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(Near) Future Digital Camera Specifications
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(Near) Future Digital Camera Specifications

guy eristoff (geristoff)

What will a 35mm Full Frame or APS-C format high-end camera look like in the year 2022? Imaging sensor specialist and Nikonians member Guy Eristoff gives us some background and his thoughts on the topic. Read more...

Teleconverters and Long Lenses
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Teleconverters and Long Lenses

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

People often ask about teleconverters. They sound like a great idea. For a 200mm lens, you can use a 1.4x TC to make it 280mm. Or you can use a 1.7x TC and make it 340mm. Or a 2.0x TC and turn it into 400mm! Read more...

Analyzing your existing lenses to optimize results
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Analyzing your existing lenses to optimize results

guy eristoff (geristoff)

Analyzing the lenses you have to pick the best ones for the job and to increase the number of “keepers”. Read more...

Which lens for bird photography? Pro's and con's
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Which lens for bird photography? Pro's and con's

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) compares different Nikkor lenses for birding, including the latest ones available, with and without teleconverters, based upon budget and image results. Read more...

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 lens review
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Nikon 50mm f/1.2 lens review

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

Fifty-millimeter lenses have always been a staple of SLR and DSLR photography. They are very popular as they are small, inexpensive, and generally of very high quality. All camera makers make some version of this type of lens, and it originally was the lens you would get when you purchased a kit of camera and lens together Read more...

Zeiss Milvus 25mm/f1.4
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Zeiss Milvus 25mm/f1.4

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

The new Zeiss Milvus 25mm/f1.4 wide-angle manual focus lens is available for all of us who love high-quality glass. Read more...

Tamron's new SP primes. Who will buy them?
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Tamron's new SP primes. Who will buy them?

Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer)

I am sort of struggling with the latest lens releases from Tamron. As fantastic as I’m sure the lenses are – I think they’ve missed the point of the role a third-party lens manufacturer fulfils in the marketplace. Read more...

Using Microscope Objectives for Macro Photography
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Using Microscope Objectives for Macro Photography

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

There are several different ways to do macro photography. In addition to the typical ways you may be familiar with, such as using macro lenses or extension tubes, you can also use microscope objectives which allow you to do extreme macrophotography on subjects in ways that normal macro photography cannot. Read more...

What Nikon lenses to buy – The Three Big Dragons
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What Nikon lenses to buy – The Three Big Dragons

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

What lenses should I buy is a recurrent question at the Lenses forums. The levels of commitment to photography and/or budgets don’t always allow to buy the latest. How to reduce the cash outlay and still make sound decisions to have good lenses is answered here by J. Ramon Palacios (jrp). Read more...

The AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED IF – User Review
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The AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED IF – User Review

Glenn Koury (Glenn_K)

Glenn Koury (Glenn_K), advanced amateur Nikonians member since 2007, shares with us the joy of his most recent lens acquisition and the first quick images he made immediately after opening the box. They show that choosing between an excellent lens alternative and a superb one is simple, provided you have one thousand more dollars. Enjoy. Read more...

The 19mm f/4E ED PC NIKKOR – User Review
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The 19mm f/4E ED PC NIKKOR – User Review

Miguel Lecuona (miguellecuona)

Professional photographer Miguel Lecuona shares with us his joy of buying the 19mm Perspective Control Nikkor lens, and shares with us samples of his work of a few days after buying it. The results made him and his clients very happy, making this lens an effective solution of many problems (perspective, distortion, depth of field and focus) and an affordable proposition despite is high price tag. Read more...

Nikon D500 and 200-500mm Nikkor Birding Field Review
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Nikon D500 and 200-500mm Nikkor Birding Field Review

Jonathan Kandel (JonK)

Nikonians moderator Jonathan Kandel (JonK) had the opportunity to test in the field during a four-day bird blind shoot the 200-500mm zoom Nikkor on the Nikon D500 body. All he could say as he returned was: “Wow! Impressive Combo!” Read more...

Nikkor AF 35-70/2.8D lens
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Nikkor AF 35-70/2.8D lens

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

The Nikkor AF 35-70mm/2.8D is an old lens providing great value for money. It can meanwhile be had for 300 USD, sometimes even less. The optics are great. Read more...

Perspective Control Tilt/Shift Lenses
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Perspective Control Tilt/Shift Lenses

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

Tilt/Shift lenses are generally thought of for use in architectural photography, but in fact have many uses. In this overview, we discuss what you can do with one of these lenses, how they work, and why you might want one. Read more...

