Perhaps the best features about DSLR and Rangefinder cameras are their adaptability. Because a DSLR
or Ramgefinder camera employs exchangeable lenses, one can literally select the best lens possible for the photographic scene. In addition, DSLR
and Rangefinder lenses create sharper results by far than the lenses built-into point-and-shoot compact digital cameras.
The most important thing to be conscious of when shopping for a camera lens is that they're specific to each brand. In the majority of cases, each lens maker: Canon,
Leica, Nikon, Sony has its own
proprietary lens mount system that's incompatible with all other brands. There are some exceptions such as the Four Thirds System, that employs a universal Four Thirds mount. Olympus, Panasonic and Sigma make lenses for the Four Thirds mount. Olympus and Panasonic and Olympus has also conceive the Micro Four Thirds system, which employs a unique lens mount, although can be used with 4/3 lenses by
using an adapter ring.
In addition, "third party" lens makers, including Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina, make lenses for varying mounting systems, that include Canon,
Leica, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, and 4/3. As a general rule, Third-party lenses are less expensive than the name-brand versions.
Interchangable Lens Brands
Buying a Digital Lens
7artisans Lenses. A
Group of Chinese camera enthusiasts gathered for a dinner in the Summer 2015. They were discussing their passions over the dinner table. Some were interested in optical design, while others were more skilled at
operating factory production lines, while one was an avid Leica lens collector. Everyone
at the table came to same conclusion; “If we involve our skills and work together, we can create new original camera lenses.”
And that is how 7Artisans Project began. This is in honor of the members who believed in the project from the beginning and embodied the spirit of "Craftsmen". For this confidence and determination,
they are named 7Artisans.
The Beloma Peleng 3.5/8 mm Fisheye lens is an
interchangeable, short- focus, super wide-angle, compact lens that
provides a stunning circular field of view of 180 degrees and a
circular image (not a full-frame image) on the 35mm negative. It is
a must when taking pictures with a large field of view, such as
architecture, landscape, and group scenes. You can use this lens for
shooting color, black-and-white, and infrared films.
Bower Lens Knowledge Base - Updated - The Korean made Samyang is rebadged as Bower, Falcon,
Vivitar and others.
Bower offers a variety of uniquely priced optics, delivering a lot of optical capability for very little money.
Recently, they have produced some long 500mm f/8 and 400mm f/6.3 telephoto glass lenses.
Canon Prime Lens Knowledge Base-
The Canon EF lens mount was first introduced back in in 1987 and became prevailing mount for the entire Canon EOS category both SLR film and DSLR digital cameras. The acronym EF means "Electro-Focus": EF lens auto focusing is conducted by an in-the-lens dedicated electric motor. From a mechanical standpoint it' a bayonet-type mount, and all data transmission between lens and camera occurs by electrical contact; there is no mechanical interaction.
The EF-M mount was specifically designed for the EOS M camera released in 2012. ✓
Canon Zoom Lens Knowledge Base -
The Canon EF lens mount was first introduced back in in 1987 and became
the prevailing mount for the entire Canon EOS category for both SLR film and DSLR digital cameras. The acronym EF means "Electro-Focus": EF lens auto focusing is conducted by an in-the-lens dedicated electric motor. From a mechanical standpoint it' a bayonet-type mount, and all data transmission between lens and camera occurs by electrical contact; there is no mechanical interaction. An EF-M Lens Mount Adapter from canon allows you to attach EF & EF-S Canon lenses to the digital Canon EOS-M mirrorless camera, which features a Canon EF-M
lens mount. It operates fully with every lens function, including autofocus and
image stabilization ✓
Cosina Lens Knowledge Base -
Jan 31, 2011 -
Cosina first began manufacturing Voigtländer branded lenses when it introduced the 15mm and 25mm screw mount lenses fitting the Bessa L. At the time it was announced, the 15mm lens was quite a bit smaller than any other similar length
SLR lens, and an a way lss expensive than any compact substitute for a viewfinder or any
rangefinder camera. Cosina has since manufactured an amazing assortment of these compact lenses for Leica screw mount, Leica M, Nikon S (some fully compatible with Contax camera bodies), and a number of SLR mounts (in particular,
M42 mount and
Nikon F mount)
Fujifilm Lens Knowledge Base - Lens shopping for your brand new compact Fujifilm X-Pro1 system camera? Although the selection is a little sparse at the present moment, but that is soon going to grow, according to a release by Fujifilm. Presently, there are
five lenses available to mount on the Fuji X-mount, and four of them are prime
lenses and one wide-angle zoom. The release shows seven new XF lenses are expected to arrive sometime late next year. ✓
Hartblei Lenses. Since 1995, the Hartblei Company
is committed to products of high quality in the field of optical lenses for
photo cameras. Their continued effort to improve functionality and expand
optical possibilities is materialized by their new line of lenses with Tilt and
Shift capabilities, designed for both 35 mm cameras and Medium Format systems.
