How much does a scratch affect the quality of a lens?

How much does a scratch affect the quality of a lens?

I’m sure we’ve all heard the horror stories. “ONOZ! My lens got a scratch, it’s ruined!!” someone screams, then goes to quietly cry in a corner. “Welp, shoulda used a UV filter, if those get scratched you can just replace them, now you have to sell that lens for half what its worth on eBay” People thinking this isn’t a...Read more
YongNuo 35mm f/2

YongNuo 35mm f/2

First and foremost a hands-on comparison of the lens itself – how does it fare against the Canon 35mm f/2 – there will be more image-based comparisons to come. While discontinued and a few decades old, the Canon still costs more than double the YongNuo (YN 35mm runs $125 from YN themselves on Amazon, the Canon 35mm f/2 tends to...Read more
YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 Outdoor portraits and final review.

YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 Outdoor portraits and final review.

This lens is, as of this writing, pretty brand spanking new. There has been a lot of speculation on this lens. Is it just a Canon clone? (no) Is it any good? (yes) Is it worth getting? (Yep) – I wanted to finish up with an outdoor portrait session (my most comfortable testing scenario) to give my final judgment on...Read more
YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 – Round 3: Studio

YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 – Round 3: Studio

I had the opportunity to put the YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 to work in a typical studio session today. Spoilers: It did great. I was contacted by Eriko recently, a local fashion model who wants to start working the glamour scene (glam, boudoir, etc) She’s got a great fashion portfolio, but needs to redo it to showcase a sexier look for...Read more
YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 – Round 2: Aesthetics

YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 – Round 2: Aesthetics

There’s only so much that can be tested in home without fancy gear (MTF charts and the like) so I did a few tests that gauge common aesthetic qualities, using techniques that are often recommended for testing at home. It’s not super scientific, but it does give some further input on the lens and what you might expect. And all...Read more
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

The Nikon 50mm 1.8 (both “D” and “G” models) is highly recommended as one of the first purchases for a new photographer since their performance is superb and they’re quite affordable. There may come a time when you’d like a bit of a change, and the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G can be a great option. They’re still affordable, I see them often...Read more
Canon EF 100mm f/2

Canon EF 100mm f/2

When it comes to portrait lenses on full frame Canon cameras, the Canon 100mm f/2 is my favorite. As a balance of price:performance, I like it better than the 85mm f/1.8 and the 135 f/2.0L. It’s similar enough to the 85 that it comes down to personal preference, and at half (or less, currently $350ish used on Amazon) the price...Read more
Nikon 85mm f/1.8D

Nikon 85mm f/1.8D

I fell in love with this lens the first time I used it. I acquired it as part of a trade. I had a Nikon 20mm f/2.8 that I had pretty much zero use for, and a friend had this that he didn’t use since he had upgraded to the 1.4 – so we decided to swap. I had a model...Read more
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC

I thought an eye-catching shot of this lens in action (please forgive my duckface, and the pun) would garner a little more attention than a plain, boring shot of the lens itself. Shot taken with a Canon T2i with a generic continuous light 1500 watt CFL softbox. Wide open at f/2.8 on the wide end of 17mm, the Tamron 17-50mm...Read more
Nikon 50mm f/1.8D

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D

Many of us have a lens that just gets used all the time. One that’s pretty much glued to your camera. Lately for me (When I use my D600) it’s the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D (Amazon.) The performance you get, for such a small price, is extraordinary (currently only $109.00 new) Just like in my review of the Canon 50mm f/1.8...Read more