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A Few Easy Lens Dustings

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I get asked about 15 times a week, “How can I get the dust out of my lens?” The right answer is you don’t. All lenses have dust in them and it doesn’t affect the images at all 99% of the time. Even if you clean it all out, it will be back after you […]

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Zeiss 15mm Hood Removal

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This isn’t a general interest post. It’s simply answering a request for some people who want to remove the hood from their Zeiss 15mm lenses so they can cut the petals off and use filter holders. Obvious disclaimer applies – doing this voids every kind of warranty, is probably a bad idea, and we don’t […]

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A Tilted Element Demonstration

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One thing we preach here a lot is that just because a dropped lens looks fine on the outside doesn’t mean it is fine.┬áThe other thing we preach a lot is that a tiny difference in the centering, tilt or placement of a single element can have a dramatic effect on image quality. Aaron made […]

Equipment

The Care and Feeding of Your Tripod

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Being a good photographer, you have a tripod. Maybe two tripods. Maybe even a big, heavy duty one for your big lenses, a standard one for everyday use, and one of those small, cool ones that folds up like a road map and you can carry it in your back pocket. Wait, I just realized […]

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