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.
C-4 Fisheye Lens

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Assembling the C-4 Optics 4.9mm f3.5 Hyperfisheye Prototype

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You guys have watched us gut a lot of lenses and cameras over the years. So I thought it would be fun for you to see us put one together from scratch. Compared to many of the lenses we’ve taken apart, this is all mechanical lens is rather simple: no focus motors, image stabilizers, etc. […]

Best Compact Cameras

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What to Look at to Find the Best Compact Camera for You

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Why Point and Shoot Cameras? Well, duh, because I wanted to use one. I go to the beach once a month. I wanted something that took better pictures than my cell phone, doesn’t involve carrying a bunch of gear, and doesn’t include changing lenses in blowing sand. Since I don’t use this type of camera often, I […]

Disassembly of the Sony 400mm f/2.8

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The Great 400mm Teardown Comparison. Part II – The Sony 400mm f2.8 G

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In which you will not only learn how good the construction of Sony’s new flagship is, but also everything you wanted to know about Kubu.  As I mentioned last week, we usually don’t write up super-telephoto teardowns, but the release of two remarkably lightweight 400mm f/2.8 lenses seemed like a great opportunity to do a comparison. […]

Disassembly of the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L

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Disassembly of the Canon RF 50mm f1.2L

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It is the best of lenses, it is the worst of lenses, it is the lens of perfection, it is the lens of complexity, it is the lens of new technology, it may be the lens of non-repairability.  A little while ago, Canon released the computer generated MTF charts for the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 lens. Despite my ambivalence about […]

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