Prime Lenses

by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted 03/30/2022
In contrast to the fast primes, high-performance zooms, and top-notch G Master lenses of its lens lineup, Sony recently and subtly introduced a trio of compact, modest, and sophisticated prime lenses: the FE 24mm f/2
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 03/24/2022
Rokinon and Samyang have modernized their already modern autofocus Sony full-frame E-mount AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lenses, launching the Rokinon Series II and Samyang Series II versions that add the ability to customize settings, as well as being weather sealed. Sony E-Mount 35mm f/1.4 Lenses Externally, the new lenses feature a two-
by Cory Rice ·Posted 02/21/2022
Sigma has entered the FUJIFILM mirrorless world equipped with a trio of Contemporary lenses: a 16mm f/1.4, 30mm f/1.4, and 56mm f/1.4. Occupying three popular focal lengths and sharing a bright, f/1.4 maximum aperture, the new lenses provide a solid foundation for Sigma to increase the number of its X-Mount offerings over time. Starting with the widest of the three, the 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary translates to the 35mm equivalent of 24mm when used on
0 Plays ·Posted 01/13/2022
The B&H Photography Podcast is kicking off the new year hot. For our first episode of 2022, we welcome photographer Joe McNally to discuss his career, his working methods, and his exciting new book, The Real Deal: Field Notes from the Life of a Working Photographer. Joe McNally is known to many as a “photographer’s photographer,” skilled in many genres and
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 11/09/2021
The 35mm focal length has long been regarded as the best focal length for many forms of photography—especially street and landscape images—and Panasonic has rolled out an exciting new large-aperture prime Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 lens for Leica L-Mount full-frame photographers.
0 Views ·Posted 10/14/2021
Our video team tests the DZOFilm VESPID Prime Lens Kit, which is well-suited for filmmaking productions, ranging from independent to studio. These affordable cinema lenses boast impressive build quality, versatile mount-ability, and stunning cinematic image quality. Have you used any of these lenses? Share your experiences below in the Comments section!
0 Plays ·Posted 07/22/2021
On this episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we discuss food photography and ask our two guests to create their vision of the ideal spread for a summer food photography shoot. In the first half of the show, we welcome photographer Meika Ejiasi, who is a food, lifestyle, and portrait photographer from Oakland, California. With Ejiasi we discuss how she would photograph ice cream and popsicles, as well as about tips and tricks for
by Cory Rice ·Posted 05/27/2022
Using fast prime lenses to create razor-sharp portraits where the focus melts away like butter can be an addictive (and costly) pastime. The jump from an 85mm f/1.8 to an 85mm f/1.4 may seem minor on paper, but anyone who has used both lenses knows that the difference extends well beyond a few decimal points. This article is an homage to the top-tier primes designed for the most demanding portrait photographers. Hide your wallet before proceeding. Photographs © Cory Rice
by Cory Rice ·Posted 06/08/2021
Watch enough online tutorials or read enough marketing copy and you might be convinced that a successful portrait requires cranking the aperture of your lens to its widest setting. While the “wide-open” approach to portraiture is far from new, its usage has surged in recent years, leading to a surplus of photos flaunting extremely shallow depth of field. As polarizing as it is popular, whether this phenomenon is viewed as a scourge or a blessing depends on the audience. Plenty of striking portraits have been made using this technique but, like
0 Views ·Posted 06/02/2021
Nikon has just announced the first macro lenses to join the Z-mount lineup: the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S and NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8. Both lenses allow Nikon mirrorless shooters to achieve a 1:1 magnification ratio with native Z-mount lenses—no need to rely on the
by Cory Rice ·Posted 06/10/2021
Every portrait photographer who started with a kit zoom remembers the first time they swapped it out for a prime lens. The “Wow” factor of a bright, sharp prime is hard to match, even with the best zooms. Optical benefits aside, working from a fixed focal length encourages more natural photographer-sitter interactions and better spatial awareness. Read on to learn why so many portrait photographers love their prime lenses.
0 Plays ·Posted 05/27/2021
Not quite three years old, the L-Mount Alliance has already proven successful for its signatory companies—Leica, Sigma, and Panasonic. Built upon the foundation of the Leica L lens mount, the three makers have released a total of nine cameras and a
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted 05/21/2021
There’s no denying the appeal of fast lenses and super versatile zooms, but sometimes a small and compact prime lens is all you really need—especially if you’re a landscape photographer. Whether it’s for the smaller footprint, lighter weight, or just because you like the look of a certain lens, there are many cases for trading in the huge, heavy, and complex lenses for the humble, compact, and slower prime. Smaller and Lighter The most obvious reason to go the way of the slow prime is because of the noticeable savings in weight and size. If
by Jeffrey Fuller ·Posted 05/06/2021
Recently announced and now in stock at B&H, three new Pentax HD Pentax-FA Limited series lenses present a versatile range of prime lenses with 31mm f/1.8 wide-angle, 43mm f/1.9 normal, and 77mm f/1.8 portrait-length designs
0 Plays ·Posted 04/08/2021
On today’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we welcome B&H Senior Sales Trainer Kevin Rickert back to the program to discuss the latest cameras and lenses released over the past few months. For today’s episode, we have the support of Audio-Technica and are using its