Venus Optics launched eight new lenses under the Laowa brand name at the Photokina show this year. We paid a visit to the stand to get a closer look.
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The Opera designation is reserved for Tokina's most premium lenses, built for high resolution full-frame DSLRs. The 50mm F1.4 is the first in this lineup to come into production – take a closer look.
We saw new gear from Lowepro, Think Tank, Peak Design, ONA, Tamrac and more. Perhaps it's about time you upgraded your pack?
Phottix has launched a new operating system for its portable flash systems that it says automatically switches between different manufacturer’s TTL systems as it detects their presence from an on-camera flash unit or on-camera transmitter. We went hands-on at Photokina.
Voigtländer is one of the oldest names in photography. These days licensed by Japanese lensmaker Cosina, the Voigtländer brand is still going strong. We're at Photokina, where we got our hands on the company's newest lenses.
One of the most interesting announcements at this year's Photokina show in Germany was the Panasonic / Leica / Sigma L-mount partnership. Earlier today we were lucky enough to get access to a prototype Panasonic S1R. Click through for a closer look.
Leica is clearly in the mood for partnerships: A day after the company announced it was teaming up with Panasonic and Sigma on the L mount, Zenit took the wraps off the 'M', a Zenit-designed, Leica manufactured rangefinder. Click through to learn more.
Tamron's 2nd-generation full-frame wide-angle zoom features new coatings, faster AF speeds and improved vibration control. We got some hands on time with it, here's what we thought.
Sigma took the wraps off five new lenses at Photokina this year, and we were there to see (and handle) them for ourselves. Click through for more information, and some early first impressions.
The new XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR and XF 200mm F2 R LM OIS WR are aimed at enthusiasts and professionals, and add considerable versatility to Fujifilm's growing XF lens lineup. We've been taking a look.
The X-T3 is Fujifilm's newest X-series camera, and potentially represents the largest jump in features and performance that we've seen in a new Fujifilm camera in quite some time. We take a look at its headline features including a new sensor, new processor, new AF system, and some seriously impressive video capabilities.
The higher resolution Z7 might be getting most of the attention, but Nikon's new Z 6 also has a lot going for it. We're at the launch of the Z system in Tokyo, where we took a closer look at the Z6 and three forthcoming S-line lenses.
Panasonic's LX100 II enthusiast compact adds a higher resolution sensor, touchscreen LCD and Bluetooth to an already great camera. Find out the highlights (and a few lowlights) in this tour of the LX100 II.
One of the most keenly-awaited lenses for a while, the new Pentax D FA* 50mm F1.4 is finally here, and we've been using it for a few days. In this article, we're updating our initial impressions on the basis of our recent shooting with the K-1 II.
Only Leica could have made the Noctilux-M F1.25 75mm ASPH – a manual focus prime lens that weighs more than a kilo and costs as much as a new car. We've been using one for a little while - click through for our take on what it's like to use.
Award-winning wildlife photographer Roie Galitz shares his experience shooting polar bears with the new Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR in one of the harshest places on Earth. Find out why Galitz calls his $12,000 behemoth "a dream lens."
This highly-specialized lens is perfect for sports, action and wildlife photography. Check out these first sample images for a taste of what it's capable of.
A few days testing Huawei's new flagship device has us convinced that it's the most advanced smartphone camera to date.
Sony's a7 III mirrorless camera includes many features from its more advanced a9 and a7R III siblings, but at a more aggressive price point. Here's a quick hands-on tour of some of the most notable upgrades and improvements to Sony's 'basic' full frame model.
We stopped by the Ricoh-Pentax booth at this year's CP+ show in Japan and got a chance to handle the new K-1 Mark II as well as a near-final version of the upcoming Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4. We even got a chance to informally test the K-1 II's crazy high ISO and hand-held Pixel Shift feature - click through to read our impressions.
Venus Optics has been making some very interesting lenses in the past couple of years. and at this year's CP+ show in Yokohama Japan, the company is showing off an innovative 'magic shift converter'.
The Leica DG Vario 50-200mm F2.8-4 ASPH is the third and final lens in Panasonic's latest premium zoom lens lineup, and we had the chance to handle it in person at this year's CP+ show in Japan. Check out how this high-end tele-zoom handles in our slideshow.
The Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD is the first third-party standard zoom to be created natively for the Sony FE mount. We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama, where we got our hands on a prototype.
Tokina has recently released the 50mm F1.4 'Opera' and FíRIN 20mm F2 AF lenses, and we stopped by their booth at CP+ 2018 to get a feel for them.
Tamron's new 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD is a compact alternative to heavy (and pricey) F2.8 zooms. Take a look at our hands-on slideshow to see just how compact it really is.
Sigma's new 105mm F1.4 DG HSM is a beast, weighing in at 1.6 kilos. We're at the CP+ tradeshow in Yokohama, Japan, where we just got our hands on what Sigma is calling the 'bokeh master'.
The Rotolight Neo 2 is an LED light panel with the capability to fire its LEDs fast enough and bright enough to act as a strobe. Is it enough to make stills photographers re-think their old-fashioned speed lights? Read on and find out.
While it shares a name with one of Leica's most popular and affordable cameras of the 1970s, the new CL is separated from its namesake by more than just years. We've been using one for a few days - click through for a detailed first-impressions report.
A Bay Area startup offering a pay-by-the-photo camera service cleverly addresses the pain points photographers experience when they pick up their first DSLR. But can it survive the smartphone?
They say seeing is believing, and that's exactly what happened when one DPR staffer took the Google Pixel 2 out for an afternoon shooting under challenging conditions.
As 2017 winds down (yeah, we're shocked too) it's a great time to reflect on the past year. Over the coming week's we'll revisit some personal favorite cameras and lenses that we encountered this year, and what made them stand out.
Believe it or not, sports and live music photography have a lot in common – your reaction time as a photographer is crucial. Veteran music photographer Jeanette D. Moses gave the Sony a9 a try at a pro golf tournament recently – and was very impressed with the results.
Sigma has used the Photo Plus Expo show in New York as a launchpad for an all-new lens – the 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary. It's a fast, high-quality prime for cropped-sensor Sony E-mount and M43 cameras.
Leica's newest lens is one of its oldest. The Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 is a (slightly) modernized recreation of a classic 1930s design, famed for its unique soft focus look. We just got our hands on one.
Canon's new PowerShot G1 X Mark III combines a 24MP APS-C sensor and hybrid autofocus system in an impressively compact body. Canon has been showing it to us at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York.
Tamron just announced a new 100-400mm telezoom, pitched at enthusiasts and professionals. The 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is the lightest in its class, and packs some impressive features. And we just got our hands on one.
We take a hands-on look at the new 17mm F1.2 Pro and 45mm F1.2 Pro lenses from Olympus, a pair of fast primes that promise excellent optical performance and beautiful bokeh in a compact, lightweight package.