Hasselblad Lenses -
Founded in 1941, Hasselblad is the leading manufacturer of medium format cameras and lenses. Handmade in Sweden, Hasselblad cameras are renowned for their iconic ergonomic design, uncompromising image quality, Swedish craftsmanship and high performance. For over half a century, Hasselblad cameras have captured some of the world’s most iconic images – including the first landing on the moon – and helped shape the way we look at the world through genuine photographic artistry. Trusted by NASA and used by the greatest photographers in the world, Hasselblad continues to create products with uncompromising image quality that inspire.
Irix Lenses -
Swiss precision and Korean ingenious solutions make a powerful mix. Irix lenses are designed to deliver top optical performance and match the demands of full frame matrix cameras. When others give you none, we give you two. Irix lenses offer a large aperture whilst maintaining the best image quality, regardless of focal length. Supreme optical performance and the high precision mechanism allow you to make the best of photography.
Kamlan Lenses -
Machang Optical CO., Ltd (Machang Optics) is a new camera lens manufacturer from ShenZhen China, founded in 2015.
They design, manufacture, market and distribute camera lenses under the brand name of ‘Kamlan’. Over the past 2 years,
they have developed and launched a number of large aperture lenses to satisfy the demand of camera lenses market. Especially the Kamlan 50mm F1.1 – a lens that has been well received by many photographers.
The brand name "Kamlan" is derived from Kavalan, the old name of Yilan. Yilan is a beautiful county in Taiwan, where Mr. Chen (The founder of Kamlan)
was originally from.
Leica Lens Knowledge Base -
Leica's precision lenses are all hand, at the main Leica factory in Solms Germany. These lenses represent the culmination of
numerous years of optical and precision mechanical encounters and are manufactured employing exacting technologies, the highest of
utilizing materials and strong commitment combined with the craftsmanship of knowledgeable personnel. No one else can dispense true Leica
excellence to your photographs.
Lensbaby Lens Knowledge Base -
The Lensbaby is a SLR lens with selective focus that brings a single area of your image into sharp focus and that sharp area encircled by graduated haze. Photographers employing a Lensbaby can adjust the area of sharp focus anywhere on the image by flexing the lens.
Lensbabies are a combination of a simple lens and bellows or a ball and socket device employ in special-effects photography. All Lensbaby lenses may be mounted on interchangeable lens cameras which, mainly the 35mm SLR or DSLR formats. The
lenses' focal length is about 50 mm, which in 35 mm format is a normal lens. ✓
Nikon Prime Lens Knowledge Base
- Updated - Photograph your world through a Nikon zoom lens. Nikon is dedicated to innovation and excellence in the manufacture of interchangeable camera lenses.
Take a look at the comprehensive assortment of NIKKOR optics—marvels of clarity,
consistency, precision and reliability.
