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Taking apart a Minolta Lens

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The Minolta 40-80mm f/2.8 Gearbox Zoom; The Clockwork Lens

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There were giants in the earth in those days . . . They were mighty men, men of renown.  Genesis 6:4 I’ve always been fascinated by the history of lenses. I write about it a lot. To me, the most fascinating items are those made many years ago, with what we would consider wholly inadequate technology, which did things […]

Testing UV Filters Lens Rentals

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Looking at Clear and UV Filter Spectrograms

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I’ll start by saying, this is not an article – or at least not a complete one. When I wrote My Not Quite Complete Protective Filter Article, I promised to try to add transmission spectrograms so that you could see not just the wavelength I tested for transmission, but also how the rest of the […]

Understanding Camera Log for Video

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Understanding Camera Log & How It Can Improve Video Workflows

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Video imaging techniques historically, have been a battle of compromise between quality and price point but the prosumer digital video market is finally showing signs of bargaining power. In terms of image quality, raw offers unparalleled advantages because you are capturing sensor data rather than the video stream it produces, however, turnaround time or budget […]

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Taking Apart the Sigma Cine 85mm T1.5 FF Lens

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We’ve been impressed with the Sigma Cine lenses. We weren’t surprised that they’re generally sharper than classic Cine primes; that’s what we’ve come to expect from Sigma. We were pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of focusing and aperture and the apparent build quality. Since we’d previously done teardowns of the Zeiss 85mm T1.5 CP.2 and Rokinon Xeen […]

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