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Why Does Nikon Have So Many 50mm’s?

Over the years, Nikon has amassed very many versions of its 50mm lens, starting in 1950 as a rangefinder lens, then in 1959 as an SLR lens. From there, they made so many variations in cosmetics, then improvements in its optics. I used to own a Nikkor-S 50mm f/1.4 Nippon …

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Nikkor-Q 135mm f/2.8 (1971)

Why does everyone rave about a 135mm prime lens as the best possible lens for portraiture? Because longer focal length means thinner depth of field, and therefore a more blurry background or bokeh. (For example, a 300mm prime can easily render the same bokeh at f/8 that a 50mm renders …

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Nikkor-O 35mm f/2 (1972)

Many people have been raving about the Nikkor-O 35mm f/2 wide angle prime lens. Why so? Because it is breathtaking at f/2, unlike most primes of its time (1965) when lenses used to be soft at the widest aperture and had to be stopped down or two to get better …

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Alfo Supercolor MC 28mm f/2.8 By Samyang

It’s shocking that there’s plenty of unknown brand lenses out there, but were actually made by well known makers like Tokina, Sigma, Tamron, Sun Optical, Kino Precision, Komine, Asanuma, or a Samyang. The Alfo Supercolor MC 28mm f/2.8 is a beautiful wide angle lens made by Samyang around the early 1980s. …

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Why Setting White Balance Correct From The Camera Is Important

White Balance is what determines the color temperature of a photo – it could be warm, cool or neutral. If you are new to photography, you would usually set it to AUTO and then just forget about it. The problem with Auto WB is that most of the time, it …

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DIY Soft Diffusion Lens Filter

Sometimes ultra sharp lenses look nice, especially when you are doing macro photography. But sometimes, there are situations when sharpness/resolution only distracts rather than add character to a photograph (or maybe you simply want to achieve the romantic look of those old films that look soft and dreamy). That’s why experimenting …

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Does Crop Factor Really Matter?

Okay let’s do a full frame vs APS-C comparison, but this might get confusing.   I have here a Nikon D5200 (1.5x crop) and a Nikon F90X (full frame film SLR). The lens used was a Micro-Nikkor-P 55mm f/3.5. Both of these shots were taken with the D5200.   1) The …

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Vivitar/Tokina 135mm f/2.8 T-Mount Lens (15 Blades!)

Vintage lenses have always been a pleasure to use because of their unique qualities and god-like built made to last for eternity. This time, we’d like to show you a Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 T-Mount Preset Aperture Lens, made by TOKINA in the 1960s. The first thing you should know that …

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Why Konica Lenses Have The Shortest Flange Distance?

Where’s the love for Konica lenses?   Konica AR mount is identical to Nikon F mount and you can actually directly mount it on a Nikon DSLR! However, it has the shortest flange distance of any SLR lens (40.7mm) so it can only be used by mirrorless and micro four …

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FIRST IMPRESSION: Pilot ‘Soudelor’ Camera Shoulder Bag

  Oh look, it arrives today! It’s a Pilot ‘Soudelor’ Camera Shoulder Bag. I was jolted in my sleep around lunch time (being the night owl that I am) that the item arrived in just two days because I was expecting it to arrive by next week pa. Hmmm, it …

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Video: Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 and Why I Love Mirror Lenses

Hello, how are you? I hope you have some time to read about why I love mirror lenses. Here, we are featuring an ultra rare Soligor C/D 300mm f/5.6 (Komine). For most of us, we may never have seen or heard about mirror lenses before, or terms like ‘T-Mount’ or ‘donut …

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FAQ: Which Lens Is Best For Me?

Madalas ko nababasa ang tanong na kung ano ang pinakamagandang tipo ng lente. Gusto ko lang po sana mag share ng short essay, if that may be alright.   Ang paniniwala ko ay wala sa specific na lente yan and there’s no magical one perfect lens for all. Kundi ang …

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Celebrating My 2nd Anniversary with the Nikon D5200 with A Portfolio Printout at Kodak Expess

It’s the 2nd anniversary with my Nikon D5200, so now it’s time to make prints of my portfolio. 96 prints show what I’ve been shooting for the past 2 years. Of course, it’s not enough to show everything, and I left out the ones I shot at events.   # …

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FUJIFILM X-T2: New Mirrorless Camera 2017, First Impressions

The Fujifilm X-T2 (and its smaller sibling, the X-T20) is a new mirrorless camera that you should look forward to try this 2017. It is one handsome piece of gear. On first impression, the fully metal body gives you an impression that it is well build and can take rough situations, whatever …

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Panasonic GH5: New Micro 4/3 Camera For 2017 Launches in the Philippines

One of the most anticipated new cameras to grace 2017 is now here in the Philippines! Panasonic launches its new Lumix GH5 micro 4/3 camera on April 19th at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. There is a big fanbase for Panasonic cameras here in the Philippines and according to Mr. Toyota, …

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The New FUJIFILM X-T20 and the Different Film Simulation Modes

The FUJIFILM X-T20 is a lightweight mirrorless camera using the Fuji X mount, and is one of the latest addition to Fujifilm’s lineup of premium cameras. When people think of Fujifilm as a brand, qualities that are strongly associated with it are innovation, quick to adopt new technology into its products, …

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FUJIFILM X-T20… First Impressions

The Fujifilm X-T20 is a mirrorless camera that was newly launched here in the Philippines last March 11, 2017. Using the proprietary Fuji X mount, there’s a wide selection of high quality lenses that you can use with this camera for different situations. It is a perfect for newbies who …

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LENS PORN: Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS 2

The Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS 2 is a great piece of kit lens that goes perfectly with the new FUJIFILM X-T20. It’s a great introduction to photography because it has range covered — from a wide 16mm to a short telephoto 50mm.     Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS …

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Photowalk in Manila Bay with the New Fujifilm X-T20

March 24, 2017 Boss Ted and I were very excited to take the brand new FUJIFILM X-T20 out for a walk. It was launched here in the Philippines on March 11th. Sample Photos from the XT-20 by Ted Claudio Sample unedited images convert only to 800 x 533 for faster web …

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Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Your First Camera

Photography is one of the greatest hobbies mankind has invented. It is a medium that is used for documenting, for creative purposes, and also for self expression. If you have a mobile phone, chances are, you already have your own camera. It’s a great introduction to photography because you get to …

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