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The Best* Portrait Lens You've Never Heard Of: The Nikon 135mm f/2

The Nikon 135mm f/2 DC is a bit of a gem in the portrait game but as the title might suggest, you might not have heard of this lens. This may be due to one of a few reasons: The primary being that it’s a reasonably old lens; it hasn’t been updated optically in its nearly 25 years in the Nikon lineup. Another being that even if you have heard of it, it’s probably because it has gotten a bad reputation as a “soft focus” lens due to its unique Defocus Control feature.

Vincent Laforet Shoots 5K Infra Red with the Red Epic and MoVI!

Plus three gorgeous Brazilian triplets. But that's not the point here.

Seriously though, I've seen a lot of crazy things done with the Red Epic, but I've never seen it shot without it's IR pass filter. The results are the definition of ethereal. The biggest shocker to me though was that none of these shots, which included a very complicated Handheld to Rope to Handheld shot that looked like a crane shot, were all done without any post-stabilization or complicated steadicam rigs. All of the shots were done using the Movi stabilization system.

Affordable Rokinon and Samyang Tilt Shift Lenses Now In Stock!

The average tilt shift lens is will set you back nearly 2 thousand dollars so the option to have a tilt shift lens for under $1000 from Rokinon and Samyang definitely makes me take notice. B&H now has these two lenses in stock, along with the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 for Sony cameras! Check out the links below!

Jay P. Morgan Teaches You How To Balance Strobes and Daylight

Plus, he's giving away an excellent Tamron 24-70mm SP f/2.8!

This is an incredibly informative video from The Slanted Lens that details an excellent way of shooting outdoors and balancing strobes with natural light. Some of these tricks were things that I actually never considered such as stopping down the camera and upping the flash to see exactly where the light was falling outside. Now that I think about it, it's so simple that I should have been doing it from the start, but that's why I love these videos!

Save Up To $400 on Sony Camera and Lens Bundles! Plus Other Great Deals!

With the recent rebates available for both Nikon and Canon shooters, many Sony shooters have probably been wondering "What about me?". Well folks, the wait is over. Sony has just announced some big savings on it's line of cameras which ends on April 27th. In addition to this, there's an inexpensive tilt-shift lens coming to the market soon and the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 is now available! Check out the links below for more information!

Canon EOS T5i In Stock! Plus Big Discounts on Canon Lenses, Speedlights and Camera

If you've been waiting for Canon's newest entry level camera, your wait is over! The Canon Rebel T5i is now for sale! In addition to this, Canon has announced up to $300 off select lenses and speed lights, and up to $500 off select camera packages! So now is the perfect time to pick up a great new camera as well as a new lens of two on the cheap! Check out the links below for more information!

Fstoppers Reviews: The Nero Trigger

Have you ever wondered how photographers capture bullets flying in mid air? Or get that perfect lightning strike in the middle of the day? Well the newly redesigned Nero Trigger will help you do just that. Short of the creative jolt you get when you upgrade from pop-up flash to a full off camera flash set up, I'd say that this is one of the biggest creative boosts I've gotten in a long time. This is a piece of gear worth having if you need to get the creative juices flowing again.

Sony SDHC Memory Card Deals, $4000 off Hasselblad Cameras and More!

We've got some really cool deals for you today, the biggest of which is on three sizes of Sony SDHC Memory Cards! In addition to this, Hasselblad is cutting some big money off of it's H4D-40 medium format cameras! In addition to this, the newest Wacom Tablet is avaliable for pre-order and the Battery Pack for the D7100 is now in stock!

The GPP 2013 Shootout: John Keatley, Zack Arias and Lindsay Adler

Imagine being brought into a room blind and told that you had to photograph one of the most talented photographers in the business today? Then, imagine you have to do it live, in front of a room of other photographers including David Hobby and Joe McNally. Oh and you've only got 20 minutes. Stressful right? Completely. Watch how these three amazing photographers handled their assignment of shooting the great Gregory Heisler in very different ways.

Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 and CoolPix A Now Available For Pre Order

Fstoppers posted last night that the newest lens from Nikon the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6, their exciting new CoolPix A and a bunch of other compact cameras had been announced. Well, now they're all available for preorder! Follow the links below to pre order one of these exciting new gadgets!

