Category: Lenses

Choosing a lens for macro and close-up photography

| December 11, 2013 | Reply

Note: This is the latest version of this article. Latest update: December 12th 2013. This article is about choosing the right lens for close-up and macro photography in nature. There is no simple advice as there are many choices available. The most obvious one would be to buy a dedicated macro lens like a Canon […]

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New Hybrid IS from Canon

| July 22, 2009 | Reply

Canon has announced a new image stabilization (IS) system that can correct both angular camera shake and shift camera shake. The new system will be built into an upcoming lens that will be released before the end of 2009. Click here to read the full press release from Canon.

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Video about the Nikon 200-400VR Lens by Moose Peterson

| July 20, 2009 | Reply

Today I came across a very interesting video about the amazing Nikon 4/200-400 VR lens by famous wildlife photographer Moose Peterson. Moose explains why he loves the lens so much and how best to use it either hand hold or on a tripod. He also explains how to use the VR in different situations. If […]

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Macro photography with Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, 1.4x extender and extension tube

| August 30, 2008 | Reply

Recently I did a lot of close-up photography with my Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM + 1.4x extender and a 25mm extension tube from Canon. That’s not the most usual combination for close-up photography, but has several advantages: 1. Long working distance: Due to the long focal length (420mm) I can work at a […]

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Understanding Canon Lenses

| August 21, 2008 | Reply

When you are new to photography and are looking for information about lenses, you might come across descriptions for lenses like this one: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM This is the official name of my 500mm telephoto lens. The name contains a lot of terms that may sound strange at first. So lets break […]

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Wimberley Head – your tripod head for long lenses

| August 15, 2008 | Reply

If you own a long lens like a 2.8/400, 4/500 or 4/600, it’s very important to get a very good tripod with a sturdy and flexible tripod head. Today I want to focus on the tripod head and specifically on the Wimberley Head II and why I think this is the best tripod head if […]

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Choosing a lens for bird photography

| August 6, 2008 | 3 Replies

UPDATE: There is a new version of this article which has been expanded and covers more lenses. See here for the new version: Choose a lens for bird photography Bird photography is fascinating. You work with some of the most amazing creatures on our planet. In order to get good pictures, you need a good […]

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Using the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM with a 1.4x extender

| July 29, 2008 | 2 Replies

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM is a wonderful macro lens that gives you a magnificationn ratio up to 1:1. It’s a wonderful lens for all types of macro work. But sometimes you might want to have an even higher magnication ratio or a little more focal length for photographing shy insects. If you […]

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Lenses are more important than the camera

| July 28, 2008 | Reply

When you buy a new DSLR today, the changes are high that the offer comes with a kit lens. This seems like a great bargain to get a great camera with lens for an affordable price. Unfortunately many of the kit lenses are not the best lenses out there. They are not really bad but […]

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We need a super telephoto zoom

| July 19, 2008 | Reply

I love my Canon EF 4/500L IS. It is a great lens, very sharp even wide open. IS works great and the AF speed of the lens is amazing. But sometimes when I frame a bird or another subject I am a little too close and it would be great to have 450mm. Or sometimes […]

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