None of us would like to have our gear damaged. Unfortunately, sh*t happens, and a moment of inattention can have you end up with a broken lens. This is what happened to Benj Haisch, leaving him with a pretty obvious crack on his lens. But could it still be used? You would be surprised. Benj shares his experience and photos in his recent video, and it could make you put your damaged lens to use again.
With a title like “The Truth about Sony”, I thought this video was just going to be more fanboy hate, but I was convinced to watch it and was quite surprised. Matt Granger is a pretty notorious Nikon die-hard, so you can understand my initial reaction. But in the video, he takes a good look at the issues that Sony has had over the years of its mirrorless camera development and how it’s overcome almost all of them.
The Sirui 50mm f/1.8 1.33x anamorphic lens was the talk of IFA in September and it wasn’t long before Sirui released the specs. Initially, it was rumoured to cost around €500 ($555) and be released at the end of this year. Then that price was bumped to €700 ($770) with availability in January. Now, Sirui has taken to Indiegogo to launch the lens with prices of $599 for early birds and $699 regular price.
Canon Rumors is reporting that distributors have received some early information about Sigma’s plans for RF mount lenses for the Canon EOS R system. Beyond that, there isn’t really any more information, except that CR expects there might be an announcement ahead of CP+ in February. They don’t name their source, but they have ranked it as “CR2”, which sits somewhere around the “Ok, you have my attention, but let’s see how it pans out” level.
But it makes sense for Sigma to be pursuing the RF mount. It’s become quite popular, especially in Japan, where both Canon and Sigma are based and it’s also the mount that’s coming on the RED Komodo cinema camera.
The term “parfocal lens” has only really come into common usage amongst the general population over the last decade or so as our DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have allowed us to start shifting more towards shooting video content. But what exactly are they? And what’s the big deal?
As this video from Michael the Maven explains, parfocal lenses are zoom lenses, but they are zoom lenses which keep their focus distance through the entirety of their focal length range. What this means is that as you recompose for a tighter or wider shot of your subject, you don’t have to refocus the lens. It stays exactly where it was.
No matter what the lens, when I see people asking for opinions on one online, I see a pretty wide mix of “It’s awesome, it never leaves my camera!” and “It sucks, I sold it within a week” type responses. If you’ve ever wondered why there are such polarising opinions on any given lens, then wonder no more.
In this video, Michael the Maven discusses one of the things that’s rarely spoken about when it comes to lenses, and that’s manufacturing tolerances. These are the limits on either side of “perfect” in which a company will allow components to fall. But they can make for big differences in image quality.
Lens adapters sure are super-handy and they allow you to combine lenses with one mount to a camera with another. This sure has a lot of perks, but are there times when you shouldn’t adapt your lenses? In this video, Michael the Maven discusses this matter and helps you answer the question: when using lens adapters isn’t a good idea?
After a 15-year-long dispute, The World Trade Organization approved that the United States can impose trade sanctions on some products from the EU. The US is about to apply $7.5 billion in punitive tariffs on the EU products. Among other things, it will affect German camera lenses, making them 25% more expensive.
Smartphone cameras are getting better and better, offering a range of features we could only dream of ten years ago. But despite high functionality and advanced features, one “problem” still persists: the aesthetics. The lenses are still relatively thick, creating s-called “camera bumps.” But scientists from the University of Utah have developed a new type of optical lens to solve this problem.
This new type of lens is a thousand times thinner than a regular lens, and a hundred times lighter. It could help smartphone camera manufacturers finally get rid of camera bumps, but it will find its application on drones and night vision cameras, too.