The Complete Samyang Lens Abbreviations Glossary

THE MANY FACES Samyang, some may have heard of it as the Korean noodle. But the Korean Lens Maker has been around since the 1970s and manufacturing all sorts of optics. Not many may have heard of the Samyang brand, but maybe Vivitar, Falcon, Rokinon, Walimex, Bower, Opteka, Bell & Howell, Polar, and Pro-Optic will ring a bell. Yep, Samyang manufactures lens for all these brand names. So when you are buying any of those, think Samyang. Each brand may have their abbreviations slightly different, but the technology should be the same.…

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The Complete Pentax Lens Abbreviations

PENTAX, THE LOST GRANDFATHER Pentax has a long history, a history even longer than Canon. Strangely though, as prominent as Pentax may be, it was never more popular than Canon or Nikon. Long story short, Pentax is related to “everything optics”. Pentax started from producing spectacle lens, to optical instruments for the military, scopes, binoculars, cameras, and even medical equipment. Pentax has been like sort of a lost grandfather over the years, being moved from company to company. Somehow, it has survived despite being a Frankenstein of many companies. The movements, however has put…

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The Tall Picture : How To Shoot Vertorama

  WHAT THE HECK IS VERTORAMA? Welcome to a guide on how to shoot vertorama. You have probably heard of panorama, a long and ultra wide photo. With today’s technology, it is as simple as panning your smartphone with the “panoramic sweep” feature. Or you can go the old school way of taking many photos, and “stitching” them together in Photoshop. But what happens when you rotate around and take photos vertically? You get vertorama, the cousin of panorama. Strangely enough, vertorama is not commonly used by many photographers. Still, it is very useful…

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Kenko Astro LPR filter Type II Review

  EXPENSIVE ASTRO MIRACLE FILTER? Welcome to my Kenko Astro LPR filter review, and this is one heck expensive filter. Priced at 32000 JPY or about USD 320 for the 77mm version, this is the most expensive filter I have bought till date. But what is so interesting and so good about this filter? Well, the name of the filter will sort of explain itself – Astro Light Pollution Resistant (LPR) filter. In most modern cities, you will not see the stars because the night skies are concealed by light pollution from the city…

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