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Factors of Focusing Accuracy

Capturing MovementMany people have asked about the focusing accuracy of their camera/lens combination. Camera manufacturers have promised that their model can predictably focus on moving subjects such as race cars, but the camera you take home doesn’t seem able to keep up with your seven...

Troubleshooting: Oily Aperture Blades

The aperture blades are a very important component in a lens. When the blades are oily, it can cause many problems such as exposure issues. The oil causes the rate in which the blades open and close to be affected, which may over or under...

How Big Does My File Need To Be?

Some of the most frequent issues we come across here at the lab concern file dimensions and recommended print resolution for printing. When working in the world of digital photography, or bridging the gap between film originals and paper prints, these two things are critical...

Large Format Q&A

We have had an abundance of questions coming in recently about different aspects of large format photography and equipment. Naturally, we thought it would be best to compile some of these questions and answer them for all of you interested in the format. Keep in...

Diopters

What is a Diopter? The technical definition is “A unit of measurement of the refractive power of lenses equal to the reciprocal of the focal length measured in meters”. The term diopter is used mainly in optometry, as a term for a corrective lens. It...

The Camera Bag Guide

Camera Bags- What to consider when purchasing a bag First, ask yourself these four questions:1. What purpose do you need the bag or case to serve?2. What will you need to fit in it?3. Where will you be taking it?4. What's your budget?Second, consider your answers...

Leica R Lenses: Understanding Cams

Leica R lenses are 35mm manual focus lenses that fit on Leica R SLR bodies. Most the lenses can be used on any Leica reflex camera body in a non-metered mode (they physically fit onto the body). There are different designations that denote the lenses...

Memory Cards: Compatibility, Error Codes & Health

The two main formats of cards are SD and CF, and these are the ones we will mainly be referring to. Other formats include SmartMedia, Memory Stick (+ MS Duo, Pro Duo), Mini and Micro SD, XD, and MultiMedia. A few months ago, the XQD...

Photo Equipment Quirks

Even though we always suggest getting a users manual with your newly acquired photographic gear, many people do not. This often leads to returns for items that are "broken", when really the item is in fine working order. Many cameras have quirks or tricks to...