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Jason Schneider Posted: Aug 01, 2009 1 comments

Editor’s Note: Our intent in bringing you this interview is to give you a look inside the technical development of new products and laud the achievements of engineers, scientists, and designers who contribute to advances in photography and imaging. We look forward to publishing a series of these interviews from many different aspects of the photographic world in the future.

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

Photos © 2004, Roger W. Hicks, All Rights Reserved

The 90mm f/2.2 Leitz Thambar is one of those few lenses that is always prefixed "legendary." Designed primarily for portraiture, it was introduced in 1935 in Leica screw fitting, 39mmx26 tpi. It seems to have been discontinued during World War II, although there are scattered reports of...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Nov 01, 2007 1 comments

If photography is your pastime, you can afford to indulge in toys. If it is your occupation you tend to be more selective about what you spend your money on; toys are an extravagance--you couldn't afford 'em when you were struggling, and you don't need 'em now that you have a client base which likes your style.

But what if a toy is also...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Jul 01, 2004 0 comments

Like modern automobile engines, most digital cameras equipped with interchangeable lenses seem to have most of their power or torque at the high end of the focal length scale. In digital SLRs with smaller than full-frame sensors, your 300mm might be a...

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W.L. Fadner Posted: Jan 01, 2002 0 comments

With the recent addition of the 150mm f/2.8 autofocus lens, the line-up of telephoto or long focus optics for the Pentax 645N camera is nearly complete. When the 645N was first introduced, Pentax promised that they would issue a...

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jan 01, 2006 4 comments

If a picture is really brilliant, you don't have to worry about grain or sharpness or anything else: to quote Mike Gristwood, late of Ilford, "How much good would it do you to know the technical details of any one of Henri Cartier-Bresson's pictures?"

By the same token, if a picture is really bad, no amount of technical brilliance is going...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

As soon as I opened the box I was in hyper-drive. There before me was one very impressive piece of optical gear. Made by Sigma, this new telephoto lens includes useful focal lengths from the ever-popular 300mm to a mind-boggling 800mm. For photographers...

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Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz Posted: Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

There are plenty of other good (but significantly slower) 21mm and 24/25mm lenses on the market, almost all cheaper, smaller, lighter, and exhibiting less distortion than the two under discussion here.

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Jay Abend Posted: Aug 01, 2001 0 comments

After last year's exhaustive study of all things Russian, I thought I was done with Kiev equipment. While I had given up on most things Ukrainian as everyday shooters, I did still have a fine Kiev 60 body and a handful of Kiev lenses...

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

As soon as I heard about it, I wanted to try the f/2 28mm Zeiss ZF lens; ZF, for those unfamiliar with the current Zeiss line-up, is their superb line of Nikon F compatible manual focus lenses, as distinct from ZM (Leica M compatible) and ZV (classic Hasselblad compatible).

All of the ZF series are also available in ZK (Pentax K bayonet compatible) and a few, though apparently not...

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Omar Attum Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

All Photos © 2004, Omar Attum, All Rights Reserved

Wide angle lenses are my favorite types of lenses. They allow me to create striking 3D-like compositions, provide more depth of field, and fit more in the photograph, even in confined spaces. Although I regularly use a digital SLR, I often feel limited in using my Canon EOS 10D for landscape photographs because of the...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2007 0 comments

When Sony first unveiled their Alpha D-SLR system in June 2006, the company made a pledge to expand its line of lenses with additional Sony G models as well as some Carl Zeiss lenses. The first three of these products, with a ZA designator indicating Zeiss Alpha, are available at this time, distributed exclusively by Sony. A fourth model, a wide aperture (f/2.8) zoom, should be...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

The Olympus D-SLR system always included a series of pro-caliber lenses targeting serious photographers working with the E-1 pro camera. Since the introduction of the newer E-3, Olympus has also unveiled three high-grade zooms, the first in the Zuiko Digital line with Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) autofocus. Designed to provide the ultimate in AF performance, this trio offers wide apertures...

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Joseph A. Dickerson Posted: Aug 01, 2001 0 comments

To quote Don Quixote de La Mancha, "Can we ever have too much of a good thing?" Well, finally those who shoot Nikon need not stand idly by while their Canon toting friends do magical things to their photographic subjects with Tilt/Shift (TS)...

The Editors Posted: Aug 01, 2009 10 comments

The best imaging products of 2009 were voted on at the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) General Assembly held from April 2-4, 2009 in Budapest.

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