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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.
Repairing the Fuji GFX100

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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 […]

Lensrentals lens teardown Canon 600mm

Equipment

Taking Apart the Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM

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Here I sit, the guy who gets poetic writing about tiny resolution differences in high-priced wide-aperture lenses, having just bought this lens. Its aperture is in the diffraction-softening range. The manufacturer’s (pronounced ‘better than reality’) MTF charts aren’t very good. So why did I buy this pig? Because it could fit a need, of course. Despite the religious […]

Equipment

MTF Tests of the Tamron 17-28mm and 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lenses

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Tamron has a nice set of three f/2.8 zooms for Sony E mount cameras. Today I’m putting out MTF results for the 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD and the 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD. They offer a reasonably priced alternative to Sony-branded lenses, and Tamron has been making good products lately. I’ll admit to a […]

Equipment

The Great Flange-to-Sensor Distance Article. Part II: Photo Cameras

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If you’re a photo shooter, chances are you didn’t read Part I of this series on Cine Cameras. If you’re at all interested in the methodology, you should give it a glance, because I’m not going over that again. Today I’m going to just talk about photo bodies and what we found measuring flange-to-sensor distance.   Well, how did […]

Flange to Sensor for Cine Lenses

Equipment

The Great Flange-to-Sensor Distance Article: Part 1 — Cine Cameras

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Part 1: EF and FE Mount Cine Cameras Consider, if you will, the fate of Poor Ben. Unbeknownst to Poor Ben, Aaron and I had started experimenting with measuring the flange-to-sensor distance of various video cameras, since we found that it varied more than, well, more than we had thought it should vary. We spent […]

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