UV Filters: Cheap vs. Expensive - Does Quality Really Matter?

If you're like me, you always wonder whether it's really worth spending a small fortune for a high quality lens filter vs a cheap one, especially if it's just a clear UV filter used mainly for protecting your lens. While my instincts tell me that there is a big difference, my wallet tells me to go for the cheaper filters.  Here's an interesting test done by LensRentals.com that helps to shed some light onto this issue and help decide if there really is a difference :)

Good Times with Bad Filters


AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Review and Sample Photos

Nikkor 28-300

Photographer and blogger Bob Krist has written one of the first reviews of Nikon's new 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 FX format zoom lens and also posted some sample photos. According to Bob, this new lens is even better than Nikon's 18-200mm DX zoom.

I have to say that this lens, along with the venerable 18-200mm Nikkor, has completely turned my head around when it comes to the viability of a variable aperture uni-zoom as a professional tool. This one, in particular, blew my mind and spun my head around 360 degrees…(think Linda Blair in The Exorcist!). I couldn’t find a downside to it.

-Bob Krist

Read Bob Krist's full review here

For more sample photo's taken with Nikon's spiffy new 28-300mm VRII lens, checkout this Flickr photoset from Lindsey Silverman.


Nikkor Lenses Simulator

Nikkor Lens Simulator

Nikon recently published a nifty web based tool that allows you to simulate how different lenses ranging from wide to telescopic and different sensor formats can interact to create different photographs. Here's the direct link to Nikon's Lenses Simulator


Nikon Announces First Prime Lens for DX Format: 35mm AF-S DX Nikkor f/1.8G

Tokyo - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the DX-format 35mm single-focal-length lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, which offers a picture angle equivalent to a focal length of 52.5mm in FX and 35mm formats.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G features a large maximum aperture of f/1.8 enabling effortless handheld shooting in dark settings, such as a dimly lit room. This lens makes it easy to create large, beautiful blur effects. And the built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, quiet autofocus, even with SLR models that do not have a built-in motor, such as the D40 series and D60.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G is the first single-focal-length lens with a normal picture angle developed exclusively for Nikon's DX format. It is a compact, lightweight model that achieves the high reproduction performance unique to single-focal-length lenses at an affordable price. This lens is most suitable for natural portrait and landscape shooting.

Read Nikon Press Release...