Lenses

  • Nice new Zeiss lenses for your Canon


    I’ve always been skeptical about third-party lenses, but I know in my heart that even Canon makes some stinkers (18-55mm EF-S anyone?) and on the flipside Sigma and Tamron probably have some great glass. But there isn’t even any room for doubt with Carl Zeiss — the famous lensmaker is bringing its craft to Canon’s EF mount. These Planar T* F/1.4 50mm and 85mm lenses… Read More

  • Official Leica M8.2 and F/0.95 lens press release leaked


    Oh man, I desperately want one of these cameras. If you look in the sidebar, you’ll see a BlogTalk Radio thing where you can hit play and almost immediately listen to me salivating over the new Leica gear. I can’t afford it, of course, but I can’t afford your mom either and I still talk about her! Moving on… the Leica M8.2 is not an SLR, but I trust them to make a… Read More

  • Leica's new F/0.95 lens, yes F/0.95


    Damn, Leica. I know you make awesome lenses and all, but a sub-F/1 production lens? When Kubrick had his f/0.7 lens made specially for Barry Lyndon, it appropriated NASA tech and the rear element was 4mm from the film plane (very dangerous). It was also hand-made and priceless. These Leica Noctiluxes are the next best thing: incredibly expensive. €8000 or over $11,000 will buy you one… Read More

  • Eye-shaped camera uses curved sensor


    History with CrunchGear! For a long time, the light-sensitive part of a camera has been flat. This is for two main reasons. First, photography originally used glass plates and prints involved a gelatin which would coalesce on anything but a flat surface. This lasted until the digital age, when the new obstacle became that the light-sensitive chips are generally manufactured like other… Read More

  • Pics of SLR cameras and lenses sawn in half – very cool


    I’ve actually been looking for pictures like this for ages. I find SLRs and lenses very fascinating, but it wasn’t until I saw a lens cut open like this in the window of a shop in Paris that I understood just how complicated they are. You ask what you’re paying for when you buy a really good prime lens or a $1000 zoom; you’re looking at it. The first picture is cool, as… Read More

  • Sunex SuperFisheye 5.6mm full-circle lens


    Sometimes 14mm isn’t wide enough. Honestly, I don’t need a lens that wide, but with popular cropped-FOV DSLRs like the Rebel XT and Nikon D40, you lose a lot of those precious millimeters so there’s definitely a market for something like this. 5.6mm is insanity though — and as you can see, it covers a lot of real estate. Still, if you’re trying to get the… Read More

  • Telescoping lens for iPhone camera, why the hell not?

    Yes. Yes. I say yes to weird-ass accessories. This one’s only $19, too. It’s a telescoping lens for your iPhone camera that can “Overcome the short coming of camera cellphone that can only near-sighted, it also makes distant view for you at the moment.” What does that mean? Who knows, but it sounds delightful. The lens seems to work in tandem with a… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Canon lenses, speedlites with deep discounts

    There’s a plethora of lenses to choose from with pretty good prices. The rebates are instant so you won’t have to worry about making any silly deadline. Devin is taking a dump in his pants right now and yelling at me for finding this. Poor guy. A complete list when you hit the link. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Tamron lens rebate program

    Anyone get a new DSLR over the holidays? Looking to fill that, otherwise, empty camera bag with a few more lenses? Of course you are. I know I am. Tamron has a pretty sweet rebate going on through the end of March. If you’re without a Pentax, Nikon, Canon or Sony then you’re out of luck. Nine lenses out of the Tamron lineup have been chosen and rebates range from $10 up to… Read More

  • Liquid lenses work like your eyes, but don't cut out your eyes yet


    Itochu and Holochip — yeah, I know. Never heard of them either. — have teamed up to make liquid lenses that will offer optical zoom and image manipulation without the mess of digital extrapolation. A tiny motor and squishy lens will work in tandem to deform the optics to zoom in and out without physically moving the lens forward or backwards. This means thinner, better optical… Read More

  • Lensbabies: Lenses Like Babies

    Every once in a while we get lucky enough to see an actually cool product. This is the Lensbaby, an odd lens that allows you to create selective focus images, meaning you can “sharpen up” on spot on a scene leave the rest in sporty blur. This would have been great for taking action shots on the floor, but we didn’t get a chance to try it on our gear.
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