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Posted 06/08/21
Peter Hurley discusses his gear setup and camera settings for headshot photography. He offers advice about what to look for in a camera lens, as well as how to balance ISO, aperture, and shutter speed settings for optimal results. What gear and settings do you use for your own headshot photography? Engage us in conversation in the Comments, below. Want to learn more from Peter Hurley? Watch the rest of the episodes in this series: Part 1: Natural & Continuous Lighting for Headshots Part 2: Speedlights & Strobes for Headshots Part 3: Directing & Posing for Headshots Part 5: Post Shoot Workflow for Headshots
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Posted 06/01/21
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 FTZ adapter with F-mount lenses or extension tubes. Whether you are photographing flowers, insects, jewelry, portraits, or other creative macro subjects, these lenses promise exacting image rendering with minimal distortion. NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S The 105mm f/2.8 VR S, the newest member of the premium S-series lens family, features a dual motor multi-focus STM system for quick, quiet, and reliable focusing as close as 11.4" (0.29m). A manual focusing ring is also included for fine-tuning focus. At its closest range, the maximum aperture of the lens bumps up to f/4.5. To keep images sharp, the 105mm offers 5stops of vibration reduction and 5-axis stabilization when used with a Z-series camera. Optically, this lens uses Nano Crystal Coat and ARNEO Coating to cut back on distortion for sharp, consistent image rendering. A digital display is incorporated on the lens barrel to keep track of aperture and subject distance easily. For a tailored shooting experience, an L-Fn button can be customized to your needs and a customizable control ring can be set to adjust aperture, exposure compensation, or ISO settings. A focus limiter switch is also included on the lens barrel to speed up focusing. Outdoor photographers will appreciate that this lens is weather sealed and features a fluorine coating on its front element to repel water, dirt, and oil. In addition to eliminating the need for a lens adapter, the lens weighs 625g compared to 720g for its F-mount equivalent, making handheld capture easier. NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 The 50mm f/2.8 serves as an excellent first macro lens capable of capturing a wider field of view than its larger sibling. Weighing just 250g, it serves as one of the lightest Z-series lenses, making it perfect for carrying out into the field. A minimum focusing distance of 6.3" (0.16m) allows you to get extremely close to subjects for creative effect. A manual focusing ring, AF/MF switch, and focus limiter switch are all included on the lens to streamline capture. Film shooters will appreciate that this lens is compatible with Nikon’s ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter for scanning negatives. New Lenses in Development Tagged onto the end of the macro lens announcement is a smaller notice that Nikon has even more Z Series lenses in development. The roadmap has been updated to include the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 and NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2. These compact and lightweight full-frame lenses will provide Z Series shooters with small, yet sharp and high-quality optics. The 28mm is an ideal pick for everyday use and street while the 40mm is a more natural perspective and bokeh. Both are expected to release in 2021. Which of Nikon’s new 1:1 macro lenses work best for your style of photography? Are the new lenses in development going on your wish list? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below!
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