Articles & Videos: Camera Lenses

Video: How to Choose a Lens
by Zak Billmeier

Zak shows us the different lenses you can use on a digital SLR camera or interchangeable lens hybrid camera, and how to get the pictures you want.

Learn how lenses, flashes, and other SLR accessories can help you capture distant images, snap detailed closeups, or take professional looking portraits.

Not sure what kind of lens to get for your SLR? We'll explain common lens terms and offer tips on which lens to use in common shooting scenarios.

Digital Camera Accessories
by Meredith Krebs

Learn how having accessories like extra batteries, a camera bag, and a tripod will help you take better photos with your digital camera.

The high-performance Canon 70-200mm L Series lens is unbeatable for shooting sports, wildlife, and portraits. We share our impressions in this short video review.

This lens gives you impressive telephoto power and fast autofocus for taking shots of far-off subjects. Image Stabilization (IS) technology keeps images in-focus.

This lens's large maximum aperture lets you use faster shutter speeds to "freeze" moving subjects. It's also perfect for shooting sharp photos indoors, without a flash.

This Nikon 70-300mm lens gives you the impressive telephoto power and fast autofocus you need for taking rapid-fire shots of far-off subjects.

This lens offers a broad focal range for versatile wide-angle and telephoto shooting. Take panoramic photos of the countryside, or zoom in on a distant subject.

Use this lens to capture sweeping, panoramic landscapes or big group shots indoors at your next family gathering. We share our impressions in this short video review.

This lens is ideal for taking great-looking photos at twilight, or indoors without a flash. Its 50mm focal length also makes it an excellent choice for portraits.

If your action photos have suffered from being too dark, too blurry or just too darn far away, the right settings and the proper lens can work wonders.

One nice thing about working at Crutchfield is that I occasionally get to try out cool stuff. Over the last several days, I've been playing with Nikon's AF-S VR 105mm f/2.8 micro lens . Now,...

Lens Filters
by Woody Sherman

The lens filter. No camera bag should be without at least one. You've finally pulled the trigger and ordered that sweet DSLR kit you've had your eye on...

Our new in-house Labs will help us dig even deeper into the equipment we sell. From acoustically optimized listening rooms to advanced test benches, we'll bring you meaningful measurements along with real-world impressions from our savvy experts.

Steve, Crutchfield A/V Editor, gives us a tour of the Crutchfield Labs. He talks about why we built the Labs and how they can help us find you the right gear.

The Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is a powerful telephoto lens for Micro 4/3 cameras. The lens acts like a 150mm lens would on a "full frame" camera, but at a much smaller size and weight. Its large, f/1.8 maximum aperture takes in a lot of light and lets you blur backgrounds for creative effect.

The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens features a light-gathering, dimension-enhancing f/1.8 aperture and a perfect length for portrait photography that's equivalent to 90mm on a 35mm camera.