The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer

Which lens should I buy for my camera?
It’s such a simple question, but choosing the right lens or lenses is actually one of the most important photographic decisions you can make. Nothing affects the quality of a photo more than the lens. It’s no longer just about the megapixels-it’s the glass that makes all the difference!
Many first-time buyers of DSLRs don’t venture past the basic lens included in the box. While some are reluctant to spend more money, others are confused by all the buzzwords or are overwhelmed by all the choices out there. It’s really a shame, because interchangeable lenses give you amazing scope for quality photography.

Take in vast sweeping scenes with a wide angle lens. Capture faraway birds with a telephoto lens. Examine the tiniest detail of a flower with a macro lens. Record the perfect portrait with a prime lens. Anything is possible when you choose the right lens for the job!
This book isn’t a simple catalogue of available lenses. New products are coming out all the time, and comparing specific lenses can be difficult. Instead, author N.K. Guy gives you all the information you need to make smart buying decisions. Optical technology is demystified, arcane terminology is decoded, and practical tips are provided.
The Lens will help you build the perfect lens collection to suit your needs-now and in the future.

Mad scientist’s lair. Set design by Catie Max, Ed Saperia and the Clockwork Quartet, and NK Guy. Steamdrone by Will Segerman and Joe Schermoly. The Shunt Lounge and Theatre Company. London Bridge, London, England. 17mm full frame. f/6.3, 3.2 sec. ISO 100.
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Archer. This shot was illuminated solely by the two flaming light sources. A very fast lens set to f/1.2 was used, so the depth of field was extremely shallow. Highbury, London, England. 85mm full frame. f/1.2, 1/8 sec. ISO 200.
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Blast furnace 5 of the former Meiderich Ironworks. The site closed in 1985 and is now part of Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, a fantastic public park focused on memorializing Germany’s industrial heritage. Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Landscape architecture by Latz+Partner. Lighting design by Jonathan Park. 16mm full frame. f/7.1, 30 sec. ISO 200.
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Rainforest Tree, a 40 meter/130 foot sculpture designed by Wolfgang Volz and constructed by Clostermann Entertainment. Located within the Gasometer Oberhausen, a vast 100 meter/330 foot tall decommissioned gas storage tank in Oberhausen, Germany, now used for exhibitions and events. 16mm full frame. f/6.3, 30 sec. ISO 200.
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Meoto Iwa, the Wedded Rocks. A heavy rice straw rope links these two small near-shore rocks, representing the sacred bond of marriage. This is cool, but I have to say the woman rock is really unfairly small.Futami, Mie, Japan. In order to transform the ocean waves into a ghostly haze, an 8x neutral density filter was used along with a very low ISO and a tiny lens aperture. This allowed a comparatively long exposure of 20 seconds in full daylight. 50mm full frame. f/22, 20 sec. ISO 50.
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Valentine Cave is a lava tube formed over 30,000 years ago. Flows of molten lava created hollow tube-like caves when the surface crusted over while lava continued to flow below. Lava Beds National Monument, California, USA. The simulated anamorphic lens flare is described in section 9.11. 29mm full frame. f/5.0, 2 sec. ISO 100.
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The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer
Author N.K. Guy

Best 4K Film-Making Cameras

4K video is the next big thing, but which digital camera does it best?

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Best 4K Film-Making Cameras
Digital Camera – August 2018
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The Beginner’s Photography Guide: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Manual for Getting the Most from your Digital Camera, 2nd Edition

If you’re new to photography, then The Beginner’s Photography Guide is perfect for you.

The ideal starting point for digital camera users, this manual explains key concepts in simple terms before offering step-by-step visual guides to every function.

The Beginner’s Photography Guide compares and contrasts the effect of different approaches, showing you how to take the photos you want and develop your photography ability. Learn how to overcome every photographer’s challenge, from working in dim lighting to setting up the perfect flash.

This fully updated edition takes into account new photography trends and the latest equipment on the market.

Start snapping with The Beginner’s Photography Guide and get the most out of your digital camera.

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The Beginner’s Photography Guide: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Manual for Getting the Most from your Digital Camera, 2nd Edition

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Test hybride: Lumix G9 | Un Panasonic à l’assaut des reflex

Extérieurement, il a tout d’un reflex… Intérieurement, même constat… Et même un peu plus…

En utilisant l’obturateur électronique, la mise au point avec AF passe à 20 i/s sur 50 vues Jpeg et à 60 i/s avec AF uniquement sur la première vue. Les reflex sont loin derrière. Sans compter que le 1/32.000s est aussi accessible.
Le G9 propose une autre manière d’aborder la photo rapide, grâce au mode Photo 6K: il enregistre un flux de photos 6K (18Mpix) à la cadence de 30 i/s dont on peut extraire la ou les images que l’on souhaite. On peut aussi le faire en 4K (8 Mpix).
Comme d’autres Panasonic, le G9 dispose du Post Focus. Dans ce mode, une série de vues est prise en faisant varier la mise au point. Puis, d’une touchette sur l’écran, on pointe l’endroit où l’on désire faire la mise au point finale. L’appareil extrait ensuite la ou les photos de la vidéo.
On n’oubliera pas le mode Haute Résolution et la réalisation d’animations à partir de photos enregistrées (stop motion). Si la section vidéo est plus bridée – dixit Panasonic –, elle offre quand même la 4K 60p et les assistances qui vont avec (zébra, focus peaking, etc.). Je pense que beaucoup d’appareils s’en contenteraient.

