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MFG# 11668
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The Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the first Leica lens which combines such a high aperture and focal length. It completes the high speed prime lens family. Thanks to its high sharpness in the focal plane and low depth of field, the image quality is unmistakable. In this way the subjects...
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The Phase One 45mm LS f/3.5 AF Schneider Kreuznach Lens completes the range of wide-angle possibilities for the XF Camera System. Providing a focal length that is perfect for almost any application, the Blue Ring 45mm f/3.5 offers edge-to-edge sharpness and nearly distortion free results.

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MFG# 73113
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The Phase One 240mm LS f/4.5 AF Schneider Kreuznach Lens (Blue Ring) is optimized specifically for digital capture and is an ideal lens for you to get close to your subjects whether you’re shooting beauty, sports, landscape or wildlife.

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MFG# 72091
Samy's Part# S-039233
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The Phase One 35mm LS f/3.5 AF Schneider Kreuznach Lens is designed together with world-renowned optics manufacturer, Schneider Kreuznach of Germany. Building on decades of experience in high-resolution optics the Leaf Shutter lenses delivers some of the sharpest lenses in the world, built for today’s...
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MFG# 2257887
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Included in the Zeiss Milvus Lens Bundle for Canon EF is a dedicated Milvus Transport Case, which can accommodate and protect up to six individual lenses during storage or travel. Four custom, dedicated foam inlays are also included to house each lens while packed inside the case. The widest lens
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MFG# 11180
Samy's Part# S-048118
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The Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens is the first SL prime lens in the Leica portfolio. This autofocus lens delivers outstanding optical performance and sets the next generation benchmark from the leaders in optical technology. Its large maximum aperture makes the high-performance lens...
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MFG# 11626
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With its impressive angle of view of 107°, the Leica Super Wide Angle Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 Manual Focus Lens delivers perfect Leica M style. Due to the minimal distortion and barely perceptible field curvature, it can be recommended for highly demanding architecture photography even at the...
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MFG# 11177
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Group portraits, landscapes, and architecture: Whenever the scene demands a wider view, the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH. Lens is the perfect wide-angle lens for capturing it all. With a range of focal lengths from 16 to 35 mm, this high-performance lens expands the spectrum...
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MFG# 73111
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A longer focal length with just enough optical compression for full-length fashion, beauty and portraiture. The preferred lens for location portraits utilizing shallow depth of field.

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MFG# 2257909
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Filmmakers in need of a lightweight, high-quality set of optics can find everything they may need in this Zeiss
Loxia Lens Bundle for full-frame and APS-C Sony E-mount cameras. It packages together the Loxia 25mm f/2.4, Loxia 21mm f/2.8, Loxia 35mm f/2, Loxia 50mm f/2, and Loxia 85mm f/2.4 lenses...
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MFG# 2188
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The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0G ED VR II Telephoto Lens renders shallow depth-of-field with beautiful background blur (bokeh). The lens is ideal for photographers seeking to freeze movement with fast shutter speeds in low lighting conditions. Additionally, Vibration Reduction II, Nano Crystal...
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MFG# 2186
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The Professional Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens is a fast-aperture super telephoto lens, now enhanced with Nikon VR II image stabilization and featuring Nano Crystal Coat, is an ideal choice for sports photography, live performance shooting, wildlife and more.

