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Category Archives: Teardowns and Disassembly

The Long-Awaited, Scary and Amazing Fuji Lens Teardown

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For, oh, about 2 years now, every time we do a lens teardown I get emails from Fuji shooters asking me to tear down one of their lenses. There are several reasons we haven’t. For one thing, we have far fewer copies of those lenses so there is less reason to work on them. Since […]

A Peek Inside the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH

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We always get excited when a lens comes out with some new technology or major changes. This time, the new technology came from an unexpected source when Leica released the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH lens. I know most of you don’t think of Leica as technological groundbreakers and most of you probably barely noticed the release of […]

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Teardown

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Last week we did a tear down of the Canon 35mm f/1.4 Mk II, an expensive, large, weather-resistant lens. Then we did a tear down of the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA lens, and expensive, weather-resistant lens with very different technology. Today we’re going to tear down the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A1 (Art) lens, […]

Canon 35mm f/1.4 Mk II Teardown

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As soon as we optically tested the Canon 35mm f/1.4 Mk II lens we couldn’t wait to tear into one for a couple of reasons. One was that Canon has been making a lot of interesting advances in lens mechanics lately, so we’re always excited to look inside their new lenses. Another was that Canon claimed […]