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For some time now, I’ve been searching for a good quality wide-angle lens. Allen Weitz from B&H recently spent some time with Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm/4G ED VR lens.

The first thing you notice about Nikon’s new AF-S 16-35/4G ED VR is its size. Though in no way heavy, and if anything, quite well balanced, the lens looks more like a moderate zoom lens, say a 28-105, as compared to the shorter physical sizes of ‘typical’ wide zooms. Looks aside, Nikon’s latest ultra-wide addition to its growing optical line-up is a true wide-zoom workhorse.

Read the complete review over on B&H.

Here’s a review of the new Sigma Ultra Wide Angle lens. I’ve been waiting to get a good wide angle lens for landscape photography. It looks like the wait was worth it.

Sigma has a press release for their new 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom lens. For those of you who prefer a Prime Lens, you will note that this is a Zoom. The price tag on this nice piece of glass is $1,100 but you can preorder it on Amazon for $699.

For more information go to the Sigma website or read more over on Digital Photography School.

Darren Rowse has a good post about the pros and cons of each of these lenses. With the exception of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
that came with the Canon Rebel XT when I purchased it years ago, I have two other lenses and both are prime. I have a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 and a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. I really want a good zoom lens for times when I want to carry just the camera. That way I have a “multi-purpose” lens and can capture just about anything. I am definitely leaning toward the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4. While I would certainly love to own the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L. I full recognize that it’s size and weight can be prohibitive in some places. The 24-105mm f/4 is a much lighter lens and is about the same size as the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Check out the article here.

When you want to capture the whole horizon from end to end, and you don’t mind—better yet, you love—distortion, grab a fisheye lens.

Developed for weather cameras (among the first was the 1924 “Sky Lens,” designed to capture entire cloud formations), fisheyes are named for their extremely-close focusing, convex-shaped glass elements. Art photographers and other fans have long since jumped into the fun. If you’ve never tried one, it’s worth borrowing or renting a fisheye lens at least once.

Fisheyes come in two varieties. Full-framers cast an image circle larger than the film or sensor frame, yielding conventionally shaped rectangular images. Circular fisheyes, on the other hand, capture the entire image circle, usually a 180-degree, hemispherical slice of everything in front of the camera—even the photographer’s feet. [via PopPhoto]

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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 17, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging and optics, today introduced two new Tilt-Shift lenses, the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the TS-E 17mm f/4L. These two new L series lenses expand the Company’s extensive lens line-up of TS-E lenses giving photographers creative control over perspective and depth of field in their images. Both the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the TS-E 17mm f/4L are specialty lenses ideal for landscape and architectural photography and are compatible with all Canon EOS system single lens reflex cameras1. The TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, a replacement for Canon’s TS-E 24mm f/3.5L introduced in 1991, has significantly improved operability with low distortion when photographing buildings, consistent image quality throughout the image and reduced chromatic aberration when shooting at ultra-wide angles. The TS-E 17mm f/4L is the world’s shortest focal length Tilt-Shift lens with full-frame 35mm coverage.

“These two new lenses are Canon’s answer to photographers who have requested wider angle Tilt-Shift lenses, [via PDN]

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Believe it. Adoram’s ProOptic 500mm f/6.3 ($160, direct; adorama.com) shares all the strengths—and drawbacks—of inexpensive catadioptric lenses. Often called mirror or reflex lenses, these tele primes have more in common with telescopes than with conventional lenses. The ProOptic’s unusual design prevented us from testing it on our optical bench, but we did use it extensively in the field. [via PopPhoto]

Read the rest of the story to find out how the testing went.

Looking Back on 2008 these were the top 5 posts here on ChromaticSoul Blog.

Thank you to everyone and let’s all look forward to a pleasing, prosperous, photographic 2009.

  1. Fish Eye Lens Effect Without a Fish Eye Lens
  2. How to Make a Signature Brush in Photoshop
  3. Pixels to Inches
  4. White Balancing Lens Cap Review
  5. Portraits From The Edge – Lynn Blodgett


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  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn