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.

Roger's Ramblings

The Camera vs. The Eye

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I generally write useful little blurbs for these columns: how to choose the right lens, equipment comparisons, etc. This is quite different, a bit of photographic pseudophilosophy if you will. It started after I followed an online discussion about whether a 35mm or a 50mm lens on a full frame camera gave the equivalent field […]

Photographic Techniques

Shooting Outdoor Sports

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Its getting to be Spring (at least in most of the country) and soon we’ll all be outside taking pictures. For a lot of people that’s going to include taking pictures the kid’s sporting events (or if you can afford the ticket prices, the professional sporting events). If you’re a professional photographer with a 400mm […]

Photographic Techniques

Breaking Photographer’s Block

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Its February. That awful part of the year when the parties are over, good light is rare (and even when there is good light, you think two or three times about going out in the cold), the world is colorless, even the models don’t want to pose ‘until they take off a few pounds’. And […]

Photographic Techniques

Street Shooting

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by Stephen Michael Garey Street shooting is to photography what blues, jazz and rap are to music: It’s the soul side of picture taking, a recognized artform that strives to capture aspects of life that the average snapshot photographer might overlook or even avoid: real people living real life in their natural habitat. Some of […]

Lenses and Optics

Optimus Prime

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Today’s topic is prime lenses, those lenses that (GASP!!!) don’t zoom! Wait, don’t leave. This is really worth your time. (OK, those of you who already shoot entirely or mostly with primes can leave, there’s probably not much for you here.) About 10 times a week, in discussing the best lens for the job with […]

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