Reconnu par les vidéastes pour la qualité de ses appareils, Panasonic livre ici un produit à l’intention des photographes utilisateurs de reflex typé action.

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Test hybride: Lumix G9
encore plus dans Chasseur d’Images #401 – Mars 2018

(Shared) Viewpoint | Nigel Atherton

Nikon says it’s developing a new mirrorless camera. Nigel Atherton is hoping for a change of direction that steers it away from the 1 series.

If I were on first-name terms with Doctor Who – friendly enough, say, to borrow his Tardis at weekends – one of the fun things I’d like to do is bring people back from the past to show them what the world looks like now. Imagine taking the Wright brothers to modern-day Heathrow Airport, or taking Galileo around Cape Canaveral. Slightly less dramatically, I’d love to fetch some AP readers from the 1970s and show them the cameras of today. They would marvel at the speed, quality, convenience and variety of today’s digital cameras, from DSLRs and action cameras to drones, and think we’re a thoroughly spoiled generation.

Mirrorless cameras would be a particular source of envy for our bell-bottom-wearing time travellers, and I’d have a fun game lined up to entertain them over their quinoa and rocket salad lunch in which I’d cover up the brand names of each system and they’d have to guess which was which. I bet that when asked to pick out Nikon’s contribution they’d choose the Fujifi lm X system over the poor old 1 system every time.

Abandoned the brand values

I don’t think I’m being controversial when I say that in developing its mirrorless system, Nikon abandoned the brand values on which its reputation was built in favour of pursuing a mythical demographic of gadget-loving compact users looking to trade in their camera phones for shiny, high-tech, pocket-sized, point-and-shoot cameras with interchangeable lenses. The 1 system hits this target audience perfectly – the only problem is that these people don’t actually exist in sufficient numbers to justify all that investment. It turns out that most of them are happy with their camera phones after all. Meanwhile, Fujifilm crept in when Nikon wasn’t looking and built the mirrorless cameras that Nikon should have made, and is now reaping the rewards.

I’m hoping that, after several years spent flogging a dead horse, Nikon may have admitted defeat and is starting again. In a statement made to DPReview recently, a Nikon spokesperson said, ‘We are currently developing new mirrorless products that build upon Nikon’s strengths, and offer the performance prospective customers expect, including the ultimate optics performance, image-processing technologies, strength and durability, and operation.’

That doesn’t sound like a 1-system camera, and as someone with a cupboard full of Nikon kit, I am pretty excited by that. I’m hoping for a mirrorless version of my FM2, and I know I’m not alone. The last time Nikon took inspiration from this well-loved classic we ended up with the Df – a kind of Land of the Giantsversion – but by making it mirrorless Nikon should be able to get close to the perfect dimensions of the original… fingers crossed.

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Nigel Atherton – Editor – Amateur Photographer Magazine
via Amateur Photographer – Saturday 19 August 2017

Puissant, léger et discret

Le Panasonic Lumix G80 (G85) en test.
Banc d’essai Chasseur d’Images
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Quand un appareil photo connaît un grand succès, celui qui lui fait suite reprend le même nom, mais complété par le signe Markl-II, Mark-III…

Le mois dernier, vous avez fait un succès au numéro 388 de Chasseur d’Images, dont le thème principal était “Le Guide des appareils photo”. Ce mois ci-, voici donc la version Mark-II sous la forme d’un Chasseur d’Images n°389 dont le thème principal sera “Le Guide des Objectifs”.

Ce numéro est la synthèse de plusieurs centaines de tests d’objectifs, réalisés par le Centre d’Essais Chasseur d’Images. La rédaction a retenu les 150 plus intéressants du moment et vous livre à la fois ses mesures de labo, son commentaire technique sur les performances pures et les conclusions des essais de terrain.

Le “Guide Chasseur d’Images des objectifs” n’est pas juste un tableau listant ce qui existe: ce sont des tests, basés sur une procédure sérieuse et parfaitement stabilisée, permettant donc des comparaisons fiables. Vous y choisirez zooms et focales fixes en connnaisance de cause et non pas au hasard.

Mais ce numéro 389 ne se limite pas aux objectifs: il est aussi très complet et aborde quantité d’autres sujets, à la fois techniques et pratiques, sans oublier une grande partie culturelle, avec la liste de toutes les expositions du moment.

à voir dans Chasseur d’Images

Guide d’achat | Hybrides

Guide d’achat | Hybrides
Cette catégorie d’appareils doit son nom à un gabarit qui la rapproche des compacts et une monture recevant des objectifs interchangeables à la manière des reflex. Tous les modèles de notre sélection disposent d’une visée électronique intégrée.

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Guide d’achat | Choisir son appareil-photo
à voir dans Réponses-Photo – Décembre 2016