Posts Tagged ‘lenses’

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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One-of-a-Kind Lens Bracelets Made from Vintage Aperture and Focus Rings

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Stefaan duPont and his girlfriend set out to travel the world for a year in March 2012, taking their cameras with them and leaving their careers as designers behind. That year served only to intensify duPont’s love of photography, and when he returned, he mixed that love with another of his passions: taking stuff apart.

What resulted was a series of one-of-a-kind vintage camera lens bracelets created using old aperture and focus rings — first made as gifts for family and friends, and now available to purchase. 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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Video: How Carl Zeiss’ New Touit Lenses Are Manufactured

There’s something to be said about lens manufacturing. You could even go so far as to say it, in itself, is an art form, with the hands of skilled and methodical workers ever-so-delicately assembling the glass we use to take photos.

Speaking of lens manufacturing, Carl Zeiss Lenses has just posted an short, yet interesting, video behind the manufacturing process of their Touit lens line (for what it’s worth, the video is also available in 3D, if you need an added dimension to your viewing experience). These lenses come as 12mm f/2.8 or 32mm f/1.8, and are available for both E-mount and X-mount cameras starting in June. Read more…

Olympus Slated to Supply Sony With Lenses in Two-Way Alliance

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Olympus is slated to begin developing and supplying Sony with lens parts and lens units in the near future as part of what has been called a “mutual parts supply”. The news comes months following a formed alliance between the two companies in September 2012.

“The imaging sensor has already started to source from Sony to Olympus. And the lens [parts] and lens units will start to source from Olympus to Sony,” said an Olympus Japan spokesperson in a recent statement. Read more…

The Top 8 Reasons Why I’m a Big Believer in 35mm Lens Photography

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After two years of testing, renting, buying and selling just about every level of Nikon and Canon lenses and cameras, I have learned quite a bit about what works and what doesn’t. Pretty much you can’t go wrong with Canon or Nikon, and just about everything they make is top notch.
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CameraLends: A Peer-to-Peer Gear Rental Network for Photographers on the Road

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Taking all of your photography gear on the road with you can be a burden, not to mention risky. But even if you don’t want to break your back carrying it all or risk having it stolen, your options are limited. Not all cities have shops that rent out gear, and smaller shops may not have the gear you want and/or need.

Thankfully, there’s a new peer-to-peer solution in town that should greatly increase your odds of finding the gear you need, no matter where you’re headed: it’s called CameraLends. Read more…

Decades-Old Lenses May Be Radioactive, Especially if They’re Made by Kodak

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Late last year, we shared a video in which a photographer tested the radioactivity of an old Pentax 50mm f/1.4 lens that is really popular with film photographers. But that is far from the only lens you have to worry about when it comes to radioactivity.

Camerapedia lists 54 lenses that have been reported as radioactive and that, if you use them often enough, you may want to take note of.
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Zeiss Unveils ‘Touit’ Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras, Publishes Specs and Samples

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At Photokina 2012 last September, Zeiss announced that it was working on a new family of lenses for mirrorless cameras. This past March, we got a closer look at the lenses, which were outed as a 12mm f/2.8, 32mm f/1.8, and 50mm f/2.8 for Fuji’s X mount and Sony’s E mount.

Today, the company revealed even more details about the lenses, which are branded “Touit,” publishing specs, product pages, and sample photographs.
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