With the major camera companies releasing a slew of new cameras and lenses, our first thoughts always turn to carrying solutions. The humble camera backpack, which is anything but these days, comes packed full of chunky dividers and spacious compartments, making finding the right one incredibly tricky.
So this month we’ve decided to dedicate an entire group test to finding the perfect backpack. Whether you want a multi-purpose day bag or something that will double as a fashion statement, we’ve got you covered. These are our top ten picks for the best backpacks on the market…
Cameras. We love them, but even we marvel at the sheer number of different models. If you’re stepping into the world of photography for the first time, it’s going to be a daunting place. Do you go DSLR, or is mirrorless the way forward? Should you stick with a compact camera, or invest in a bridge camera with a superzoom lens?
We can’t give you a definitive answer to those questions. The kind of camera that best suits you is a personal affair, and one that depends on a great many factors. That said, we can offer you a head-start. These nine entry-level cameras are a great place to begin, whatever your budget…
A dedicated lens can really help to get the most out of your subjects and take your portraits to the next level. This selection boasts a wide range, all within that focal length sweet spot, which will really flatter your model. They also feature wide apertures, perfect for creating those beautifully blurred backgrounds.
Without further ado, here are the ten best portrait lenses guaranteed to give you amazing results…
Whether it’s the subtle changing of the leaves, the wispy clouds floating in front of deep scarlet sunsets, or hazy coastal sunrises, autumn is a landscape photographer’s dream.
With such a vast array of stunning possibilities to add to your portfolio, you’ll want to make sure that you have the best tools to capture the scene. Of course, you already have your camera, so now it’s time to attach a good wide-angle landscape lens.
The following ten optics represent not only excellent quality, but also outstanding value, making them ideal for all skill levels and every budget.
Fast aperture lenses are rightly seen as the pinnacle of optics, which may explain the hefty price that’s often attached. These behemoths offer users a host of benefits, such as a shallower depth-of-field, better light gathering abilities and stunning bokeh in the out-of-focus areas.
Many professionals swear by fast apertures. The extra stops of light they capture often mean the difference between getting the shot or missing it.
While there are literally hundreds of telephoto lenses on the market, we’re limiting our search to those with a maximum aperture of f/4 and wider, and 100mm and over. Here are Kirk Schwarz’s pick for ten of the best.
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If you like to shoot street, landscapes or architecture images, a wide-angle lens is an absolute must. These optics allow you to pack more of a scene into the frame, and can help create a feeling of depth. But their ultra-wide angle-of-view isn’t their only appeal – they’re also fairly compact and lightweight, making them perfect for outdoor photography, plus they have a close minimum focusing distance. To help discover which is the perfect wide-angle optic for your camera, we’ve tested 7 of the best for APS-C DSLRs…
Fixed focal length prime lenses offer unparalleled image quality, with little distortion and great sharpness making them the choice of professionals the world over.
Every manufacturer has a capable f/1.8 prime to suit any budget in its range, but the most coveted lenses are usually those with the widest apertures, thanks to their ability to let in more light than traditional kit lenses, allowing us to work handheld in much darker conditions than normal. So for this month’s group test we’re exploring the wider world of primes, with a range of focal lengths on offer from 24mm to 135mm.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 wide-aperture primes under £1000...
Here are our 10 best telephoto zooms under £1200
If you’re eager to get closer to the action, then a telephoto lens should be at the top of your wishlist. These powerful optics are the perfect partner for wildlife or sports photography, as they allow you to zoom in tight to shoot high-impact images.
Most feature built-in image stabilisation systems to help minimise camera shake, which is more of a risk when shooting with longer focal lengths.
However, some of these larger lenses can be rather heavy, so come with a tripod socket to transfer the weight. We’ve tested 10 of the very best telephotos under £1200 to reveal the optimum telephoto lens, and with prices starting at just £269 there’s something here to suit all budgets...
Here are our 10 best macro lenses under £1000
Close-up images, by their very nature, demand the highest quality from the lenses we use to capture them, so in these situations most photographers will reach for a macro.
These specialist optics allow the focal point to be extremely close to the end of the lens, which means you can fill the frame with minuscule detail and magnify small objects to achieve impressive – and often surreal – results, and reveal worlds otherwise unseen.
We’ve rigorously tested 10 of the best macro lenses currently available. All of the lenses here boast a true-to-life reproduction ratio of 1:1 or more, and are available for under £1000. Let’s find out who makes our top ten...
Lenses are such an integral part of photography, but we always judge them by the same standard. Is the image sharp? Are the corners free from vignetting? Is the chromatic aberration evident?
Sometimes we forget that they are simply tools – a means to an end. But what do you do when you want to take a break from the norm and capture an image with a bit more of an artistic feel to it?
Luckily there are options designed just for you. With creativity in mind, this month we are checking out lenses that each give a different and unique effect to inspire your creativity.
Some of these are as cheap as £10, while others are a bit more expensive. Kirk Schwarz looks at 10 of the best creative lenses...
Here are our 10 best mirrorless travel lenses under £1500
Travel photography – with its alluring promise of exotic lands, different cultures and tropical vistas – used to be the preserve of the professionals, as they were the only photographers with the time, funds and gear necessary to capture the best images at the world’s best locations.
But now, thanks to cheaper airfares and more keenly priced kit, great travel images are within reach of all of us. And it’s mirrorless cameras and lenses that sit right at the top of the packing list, as their capabilities now equal those of DSLRs, making them great compact and low-weight alternatives to their chunkier cousins.
Let’s check out the 10 best mirrorless travel lenses under £1500...
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We all love the art of photography, but sometimes the act of choosing a camera can get pretty confusing and very expensive.
With so many different varieties now on the market, such as DSLRs, mirrorless and action cameras, it’s no longer as simple as walking into your local high street retailer and handing over a wad of cash.
In celebration of such variety in the photographic market, Kirk Schwarz has compiled a selection of some of his favourite cameras over four very specific groups, to help give you an idea of what may work best for your specific needs – and best of all, everything is under £650...
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