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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Improving My Cosplay Photoshop Part 5

FIRE BENDING Round 5, and I decided to go back to one of my “roots of epic”. Fire. Yes, it seems innocently easy enough to just paste a fire stock photo, and change the blend mode to “screen”. But to take it to an entirely different “godly” level, it takes a whole lot more. So I went all around the Internet, studying how the grand masters cook their epic eye meals. I came to a simple conclusion – blending fire works much better with a dark background. Sometimes even much better…

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[Review] Hoya R72 Infrared Filter

THE OVERVIEW Website : Hoya R72 Infrared Filter Get from eBay : Click Here Disclaimer : Fat affiliate link above, read my disclosure message here Price : USD 38 to USD 110 (Depending on filter size) Build Solid build, excellent optical quality. Usefulness   Offers a different perspective. Value   Decently priced. Average An all-round interesting filter. SCIENCE IS COMING Brace yourselves, science is coming. Sorry folks, but we need a few boring paragraphs to explain to those who are new to infrared photography. I am not too bright in physics, so don’t burn me if…

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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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[Review] Lee Filters Graduated Neutral Density

THE OVERVIEW Website : Lee Filters Graduated Neutral Density Price : USD 275 (Set of 3 filters, you can buy them separately, but that will cost more) Build Excellent optical quality. Usefulness   Must have for landscape photographers. Value   On the expensive side. Average Expensive, but excellent filters. A STAPLE FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHERS Every landscape photographer will probably have a set of Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filters and a Circular Polarizer (CPL) in their bag. I have a set of 3 Lee Filters GND in my bag for like, years now. It…

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The Tall Picture : How To Shoot Vertorama

WHAT THE HECK IS 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? Welcome to a guide on how to shoot vertorama, the cousin of panorama. Strangely enough, vertorama is not commonly used by many photographers. Still, it is very useful for taking photos…

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The Complete Sony Lens Abbreviations

Sony is one of the younger player when it comes to making cameras. But interestingly, Sony is not a new player in the photography world. For those who are a little more geeky, you should know well that Sony has a history of making camera sensors for other companies… until they decided to grab a piece of the camera market for themselves. For newbies who just had their feet wet in the camera world, Sony lens can be rather confusing. Most of the Sony lens are manufactured by Carl Zeiss. But at the same…

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[Review] Kenko Astro LPR filter Type II

THE OVERVIEW Website : Kenko Astro LPR Type II Get from eBay : Click Here Disclaimer : Fat affiliate link above, read my disclosure message here Price : USD 160 to USD 360 (depending on filter size) Build Good build quality, but watch that reflection. Usefulness   Astro photographers will love this one. Value   Very expensive. Average An interesting filter to have… except the price. EXPENSIVE ASTRO MIRACLE FILTER? The Kenko Astro LPR filter is one heck expensive filter. Priced at 32000 JPY or about USD 320 for the 77mm version, this is the…

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The Complete Tamron Lens Abbreviations

Tamron, yet another great third party lens maker. Established 1950 in Japan, Tamron is by no means a small fry… even Sony has some shares in Tamron. Tamron has a long history of producing lens, and this guide will walk you through their alien language abbreviations. RANGE Digitally Integrated (Di) : Range of lens made for the digital full frame cameras, which can be mounted on the crop (APS-C) sensor cameras as well. Digitally Integrated II (Di-II) : Range of lens for crop sensor cameras. Digitally Integrated III (Di-III) : Lens built…

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