If you are in the market for a new or used lens, the following lens databases may be useful.

Canon mount:

The Lens Database

Canon EOS SLR camera system lenses

Minolta Sony:

Minolta Sony alpha lens database

Konica Minolta official product site

Nikon mount:

Official Nikon Imaging current lens product pageNikon Lens information (serial numbers, specifications, accessories, and summary)

Nikkor Autofocus lenses database

Pentax K-Mount:

Pentax K-Mount Page


Lens database at photodoto

I am trying to create a one-stop lens database collections for all SLR cameras. Please let me know if you know a good lens database not listed above.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Lens, Online Resources on November 12th, 2007. No Comments.

The Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di II LD Aspherical IF lens has received some good reviews (see review by PhotoZone.de) and appear to be a nice low-cost alternative to more expensive offerings from larger camera and lens manufacturers like Canon and Nikon. However there have been quite a few complains (including myself) of the lens overexposing in flash photography, especially in Nikon TTL-BL mode. Here are some threads I found on the Internet. Read More…

Posted in Lens, Photography Lighting on October 24th, 2007. 10 Comments.

Digital SLRs with APS-C sized sensors currently dominates the DSLR market. The smaller sensor size translates to lower cost and compact/light weight cameras for photographers. Macro/wildlife and sports shooters love the benefits of more DOF and reach, landscape and some former 35mm film photographers hate them because their wide angle lens is no longer wide enough.

In response to the market demands, many manufacturers have produced ultra wide angle lens specially for DSLRs with APS-C sized sensors. They include the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED, Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX 12-24mm f/4, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM, Tamron SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical [IF]. The first two are for Canon and Nikon photographers, respectively. The other models offer versions that are compatible with various camera manufacturers, such as Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, etc. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Lens on September 9th, 2007. No Comments.
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