The next time you complain about spending thousands of dollars on a precision camera lens, stop and think about all the all hard work that went into its design and creation. As camera maker Mats Wernersson reveals, were you to make a lens yourself, you’d be spending days ensuring every last component was flawless.
When you’re trying to convince photographers that an $11,000 camera lens is a worthy investment, sometimes you need more than a list of specs. So Canon created a short stop-motion video of its EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens disassembling itself and revealing all of its wonderfully complicated internal components.
If you’ve ever held a high-quality camera lens, the first thing you notice is the weight. Thanks to layers and layers of thick glass hunks inside, they end up being very heavy. However, thanks to research being done at Harvard on something called metalenses, one day those mgiant glass-filled lenses might be obsolete.
Lens accessories for smartphones are by no means a new idea, but they’re often clunky, awkward to use, and far from something you’d want to try and squeeze into your pocket. These Blips lenses are a different story: They attach to your smartphone like a piece of tape, and are slim enough to carry alongside your credit…
They say the best camera is the one you have with you, but sometimes the fixed lens on your smartphone can limit your creativity. So Zeiss, makers of some of the finest camera glass out there, is finally making high-quality external lenses for the iPhone 6s including a telephoto, a wide-angle, and a zoomable macro…
Back in 1880, James Garfield was president, and Thomas Edison was alive and tinkering in his Menlo Park lab. That’s also the year also when the camera lens below was made.
This protective lens filter might look like any other, but it’s got an invisible secret. Making use of a new kind of clear ceramic, it’s ten times tougher than most conventional protective filters, and therefore able to keep your lens perfectly safe.
Earlier this year, Snapchat introduced a new Lenses feature which provides a rolling set of free filters to make your pictures more fun. From today, via the medium of the in-app purchase, you can buy expired Lenses to use forever at mere 99 cents a pop.
I’m in the midst of reviewing the new Sony A7r II camera. One of the most pleasant surprises so far? Just how fast autofocus can be with Canon lenses and a Metabones adapter. Watch my video above, and see what an amazing improvement this is from anything that came before.
Ever see those giant rectangular cameras on TV sets and wonder why they’re so damn big? It’s because they house giant-ass lenses that can zoom from here to the moon while maintaining large, bright apertures. One internet mastermind decided to pair his $60,000 Fujinon XA55 lens with a Panasonic GH4, and it’s great.
A good camera system needs lots of lenses, and Sony is taking their full-frame FE system a step forward with some new hunks of glass. We caught a whiff of these last year when Sony first teased them, but now we have a full rundown of pricing and availability.
Inspiration lies in the strangest of places—and for researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology & Research in Singapore, that includes the eye of moth. A new antireflective coating inspired by the creature's ocular faculties could help bump up the efficiency of solar cells.
Between ice crystals, raindrop lenses, and a setting sun, the physics is just packed into this photograph from an airplane window somewhere over the arctic.
Probably the most common lens that pro photographers use is a standard zoom with a constant aperture. Up until now, Fujifilm has lacked such a lens for their X series of cameras. That's all changing with the announcement of a 16-55mm f/2.8 lens to add to their already impressive lineup.
If you've come to rely on your smartphone as your primary camera, you've probably found yourself frustrated at its lack of zoom or even macro capabilities. Clip-on lenses can vastly improve its capabilities, and taking a cue from those sliding puzzle games that have you re-arranging tiles to form an image, the Puzlook…
When shooting in bright light, a neutral density filter can be extremely useful if you want to use a large aperture for some nice background blur. A new Canon EF to Sony E-mount adapter by Fotodiox incorporates a variable ND filter so you don't have to buy one for each lens.
Canon recently released its 16-35mm f/4 IS lens for full-frame bodies. When I got the chance to document the last leg of NYC's High Line park, I thought it would be a great chance to bring along this newbie piece of glass and see how she did.
Sony's trio of full-frame mirrorless cameras, the a7, a7r, and a7s, are wonderfully capable machines. Unfortunately there just aren't that many native lenses to choose from. Today, a new super-wide zoom enters the fold that will hopefully make these slick bodies more appealing, with some primes on the way.