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Why You Can’t Optically Test Your Lens with Autofocus

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By far the most common email and PM I get basically says, “I think my lens is optically out of sorts. What do you think?” The second most common is, “So what’s the best way to optically test my lens without a ton of equipment.” Years ago I wrote an overly long post about testing [...]

The A7R teardown: A look inside Sony’s awesome full-frame mirrorless camera

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The usual warnings apply: Do not try this at home. This post was made by semi-trained, semi-professional repair technicians who sort of know what they’re doing. The following blog post contains graphic images of the inside of a very nice camera. If such things make you squeamish, don’t read further.  No cameras were harmed in [...]

Tamron 150-600 Telezoom Shootout

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There’s been a lot of interest in the newly released Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 SP Di VC USD lens. (For those wondering what the initials mean, VC means vibration compensation, the others all read ‘marketing drivel’.) But meaningless initials or not, with a price under $1,100, a superior range, and vibration compensation, this lens has created a lot [...]

Bad Times with Bad Filters

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A long time ago I wrote a blog post called Good Times with Bad Filters about how cheap UV protective filters are different from good ones. It was mostly in fun. Today I’ve got a post about how cheap UV filters may hurt your lens. It’s not in fun. Here at Lensrentals we see lenses [...]

There Is No Perfect Lens Test, Either

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In my last article, I wrote about the fact that every copy of a given lens has some bit of sample variation. This affects lens reviews, whether lab-based or photography-based, because the copy they tested will be just a bit different from the copy you buy. I suggested, that if you want to get a [...]