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Over the years, I’ve found myself purchasing, trading, selling, tactfully acquiring, or otherwise receiving and getting rid of lenses. I’ve journeyed through pages and pages of reviews and online forums, spoke to many wonderful skilled photographers and dissected people’s images to find out what I wanted and what I needed in terms of glass. My […]

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As I build out my camera kit, I find myself wanting to expand my options. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using used lenses. With a few caveats… Buy them from a reputable vendor or someone you know. Inspect the lens for wear and mold. Make sure the lens is compatible with your camera. I […]

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UPDATED November 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 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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by Joe Farace There’s an old photographer’s saying—I think I made it up—that if you take care of your equipment it will take care of you. Last year I attended a hot rod show at a local racetrack planning to make some photographs. Big surprise there some of you might say but the big surprise […]

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We 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 “What lens should I buy?” question. Not the “Is the Nikon 50 f/1.4 really better […]

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If you are concerned about the quality of your photo gear and want to step up to a more professional oriented kit, spend money on glass. It’s better to own the best lens you can afford than the fanciest camera body. And don’t be fooled into thinking that only Canon, Leica and Nikon make good […]

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