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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)

"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...

Super-Wide Angle Lenses Shootout
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Super-Wide Angle Lenses Shootout

Jason Odell (DrJay32)

Shootout between the 12-24 Nikkor, the AT-X Pro 12-24, the Tamron SP 11-18 and the Sigma 10-20 Read more...

The 200mm f/2.0G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Review
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The 200mm f/2.0G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Review

User

This lens, released in time to be paired with the F6, D2H and D2X cameras, confirms Nikon's intention to bring AF-S and VR into all telephoto Nikkor lenses. At first glance it is an impressive lens. Later, one cannot but say that it is awesome. Read more...

The 85mm f/2.8D PC Micro Nikkor Review
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The 85mm f/2.8D PC Micro Nikkor Review

Roger Engle (ziggy7)

Perspective control objectives are commonly associated with architectural photography. However, their capacity to regulate the distribution of depth of field make them susceptible of consideration by macro photographers, discipline where DOF is always a limiting factor. The 85mm f/2.8D PC Micro Nikkor is tried here from the perspective of the nature photographer, not only to learn about its quality but to also understand its functionalities as applied to this specialty. Read more...

Tamron SP AF 17-35 f2.8-4 Di LD IF Ultra Wide
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Tamron SP AF 17-35 f2.8-4 Di LD IF Ultra Wide

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

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The Tamron 17-35mm f.2.8~4 wide angle zoom lens is a recent addition to the Tamron line-up. This review arises from approximately two week's use of the lens in a wide variety of settings. Read about it's mechanical and optical performance here. Read more...

Phoenix 100mm f/3.5 Macro Lens Review
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Phoenix 100mm f/3.5 Macro Lens Review

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

High quality macro lenses are not inexpensive. Super performers such as the Micro-Nikkors can cost several hundreds of dollars or euros. And the offerings from independent manufacturers such as Tamron and Sigma are somewhat lower priced, but still not inexpensive. Read more...

Nikkor AF 28-200mm/3.5-5.6G ED IF Review
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Nikkor AF 28-200mm/3.5-5.6G ED IF Review

Victor Newman (vfnewman)

All I can say is "All-in-one" zooms have come a LONG way. I am quite impressed with this little lens. I have to call this a "consumer" lens, but that's NOT because of the image quality. I'm still amazed at the results that can be gotten from this very compact, wide-range lens. Read more...

Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD [IF] Macro 1:1 Lens Review
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Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD [IF] Macro 1:1 Lens Review

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

Tamron has long had a 90mm macro lens in both manual and autofocus versions, with a maximum aperture of f/2.5 or f/2.8. This lens has had a formidable reputation for sharpness and performance, and continues in production to this day thorugh several technological updates. More recently, Tamron has introduced a new lens which has attracted a lot of interest. Read more...

Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di AF zoom lens
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Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di AF zoom lens

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

Tamron released a compact lightweight high speed medium range zoom and macro lens. This brief review will attempt to describe the lens, give an indication of its quality, and meaningfully compare it with a well-known Nikkor zoom in the same price range. Read more...

Nikkors Shootout at 70mm
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Nikkors Shootout at 70mm

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Very pleasing portrait perspectives can be accomplished starting at 70mm. On APS-C DX format, this focal length is equivalent to 105mm, so the perspective further improves. Two zoom lenses providing this focal length, qualify as "pro" Nikkors as they are both "fast" -constant f/2.8 aperture- quite free of aberrations and very well built. Read more...

Nikkor AF 80-200mm/2.8D Review
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Nikkor AF 80-200mm/2.8D Review

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Bo Stahlbrandt reviews one of the legends in the Nikkor series and lists 11 first impressions. Read more...

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