June 4, 2018 Donald Scarinci

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens is the latest iteration of Nikon’s heralded 70-200mm f/2.8 constant aperture zoom lens. The impressive image quality is causing many professional and hobbyist photographers to trade up for the new lens. According to Nikon, the “new version takes that legendary performance to the next level with the same jaw-dropping image quality that has made it a prized lens of pros and serious hobbyists alike.” It also touts: “Whether you’re shooting a DX DSLR like the D500 or an FX powerhouse like the D5, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED…

May 7, 2018 Donald Scarinci

Sigma continues to deliver with its heralded ART lens line. The 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens is a superb portrait lens, delivering amazing compression and smooth bokeh. For photographers considering an upgrade, the lens is an excellent choice. The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens is ideally suited for studio photography, portrait photography, and event photography. Below are several key features: Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture is ideal for shooting in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques. Two F Low Dispersion (FLD) and two Special Low Dispersion…

March 5, 2018 Donald Scarinci

Nikon’s Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a refresh of one of the best telephoto lenses on the market. The Best just got a lot better. This expensive specialty lens is designed for sports, wildlife and action photography, the lens is fast, durable and delivers outstanding images. It also performs excellent in low-light conditions. “Lighter and more rugged than its acclaimed predecessor, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR frees professionals and passionate shooters to capture the thrill of sports, action and wildlife with staggering clarity and precision, even when shooting handheld in challenging lighting conditions,” Nikon…

January 9, 2018 Donald Scarinci

The new Nikon Teleconverter TC-14E III delivers the speed, performance and lightness that far surpasses its predecessor.  It is well worth upgrading the TC-14E 11 and a no-brainer upgrade if you have the original TC-14E. The Teleconverter TC-14E III increases the reach of compatible AF-S NIKKOR lenses by 40 percent with only a 1-stop loss of light. “Employing a new optical design that maximizes the optical performance of a prime lens to the limit, this teleconverter realizes superb depiction closer to that of the prime lens as well as enhanced AF accuracy,” Nikon said. Photographers generally have mixed opinions about…

May 22, 2017 Donald Scarinci

Sigma continues to add lenses to its highly-rated Art line. The new additions are the 14mm F1.8 DG HSM, 135mm F1.8 DG HSM, and 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM. Since launching two year ago, Sigma’s Art lenses have been making waves. The high-speed f/1.4 models have shown that they can compete with the high-grade lenses produced by Canon, Nikon and even Zeiss. As an added bonus, the Sigma lenses are generally more affordable. Most recently, DxO Mark named the Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art the best in its class. Sigma’s latest Art lenses are also expected to impress. Sigma touts the…

February 27, 2017 Donald Scarinci

The much-anticipated Sigma 85mm 1.4 DG HSM Art lens is now available for the Nikon mount.  Sigma announced the new art lens at Photokina this fall.  Most photographers consider the 85mm as a go to lens for portrait photography. Early reviews have been fabulous.  So far, everyone who has tested the new 85mm 1.4 DG HSM Art lens has been impressed, particularly with the quality optics and performance.  Some reviewers consider it as an upgrade alternative to the Nikkor 85 mm 1.4 lens. Sigma’s new lens is designed for high quality portraiture. It features a totally revamped optical design that incorporates 14…

January 9, 2017 Donald Scarinci

Nikon announced the release of a new tilt shift lens at the end of last year. It is the first new tilt shift lens in its line up in many years, and it has gotten outstanding reviews. The highly anticipated NIKKOR PC 19mm f/4E ED tilt shift lens is the widest perspective control (PC) lens on the market. It is also easier to use then its predecessors because the tilt and shift mechanisms can be adjusted independently from each other, eliminating the need for lock operation. For photographers who aren’t familiar with PC lenses, they feature a shift function that…

November 28, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Nikon recently announced a refresh of the important full frame AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens. While most professional photographers considered the existing Nikon 70-200 lens as an unprovable third lens in the “holy trilogy” (14-24; 24-70; 70-200) in every photographer’s bag, the refresh has people scratching their heads a bit. Unlike the recent refresh of the 24-70 lens, Nikon did not go with an 82 mm filter thread. They stayed with the 77 mm thread. This means that photographers who take the trilogy with them will also have to carry different size filters. It remains to be…

November 14, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Sigma recently introduced the 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport. The new flagship super telephoto lens features the latest in Sigma technology. Designed for professional outdoor and wildlife photographers, the lens is rugged and durable without sacrificing function. It is constructed magnesium alloy components and includes a carbon fiber hood. The front element is water and oil resistant, which makes it possible to shoot in the rain or near water spray without worrying about damaging the lens. As with other sports lenses, the 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport also features a dust and splash proof construction. For even more…

October 31, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Novoflex recently introduced the new Nikon F Lens to Leica SL/T Camera Body Lens Adapter. The adapter could be a game changer for photographers who own a lot of Nikon lenses, but would like to try a Leica body. The Novoflex lens adapter allows photographers to use Nikon F-mount lenses on the Leica T or Leica SL camera bodies. The latest adapter is designed to extend the range of available lenses for the Leica SL to Nikon E-type NIKKOR lenses. Nikkor lenses with electronic aperture control were previously incompatible with Novoflex lens adapters. According to Novoflex, 13 Nikon E-type NIKKOR…