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Canon 35mm Mk II f/1.4 Teardown

As soon as we optically tested the Canon 35mm Mk II f/1.4 lens we couldn't wait to tear into one for a couple of reasons. One was that Canon has been making a lot of interesting advances in lens mechanics lately, so we're always excited to look inside their...

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Carl Zeiss Introduces Milvus

https://youtu.be/LlVcXAYIM28 In an explosion of activity, Carl Zeiss introduced their new lineup of Professional quality manual focus DSLR prime lenses they are calling Milvus.  The Milvus lens line will be sold in two full frame 35mm mounts, the Canon EOS and Nikon.  Zeiss were quick to point...

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Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro Lens

https://vimeo.com/130868730 Venus Optics, the Chinese camera lenses manufacturer based in Anhui, China, who last September launched the world’s first 2:1 Macro Lens with infinity focus, claims to have accomplished another first.  Venus Optics has just announced the world’s widest Macro lens for full frame cameras, the Laowa 15mm f/4...

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Canon 5DS Teardown

When Lensrentals.com first got the first Canon 5Ds and 5D sr cameras in stock, Aaron and I immediately started screaming that we wanted to take one apart. It turns out we received enough 5Ds cameras to let us have a day with one to do just that. Of course, we don't...

When Lensrentals.com first got...

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Life With A Sony A7S: At 30 Days

Contax Zeiss Distagon 28mm F2 Sony A7S Test from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. I find it hard to believe, but it has already been over a month ago that I received the Sony A7S.  As I anticipated, hoped, and expected, it has been a very interesting camera to...

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Canon 16-35mm F4L IS USM Video Test

Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM test from Jon Roemer on Vimeo. From my good friend Jon Roemer; some interesting video samples shot with the new Canon 16-35mm F4L zoom lens. Commenting on the canon 16-35mm f4l, Jon had this to say,  "Testing the sharpness and image stabilization (IS) of the...

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Photokina Dates – September 16-21, 2014.

[caption id="attachment_49138" align="alignnone" width="950"] Opening Day at Photokina is always a mad house![/caption] Every two years, much like lemmings the movers and shakers in the camera industry join the seasoned industry professionals for the trek to Photokina.  According to Wikipedia, The Photokina (rendered in the promoters' branding as photokina) is the...

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The Ultimate Focus Puller?

The Art Of A Focus Puller One of the least expensive and most versatile lenses in any filmmaker’s bag of tricks is the 50mm lens. Check around, almost every manufacturer sells a "nifty fifty."  Considered by many to be the default "normal" human vision equivalent, there are more 50mm lenses in...

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NAB 2014: Kessler CineDrive

NAB 2014: Kessler CineDrive from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. The Kessler CineDrive is a revolutionary multi axis camera motion control system designed by the Kessler engineering team to put the emphasis on filmmaker creativity, solving the how to do it problems.  I've never seen any one system...

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NAB 2014: Leica Cine Lenses

Leica Summilux-C Prime Cine Lenses. Otto Nemenz, Leica, and Band Pro got together and said, "Let's make some cinema lenses, baby" [caption id="attachment_6884" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Leica Summilux-C 35mm[/caption] And so they did, which proved very interesting to cinematographers always looking for alternative looks.  At nearly $200,000 per...

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