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ULTRA WIDE-ANGLES

THE VFRSATILITY OF AN ULTRA WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM MAKES IT A MUST-HAVE OPTIC FOR EVERY DSLR USER. WE TEST FOUR POPULAR ZOOMS THAT CAN BE USED WITH FULL-FRAME AND APPS-C SENSORS

WITH A WIDE-ANGLE LENS, your first thought is probably landscapes — and they’re certainly great for capturing broad, sweeping views. Another good time to grab a wide-angle is in tight spaces, particularly interiors when there just isn’t room to move back.

Wide-angles can also play to your creative side, making everyday subjects look excitingly dynamic with exaggerated perspective effects. This is not a characteristic of the lens itself, as perspective

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The basic kit lens

Some compelling reasons for choosing the humble kit lens over its hugely priced, large aperture, high-end siblings.

Contrary to popular notion, the standard kit lens, be it the l8-55mm for APS-C sensors or the 14-42mm for micro-four third cameras, is perhaps the best value for money lens available. In fact, this is the lens of choice for many professionals the world over, for many kinds of photography, despite their access to other high-end lenses that cost a whole lot more. Here is why the kit lens should be your choice too.

1. Great Tech in an Inexpensive Package

It is

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Specialising in the exceptional

5cm f /1.1 Nikkor-N Lens

The very impressive 5cm f/1.1 Nikkor-N lens was announced in February 1956 and was exhibited in Tokyo. The 5cm f/1.1 was a very radical lens for its time, consisting of nine pieces of glass, some of which were very thin split elements and others containing rare earth components. This stunning f/1.1 lens would reign supreme as the fastest lens made by the big four 35mm rangefinder camera makers, until the Canon 50mm f/0.95 lens was introduced in the early 1960s. The 5cm f/1.1 Nikkor-N weighed 12.25 ounces (355gm) and it could be stopped down to

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Sonys Cutting-Edge Lens Now Used on a Phone

When SonyAlphaRumours.com first put up images of the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens, it was ridiculed. But it did not take long for the rumour to gain momentum and turn into a probability.

The two lenses meant to be magnetically attached to your smartphone or tablet features a built-in sensor, a Bionz processor, a Wifi/NFC wireless connection and an SD card slot. However, since they do not possess any camera controls, they will have to be managed using WiFi on the smartphone or tablet device.

Of the two lenses, the DSC-QX 10 will have a 1-inch 20.2MP sensor, similar to the

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Renting Lenses

Hiring a lens is a great alternative to purchasing an expensive optic

While we’d all like to have a collection of top-class professional lenses nestling in our camera bag, the high prices of these high-quality optics puts them out of reach for most of us. But if you could get your hands on, say, a Nikon 7O-2O0mm f/2.8G AF-S ED VR II for as little as £40, or a Canon EF 85mm f/.2 II L for only £30, you might be very tempted.

While the price of these lenses may suggest they’re being sold off a back of a lorry,

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Photo Shopping

You’re in the market for a camera or lens, but don’t know which one to go for. Photo expert Malcolm Birkitt offers some advice to help guide you through the maze.

WITH SO MANY different types and makes of camera on the market, how do you go about choosing the right one? It’s easy, really — just think of the kind of pictures you want to take, because this quickly points you in one of two directions.

If you don’t want to be bothered with all the technicalities of photography, a compact camera is the obvious choice because of the

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LENSES

DO YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR BEST EVER PORTRAITS? WE’VE TEAMED UP WITH THE UK’SLEADING EXPERTS TO HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS. THIS MONTH, WEEN LIST THE EXPERTISE OF BRETT HARKNESS TO REVEAL THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR CHOICE OF LENS

TAKING GREAT PORTRAITS requires a multitude of skills to be mastered and our monthly guide aims to cover them all so that you’re well prepared for every possible challenge. Over the coming months, we’ll be looking in depth at different forms of lighting and more advanced techniques, but in this fourth part, we examine a key consideration you must make

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Lens basics

Choosing a lens can be tricky for new users. That’s where our beginner’s guide comes in…

The beauty of investing in a DSLR or CSC is that you can swap lenses, giving you a whole new perspective on the world and allowing you to get really creative with your photography.

Being able to change lenses allows you to select a lens often more suited to your subject and by adding lenses to your camera bag, you build up a much more versatile camera set-up. In many ways, lenses are a more important consideration than the camera, as a lens will

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Lens accessories

There’s a variety of add-ons you can buy to modify your lens’ behaviour or specification

There are many accessories that have been developed to alter the characteristics of your lens, typically to increase focal length or enable macro shooting, and as they’re available from several manufacturers the choice usually caters for all budgets.

So rather than having to invest in additional lenses, you can adapt an existing optic to mimic the characteristics of another lens. Not only is it a more affordable solution, but they will usually also weigh far less and be less of a burden to carry around.

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Fixed Lens Dilemma

I have recently seen a lot of cameras that have a large sensor with a fixed lens. Wouldn’t I rather buy a regular mirrorless camera that can change lenses, for cheaper?

The advantage of having a camera that does not change lenses, is that the optics have been designed keeping the sensor in mind. This often means better quality, especially when it comes to fine detail and corner sharpness. And while multiple lens options can be a lifesaver, not everyone needs them. There are photographers who have done a lifetime’s work using just one lens. Henri Cartier-Bresson only used a

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