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Canon RF 7-200mm Teardown

Equipment

The Not Very Long Awaited Teardown of the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS

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Long ago, a visiting Canon engineer put a box on my workbench, grinned, and said: “You’re going to like this.” Then he pulled out a mock-up of the RF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens, and my jaw dropped. I’ve been doing this stuff for a long time. My jaw drops very infrequently. My only comment was, “That’s […]

Button Breaks on Camera

Equipment

Why Side-Mount Buttons and Ports Break on Cameras

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We spend a lot of time fixing broken stuff. As sort of a side gig to that, we advise some manufacturers about what is likely to break or is regularly breaking. We offer our input to all manufacturers; some are interested in it, and some don’t give a flying damn. For free, we blog about it, […]

Equipment

Disassembling the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM

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When we optically tested the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM we were mighty impressed. Then I threw up in my mouth a little when I read a couple of reviewers comment on the build quality. Because holding a lens gives you not the slightest idea about the build quality. So I was excited when a 135mm […]

Removing Fly from Lens

Geek Articles

Removing a Fly from ‘Weather Sealed’ Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

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I’ve been doing lens stuff for a long time now. Long time. Trust me; it’s hard to remain polite the 843,911th time some newbie goes into hysterics because there’s dust in their lens. Telling them it doesn’t matter a bit, and that all their other lenses have dust they just can’t see ( because different optics magnify […]

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. […]

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