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MFG# 11884
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The Leica Telephoto 90mm f/2.0 APO Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens is a fast, newly computed high-performance lens for portraiture and photojournalism. Also excellent for quick snapshots when you want to take pictures inconspicuously from a distance. Its high speed permits relatively...
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MFG# 73103
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The Phase One 55mm LS f/2.8 Schneider Kreuznach Lens is designed together with world-renowned optics manufacturer, Schneider Kreuznach of Germany. Building on decades of experience in high-resolution optics the Leaf Shutter lenses delivers some of the sharpest lenses in the world, built for today’s systems...
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MFG# CPHB0000041801
Samy's Part# S-062790
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The ninth addition to the X System lens range is the Hasselblad XCD 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens. Delivering the same superb image quality from edge to edge as the XCD prime lenses, this extremely high performance, compact mid-range zoom covers moderate wide angle to short telephoto focal lengths. Its internal focusing keeps the lens’ dimensions consta...
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MFG# 11185
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Over a century of passion for photography is brought together in the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH. Lens to create a new dimension of visual acuity. Its unique combination of the highest detail rendition and a focal length that gets closest to what is naturally perceived by the human eye delivers e
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MFG# 2102181
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Like all focal lengths of the unique ZEISS Otus family, the Zeiss Apo Distagon T* Otus 28mm F1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon is in a class all of its own. A lens that incorporates the extensive know-how and all the experience of ZEISS. Use the Otus 1.4/28 from ZEISS and experience the quality and look...
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MFG# 2102-182
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Like all focal lengths of the unique ZEISS Otus family, the Zeiss Apo Distagon T* Otus 28mm F1.4 ZE Lens for Canon is in a class all of its own. A lens that incorporates the extensive know-how and all the experience of ZEISS. Use the Otus 1.4/28 from ZEISS and experience the quality and look of a medium format lens....
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MFG# CP.HB.00000383.01
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The Hasselblad XCD 135mm f/2.8 Lens is a short telephoto lens providing a 135mm focal length. It compares to a 105mm full frame lens, making it perfect for portrait or landscape photography. The XCD 135mm features a 1 m close distance setting (1:5.8 and 1:3.4 image scale) and an aperture range

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MFG# 11637
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The new Leica 75mm f/2.0 APO Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens is designed to be universal in its usage, as good at infinity as in the close range and at all apertures but its very natural rendering of details (very low distortion and vignetting) as well as its performance at open aperture...
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MFG# 2040293
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The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 is a superlative lens in every respect – just like every other focal length in the unique Zeiss Otus family. A lens designed and constructed with the comprehensive expertise and vast experience of Zeiss.

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MFG# 2040292
Samy's Part# S-034319
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The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 is a superlative lens in every respect – just like every other focal length in the unique Zeiss Otus family. A lens designed and constructed with the comprehensive expertise and vast experience of Zeiss.

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Equivalent to a full-frame 71mm focal length, the Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/2.5 V Lens is perfect for close-up portraits or still lives. Its focal length coupled with a large f/2.5 aperture creates a beautiful soft bokeh effect that highlights the subject. When using the XCD 2,5/90V lens, the narrow

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MFG# CP.HB.00000243.01
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The Hasselblad XCD 135mm f/2.8 Lens is a short telephoto lens providing a 135mm focal length. It compares to a 105mm full frame lens, making it perfect for portrait or landscape photography. The XCD 135mm features a 1 m close distance setting (1:5.8 and 1:3.4 image scale) and an aperture range

