Roger and Aaron tear down a Canon RF 100-500mm F4.7-7.1 lens to get to the bottom of a cracked element hidden somewhere inside.
Articles tagged "lensrentals"
In a year so very different from others, little has changed on the photography gear rental front. Canon takes 7 of the top 10 spots, with Sony taking the remaining three, and Nikon overtakes Sigma for third place.
Meet DPReview's new writer: Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals. Be nice – he's doing this for free, for some reason.
After tearing down the Canon EOS R5, the team at Lensrentals wanted to do further investigation of the camera and test how the camera heats up during 8K video recording. These are their findings.
Lensrentals has disassembled a Canon EOS R5 camera to see what has changed in the design and construction since the launch of the EOS R in 2018. The R5 incorporates IBIS, which changes the design inside the camera. Further, the R5 has interesting tricks up its sleeve with respect to sealing and heat flow.
Pro tip: If you aren't careful when using your $10K GFX 100 inside a waterproof housing, you're going to have a bad time (or the rental house you're borrowing will have a bad time).
What started as an internal means of checking the flange to sensor distance of its inventory turned into the painstaking task of measuring more than 2,500 camera bodies.
Unsurprisingly, 96% of respondents said their work has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 75% saying 'all or almost all' of their work had been cancelled in April.
The results of the short survey will be shared in the coming weeks in an effort to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the professional photography community.
In the 13 years since Roger Cicala started LensRentals, he and his team have managed to ship over one million orders. To celebrate the occasion, they've shared a video and podcast on the history of the company.
Roger and Aaron are back at it again with a teardown of Nikon's premium 24-70mm F2.8 zoom lens for its Z-series cameras.
As has become a year-end tradition, Lensrentals has shared the details of what brands, mounts, cameras, lenses and accessories it's rented out throughout 2019.
Roger Cicala and his team at Lensrentals have taken apart Canon's RF 70-200mm F2.8 IS lens to reveal what engineering feats are hidden within.
This kind of bug isn't going to be fixed with the latest firmware update.
Roger Cicala is a hard man to impress. His team tests a lot of lenses, but the new Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM looks like it's a cut above the average tele prime. His verdict? 'This is the sharpest lens we've tested. Period'.
As promised during the Canon 400mm F2.8 teardown, Lensrentals has taken apart Sony's 400mm F2.8 G super-telephoto lens to see what lurks beneath its magnesium alloy shell.
Roger Cicala and his team at Lensrentals tore down Canon's third-generation 400mm F2.8L IS lens, revealing a slew of interesting and impressive bits.
Lensrentals Founder Roger Cicala set aside some time to take apart Canon's new 50mm F1.2L RF lens and in doing so revealed a number of interesting discoveries.
Never ones to take a press release at face value, Roger Cicala and the team at LensRentals opened up Canon's new EF 70-200mm F2.8 III and compared it to the Mark II, to see whether Canon made any hidden changes.
In Lensrentals testing, the Veydra Mini Primes wipe the test bench floor with the equivalent Zeiss CP.2 lenses, which cost more than three times as much. In Roger Cicala's words: they kick some serious resolution butt.
Lensrentals' Roger Cicala just tore down the Sony a7R III to see just how much Sony did (and didn't) improve the camera's weather sealing over its predecessor. The results are a "good news, bad news" deal.
Lensrentals most-rented gear of 2017 contains a few interesting surprises. Among them: Sony has out-rented Nikon for the first time ever, and a Sony battery somehow took the #6 spot overall.
The Minolta MC Rokkor X 40-80mm F2.8 zoom is a unique lens, which uses a gearbox for controlling focus and zoom. Roger Cicala has been fascinated with its design for ages, and he recently got the chance to take one apart.
If you've been dying to try out drone photography or VR but can't justify buying the gear yet, there's good news. Lensrentals is expanding their repertoire to include drones, VR and 360° photo and video gear.
Following some initial lab testing results, Lensrentals has published a full review of the highly-anticipated Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art.
Roger Cicala is a difficult man to impress, but he's been waxing lyrical over at Lensrentals about Sony's new 12-24mm wide zoom.
Are you puzzled about what protective filter to buy for your expensive lenses? Roger Cicala from Lensrentals tested twenty of them to see which are the best choices.
Zach Sutton at LR has made a list of the gear that he'd recommend for various trips – just please don't take their cameras to Burning Man.
