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Humor and sarcasm

About That 25-300mm f/2.8 You Wanted

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I get an email or text about once a month asking me if I think Canon, Nikon, or some other photo manufacturer will ever make something like a 24-300mm f/2.8 zoom lens. I’m usually gentle with those people, because I realize that a lot of people truly believe that if they want something badly enough, […]

History of Photography

I’m Gonna Party Like It’s 1995

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I doubt any of you remember it, but 1995 was the coming out party for Digital SLRs. There had been digital cameras before then. There had even been digital SLR cameras of a sort – modified cameras tethered to a hard drive — before then. But in 1995 camera makers released digital SLR cameras for […]

Equipment

I Sing of OLAF . . .

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I have a couple of things to talk about today. First, is to announce the winner of our name the new machine contest. Second is to answer about 1,000 people’s questions regarding optical testing and adjustment. The New Machine’s New Name First, if you don’t known what we are naming then you can find out […]

Roger's Ramblings

Disruption and Innovation

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This is a long article, meant to be read at your leisure.  You better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’.       Bob Dylan Technology changes tend to be of two types: incremental improvements or disruptive innovations. Incremental improvements allow one manufacturer to take market share from another […]

Equipment

Assumptions, Expectations, and Plastic Mounts

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Photography companies love catchword marketing. They like catchwords because photographers make assumptions about what those words mean, even though the words really don’t mean anything. So basically, they say nothing, but it makes you believe something. Two of my favorite examples are “professional quality construction” and “weather resistance”.  When I read those terms, my brain […]

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