The Nikon F lens mount remains one of only a duo of camera lens mount systems (the other is the Pentax K) that were not discarded by their related company with the addition of autofocus lenses, but instead expanded to encounter new requisites associated with autofocus, metering, and aperture control. To go along with Nikon's initial incursion into the new mirrorless camera field, Nikon has announced several new accessories to work with the V1 and J1 cameras.
The biggest deal of all the accessories is the FT-1 lens mount adapter, which lets you to mount AF-S and AF-I lenses on the Nikon 1 CX
Nikon Zoom Lens Knowledge Base -
The biggest advantage of a zoom lens is flexibility. Using a zoom, I can quickly and without hesitation compose and grab a fleeting moment. Zooms can also shoot any number of diverse framings of the identical scene within a few seconds. A
photographer employing a fixed length lens may still be tennis shoe-zooming (which also alters perspective) to the correct distance as the subject opportunity disappears - or no longer is in that endearing position. A subject within a rapidly adjusting space also is better with a zoom.
Olympus Lens Knowledge Base - The Olympus system should be seriously considered by photographers specializing
in travel or those whose shoulders are aching Olympus has one of the
world's most compact camera system capable of professional results.
Olympus was founded in 1919 as Takachiho Seisakusho, and the company began making microscopes and thermometers. The company
registered Olympus as a trademark in 1921, using that brand name on its first camera in 1936, called the Semi-Olympus I.
In 1949, the company was renamed Olympus Optical.Olympus is also the largest manufacturer of
Four-Thirds lenses under the Zuiko brand; these lenses are known for their good optical quality and compactness.
Opteka Lens Knowledgebase
Opteka was founded in 2002, and swiftly became one of the top makers of filters and converter lenses for compact digital cameras in addition to manufacturing high magnification 35mm SLR camera telephoto lenses. They have
also expanded their product line to include digital picture frames, power grips, flashes and tripods.
The dissimilarity in Opteka arises from distinctive selection of materials and construction technology that uses micron-unit quality control.
Panasonic Lens Knowledge Base -
LUMIX G lenses and LEICA DG lenses are small and lightweight and embrace the Contrast AF system of LUMIX G Micro System
cameras, and highlight countless Panasonic improved optical
technologies. These lenses embrace the Micro Four Thirds System, an
interchangeable lens camera system that was conceived and created to
enhance the distinctive features digital technology.
Pentax Lens Knowledge Base - Engineered specifically for PENTAX DSLR camera line, the PENTAX DA line of professional grade lenses, employ a silent SDM focus structure with tightly sealed weather and dust-resistant quality to augment resilience for employment in rainy and dusty environments.
Pentax's K mount, often called the "PK mount", an accepted camera lens mount for attaching an
interchangeable camera lens to a 35 mm
single-lens reflex camera.
Phoenix Lens Knowledge Base -Jan 22, 2011 - Phoenix lenses are produced by a good independent manufacturer. Their quality, all-glass coated optics are Japanese - the mounts work smoothly -
plus they have a six-year warranty.
Samyang offers a variety of uniquely priced optics, delivering a lot of optical
capability for very little money. More recently, they have produced some of the
long 500mm f/8 and 400mm f/6.3 telephoto glass lenses described below, which
used to be made in Japan
Samsung Lens Knowledge Base -
Pentax DA and DA* lenses are compatible with Samsung DSLRs because they are also made by Pentax. The "Samsung" GX-10 and GX-20 are compatible with DA and DA* lenses.
Samsung NX lenses were specifically engineered to assure photographers that they will get a big return out of their Samsung photography experience. The advanced intelligent lens innovation of Samsung NX
system lenses does the capturing and allows photographers to go about their creativity, allowing for a pleasurable photography experience each and every time.
Samyang Lens Knowledge Base - Up until recently the Korean firm Samyang has been known for its cheap manual long- focus lenses
containing both lenses and mirrors. These lenses come with a T-mount thread which can be connected to any reflex camera by using the appropriate link. Samyang’s telephoto lenses have been offered at temptingly low prices thanks to the optical simplicity of their instruments, which
reminds me more of refractors and Maksutov telescopes designed for astronomy enthusiasts than of photographic lenses. But, there's something new, the 14mm Samyang manual focus f/2.8 lens
designed for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax mounts
Schneider Lenses -
Schneider Optics is the U.S. subsidiary of the world-renowned German optical manufacturer, Schneider-Kreuznach.