The 24-70mm/2.8G ED IF AF-S Nikkor Review
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The 24-70mm/2.8G ED IF AF-S Nikkor Review

Joseph Gamble (JCGamble)

If I were headed out to take a photograph and I could only take one lens, it would likely be Nikon’s 24-70mm/2.8G ED. The lens simply covers the essentials and it is the type of workhorse zoom that any professional or serious enthusiast really needs to own. Read more...

What to do with Older Nikon Gear
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What to do with Older Nikon Gear

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

Does Your Used Stuff Still Work? Nikon cameras have been around for over 50 years with the professional Nikon F hitting the market back in 1959. Some of us who use Nikon started out decades ago, amassing a large collection of equipment and cameras. Long-time Nikon users often wonder if their old equipment is still worthwhile. Let's try to sort it out. Read more...

Nikon's New AF-S 20mm 1.8G Review
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Nikon's New AF-S 20mm 1.8G Review

Joseph Gamble (JCGamble)

A Long Overdue Digital Update: It's been 30 years since Nikon updated its 20mm f/2.8D wide-angle lens and this new version, announced in September along with the Nikon D750 and SB-500 Speedlight, is sharp and capable. This report brings you the sample images gallery to see that for yourself. Read more...

20mm f/1.8G AF-S FX Nikkor Review
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20mm f/1.8G AF-S FX Nikkor Review

Leonard Taupier (Leonard62)

Nikon continues to progress in the design and performance of its lenses as shown here for the newest 20mm lens versus the previous design and the current best Nikon (zoom) lens which can also take a photo at 20mm. It is remarkable, to say the least. Read more...

Vibration Reduction - The way to a blurry free image?
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Vibration Reduction - The way to a blurry free image?

Jan Stimel (photocyan)

Vibration reduction (VR) technology in a Nikkor lens is a great way to reduce shaky images in general. The technology may be great, but some users are confused about how it really works, and what it can and cannot do. To help ease that confusion, Jan Stimel presents the basics behind image stabilizing techniques and goes deeper into the topic of reducing shaky images with Nikon's VR. Read more...

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Review
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Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Review

Jan Stimel (photocyan)

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM is an interesting lens with a constant f/1.8 aperture within the whole zoom range. Made exclusively for DX-format camera by Sigma Corporation its characteristics attract the attention of photographers. Jan Stimel performs a real-life test and compares it with two DX lenses: Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 and Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8. Read more...

Tele-Converter Compatibility Table
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Tele-Converter Compatibility Table

Brian Tilley (briantilley)

One of the most common questions regarding Nikon and 3rd Party lenses is "Will lens X work with teleconverter Y?" To help answer such questions, the Nikonians Team has created this chart. Read more...

What a lens can teach you: A beginner's guide
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What a lens can teach you: A beginner's guide

Jan Stimel (photocyan)

It is many times a tough nut to crack to decide for the right "glass" from a vast variety of lenses, especially for beginners. Jan Stimel brings his own point of view on this topic and shares his story. Read more...

In Praise of the Nikon Df and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 lens
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In Praise of the Nikon Df and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 lens

Richard Hulbert (rhulbert)

Rick Hulbert (rhulbert) wonders why the rabid attacks on the Df. Not only reacts to the comments, he goes out and buys one Df camera and 58mm f/1.4 lens. We bring you here his observations and first hands-on reactions. Take a look at his handheld images made at ISO from 800 to 6400. Read more...

Cameras vs. Lenses–Which is More Important Long Term?
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Cameras vs. Lenses–Which is More Important Long Term?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

There comes a time, when we ask ourselves, what has more value, or is of more importance – the camera itself, or the lenses? Both of which, you prize equally and nurture as if it were a baby; making sure not a scratch to that precious framework or accidental fall occurs. Darrell Young, an experienced photographer, tells us his point of view. Read more...

Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Review
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Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Review

User

Josh Larkin has a whimsical way of making his reviews on products and experiences as a whole. Read his review of the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens (from herein referred to as Sigma 17-50mm) and you will find yourself able to relate, learn, and be inspired through his process. With detailed examples, and sample shots, you’ll have the picture painted – clearly. Read more...

FOV Tables: Field-of-view of lenses by focal length
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FOV Tables: Field-of-view of lenses by focal length

Bill Claff (bclaff)

The values for Field of View (FOV) come up frequently enough at the forums that Bill Claff thought a list might be helpful for quick reference. With his handy tables you will never feel confused again. Read more...

The 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR Micro Nikkor Review
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The 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR Micro Nikkor Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor lens has long been a classic choice for 35mm film macro, close-up and even portrait photography. On DX format (APS-C) digital cameras it further expanded its preference among Nikonians. In February 2006, Nikon announced its engineers had further enhanced it. This announcement was just in time for the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) International Show. We had an opportunity to try it at the show in Orlando, Florida. "Further enhanced" turned out to be quite an understatement. Read more...

