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Bytesmiths

Always a photographer, from time-to-time, a pro and teacher.
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  • Posted on: Top 14 Best Telephoto Prime Lenses 2020

    I realize that you earn your income through click-throughs and sales referrals, but have you ever considered reviewing some classic lenses of the past, just for comparison sake?

    In particular, Olympus made a lens, the OM-System Zuiko 250mm /2.0, that NASA said was the best lens they had ever tested. Seems like a review of such a lens would add an interesting perspective to these modern-day lenses!
    • 2 Feb 2020 7:24AM
  • Posted on: Top 20 Best Lenses For Macro Photography 2020

    I realize that, by including "2019," your title implies only current-production lenses. (And I realize you get funding for selling such things.)

    But there are many wonderful bargains out there in legacy glass. I'm most familiar with Olympus, but other vendors great legacy macro lines, as well, that can easily be adapted to most mirrorless cameras.

    What do you get when you give up autofocus? Often, a full stop of light, as with the wonderful Olympus OM 90mm /2 Macro lens, and often, better build quality, with solid, metal bodies instead of plastic, and often better image quality, especially for "range specific" macro lenses.

    Olympus had a full line of range-specific macro lenses that, within their range, are equal or better than just about anything made today. With the incredible Telescoping Extension Tube (TET), you could go from infinity to a microscopic range of 20:1 magnification, without using a fragile and clumsy bellows. (The Micro-Nikkors are similar, although they require a bellows.) Olympus also had a full range of lighting and positioning paraphernalia for macro.

    The best part is that these legacy macro lenses are generally much cheaper than modern equivalents. But I realize they are a non-revenue item for ePhotozine.
    • 24 Mar 2019 9:21AM
  • Posted on: Olympus 9mm f/8 Fisheye Body Cap Lens Review

    I'd like to like this as a lens cap, but the lever that opens it up is easily bumped, causing the glass to be exposed to the inside of your camera bag.

    I wish that lever had a more forceful, positive locking action then you could use it as a lens cap!
    • 6 Feb 2019 6:08AM

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