Angenieux 9.5-57mm F1.6-2.2 on BMPCC/S16 | In-depth REVIEW In this post we continue to look at various lenses for BMPCC (and upcoming Super16 replacements from BlackMagic). Over the last few years I’ve been collecting various 16mm (film format) and Super16 lenses to see what works best and also offers...


Canon FL 55mm F1.2 REVIEW | Cheapest F/1.2 Lens!

Canon FL 55mm F1.2 REVIEW | Cheapest F/1.2 Lens!

Canon FL 55mm F1.2 REVIEW | Cheapest F/1.2 Lens! Many of us desire to own at least one super fast lens! It doesn’t really matter if it’s worth it or not, we are simply drawn to the speed and the idea of owning an F1.2 lens! The problem is that...


Top 3 Go-To “Vintage Lenses For Video”

Top 3 Go-To “Vintage Lenses For Video”

  I’ve reviewed so many vintage lenses in the last few years, but which ones do I actually use on daily basis? The video above and info below should finally answer this question. My top 3 most used vintage lenses are: Helios 44-2 58mm F2 Canon FD 50mm F1.4 Carl...


Meritar E.Ludwig 50mm F2.9

Meritar E.Ludwig 50mm F2.9

If you are looking for a lens with that “vintage look” then your search is over. The Meritar E.Ludwig 50mm F2.9 creates a beautiful film-like image that takes the “digital bite” off of a lot of today’s digital sensors. It’s not a perfect lens by any means nor is it...


Super Takumar 55mm F1.8

Super Takumar 55mm F1.8

Oh the Super Takumar 55mm F1.8, how I love thee. Seriously, I purchased this lens because of reviews I read online said how sharp it was what wonderful colors it produced. Well, I agree wholeheartedly. The Super Takumar 55mm F1.8 produces some amazing image. Even wide open you’ll get not...


Helios 44 58mm F2

Helios 44 58mm F2

Much has been written about the infamous Russian bokeh monster Helios 44 58mm F2. Why infamous you ask? Well, the Helios is a copy of the Carl Zeiss Biotar 58mm. Back in the end of World War II, the Russians occupied East Germany where they went into the Zeiss factory...


Kinoptik 5.7mm F1.8

Kinoptik 5.7mm F1.8

I always marveled at how Stanley Kubrick chose his lenses to create some of the most visually stunning images ever exposed to film. After visiting his exhibit at the LACMA, multiple times, a few years ago I saw this very odd looking lens in the display case. The lens in...


What to Look for When Choosing a Vintage Lens

What to Look for When Choosing a Vintage Lens

As visual creatives, we all strive to craft frames that stand out from the rest. We select subjects and shoot in environments that will stamp an image as our own. While a photographer’s gear may not be as important as their vision, it can aid in setting us apart from...


How Do We Decide the Value of a Lens?

How Do We Decide the Value of a Lens?

A popular topic of discussion these days is whether or not certain lenses are worth their huge price tags. Moreover is there a justified correlation between a lens’ price and how “good” it is. It’s an apt time to continue this conversation since there are more lenses to choose from...


What’s in a Name? A Guide to Zeiss Super Speeds

What’s in a Name? A Guide to Zeiss Super Speeds

One of the most frequent questions we receive at Duclos Lenses from all over the world is in regards to the different versions of the Zeiss Super Speeds. Sticking to just the 35mm format (not 16mm format) version of Zeiss’ high speed primes, we’ll discuss some of the basic differences in an...