Nikkor AF 80-400mm/4.5-5.6ED VR Review
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Nikkor AF 80-400mm/4.5-5.6ED VR Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

In the Nikkor AF Lenses forum of this our community someone asked what were our opinions on the recently announced but yet expected on the shelves Nikkor 80-400mm AF VR zoom lens. That is how this story began. Read more...

Nikkor AF 28-105mm/3.5-4.5D IF Review
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Nikkor AF 28-105mm/3.5-4.5D IF Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

This lens, released along with the Nikon F100 35mm film camera, has become a very popular companion of the N80/F80. "The 28-105 has been like my Swiss Army Knife of lenses" is the typical enthusiastic kind of comment from many Nikonians, whether shooting film or digital SLRs. Read more...

Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF VR DX Review
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Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF VR DX Review

Victor Newman (vfnewman)

If you have been pondering owning an all-around convenient zoom lens for your Nikon DSLR, you need to read this. The lens has already been described as perfect for lightweight travel needs but are there compromises? Are you wondering how convenient it really is or how fast will it autofocus? These and other pertinent questions are answered in this review. Read more...

Nikkor AF 20/2.8D Review
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Nikkor AF 20/2.8D Review

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

The 20mm/2.8D AF lens is interesting, whether on 35mm film or on FX digital format. With it you can go out taking landscape shots without getting fish-eyed while still getting more or less the whole view at 94 degrees. You can also use it for "environmental portraits", having a humble object somewhere in the middle of the frame and all of the interesting surroundings too. Read more...

Nikon Camera and Lens Compatibility Chart
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Nikon Camera and Lens Compatibility Chart

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The Camera to Lens Compatibility Chart has been updated 12-JAN-2016 with the latest additions to the Nikon lineup, the D5 Pro FX DSLR and the long awaited D500, the DX successor of the beloved D300/D300s. Read more...

FAQs: What every photographer needs to know
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FAQs: What every photographer needs to know

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

What camera to buy? What film to use? What tripod or lens to choose? These questions haunt many photographers. Nikonians co-founder, J. Ramón Palacios, put together articles guiding you through the choice of equipment and listed them in this overview. Read more...

General information about Nikkor macro lenses
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General information about Nikkor macro lenses

User

Nikon's macro lenses have always had a special appeal to me and to many other photographers. These specialized lenses, of superior optics, combined with close focusing capabilities to actual size ratios, or even larger ratios with extension devices such as a bellows or extension tubes, can go far and beyond the call of duty. Read more...

Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Review
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Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Nikon’s newest super zoom, the 28-300mm has big shoes to fill considering Nikon’s history for creating some of the sharpest lenses in the world. Nikon has been making great zoom lenses for many years and created a cult-like following with their famous DX 18-200mm f3.5 – f5.6. The lure of a super zoom is that you can buy just one lens for travel and you won’t need to carry along a bag full of gear. Read more...

Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Model 272E Lens Review
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Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Model 272E Lens Review

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

Since 1979, Tamron has produced 90mm macro lenses whose optical quality has rivaled the extraordinary Micro-Nikkors. Some photographers claim to have preferred the Tamron over the Nikkor because of its superior handling of out-of-focus areas ("Bokeh"). More recently, Tamron have introduced a range of “digitally integrated” Di lenses. Read more...

Tokina AT-X M100AF Macro lens review
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Tokina AT-X M100AF Macro lens review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

I had long yearned for a true micro lens. The great pictures of bees, butterflies and detailed exotic flora had me wanting. Because of an accidental misfortune I could not buy the 105mm f/2.8D Micro Nikkor when I was out there looking for it several years ago. So, no Nikon that time around. I had admired the Tokina lenses for quite some time, so an alternative was there. Allow me to explain why. Read more...

Tamron SP 17-50MM F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical (IF) Review
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Tamron SP 17-50MM F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical (IF) Review

User

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For those who expect extraordinary photographic performance look for the Tamron SP lens. The SP designates it was delivered by engineers who are free to innovate in an uncommon atmosphere where optical performance comes before price. Read more...

Tamron SP70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD Review
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Tamron SP70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD Review

Armando Heredia (Covey22)

For most photographers, a telephoto lens is like a specialized tool; you don’t often have need for it, but when you do, you want it to work right the first time. Tamron’s latest telephoto zoom, the SP 70-300 f4-5.6 Di VC USD, is exactly that – a very useful lens that gets you the shot you want when you need it. Read more...

