Tamron SP 45mm

Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 VC: Is it Worth the Money?

It’s a weird focal length, is fast but not ultra-fast, and costs more than twice what a half-decent 50mm prime lens would go for. But it’s also got image stabilization. So is the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 VC lens for…

beginner dslr

Best Prime Lens for Beginner DSLR 2018

So you’ve got your shiny-new DSLR with kit lens and you’re loving it. But now you want to explore the dark side of prime lens upgrades. From fast general-use primes to specialty macro lenses,  there are many options to upgrade…

Helios 44 Lens Review: Good Russian Glass

  A lot has been written about the many versions of the Helios 44 lens. It’s beloved by phrugal photographers the world over for its dreamy / swirly bokeh, high availability on the used market, and of course the low…

50mm STM

Which Canon 50mm Lens to Buy?

There are a bevy of Canon 50mm lenses available on the market now, and historically it’s been the most popular focal length for 35mm cameras (and the dSLRs they spawned). A comparison of all the options can be daunting, but…

cheap extension tubes

Are Cheap Extension Tubes Any Good?

If you want to shoot macro photography without the cost and bulk associated with a dedicated macro lens, a set of extension tubes is just the ticket. There are many options on the market, ranging from pricey OEM tubes down…

samyang 14mm autofocus lens

Samyang Announces First AF Lens for Canon EF

Budget lens maker Samyang announced that in February it will start selling a new 14mm f/2.8 autofocus lens to fit Canon EF mount cameras. This is the first AF lens from Samyang, a brand well known for it’s manual focus…

The FlatLED 8X Smartphone Telephoto Lens

FlatLED 8X Smartphone Telephoto Lens

There are many wide angle add-on lenses for smartphones, but not many in the telephoto department. The FlatLED 8X Smartphone Telephoto Lens is one such option…but is it worth a damn? Yes…and no. Well, maybe.