Review: Canon RF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM (Canon RF)

As a former Canon DSLR owner, I've always had a complicated relationship with lenses like theCanon RF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM; but this latest version has proven itself to be useful in many situations.

First Impressions: IRIX 150mm F2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens (Nikon F)

At Photokina, theIRIX 150mm f2. 8 Dragonfly Macro Lens was announced amongst the sea of other things, and if you don't know a whole lot about IRIX it would be easy to miss them. They're a company based in Europe and according to the last that I heard, their lenses are made in Korea.

Review: Cecilia Lambert Camera Messenger Bag

When theCecilia Lambert Camera Messenger Bag was announced a few weeks, ago, we got a moment to take a look at Photo Plus East and called one in for review. The bag is a fashionable messenger designed with a few really key but differentiating design features that add to its overall unique nature.

Video: The Fujifilm GFX 50R Went Through at Least 10 Different Designs

We've been anticipating the Fujifilm GFX 50R camera for a little while now and after getting some hands on time with it at Photokina, we were even more intrigued. So at the recent Photo Plus Expo, we had a bit more time not only with the camera, but with Fujifilm's own Makoto Oishi.

Camera Bag Review: Portage Supply Kenora Backpack (4th Generation)

When I was first told about thePortage Supply Kenora Backpack by my buddy Travis, I went out and bought the 3rd generation backpack off of Amazon at his pointing them out. But after establishing a press relationship with the company, I was told about their 4th generation backpack--and for every day use this has to be one of the best options that isn't a roll top camera bag.

Video: How Sony Designed the 24mm F1.4 G Master Lens

At Photo Plus Expo 2018, we had a chance to speak a bit with Sony's Mark Weir about the design behind the new Sony 24mm f1. 4 G Master Lens. This lens is quite revolutionary in the fact that it is a bit smaller than most other 24mm f1.

Video: How Sony Designed the 24mm f1.4 G Master Lens

At Photo Plus Expo 2018, we had a chance to speak a bit with Sony's Mark Weir about the design behind the new Sony 24mm f1. 4 G Master Lens. This lens is quite revolutionary in the fact that it is a bit smaller than most other 24mm f1.

First Impressions: Tokina 50mm f1.4 Opera (Canon EF)

One of my biggest criticisms of Tokina was their lack of weather sealed glass, but the newTokina 50mm f1. 4 Opera offers it and a number of other great things. Tokina and Hoya, who provide the literal glass in the lenses for most of the industry, are very experienced lens makers and when you look at what theTokina 50mm f1.

First Impressions: Tokina 50mm F1.4 Opera (Canon EF)

One of my biggest criticisms of Tokina was their lack of weather sealed glass, but the newTokina 50mm f1. 4 Opera offers it and a number of other great things. Tokina and Hoya, who provide the literal glass in the lenses for most of the industry, are very experienced lens makers and when you look at what theTokina 50mm f1.

Lens Review: Tokina 20mm F2 FiRIN AF (Sony FE)

When theTokina 20mm f2 FiRIN AF was announced, I was a tad confused as to why they'd create it. I mean, the manual focus version was and still is great. They essentially just took it, gave it autofocus and didn't do any other major upgrades.

Lens Review: Tokina 20mm f2 FiRIN AF (Sony FE)

When theTokina 20mm f2 FiRIN AF was announced, I was a tad confused as to why they'd create it. I mean, the manual focus version was and still is great. They essentially just took it, gave it autofocus and didn't do any other major upgrades.

Review: Tamron 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

When theTamron 100-400mm f4. 5-6. 3 Di VC USD is mounted to something like the Canon 6D Mk II, the hobbyist photographer is bound to get a great lens for capturing wildlife. Tamron's record for creating stellar lenses over the years is continuing in many ways with theTamron 100-400mm f4.