Tamron SP AF60mm F2.0 Di II LD [IF] Macro Review
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Tamron SP AF60mm F2.0 Di II LD [IF] Macro Review

Thomas Berg (twberg)

This review of the Tamron 60mm f/2 Macro/Portrait lens for Nikon DX cameras is completely subjective and concentrates on practical aspects such as usability,  bokeh and field‐of‐view characteristics. It concentrates on the "hands‐on" aspect instead of the intricate performance data used by authors who emphasize resolution figures and lab‐style technical aspects determined through the use of equipment designed to gauge, measure and analyze lens performance. Read more...

Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical Lens Review
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Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical Lens Review

Jason Odell (DrJay32)

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"Image Doctors" Jason Odell and Rick Walker, got their hands on a new super wide-angle lens from Tamron. Jason and Rick put the new Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II to the test on their D300 bodies and compared it against some other super-wide lenses. Read more...

Perspective from two lenses: 35mm and 85mm
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Perspective from two lenses: 35mm and 85mm

Al Smith (sitney)

At one thread, a member asking the question as to "which lens to get next?" was offered many opinions. One possible answer to this recurrent question was a lens pairing with lenses a bit wider and narrower than a 50mm lens. The 35mm and 85mm combination came up as a good pair to start with. This article compares how these two lenses render the same object. Read more...

FAQs - What Lens
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FAQs - What Lens

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

I remember one sunny afternoon -about fifty years ago- in downtown Mexico City, glued to the window of Foto Rudiger, looking in awe at hundreds of lenses in display. Why are there so many lenses? I asked my father. His answer: "Because lenses are designed for specific purposes, subjects, situations and needs, including budgets." Read more...

Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX HSM Review
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Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX HSM Review

Jason Odell (DrJay32)

I'll admit, spending twice as much as my F5 for a lens was an intimidating feeling. Talk about credit card anxiety! But “big glass” doesn’t come cheaply, and I really wanted to get closer to wildlife, especially small birds. I carefully did my homework to decide on a lens that would get the job done, would be of professional caliber, and wouldn’t completely bankrupt me. When the dust settled, I got the Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX HSM. Read more...

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED podcast review
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AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED podcast review

Rick Walker (walkerr)

In Episode #116 of the Image Doctors Podcast, Jason and Rick review the new Nikon 24mm 1.4 AF-S lens. This lens, which has been rumored and desired for years, is now out and available. The Image Doctors discuss its optical performance, handling and intended uses in the podcast. Read more...

Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD IF Review
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Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD IF Review

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Do you entertain yourself by reading lens reviews and spend hours on eBay looking for the ultimate lens? Do you have the desire to own every lens ever made? Does your camera bag weigh more than you do? Then you may be a good candidate to read this article. Tamron® SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 Lens on a Nikon D300s Collecting lenses can be like collecting used Boeing 747 airplanes. Read more...

Nikkor 70-210mm f4-5.6 vs. Nikkor 75-240mm f4.5-5.6 Review
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Nikkor 70-210mm f4-5.6 vs. Nikkor 75-240mm f4.5-5.6 Review

Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer)

Having recently (late 2009) purchase a D300 with which to shoot Weddings and Portraiture, my thoughts immediately turned to lenses. I have the 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 'kit' lens as my main coverage lens (and what a fantastic lens it is for the price), but wanted to be able to get closer at times to really isolate the subject from the background. Read more...

In Search of the Perfect Camera
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In Search of the Perfect Camera

Holger Wahl (Holger)

The search for the “perfect camera” is as old as photography itself. When you ask anyone what their opinion is on this topic, you will get as many answers as there are photographers. Your best answer will come from your own head, after you resolve the same issues you would personally be facing when choosing a golf club, cricket bat or tennis racquet.How do plan to use it? What is your ultimate goal? And (most important) How much money can I spend? Read more...

Great value in used Nikkors
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Great value in used Nikkors

Rick Walker (walkerr)

For those wishing to save a little money by purchasing used Nikkor lenses, well now is as good as ever to buy! The introduction of newer Autofocus (AF) designs has driven down the price of their predecessors, creating remarkable value in some cases. Even those using AF bodies can find some great bargains out there in lenses that are one or two generations back. Rick Walker shares his thoughts on what he perceives to be some of the better values out there. Read more...

Tokina AT-X M100 Pro D 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review
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Tokina AT-X M100 Pro D 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

User

For about a month I've been shopping for a macro lens. I need to set the stage for some of my comments and comparisons by saying that initially I was looking at the 150mm Sigma or 180mm Tamron models to get longer working distance. After being unsatisfied with their performance for one reason or another I decided to try a lens from a different manufacturer in the 100mm range. Read more...

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