Posts Tagged ‘lenses’

Canon Is Allegedly Charging Customers To Repair Known Issues With Gear

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Last week, we told you about an internal memo published by Canon Rumors that supposedly revealed Canon’s 1D X (and likely 1D C) cameras were having autofocusing issues in sub-freezing temperatures. But it seems that might have only been the tip of the internal service memo iceberg. Read more…

A Look at What 2013 Was Like for the Photo Industry (Spoiler: Not Too Good)

Although there was plenty to be happy about for us photographers last year, 2013 was statistically a very bad year when it comes to camera sales. And now, thanks to an infographic and accompanying video put together by LensVid, we get to look back and find out exactly why that is. Read more…

Olympus Patents Impressive 12 and 14mm f/1.0 Ultra-Wide AF Lenses

While it’s not often a patent filing for new lenses can make your jaw drop, it’s certainly not out of the question, as Olympus is demonstrating with two particular pieces of glass in their latest patent filings published February 20th. Read more…

Rumor: Samyang to Start Making AF Glass Under a New Logo Very Soon

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Third-party lenses are on the rise, there’s no denying that. Between Sigma kicking large amounts of booty with its impressive lineup and Tamron looking serious with the new 150-600mm lens it recently announced, competition for space in your camera bag is getting fierce.

And apparently it’s about to get even fiercer, because rumor has it Samyang intends to step its game up as well. Read more…

Hilarious Valentine’s Ad Shows How Much LensRentals Really Love Their Lenses

For some of us photo types, the enduring relationship we’ll be celebrating this February 14th will be the one we share with our beloved gear. Fortunately, the wonderfully quirky people at LensRentals understand, and have created a hilarious ad that takes “loving” your gear to the literal extreme. Read more…

Half a Million Dollars in Leica Movie Lenses and Other Gear Stolen from LA Film Set

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A late-breaking holiday shopping tip: If someone offers you a screamingly good deal on a Leica Summilux-C movie lens, be very suspicious. That’s because there’s currently $500,000 worth of stolen gear floating around the black market — including a $200K set of Summilux-C lenses — that was taken off the set of a Los Angeles film shoot.. Read more…

Quick and Informative Intro to SLR Lenses for Beginners

The world of camera lenses can be a bit daunting when you first start out, and so a videographer and photographer have joined forces to put together a fun (and funny) introduction to all the basic lens options, what they do, and what situations you might use them in. Read more…

There is No Such Thing as a Perfect Lens

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I get asked a couple of questions every time I publish a graph showing Imatest results for multiple copies of lenses like the one below. Most people understand that some copy-to-copy variation is inevitable in the manufacturing process. Most are surprised, though, at how large the sample variation seems to be. Heck, I was surprised at how large the sample variation was when I started doing this kind of testing. Read more…

Cooperation Wins Out Over Confrontation in the ILC Market

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For travel shooters and those looking to keep their kit light, new Interchangeable Lens Compacts (ILC) have been a major boon. But the real beneficiaries of the rise of this new system — still less than five years old — are the companies that make them. However, in order to maximize those benefits, manufacturers of ILCs need to establish the format as viable and resilient. For some, that means working together rather than against one another. Read more…

Sigma Announces Conversion Service for Switching Lenses Between Mounts

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The rumor was true — kinda. Sigma today announced a new Mount Conversion Service for its Global Vision line of lenses that will allow photographers to convert their lens lineups to different mounts if they ever decide to change camera brands (e.g. Canon to Nikon and vice versa).

Unlike what was previously rumored, it’s not a free service: the conversion will cost you a pretty penny — just not as much as you’d pay to buy a new copy of the lens.
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