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The Itsy Bitsy Spider

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We spend a lot of time here at Lensrentals getting dust out of lenses. Dust doesn't affect an image, except in very rare circumstances, but people want their rental lenses to look nice and clean inside and out, and our inspectors check the inside of every lens with spotlights and send any dusty ones over to the [...]

Sensor Stack Thickness Part III: The Summary

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Well, I have to admit this has been a fun series. I've learned a whole lot. That's what makes this so fun -- I get some results I don't understand, get some help figuring out what is going on, and before I know it, I've learned something that explains other things I haven't been able [...]

Introducing the Optical Bench

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Note: This is a Geek article. If you aren't into geeky stuff, you won't be into this. "We take a step back so that we may leap further." African proverb I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about our first copies of the Sigma 50mm Art lens, and promised to follow up when [...]

Yet Another Sigma 50mm Art Post

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I suspect I'll never be on any manufacturer's "early review copy" list for new lenses. There are already plenty of good early lab reviews on the eagerly awaited Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens at SLRGear, Lenstip, and DPReview, among others. So when we received our first Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art lenses for rental stock I [...]

Photo Geek Awards Get No Respect

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When I came up with the idea for the Photogeek Geek Photo Contest, it was mostly for fun. I didn't think too many people would actually enter. But at last count there are nearly 100 entries up on the contest page already. There are even a couple of people who managed to capture the bokeh [...]

Nikon's Early April Fool Joke?

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Nikon's new Coolpix A camera has some impressive specifications, what with its 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, 18.5mm f/2.8 lens, and $1,100 price tag. Nowhere in those specifications, though, is a claim for Vibration Reduction that I can find. But the packaging department apparently didn't get the memo: the box sure claims it has VR. Well, [...]

Roger's Law of New Product Introduction

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For several years now, my occupation has been to basically read everything written about new equipment. In order to help everyone save time, and to save the Internet millions of electrons, I have developed a concise method to summarize all such discussions for all newly introduced imaging equipment. I modestly call this Roger's Law of [...]