Articles tagged "lensrentals"

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Lensrentals tears down a Canon RF 100-500mm F4.7-7.1 lens to solve the mystery of a cracked element

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.

Lensrentals' most popular gear: Canon once again dominates with Sony, Nikon far behind

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.

'Who am I and what am I doing here?' Introducing Roger Cicala

Meet DPReview's new writer: Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals. Be nice – he's doing this for free, for some reason.

Part II: Lensrentals investigates the Canon EOS R5's heat emission

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 tears down the Canon EOS R5 and finds interesting sealing and thermal flow

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.

Lensrentals tears down a $10K Fujifilm GFX 100 corroded by saltwater

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).

Lensrentals tears down the Canon 600mm F11 IS STM

Roger and Aaron spent a few hours digging into the electronics and optics of Canon's new diffractive optics 600mm F11 IS STM lens.

Lensrentals bought a $10K machine to test the flange-to-sensor distance of more than 2,500 cinema cameras

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.

Lensrentals survey: 19% of professional photographers are considering a career change due to COVID-19 pandemic

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.

Lensrentals wants to know if the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your professional photography work

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.

Video: Lensrentals announces it’s hit the 1,000,000 order milestone, shares the history of the company

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.

Lensrentals gets risky while tearing down the Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 zoom lens

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.

Lensrentals breaks down its most-rented photo and video gear of 2019

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.

Lensrentals teardown reveals the inside of the 'Strong like Bull' Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 lens

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.

Lensrentals found a dead fly inside a Canon 70-200mm, tested how it affects image quality

This kind of bug isn't going to be fixed with the latest firmware update.

Roger Cicala tests new Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM, confirms 'insanely good' MTF results

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'.

Lensrentals tears down the Sony 400mm F2.8 G lens to its magnesium alloy skeleton

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.

Lensrentals tears down the Canon 400mm F2.8L IS III

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 tears down Canon's 50mm F1.2 RF lens to reveal new optics, tech and surprises

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.

LensRentals tears down Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 Mark III and Mark II

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.

Lensrentals: Cheap Veydra Mini Prime lenses are 'optically excellent'

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 tears down the Sony a7R III in search of better weather sealing

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.

Canon and Sony dominate Lensrentals' most rented gear of 2017 list

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 clockwork lens: Lensrentals tears down famed Minolta 40-80mm F2.8 Gearbox Zoom

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.

Lensrentals is now renting out drones and VR/360 equipment

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.

Lensrentals on the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art: a lot for less than the competition

Following some initial lab testing results, Lensrentals has published a full review of the highly-anticipated Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art.

Sony 12-24mm impresses Lensrentals with great sharpness, reasonable price

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.

Confused about protective filters for your lens? Roger Cicala breaks it down

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.

Lensrentals selects the best gear for your next vacation

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.

Lensrentals blog looks at off-camera recorders

Joshua Richardson over at the Lensrentals blog has published a helpful article about off-camera video recorders, why to use them, and highlights some models worth looking at. Read more

Lensrentals: Tamron 70-200 F2.8 G2's resolution is excellent

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

Lensrentals proposes 'Roger's Law of Wide Zoom Relativity'

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

Lensrentals and the continuing saga of the broken Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM

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

Lensrentals and the mysterious case of the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM

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

Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates

In the latest LensRentals blog post, Roger Cicala writes about a phrase he hears a lot: 'This zoom is just as good as a prime.' Find out why it sets his teeth on edge. Read more

Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4

Despite some gripes with Nikon's marketing of the 105mm F1.4, Lensrentals finds a lot to like inside Nikon's new lens. Read more

LensRentals tests the Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 FL ED

LensRentals' optical testing shows Nikon's third generation 70-200mm F2.8 makes some notable sharpness gains in the middle of the zoom range. Read more

Harder than it looks: LensRentals gets inside the Canon EOS 5D IV

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

Learning curve: LensRentals examines the workings of linear focus motors

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

Something we've never seen before: LensRentals 'eviscerates' the Fujifilm XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8R LM OIS

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

All those moving elements: LensRentals looks inside the Leica SL 24-90mm F2.8-4

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

How tough can it be? LensRentals looks at why it's so hard to make lenses

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

Roger Cicala finds  innovation sealed inside the Sony 35mm F1.4 ZA

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

To the point: LensRentals shows how to use Autofocus Fine Tune

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

'Built like a tank where it counts' - LensRentals tears down Canon EF 35mm F1.4 L II

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 applies copy variation test to short telephoto primes

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 reports Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i sensor issue

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

LensRentals' new Keeper program lets you buy rental gear

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

LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS

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.

LensRentals tests Lomography's Petzval lens

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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