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The Fujifilm GF 30mm f/5.6 T/S Lens delivers total tilt-shift control that gives photographers ±8.5° of tilt adjustment, shift movements up to ±15mm and up to ±90° of lens rotation. An integrated sensor even keeps track of shift and rotation adjustments, which makes post-production a breeze once the...
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The XCD 30mm f/3.5 Lens from Hasselblad is a wide-angle, 24mm equivalent prime designed to cover the camera's large 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor area for the the X1D camera system. This wide lens, with a 71° angle of view, is well-suited to landscape, architectural, and reportage shooting applications....
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MFG# 11673
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The Leica 35mm f/2.0 Summicron-M ASPH Lens (Black) offers exceptional image performance and unique bokeh. Despite its high speed and impressive imaging quality, its dimensions are astoundingly compact. Together with this lens, every Leica M becomes an extremely compact and elegant photographic...
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The Fujifilm GF 110mm f/5.6 T/S Macro Lens offers tilt-shift control, and thanks to its 0.43m minimum focusing distance and 0.5x maximum magnification factor, it’s perfect for close-up photography that demands total control to produce results with little-to-no distortion. Optically, the lens comprises...
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MFG# 11145
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The Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M f/3.4 ASPH Lens is a worthy successor to the now legendary Super-Angulon-M 21 mm f/3.4. Just like its popular forerunner, the new super-wide-angle lens is characterized by superb imaging performance and amazingly compact construction. Even at maximum aperture, the...
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MFG# 73102
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The Phase One 80mm LS f/2.8 Schneider Kreuznach Lens is designed together with world-renowned optics manufacturer, Schneider Kreuznach of Germany. Building on decades of experience in high-resolution optics the Leaf Shutter lenses delivers some of the sharpest lenses in the world, built for today’s...
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MFG# 20065
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For the storytellers who bring us reality-bending views of landscapes, cityscapes, architecture and fine art, the realm of possibility just got wider. For the first time with a NIKKOR PC lens, the direction of tilt operation can be made parallel or perpendicular to shift, allowing you to control...
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The Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2 Lens will allow users to realize the full potential of their medium format system. It also offers a huge advantage in the form of an integrated Central Lens Shutter capable of flash sync up to 1/2000 second. During general use it can focus as close as 2.3' and...
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The Canon RF 24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z Lens is the world’s first 24-105mm focal length lens combined with consistent f/2.8 aperture. With its constant f/2.8 max aperture, full-frame coverage, and its ability to zoom past the traditional 70mm roadblock to a true portrait-length 105mm, this lens

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The Panasonic 200mm f/2.8 Leica DG Elmarit Power O.I.S. Lens is the kind of lens you have been looking for, and the lens you have always wanted. LEICA has become the watchword for quality optics among professional photographers. Panasonic LUMIX DG LEICA lenses are developed exclusively for the...
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The Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M ASPH Lens (Black) is the most compact lens in the entire portfolio of Leica M-Lenses. This is made possible by the use of an aspherical lens element, which enables particularly compact lens construction and a weight of only 180 grams. This makes the Elmarit-M...
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With an angle of view of 110°, the super-wide angle is ideal when it comes to capturing events in a way that makes them dynamic and extraordinary. A detachable lens hood and the 95 mm filter thread also make it ideal for special applications for instance when used with additional slot-in filter...
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Camera lenses are vital to the process of capturing beautiful photographs and videos. Camera lenses for digital cameras harness the ability to capture light, focusing it onto an image sensor or film. The quality of the resulting photographs or video footage is heavily influenced by the photography lens.

Designed with specific arrangements of glass or plastic elements to produce the desired optical properties, photography lenses control the direction of light rays to focus the image accurately onto the camera's sensor and correct optical aberrations. The term "maximum aperture size" in digital camera lenses refers to the largest opening through which light can pass. Different lenses have different maximum apertures, and this variation influences how much light can enter the lens, impacting image brightness and depth of field.

Additionally, the focal length of a camera lens, which is essentially the distance between the lens and the image sensor, determines the field of view and the lens's magnification or zoom capabilities. Shorter focal lengths yield a wider field of view, capturing more of the scene in a single frame. Conversely, longer focal lengths provide more magnification, allowing for a zoomed-in view of the subject, but at the cost of a narrower field of view.

Types of Photography Lenses:

There are many types of lenses for cameras, each made to suit different needs and types of shoots.