Roger Cicala, confirmed lens nerd and Lensrentals founder, has put Tamron's new 70-200mm F2.8 'G2' to the test, and the results are impressive. Read more
Arch lens nerd Roger Cicala has been busy recently, testing multiple copies of several popular wideangle zoom lenses to try and prove what he calls 'Roger’s Law of Wide Zoom Relativity'. And what exactly is that? Read more
Last week we took a look at Lensrentals' disassembly of a broken Sony FE 70-200 F2.8 GM lens. Check out part two to watch the guys at LR further dissect the lens, to see if it can be saved. Read more
When the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM didn't test as well as expected, Roger Cicala and crew jumped on an opportunity to crack one open and see what was going on inside. Read more
Canon's EOS 5D IV is a formidable bit of hardware, with a 30MP and 4K video. Our friends at LensRentals have taken one apart to see how it works. See more
In their latest blog post, the crew at LensRentals tears apart a series of linear drive lenses and discuss the various designs they've encountered – some are robust, others, not so much. Read more
Roger and Aaron over at LensRentals have been tearing lenses down again. This week they've 'eviscerated' Fujifilm's XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8R LM OIS - the company's mid-price tele zoom. The name may be redolent of a '$100 extra for a dual lens kit' zoom but inside they found surprises at every turn. And not just with regards the number of screws holding the thing together. Read more
The Leica SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 may not break any new technical ground, but when the SL's 'kit' lens made its way to LensRentals headquarters, the team endeavored to take a careful look inside. With the solidly constructed lens partially disassembled, they got a closer look at its impressive number of moving elements. Read more
Why can't you just make them better? It sounds like a reasonable question until you start unpacking exactly what it entails, and that's exactly what Roger Cicala does in the latest LensRentals blog post. As usual, the closer he looks, the more complicated the question becomes. So why can't everyone just (repeatably and affordably) make lenses, you know... better? Read more
LensRentals' Roger Cicala has been his usual busy self, tearing lenses apart to work out how to repair and maintain them. The latest optic to fall prey to his toolkit is the Sony Zeiss 35mm F1.4 ZA: one of the company's latest designs for its full frame a7 series cameras. Peering inside reveals a radical design approach far removed from the one Canon uses for its latest 35mm lens. Read more
DSLR autofocus has been the gold standard for decades but the higher accuracy and precision offered by some mirrorless cameras risks tarnishing this image. However, many modern DSLRs include an option to fine-tune the AF behavior to help optimize their performance. Guest writer Joey Miller has written a short guide to how to make use of this feature over on the LensRentals blog. Read more
Roger Cicala at LensRentals has a great job - he gets to take things apart whenever he wants, and get paid to do it. And even better, he gets to pay himself to do it. Roger just got his hands on Canon's new EF 35mm F1.4 L II, and just like us, he's been very impressed. But, it must be said, for very different reasons. Click through for a quick look at what he found behind the red ring. Read more
LensRentals has embarked on a quest to investigate the complicated topic of sample variation among copies of the same lens. It's the kind of fascinating, geeky stuff we've come to know and love from LensRentals, and in the latest round of tests they've taken a look at a group of short telephoto primes ranging from 85mm to 150mm. Read more
LensRentals received its first Canon EOS Rebel T6s/760D and T6i/750D units and has identified a sensor problem with a number of those cameras. Out of about 20 units (around 10 of each model), 4 T6s and 2 T6i units contained sensors with noticeable defects in their sensor stacks. These layers of glass on top of the sensor contain a pattern of dust-like spots or particles that are visible when studied under angled light. Read more
U.S.-based LensRentals has announced an expansion to its photo equipment rental service that allows photographers to purchase the gear they've borrowed. This gives renters a try-before-you-buy option and lets those who have become enamored with their rental equipment keep it forever. Learn more
The team over at LensRentals has been doing a lot of work recently, looking at the performance of Canon's new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM wideangle zoom. They're pretty impressed by the optical quality of the new lens, but being in the business of renting and repairing gear, they also wanted to know how well it would stand up to the rigors of daily use - and how easy it would be to work on. Click through to learn how the new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM compares mechanically.
We recently published a look at the Lomography Petzval lens, a modern version of a 19th century portrait lens. It's a niche product and not something we typically cover, but an interesting adaptation of a classic design. Roger Cicala and the team at LensRentals went one step further - when a couple of copies rolled through the door, they subjected the lens to their usual optics tests. Why? Well, because why not?
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