Sony announced its 16-70mm f4 lens for E Mount a while back. The lens is co-branded with Zeiss and is one of the company’s first zoom lenses for the E mount to have the moniker attached. And with a name like that, one can only expect the absolute best. With 12 lens groups and 16 elements inside, the optic has what seems like a metal construction on the outside. Overall, it also somehow or another ends up staying quite compact–which complements the E mount bodies very well. Designed for APS-C sensors, it also makes us wonder why the company only went with an f4 aperture and why not go any faster.
I have tested a few long lenses here. They were mostly prime lenses. The Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 is one of the latest zoom lenses from this third party lens maker. It is a company with a long history in the photography world. I recently purchased their 70-200mm f2.8 and was eager to try this new telephoto zoom. What mattered to me about this lens most was its performance. During this review period, we were at the tail end of some psychotic weather. Snow was still everywhere. [click to continue…]
With today’s news of the Sony A7 and A7r suffering from light leaks, we decided to answer the question about what exactly they are without totally confusing everyone. First off, light leaks are little white tinges that you see on an image which was significantly more common when photography was primarily done by shooting film. What they often look like is just like what you see above. Photographer John Angelone said that this happened when he was shooting with his Fuji GW690III + Fuji Pro 160S film. Typically, light leaks were often seen to be unacceptable and that they tainted image quality until it started to happen in such a way that it appeared beautiful to some artists.
Today, we often think about it being associated with Hipster trends. But for what it’s worth neither VSCO, Instagram or Hisptamatic give you light leaks as a filter or modification option. The only way to actually accomplish them though post-production is through Photoshop Touch. But you can still get them through the camera.
Light leaks occur when seals on the lens or between the lens and camera body aren’t properly closed. This is a bigger problem due to the construction of digital sensors but it wasn’t as horrifying when it came to shooting film. When a camera takes a picture, it only sees the light that comes in from its eye: which is essentially the sensor. Everyone’s eyes have a lens, which is represented by the lens of a camera. When the lens isn’t working correctly, it starts to get blurry and sometimes the world may be too bright in certain areas–this is a common complaint amongst many folks who suffer from extreme astigmatisms.
What I also found out later on while using film is that sometimes, light leaks can occur when the back of the camera isn’t closing correctly too. This is far more rare and more than often the images just end up completely washed out, but it’s still an interesting problem to have. This won’t happen with digital cameras at all.
Redditor Max Tejera (u/LathanGames) took a picture of something truly awesome and totally weird. While taking a photo on the Seattle Ferry Terminal Walkway, he looked at the image and noticed something weird. Condensation was on the lens and it made the street lamps do this weird thing that you see in the image above.
This happened due to his lens being stopped down to create the star effect and then when combined with the condensation it gave off these interesting mixtures of what looks like bokeh balls and stars.
Max, who is a student at the University of British Columbia, said that it’s a quick snapshot he took took between recording the cool video that you can find after the jump. He states,
“Those street lamps are a notable landmark for any Bainbridge Island resident as they can be seen from the pedestrian overpass from the ferry terminal. It was around 8 in the evening and I was shooting with my 28mm lens. In order to emphasize the long range of the street lamps I dialed the aperture up pretty high, which according to /u/Insertgenericname on Reddit caused the aperture blades to distort the light as it did. I was under the impression it was the dew on my lens (which might also have been a factor), but I liked the effect so I worked around it.”
We think it was a combination of both–usually a narrow aperture will surely give you the star-like look (we do it all the time when testing lenses to measure flare control) but the circles around them aren’t something that we’ve seen before.
As I sit here cleaning and organizing my lens collection, I’m thinking about which lenses are the foundation of my photography. Sometimes for simplicity and frugality’s sake, I wish I could start my photography life over. If I could travel through time and space back on my photography path, here are the lenses I would tell the newbie me to focus on first. I think these are the types of lenses every DSLR owner should have. [click to continue…]
We’ve shown you how to clean your lens’s contacts, but what about when you’re out in the field and don’t have the right equipment with you? Well, Magnum Photographer David Alan Harvey has been in the situation many times and can show you with experience exactly what you’re supposed to do. Despite the fact that you should always have a lens cleaning cloth on you (the microfiber kind) sometimes you can’t always get to it.
Instead, Dave recommends reaching for some good ol’ Fruit of the Loom–or flannel. No, we’re serious.
In truth, we did the same thing when I was a working photojournalist and packed tightly shoulder to shoulder with other photographers during hot New York summers. Providing my shirt wasn’t soaking wet from sweat to begin with, it worked well enough providing that there wasn’t any sediment on the lens–otherwise you’re scratching the coating. But if there is already water on it (and lubrication is important) then you should be fine.