Schneider has been producing the highest quality optics on the market for over
90 years, offering solutions for large-format photography, photo enlarging,
motion picture projection, optical filtration, and industrial applications. In
2000, Schneider Optics acquired Century Precision Optics, adding its over 50
years experience manufacturing superior attachments for film and video.
Sigma Prime Len Knowledge Base
Feb 17, 2011 - Advantages of a Sigma prime lens over a zoom. Primes are sharper. It’s nearly always simpler to build sharper
glass when it's not necessary to contend with multiple elements that move. When contrasting a quality prime and a quality zoom, most
often, you’ll find the prime to be sharper Quicker. High quality primes are fitted with fast maximum apertures such as f/1.2, f/1.4,
f/1.8. As of now, no one has created a zoom this quick no matter the focal length. Faster apertures allow you to shoot at lower ISO (and
thus lower noise) as the illumination becomes low. Or to handhold in very poor light.
Sigma Zoom Lens Knowledge Base -
Sigma offers a number of less expensive alternatives, and they do not equate to lower quality and image features. At times getting the Sigma is well worth the money, particullarly a Sigma with the EX designation. EX lenses have a propensity to encompass great build and image features. Sigma is also reknown for it's standard primes such as the 30mm and 50mm lenses. In certain focal lengths like in the 100-500mm series, Sigma has an illustrious collection featuring affordable prices and engineering not found in Canon or Nikon lenses.nearly all Sigma lenses are manufactured in mounts for
Pentax and of
SLR Magic LensesSLR Magic is Hong Kong (Chinese company that presently makes manual, cheap and not
very high quality lenses. Their main advantage that they can be used on
Micro Four Thirds and Sony e-mount cameras without needing an adapter: SLR Magic has also taken over the out-of business Noktor Lens Company.
Sony Lens Knowledge Base - On the 19th of January, 2006, Konica Minolta made an announcement that it was selling a portion of it's SLR camera operations to Sony and getting out of the photo and camera business.
Minolta introduced the a lens type mount in 1986, first identified as the A-type Bayonet which was the planet's first autofocus camera system. As a consequence, nearly all Minolta AF camera lenses mount on Sony DSLR cameras, and a large number of Sony
lenses also operate on Minolta film and
DSLRs. In 2006 during the initial announcement of the a system, Sony revealed 19 lenses, plus 2
tele-converters, with the majority being Konica Minolta lenses rebranded as Sony.
Sunex Fisheye Lens
The super fisheye Sunex 5.6mm f/5.6 Lens is one of those super-width fisheye lenses that covers 185°, featuring plenty of overlap to capture a complete spherical image from only a pair shots. This lens was specifically created for DSLR cameras that use the APS-C image format . Featuring an image circle
diameter of 14.5mm, this SuperFisheye develop an entire circular photo from within the imager area of the camera.
Tamron Lens Knowledge Base - Tamron manufactures digital lenses for SLR cameras such as Canon,
Nikon, Sony, Minolta, Olympus, etc. The company specializes on lens
production only. These lenses are very popular among professional
Tamron Co., Ltd. (株式会社タムロン ,Kabushiki-gaisha Tamuron?) (TYO: 7740) a Japanese company
that manufactures photographic lenses, optical components and commercial/industrial-use optics. Sony is a major shareholder in the company and the two companies have worked together on
a number of Sony-brand lenses for the Sony α series of digital SLR cameras.
