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Author » Roger Cicala

I'm Roger and I am the founder of Lensrentals.com. Hailed as one of the optic nerds here, I enjoy shooting collimated light through 30X microscope objectives in my spare time. When I do take real pictures I like using something different: a Medium format, or Pentax K1, or a Sony RX1R.

Lenses and Optics

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Optical Tests

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I haven’t published much optical testing in the last year for many reasons; some obvious, some not. But published or not, we still test things, and occasionally something comes up that I think I need to write up. The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is one of those things. As wide-angle primes go, it’s reasonably priced […]

Canon RF 100-500mm Teardown

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The Secret of the Broken Element: A Canon RF 100-500mm f4.7-7.1 Teardown

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In ancient times, the IS unit in Canon EF lenses was physically locked down, so the unit didn’t make rattling noises when the lens wasn’t powered up. Canon decided the lockdown was no longer necessary in modern times, so some RF lenses, like the Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1, rattled when the lens wasn’t mounted to the […]

Equipment

Investigating the Canon R5 Heat Emission

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ADDENDUM: I should have mentioned in the text, all testing was done at 73°F (22.75C) ambient temperature.  Lots and lots of people are talking about Canon R5 heat cut-offs. The discussions range from technical discussions about heat generation, cooling methods, and firmware protocols to strident conspiracy theories. I only know a little bit about heat: Electronics […]

Taking Apart Canon R5

Equipment

Taking Apart the Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera

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Let’s get one thing out of the way in the first sentence. If you’re here to understand the mysteries of thermal flow in the Canon R5 I can tell you everything I know without doing a teardown: It’s small, it’s weather-sealed, and photo-body cameras have limited ability to get heat out of the camera. I am […]

Repairing the Fuji GFX100

Geek Articles

The Fujifilm GFX 100 vs Salt Water Teardown

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So today is “Every Dark Cloud Has a Silver Lining Day.” The dark cloud involves a Fujinon GFX100 medium format camera that went out on rental, got used in a dive housing, and ‘suddenly died for no reason.’ Except on further investigation, well, maybe it got a little wet, but just a bit, but it […]

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