  • Wide Angle Lenses - capture a broad field of view and are commonly used in landscape photography and architectural photography.
  • Fisheye Lenses - are ultra-wide-angle lenses designed to capture images around 180 degrees and provide a curved and distorted visual image resembling a fisheye. These camera lenses are used for underwater photography, landscape photography, and artistic photography.
  • Normal Lenses - offer a focal length of 35mm to 50mm. Normal lenses are closest to how the human eye perceives the world. These camera lenses are often used in documentary videography, portrait photography, and low-light photography.
  • Macro Lenses - use short focusing distances and allow photographers to capture close-up images of small subject matter. These camera lenses are used in close-up photography, product photography, artistic photography, nature photography, and science and medical photography.
  • Telephoto Lenses - provide a narrow field of view and capture subject matter from a distance. Telephoto lenses are ideal for wildlife photography or sports photography.
  • Zoom Lenses - have the ability to magnify the subject matter by varying their focal length. The angle of view can be adjusted without changing the camera lens. A zoom lens is commonly used in event photography, cinematography, travel photography, wildlife photography, sports photography, and photojournalism.
  • Tilt-Shift Lenses - allow for control of perspective and depth of field. Photographers can tilt and shift the lens elements independently. Tilt-shift lenses are used in landscape photography, architectural photography, and artistic photography.
  • Creative Effects Lenses - are specialized camera lenses designed to produce creative and artistic effects in photos and videos. These camera lenses are ideal for capturing artistic photography, portrait photography, landscape photography, fine art photography, and more.

Many photographers and videographers carry different types of photographic lenses with them on shoots and use them interchangeably in different scenarios to capture their desired photos and videos. Camera lenses provide the ability to achieve compositions, perspectives, different characteristics, and creative effects, especially when paired with one of our camera lens filters.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Do DSLR Lenses Work on Mirrorless Cameras?

Yes! With the right lens adapters, photographers can use DSLR camera lenses on mirrorless cameras. Always check compatibility between the DSLR lens and the camera to ensure functionality before you are ready to start shooting. In some cases, autofocus and other features could be unavailable depending on the models of photography lenses and digital mirrorless cameras that are combined.

Are Camera Lenses Waterproof?

No. Photography lenses are not waterproof. Some camera lenses have rubber seals that make them water-resistant to protect parts of the lens, but they are not fully waterproof. These types of water-resistant lenses protect the camera lens's internal components to some degree from dust and moisture, but they can still be damaged when fully submerged in water. It's important to be mindful of this when using your camera and photo lens in environments where water is present.

Are Camera Lenses Concave or Convex?

Photography lenses can be both concave and convex. Most camera lenses are made up of a combination of convex lenses and concave lenses working in line to achieve the desired effects. Therefore, a camera lens doesn't fall strictly into the category of being either concave or convex. Instead, it usually contains a combination of different lens elements to effectively capture and focus light, control distortion, and correct other optical aberrations.

Can Film Lenses Be Used on Digital Cameras?

Film camera lenses are sometimes compatible with digital cameras with the proper lens adapter. Be sure that the film camera lens is a match with the digital camera model's lens mount or compatible adapter. Using film lenses on digital cameras can provide a unique aesthetic, but may also limit certain modern features like autofocus and aperture control depending on the specific lens and camera model.

What Are Prime Lenses and How Are They Used?

Prime camera lenses have a fixed focal length and maximum aperture is commonly around f/1.2-f/2.8. Ideal for professional videographers and photographers, prime lenses offer premium optical quality, a shallow depth of field, and wider apertures, resulting in sharp video footage and high-resolution photographs. A few common prime photography lens focal lengths include 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm. Prime lenses often provide superior image quality and larger maximum apertures, which is why they're preferred by many professionals despite their lack of zoom functionality.

What Should You Look For in a Photography Lens?

When you are in the market for a new camera lens, it's important to do some research so that you know which lens is best for your photography or videography needs. Consider photography lens capabilities, such as focal length, aperture, autofocus, lens mount type, type of lens, quality of the lens, overall price, the function of the camera lens, and the size and weight of the lens. Your first step in determining whether a camera lens is right for you should always be checking the lens's compatibility with your camera.

How Do I Clean and Maintain My Camera Lenses?

Maintaining your camera lenses involves regular cleaning with a lens cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth or lens pen, and using a blower to remove dust. Always use a lens cap on both ends when your lens is not in use. Store your lenses in a cool, dry place, preferably in a padded camera case or bag, and avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures. Regular professional check-ups can help identify and resolve any issues early, ensuring your lenses remain in optimal condition.

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