Posts Tagged ‘lens’

Silent Changes: The Subtle Modifications Made to Camera Gear Over Time

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Every so often I get an email asking me to jump in on some forum argument or other. I rarely do that because of the language barrier.

Two of the common languages spoken on forums are CAKWAF (Complete, Absolute Knowledge Without Any Facts) and AFIDAWAB (Any Facts I Don’t Agree With Are Bullstuff). Since I am not fluent in those languages, I tend not to get involved in the more, uhm, enthusiastic online discussions. But sometimes I can’t help myself, repeating the behavior of adding facts to a ‘vigorous’ discussion and always expecting a different result.
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Canon’s 11-22mm f/4-5.6 Wide Angle for the EOS M Will Not be Coming to the US

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About a month ago, almost every Canon website announced the release of the brand new EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM wide angle for the company’s mirrorless EOS M. We say almost because, at the time, no pricing or release date details had come down the pipe from Canon USA.

As it turns out, that’s because the new lens for Canon mirrorless aficionados won’t be arriving stateside at all. Read more…

Nikon’s Taiwan Repair Center Can Fix Up Your Broken Lens… And Make it White

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Shoot with Nikon DSLR gear and want to give your lens a paint job? Instead of doing it yourself—which, by the way, can produce some neat results—you can send your lens over to the Nikon Repair Center in Taiwan. In addition to fixing up damaged lenses–sometimes by boiling the parts in water—the center can also give your lens a sleek, white paint job.
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Teardown In Touit: Taking Apart the New Zeiss 32mm Touit Lens

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Electronic autofocus and aperture control are new features introduced by Zeiss’ new Touit lenses into the company’s consumer lens lineup. After the lenses were announced, I couldn’t wait to take a look inside and see how things were put together.
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Testing Out Sigma’s Lens Calibration USB Dock and Optimization Pro Software

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“Commerce makes progress. Fortune passes everywhere.” – Frank Herbert

A few years ago I was accused of being a Sigma hater. (For the record, I did hate their quality control and so-called repair service at that time, and I didn’t hesitate to say so.) For the third or fourth time in the last year, I’m about to be accused of being a Sigma fanboy.
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This May Be the Biggest Lens Ever Used on a Mirrorless Camera

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Check out this photo of a gigantic Canon 9.3-930mm broadcast lens mounted to a tiny Panasonic GH2 mirrorless camera. The size difference is so great that it might be more accurate to say that the camera is mounted to the lens.
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Review: The Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Feels Un-Zeiss-Like. Don’t Touit

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If you’re here to read about the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 for the Fujifilm X-mount, you’ve probably heard words like “great”, “amazing”, “superb”, “lovely” and “well damped” used to describe this lens. It’s wider then the Fuji 14mm and maybe, just maybe, as sharp as the Fuji 35mm. These too are all things others will say about this lens. The jury, however, is still out for this guy.
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Do Software Filters Beat Glass Filters?

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I was cleaning out my gear drawer recently when I came across a couple of holders for Cokin filters. The filters had long since been sent to an eBay afterlife, but tossing the cases started me thinking, mainly about how I hadn’t missed the things a bit.
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Does This Nikon Patent App Show a New and Upcoming Lens Mount?

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This one is a little hard to interpret, but a recently published patent application from Nikon seems to pave the way for a new lens mount.
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Review: Canon’s 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Stretches Focal Length and Wallets

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If camera manufacturers were high school boys, building super telephoto zooms would be their equivalent of a pissing contest to see who can shoot the farthest or most accurately. Sports photographers would arrive at the stadium packing the biggest lens to win bragging rights, acting like Arnold Schwarzenegger slinging his Gatling gun in Terminator. But Canon’s super telephoto zoom, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, is getting long in the tooth, and it’s time to say, “hasta la vista, baby” to that lens.
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