History of Photography

Lens Genealogy Part 1

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In which I begin to answer the question “Why Do You Put the Lens Diagrams on Your Website?” Where do new lens designs come from? I knew that today’s lenses are all designed using computer programs, but  I was surprised to find new lenses aren’t designed from scratch. Designers start with an existing lens design […]

Lenses and Optics

The Apocalypse of Lens Dust

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Apocalypse (from the Greek apokálypsis; “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”): An event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale. A disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind. How appropriate the word apocalypse is for this little article. At least once a week I see a post somewhere from a fairly inexperienced […]

Lenses and Optics

Photo Lenses for Video: There is no Free Lunch.

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SLR video cameras and the newer large sensor video camcorders, are often used with photography lenses — which provide outstanding optics at amazing cost savings compared to lenses specifically designed for film/video. A superb photography lens may cost $2,000; about 1/10 of what a good cinema lens or servo zoom ENG style lens costs. However, […]

Roger's Corner

Good Times with Bad Filters

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OK. First and foremost this is a fun post. It is not episode 362 of “Should you put a UV filter on your lens”. Some people use them. Some don’t. There’s not enough bandwidth to ever end that argument. But here at Lensrentals, we have a ton of filters. We have some really good, very […]

History of Photography

1839 and the Frenzy that Followed

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In our last article, we covered the invention of photography up until 1839 when Argo announced Daguerre’s invention and spoke of his accomplishment to the French Academy of Sciences. By the middle of January, news of Daguerre’s invention had spread around the world. The actual techniques used remained secret, however, as the French government had […]

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