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50mm Lens Shoot-Out: f/1.8 or f/1.4?

What kind of image quality does all that money and 2/3 of a stop really get you? UPDATED FOR SUMMER 2013

ArticleLenses and Filters Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, August 1, 2013

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Experienced photographers know that the humble, inexpensive 50 is a little powerhouse. But should you get the faster f/1.4 or the less expensive f/1.8? Lab test results reveal interesting surprises and practical advice.

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TAGS: canon,  test,  lenses,  Lens advice,  prime lens,  lens,  50mm,  low-light photography 

Create a Memorable Travel Photography Story

Photo on The Go with Joe McNally

ArticleAdoramaTV - Photo on the Go Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, July 30, 2013

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Joe McNally shows you how to use lighting and depth of field to tell a travel photography story.

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TAGS: travel,  travel photography,  location,  depth of field,  prime lens,  Joe McNally,  Adorama TV 

PhotoZAP 28: Simply Red

Our critics praise and pan your pictures

ArticlePhotoZAP: We Critique Your Photos Techniques and How-Tos - by Adorama Learning Center Editors, January 14, 2010

“The photographer has captured his young daughter in a natural, unposed, and thoroughly unselfconscious way.”—Monica Cipnic

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TAGS: portrait,  photo,  photography tip,  prime lens,  posing,  photo critique 

Leica-M Lenses For Cheapskates, Part II

The Fab Four Leica Summarits

ArticleProduct Reviews Gear Guides & Reviews - by Jason Schneider, December 22, 2009

You don’t have to spend two grand or (much) more for a bona-fide Leica lens. Does Leica’s new lineup of f/2.5 Summarit-M lenses deliver true Leica performance?

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TAGS: street photography,  Leica,  professional,  lenses,  Lens advice,  prime lens,  products,  lens,  Product Review,  Leica M9 

"Normal" lens buying guide

Life begins at 50

ArticleLenses and Filters Gear Guides & Reviews - by Fred Singer, February 21, 2008

If one way to overcome problems associated with low light is to shoot at a wide aperture, then you need a wide-aperture ("fast") lens. Most kit zoom lenses only open to around f/3.5 or f/4, and fast zooms that maintain a maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the zoom range cost a mint.

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TAGS: buying guide,  DSLR,  lenses,  low light,  prime lens,  fast,  lens 

Use a wider aperture

f/1.8 and be there!

ArticleLenses and Filters Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, February 20, 2008

To overcome many of the problems associated with low-light photography, and give your creative juices a jump-start, use a lens with a wide maximum aperture (in the f/1.4-2.8 range) and shoot away.

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TAGS: digital,  low light,  maximum aperture,  prime lens 

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