lenses

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1210

Chris says that you don't need a Macro or Wide Angle lens. There are plenty of ways to turn your current lenses into both.

1) Get an extension ring. It goes between the camera/lens increasing the distance. It reduces the minimum focal distance without affecting quality all that much. And you can get one with contacts to keep automatic functions.

2) You can also get a filter that acts as a magnifying flass. It needs to be "achromatic" to correct for color and distortion. But that's a good option as well.

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1172

Chris is back and he's excited about a new lens he picked up. It's the Canon 24mm pancake lens. It's tiny! It has a fixed focal length, no zoom, and smaller glass elements. But the lens quality is fantastic. It's fast at F2.8. It uses a new focusing technology called a "stepping motor." This goes at variable speeds to focus depending on what you're doing. Another thing is that the focus is "fly by wire," so you don't have a haptic focus connection. It costs about $179.

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1164

Chris joins us to talk about expensive prime lenses that have fixed focal lengths and in order to "zoom," you have to walk forward. Leo says that it helps you to think about what you're doing. Chris agrees, but admits that when traveling, zoom lenses are beneficial.

Chris Marquardt, "Tips from the Top Floor"

Episode 916

Chris wanted to chime in over lens flare gate with the iPhone 5. Lens flare happens because light bounces around multiple elements in the lens. Every camera does it. It's normal and if used deliberately, it adds atmosphere. Chris likes it. J.J. Abrams has made a career with lens flare. Apple is right, though, that if you don't want it, then point the camera out of the light. But the issue is, why is it purple? Chris says it's because the anti-reflective coating gives it that hue.