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As a portrait photographer, I love getting a close, tight shot that really captures the personality of my subject. Understanding the limitations and effects your gear has on the final image is vital. Close up portraits are typically shot using a focal length of 85mm or longer, but when starting out, these lenses may not be an […]

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UPDATED July 2012 – there have been several cool new lenses released since I first published this list and those changes are reflected herein. I’ve also added a few more of the older lenses I’ve had time to test and fall in love with as well as another zoom. I’ve also added a section briefly […]

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UPDATED January 2012 – there have been several cool new lenses released since I first published this list and those changes are reflected herein. I’ve also added a few more of the older lenses I’ve had time to test and fall in love with. I’ve also added a section briefly explaining the difference between prime […]

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Many of you contacted me after I wrote my post about the Olympus EP3 and my excitement over their addition of two stellar prime lenses, the 12 and the 45 respectively. The questions often revolved around why I wasn’t more excited about zoom lenses. For those who are new, a prime lens is merely a […]

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UPDATED May, 2011 – there have been several cool new lenses released since I first published this list and those changes are reflected herein: I get lots of “what camera should I buy” questions here at Photofocus. I personally don’t enjoy that question since it’s sort of like asking me “What sort of car should […]

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I get lots of “what camera should I buy” questions here at Photofocus. I personally don’t enjoy that question since it’s sort of like asking me “What sort of car should I buy?” I do have more sympathy for the next logical question: “What lens should I buy?” I am not talking about the “Is […]

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We all own a lens or two or five. Not everyone knows how modern camera lenses work. So I thought I’d write a short post going over some of the basics. Some newbies might find this interesting. Even though I am no newbie, I still enjoyed preparing this post. Compared to the best lenses we […]

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