First Impressions: Canon EOS R (Canons First Full Frame Mirrorless Camera)

The new Canon EOS R camera was announced tonight. As expected and reported on previously, it is a full frame mirrorless camera that offers up a whole lot. While there surely is innovation with this camera that is very unique to the Canon EOS R, the major innovations arguably come with the new lenses that were also announced.

Review: Canon 70-200mm f4 L IS USM II (Canon EF)

When theCanon 70-200mm f4 L IS USM II was announced, I thought that it would make for a fantastic travel photography lens and one that will appeal to enthusiasts quite a bit. Canon, after all, decided to do a revamp of the lens rather than the most minimal amount of effort that they put into their f2.

Review: Rokinon 14mm f2.8 AF (Canon EF)

When I heard about the Rokinon 14mm f2. 8 AF lens, I was a tad shocked. I mean, a new autofocus lens for Canon DSLRs? Really? Why not just continue to focus on mirrorless cameras instead of going for a dying format? Alas, Rokinon has created this lens for DSLR shooters; specifically those that use Canon EF mount cameras.

Review: Cub and Co XQR Strap and Camera Bag System

I've often been a big fan of the things that Cub and Co does, but with the newCub and Co XQR system I'm scratching my head. This is a product that I'm not exactly sure I understand though I will fully admit that there are things about it that make it innovative and much different from everything else out there.

Review: Sigma 70mm f2.8 DG Macro Art (Canon EF)

The 70mm focal length has always weirded me out, so when theSigma 70mm f2. 8 DG Macro Art came in I was a scratching my head for sure. Macro work is fun, but it gets monotonous after some time. The 70mm focal length is odd for portraiture, but the right photographer can make it work.

The Tamron 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di OSD Lets You Shoot in the Rain with a $599 Price Tag

Tamron continues to make lenses that promise to be really nice and give them a super affordable price point; and the newTamron 17-35mm F2. 8-4 Di OSD seems to be adhering to that philosophy. With their token silver ring around the mounting, this lens will go for $599 and will feature moisture resistance--which means that you'll be able to shoot with it in the rain when the opportunity comes around.

Review: Blackforest Bags K2 Leather Edition (A Proper Man-Purse of a Camera Bag)

When theBlackforest Bags K2 Leather Edition came in for review, the first thing I thought about is just how much it looks like a man purse. I've reviewed tons of stylish camera bags before, but more than anything else that I've used, theBlackforest Bags K2 Leather Edition seems best meant to accompany your super high end camera--yet theBlackforest Bags K2 Leather Edition isn't available at a super high end price.

Review: Panasonic 12-60mm f2.8-4 Power OIS (Micro Four Thirds)

When thePanasonic 12-60mm f2. 8-4 Power OIS was announced with a number of other variable aperture lenses out there, I was very confused. Why would Panasonic make a lineup of lenses with a variable aperture and target them at professional photographers? Many want constant aperture lenses.

Review: Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4 Power OIS (Micro Four Thirds)

When thePanasonic 12-60mm f2. 8-4 Power OIS was announced with a number of other variable aperture lenses out there, I was very confused. Why would Panasonic make a lineup of lenses with a variable aperture and target them at professional photographers? Many want constant aperture lenses.

Review: Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

When testing theTamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD, I had a whole lot of hope. The company's lenses have been stellar and they've been winning many awards. But when it came to working with this lens, things were just off.

Review: Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD (Sony FE)

Generally speaking, I'm not one that likes zoom lenses; but when I considered what theTamron 28-75mm f2. 8 Di III RXD is then I didn't mind it all that much. The talks about autofocus issues are in my opinion highly over exaggerated as I personally didn't see them with my unit.

Review: HEX Raven DSLR Sling Camera Bag

There are so many things about theHEX Raven DSLR Sling Camera Bag that could have made it the absolute perfect bag for the commuter in a city that isn't as densely populated as NYC. But at the same time, theHEX Raven DSLR Sling Camera Bag can be easily converted to be a sling bag for everyday use--and that's where I feel it excels the most.

Review: Rokinon 50mm f1.4 AF FE (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

When I started using theRokinon 50mm f1. 4 AF FE, I didn't think that I and readers who I share images with on Instagram would adore the image quality this much; don't get me wrong, I knew that Rokinon lenses are great but this one seemed to create absolute magic.

Review: Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 Art DG (Canon EF, Tested on Sony FE)

When theSigma 14-24mm f2. 8 Art DG came in for review, I saw the review going something like this "It's great. Get it. " Now that's not me being biased, but Sigma's Art lineup of lenses have consistently been stellar and there isn't a whole lot of argument about that.

Extended First Impressions: Sony a7 III in Las Vegas

"Oh dear. " is what I literally said to myself while sick in bed at the W Hotel when Sony announced the Sony a7 III. My expression came from watching Sally Watson's Live Stream was more of a commentary on the fact that Sony is calling theSony a7 III the "Basic" camera.

Behind the Scenes: How TAP and DYE Make Their Camera Straps

When you visit the workspace ofTAP and DYE, you see a well manicured, clean, and well organized workspace that outputs any number of camera straps a day. In many ways, it looks like those picturesque photos of random things presented neatly.

Lens Review: Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR (Fujifilm GF Format)

Despite the fact that I have an eternal hatred of zoom lenses, I couldn't stop reaching for theFujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens during my review period with it. It's versatile for sure, and despite its slow aperture it allows a photographer to have a whole lot of focal lengths with a constant aperture without needing to go back and forth to change lenses.

Lens Review: Fujifilm GF 23mm F4 R WR (Fujifilm GF)

There's something about theFujifilm GF 23mm F4 R WR that can only be described as majestic; it delivers a big, grand, wide view of the world but it also has a very classic documentary look and feel to it that I think is going to be valued by adventure and documentary photographers who choose the Fujifilm GF system.

Review: Shimoda Explore 40 Backpack (the Essential Adventure Camera Bag)

I known about the Shimoda backpacks well before they were even announced, and for a period of a few months I've been reviewing and testing the Shimoda Explore 40 backpack. For the first time ever, I'm shocked to say that this bag is overkill for most photographers in almost every single way.

Review: Shimoda Explore 40 Backpack (The Essential Adventure Camera Bag)

I known about the Shimoda backpacks well before they were even announced, and for a period of a few months I've been reviewing and testing the Shimoda Explore 40 backpack. For the first time ever, I'm shocked to say that this bag is overkill for most photographers in almost every single way.

Review: Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary (Sony E Mount)

When testing theSigma 16mm f1. 4 DC DN Contemporary lens, I realized that in many ways it has to be a perfect lens for photographers who use Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras. It's around a 24mm f1. 8 field of view when shooting wide open, and can suit the needs of so many photographers due to its versatility.

Review: IRIX 11mm f4 Blackstone (Canon EF Mount)

When the IRIX 11mm f4 Blackstone came in for review, I tried to figure out what I'd exactly do with a lens like this. It's super wide and has full frame coverage. It's too slow to really work effectively for astrophotography, but it is surely good enough to use for a day of fun walking about in Brooklyn.

The Rokinon 14mm f2.8 AF has Autofocus and Weather Sealing

Rokinon has been systematically working on updates for a number of their lenses; and the latest is theRokinon 14mm f2. 8 AF. This is an autofocus lens designed for DSLRs--not Sony full frame mirrorless cameras the way that some of the previous versions have been.

Review: Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Canon EF)

What pretty much every photographer seems to aim for is a 24-70mm lens of some sort, and theTamron 24-70mm f2. 8 Di VC USD G2 may be just the thing that many photographers really need. There are professional features to a lens like this such as a metal exterior, weather sealing, and solid image quality that embraces a more saturated look.

How to Choose the Right Portrait Lens for You

Portrait photography, in general, is one of the most popular niches in the industry and is often one of the first things a new photographer attempts to master as they hone their craft. But a key to making appealing portraits is making a good lens selection based on the look that you are attempting to produce.