Tamron makes lens to fit
Canon DSLR Cameras, Nikon DSLR Cameras, Olympus DSLR Cameras,
Pentax DSLR Cameras, and
Sony DSLR Cameras. ✓
Tokina Lens Knowledge Base - Tokina was founded by a group of Nikon engineers who left Nikon to concentrate on the development of high-quality zoom lenses, which were rare at the time. Originally an OEM manufacturer only, in the early 1970s they began selling lenses under their own Tokina brand. Kenko Co., Ltd. (株式会社ケンコー ,Kabushiki-gaisha Kenkō?)
a Japanese manufacturer and trading company of photographic
accessories, especially known for its filters has been producing conversion lenses since the 1960s
now produces camera lenses under the Tokina brand name. Tokina's glass is made by Hoya Corporation, the world's largest producer of optical glass
Venus Optics Lenses.
Anhui Changgeng Optics Technology Co. was established in 2013. They are a leading producer of premium lenses with headquarters in China, formed by a group of photographers and industry experts.
Their optical designer team has over 20 years of experience and previously designed lenses for Japanese and German manufacturers.
Their mission is to design and create their own photographic lens portfolio which is truly unique, practical and affordable.
Their headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Hefei, in eastern China
a 5-hour drive from Shanghai. Their sales and marketing head office is located in Hong Kong and
they also have a distribution office in the US.
Vivitar Lens Knowledge Base - Sakar which sells cameras and accessories in the lower-range marketplace from $20 to $100 plans further develop its retail digital camera products by applying the Vivitar name on midprice range digital cameras priced at $70 to $300. Otherl Vivitar-branded products includes
camera accessories including
digital photo frames are in the works along with prospectivel licensing.
The Sakar merchandise line has included compact point and shoot digital cameras,
35 mm SLR cameras, underwater cameras,
zoom lenses, flashes, tripods, binoculars, night vision products, and other photographic accessories.
The Korean made Samyang lenses are the same lenses just renamed as
Phoenix, Rokinon, Sakar,
Vivitar and others.✓
Voigtlander Lens Knowledge Base - Cosina began manufacturing cameras and lenses rebranded as Voigtländer in back in 1999, when the new M39 mount and lenses were introduced. Since then Cosina has manufactured an immense variety of Voigtlanders lenses for the Leica M mount, Leica S rangefinder mount. M39x26,Nikon and SL Voigtländer mount. SL lenses are all manual-focus designs, while the Nikon AI-S designs feature aperture indexing. These lenses were discontinued when the Zeiss ZF
lenses were introduced. (see
Yongnuo Knowledge Base. Yongnuo is the international trademark of photographic equipment manufacturer Shenzhen Yong Nuo Photographic Equipment, of Shenzhen, China. It manufactures camera lens, teleconverters, flash equipment, cable releases and other photographic equipment. Yongnuo make compatible autofocus prime lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. Yongnuo announces their second lens: the Yongnuo 35mm f/2 ! After a 50mm f/1.8 which strongly reminded me the Canon version, and which offered a very good quality/price ratio, we will see if this 35mm f/2 is in the same vein. Best known for its low cost accessories and flash heads, alternative to Canon and Nikon. Launched in 2015 after the 50mm f/1.8, the 35mm f/2 follows a different path from its older sister. While the nifty fifty was a plastic fantastic clone to Canon’s well regarded 50mm f/1.8 II, this 35 is a whole new product, bigger and lighter than the vintage EF 35 f/2. It revolves around the same selling point: for just US$99 you get a fully automatic lens, with focus and aperture motors, and a complete optical formula, covering up to the 135 full frame format (56mm APS-C equiv.).
Carl Zeiss becomes a member of the Micro Four Thirds insurrection
One more big brand has jumped head on into the increasingly accepted Micro Four Thirds sea with the statement today from Olympus that Carl Zeiss signed on as the newest associate of the MFT System Group. Basically this means that the people in charge of making some of the greatest optics on the planet will begin building lenses that match Olympus and Panasonic's optical standards. On the other hand you could, hunt down an adapter to get your Distagon glass functioning with your GF2, but it's sure gonna' be good to see another one of the big players making hardware specifically designed for this comparatively new class of camera. ✓