Category Archives: Lenses

Sigma MONSTER – 200-500mm f2.8 (400-1000mm f5.6)

In this video, Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews/ThatNikonGuy does a hands-on review of the Sigma Monster 200-500mm f/2.8 lens, with a built-in 2x teleconverter. This is definitely an incredible lens, but the price, size and weight makes it out of reach for most photographers.

3 Best Landscape Lenses: Not too expensive…

In this video, Dom Bower discusses which lenses he believes are best for landscapes, at an affordable price.

Samyang 35mm f/1.4 Lens conclusion

In this video, Dom Bower does his conclusion about this Samyang/Rokinong/Bower 35mm f/1.4 lens. Seems like a great lens if you don’t mind going all manual.

Samyang 35mm f1.4: Real world test

In this video, Dom Bower does a real world review of the Samyang 35mm f/1.4. The image quality seems much better on this one than on the 24mm, and is definitely a lens I would recommend looking into if you’re looking for a manual lens, especially for video work.

Samyang 24mm f1.4:real world tests

In this video, Dom Bower does some real world testing of the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 lens. This lens is fully manual, and is made more for video work. It’s definitely an interesting lens if you have a good stabilization rig, but to me it appears to fall short in a few aspects.

Worlds first! Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD – complete review

In this video, Matt Granger does a complete review of the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens. This is definitely a high performance lens at an affordable price compared to the competition.

Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC – focus breathing

In this video, Matt Granger does a demonstration of the focus breathing of the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC lens.

Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD – Hands on (vs non VC)

In this video, Matt Granger does a hands-on review of the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens, and compares it to the non-VC version. Definitely a great lens at a very attractive price.

Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 di VC USD 6 month review

So I’ve had this lens for about 6 months, and a lot of people are asking me how I like it now that I’ve had a lot more experience with it.

I have to say I still love it, and it’s the lens I use as often as I can.

What I love about it:
The Image Quality (IQ) is amazing, especially at f/8-f/11.
The VC is incredible.
The USD autofocus is silent, quick, and efficient.
The build quality is very good.
The price is affordable.

What I dislike about this lens:
VC is great for photography, not so much for video.
You need a LOT of light, so I strongly recommend using a flash with this one.
While light-weight for it’s class, I needed to upgrade to a CarrySpeed strap and a stronger tripod to support it.

Compared to other lenses:
Canon 75-300: I did not like this lens, IQ is terrible, focus is horrible, no IS, loud focus.
Canon 70-300: IQ lightly lower than the Tamron, IS is better than VC for videos, but front element moves when you focus, so not too good when using filters.
Canon 70-300L: Slightly better than the Tamron, but way too expensive.
Sigma 70-300 Macro: Not a real macro lens, no OS, no HSM.
Sigma 70-300 OS: no HSM, IQ not as good as Tamron.

Wedding Photography tips – minimum camera equipment

In this video I share my thoughts on what I believe is the minimum equipment to successfully shoot a wedding.

While most wedding photographers feel uneasy if they have less than 10’000$ worth of gear with them, I show a kit that can get the job done in the 1500-2000$ range.  Any less than that is still doable, but will most likely give way more headaches.