Canon DIY Lens Repair: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

This has been far too long in the works, but it’s finally here: A how-to DIY repair guide for taking apart (and rebuilding) the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS (both the IS v1 and II) to fix the stripped focus ring gear issue. Stripped focus ring gears are extremely common on these lenses – and with a bit of patience and care, can be fixed¬†for all of $10. WARNING: By viewing and/or following this guide, you accept full responsibility for any malfunctions or damage that may be caused to your lens…

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Telephotos for DSLR Video: Old vs. New

I’m often asked by DSLR videomakers – “What’s a good older telephoto zoom for someone on a budget?” The answer is simple: None of them. It has nothing to do with zooms not being cinematic (they can be just as cinematic as any other lens, but zoom technique is another story), but more with the manner in which a given lens operates. Our latest video examines this subject in detail:   Kurt – “Man with the 5D”

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Choosing follow focus gear rings

The cine-zation of DSLR cameras have created a need to add 0.8 pitch follow focus gears to standard photography lenses. Many such gears exist on the market; however, not all are created equal – a fact that is not immediately apparent until you’ve already experimented with a few. The prevalent types of follow focus gears available to the prosumer cinematrographer today come in three different variants: Left: Plastic, adjustable diameter gear ring with friction lock and lever Center: Rubberized, adjustable diameter gear ring with tooth lock Right: Fixed outside-diameter ring…

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Counterfeit Canon EOS rear end caps: How to avoid them (and why should I care?).

As we all know, there are various easy-to-manufacture Canon bits out there that are counterfeited. Some work, others don’t. Lens caps are amongst the most popular of these ripoffs, though most copies are honest enough to strike the Canon logo from the back end. Nevertheless, there are a few Chinese industrial thieves out there who make copies bearing the Canon logo, the photo above being one of them. Given that whoever ripped this off was armed with an AutoCAD designer and at least one injection molding machine, it should perform…

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