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Teardowns and Disassembly

The Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is Expensive Because It’s Worth It.

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The first Olympus 75mm f/1.8 m4/3 lens arrived today, courtesy of Tyler’s connections with the King of Siam or wherever it is he gets these things. I had to test it, of course, because that’s what I do. I hadn’t planned on writing about it; the lens has already been reviewed thoroughly at SLRgear.com, sample […]

Lenses and Optics

Canon’s 18-135mm IS gets an STM Makeover

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So the usual happened today: I read in a couple of places that the Canon 18-135mm IS STM lens isn’t going to be available in the U. S. for a while. A few minutes later Tyler walks in my office with one, asking if I want to test it. Let me be clear where I’m […]

Roger's Corner

Is Sony Going to be the Digital Kodak?

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My mind is a strange and dangerous place. I shouldn’t go in there alone after dark. But the other night I was thinking, just me and myself, about all the new camera releases this year. Which has made the biggest impact? Is it the Canon 5D III with that world-class autofocus system? The Olympus OM-D […]

Lenses and Optics

Optically Adjusting a Lens

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I write a lot about the fact that every copy of a lens is slightly different than every other copy. Now don’t get me wrong: I’m talking slight differences that are barely detectable, not good or bad. Even when things appear to be in the “bad lens” area, they usually aren’t. The majority of the […]

Lenses and Optics

A Weekend with the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8

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Tyler has an amazing ability to purchase hard to find items and get them to Lensrentals. Today he amazed even me —  a brand new Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 OIS lens arrived when, in theory at least, there are none available anywhere in the U. S. None of us know how he does it. I’m pretty sure […]

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