Nikon Announces the Brand New 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G, The Coolpix A and More!

Nikon USA has just announced the a brand new super-tele zoom, as well as a slew of new compact cameras. These include the Nikon Coolpix A a DX format compact, the P330, S3500 and L320. This is really good news because with the advent of a relatively large format sensor, compact camera, does this mean that smaller and super light full frame bodies are on the way?

The Splice Boys Direct A Bullet Time Commercial For Land Rover

Since the release of The Matrix over a decade ago, we've all seen the incredible "Bullet Time" segments done by many different people, including an incredible surfing video using the technique, but something I've never seen before is this technique used on something as large as a car. The Splice Boys, a team comprised of Richard Kendall and Tom Brandon created this massive camera moves using dozens of cameras all rigged to go off at specific intervals.

Join The Full Frame Revolution With Great Deals On Refurbished D600/800's

If you're in the market for a camera and you're looking at a camera with a smaller cropped sensor, stop what you're doing and read this! B&H has an awesome sale on right now for Refurbished D600's and D800's that should make you take a serious look at upgrading to full frame! So, if you want to save over 700 dollars on your next camera, check out the links below!

The Basics of a One Light Set Up: A Lighting Tutorial with Jay P. Morgan

Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens has released a video that gives us a detailed look at one of the most basic aspects of portrait photography, the single light portrait. It's a very basic technique, but it's incredibly versatile set up that can be used to create many different looks. In this video, Jay P. Morgan is using a Canon 1DC and shooting video from which he will pull stills. It's a different way of shooting than we might be used to, but the end results are can look a lot more natural than posed pictures as the model is given much greater freedom to move around.

Check Out These Incredible Rebates From Canon! Ending Soon!

There are some awesome deals available from Canon for the next two days only! You can save big money on everything from the great 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens, to the always incredible 70-200mm f/2.8L. If you're in the market for any Canon lenses or even the 5D Mk III, then you definitely need to check out this sale.

Product Photography With A Bang: Photographing The BAR Machine Gun

A few weeks ago, the South Carolina Military Museum offered me the chance photograph some of their massive collection of World War II firearms, shooting for the excellent Curio and Relic Firearms website C&Rsenal, and I jumped at the chance. I've always been fascinated by antique firearms not because of their destructive capabilities, but because they are incredibly elegant machines that are very, very simple. So needless to say I was very excited to get the opportunity to "shoot" them.

Nikon Announces Launch of the "Nikon Image Space"

On January 28th, Nikon will launch their new and improved photo sharing and storage site called "Nikon Image Space". According to Nikon's press release the service will offer the ability for photographers to upload, view, organize and share their pictures and videos online and within a very easy to operate interface. Better still, if you're a MyPicturetown user, all of your photos and information will transfer over to the new service!

David E. Jackson Brings Back The 80's For Roastar Coffee

What happens when you give a photographer free reign to come up with some crazy ideas, access to a ski park and all the day-glo they could stomach? A crazy 80's ski bunny shoot for Roastar Coffee Bags! This behind the scenes shoot from David E. Jackson walks us through the thoughts behind the thought process behind the shoot and we've got two great videos below that explain some of the post processing.

Get Two Lenses For The Price Of One!

B&H has announced today that they are offering two of their Sigma lenses at the equivalent of a two for one sale! The Sigma 19mm f/2.8 and the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 will be sold together for the low price of only $199.00. Now keep in mind that these are only for the Olympus/Panasonic 4/3rds and Sony E mount, so it's not going to help all of the Nikon/Canon shooters out there but this is a great deal for everyone who shoots Sony, Olympus and Panasonic!

RED's Dragon Sensor: 65mm Film's Newest Rival

Film has always had an unmistakable feel to it that is difficult if not impossible to reproduce digitally, but the days of that being true may be numbered. RED, a company known for the EPIC line of digital cinema cameras has recently released the above test image from their newest sensor, Dragon and I'm stunned. With over 18 stops of dynamic range, Jim Jannard of RED has said that the new sensor shouldn't even be compared to 35mm film.