Irix Teaser For A New Lens That’s Coming Soon (but no specs)

Irix

Swiss lens manufacturer Irix is teasing a new lens. We think the announcement might happen soon.

The teasers appeared on Facebook and Instagram, and a video was published on Youtube (below).

While not disclosing any specifications or other details, you are invited on Facebook to guess what the lens will be. A surprise waits for the first person that gets it right:

We’ve prepared something special for you!
Soon you’ll be able to say hello to a new member of the Irix family! What lens do you think it’ll be?

Leave a comment below; we’ve prepared a special surprise for the first person who guesses correctly!

Any idea what the upcoming Irix lens will be? Sound off in the comment section.

How To Calibrate Lens Autofocus Without Expensive Tools

How To Calibrate Lens Autofocus

Is your lens back- or front-focusing? Don’t despair, you can calibrate the lens without expensive and complicated tools. Here is how to calibrate lens autofocus.

Karl Taylor posted a short video where he explains well how to proceed to calibrate your lens. He says:

Have you ever noticed your lens isn’t always pin-sharp when using autofocus? This lens autofocus problem can happen because lenses can drift over time. You want your autofocus to be pin-sharp – I demonstrate how to simply calibrate your lens autofocus without needing to buy a lens calibration tool or calibration chart.

All you need to accomplish it is:

  • A piece of whiteboard
  • A standard ruler
  • A pen or pencil
  • The lens for calibrating
  • Your camera with tripod

And here is the 5 minutes video explaining how to calibrate your lens:

More tips and tricks are listed here.

Canon Announced New Class-Leading 4K Broadcast Zoom Lens, The CJ15ex4.3B

CJ15ex4.3B

Press release:

Canon announces the CJ15ex4.3B – a 4K broadcast portable zoom lens with class-leading magnification and wide-angle focal length

London, UK, 5th September 2019 – Canon Europe today announces the expansion of its industry-leading 4K broadcast lenses for 2/3-inch sensor cameras with the launch of the CJ15ex4.3B. Offering the outstanding optical performance known of Canon’s UHDxs series, the class-leading CJ15ex4.3B supports a maximum zoom of 15x and a wide-angle focal length of 4.3mm. Now a Canon lens for every broadcast filming scenario, this lightweight (2.19kg) and compact lens enables broadcasters to achieve 4K optical performance, even with its built-in 2x extender, ensuring footage is of the highest resolution – from the centre of the image to the very edges. With viewer demands for 4K content rising, the CJ15ex4.3B is the ideal choice for broadcasters looking to future-proof their content when upgrading to 4K systems and workflows.

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Save 15% On Used Canon Gear At KEH

Canon

KEH offers 15% discount on used Canon gear, all you have to do is to use code CAN8A at checkout. Promotion expires 8/8/2019.

Click here to see all discounted Canon gear at KEH

Noteworthy Kickstarter projects:

  1. SliderMini portable camera slider
  2. Universal camera strap with lifetime warranty
  3. DUO Daypack, quick access camera bag with lifetime warranty
  4. Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 lens for $199
  5. Peak Design super light travel tripod

More selected deals:

More hand-picked deals are listed here.

Authorised Canon retailer B&H Photo has discounted EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 6D Mark II bundles on offer for the holidays.

We offer 10% discount to subscriptions to Pixpa all-in-one platform for photographers.

Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBayAdorama.

Canon Europe stores have a cash back promotions going on:

Refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store (best deals to be found here)

Save $10 on Luminar 4 and/or Aurora HDR 2019 using our code “WATCH” at checkout.

How Does A Fly Crawl Into A $2100 Weather-sealed Canon Lens?

Canon EF 70-200 F/ 2.8 L IS II

This time Lens Rentals shares a somewhat different teardown of photographic gear.

They got back a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II lens from rental, and found a fly inside the lens. A lens that’s supposed to be weather-sealed. While it is still unclear how the fly managed to crawl into the lens, Roger Cicala shows and proofs that a fly inside a lens (or dust for that matter) has little to no effect on image quality. He also shows how difficult it is to remove the fly from the lens.

Images © lensrentals.com, used with permission.

Head over to Lens Rentals to get the story, and see all steps of the teardown.

How To Make A Working Lens Out Of Sand And Rocks

If you are particularly keen to difficult DIY projects, this one may be for you.

Andy George of How To Make Everything redefines the concept of DIY with this project: a lens build from scratch using raw sand, rocks, and metal, and a huge amount of skills too, I guess.

Previously, Andy built a pinhole camera, as you can see in the video below.

Not satisfied with the pinhole camera, Andy decided to build a lens from the scratch. Well, it took him a dozen attempts before getting it done right. Guess making your own glass isn’t everyone’s thing. The video below explains all steps. Enjoy.

[via Interesting Engineering via DIY Photography]