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Everything you always wanted to know about the semi-transparent mirror technology (but were afraid to ask)

Everything you always wanted to know about the semi-transparent mirror technology (but were afraid to ask)

It seems people have strived to capture photos in the quickest successions possible using the cheapest possible cameras since time immemorial. Perhaps I am exaggerating a bit but there is something in it.

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Interview with constructor of Sigma lenses

Interview with constructor of Sigma lenses

Question: How come You happened to become an optics specialist? Answer: My major at the university was the Space physics. While using telescopes, I started being more and more interested in the optical measurement equipment.

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Interview with Kazuto Yamaki - CEO of  Sigma Corporation

Interview with Kazuto Yamaki - CEO of Sigma Corporation

Kazuto Yamaki - CEO of Sigma Corporation was visiting Poland in the beginning of November. We had opportunity to meet him and ask several questions. Arkadiusz Olech: Welcome and thank you for finding the time for our interview.

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Waterproof cameras test 2012 - part I

Waterproof cameras test 2012 - part I

Underwater tests in Sharm el-Sheikh Holidays are approaching fast; small wonder we have been to Egypt for the fifth time to test the newest models of waterproof compact cameras. There are more and more such products every year – that fact forced us previously to divide our test into two parts because during one trip we weren’t able to test all of them.

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Leica X2 – first photos and first impressions

Leica X2 – first photos and first impressions

We were given an opportunity to get acquainted with the newest Leica X2 camera model several days before its official launch. We tested its functions and found out what changes had been made compared to its predecessor.

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A history of WZFO – or „Polish people have also something to boast of…” part III

A history of WZFO – or „Polish people have also something to boast of…” part III

The third part of our cycle „Polish people have also something to boast of...” in which we have been describing a history of Polish Optical Industries, is not a direct continuation of the PZO history.

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The history of PZO - or

The history of PZO - or "Polish people have also something to boast of..." part II

We are continuing the history of Polish Optical Industries. Let’s just remind here that the first part of the article encompassed the beginning and a very quick development which was stopped all of a sudden by the onset of WWII.

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The history of  PZO - or

The history of PZO - or "Polish people have also something to boast of..." part I

We’ve already featured series of articles describing the history of such companies as Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus and Sony (available only in Polish on Optyczne.pl). Many people have been asking us afterwards to publish next parts, with the history of others foreign optics producers.

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Colour rendering in binoculars and lenses

Colour rendering in binoculars and lenses

While discussing our tests we’ve met several times with controversial statements about the colour rendering different binoculars or lenses offer. More particularly these doubts concerned why we assess the white rendering of older Russian, Polish, Romanian and Czech products so low, including also the binoculars which were produced by Zeiss in Jena.

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Underwater cameras test 2011

Underwater cameras test 2011

The holiday season is being in full swing - it means the time has come for the test of underwater cameras. It’s become even more necessary because all the models, tested by us one year ago, have had their successors launched.

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Why the Lenstip reviews differ from others?

Why the Lenstip reviews differ from others?

When we published the Voigtlander Color Skopar 20 mm f/3.5 SL II Aspherical and the Voigtlander Ultron 40 mm f/2 SL II Aspherical lens tests once again we were questioned about the differences between resolution results presented on the Optyczne.

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

As we are often asked similar questions - on the forum, in mail and in comments under tests and news as well, we decided to start a FAQ section which we are going to enlarge successively. Enjoy your reading! Why do you use just one specimen of lens, camera or binoculars in your tests? Why do you test lenses on such an old body as a Canon EOS 20D? Why don’t you test vividness, colours and bokeh? Why do results, presented on the Lenstip.

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Underwater cameras test 2010

Underwater cameras test 2010

Originally posted 2010-05-26 on Optyczne.pl Our last year’s test of underwater cameras has been very popular. Small wonder we decided very quickly to conduct it this year too, especially that during the last 12 months we saw the next crop of waterproof point and shoot cameras hitting our shelves (we also invite You to read our \"Underwater cameras test 2011\").

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Leica X1 - camera review

Leica X1 - camera review

Originally posted 2009-12-16 on Optyczne.pl Even before the summer holidays of 2009 there had been rumors of a new product shown by Leica o n September the 9th, 2009. The number of nines in the date and hour of the premiere left us with basically no doubt; we were going to see a new digital rangefinder camera marked with an M9 symbol.

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A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4

A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4

Originally posted 2009-11-04 on Optyczne.pl If we look at the current offer of Sony lenses and compare it to the instruments Minolta used to sell to its customers we’ll find just one lens which firstly, has the same parameters and secondly is a contemporary version or a slightly modified model of an older construction.

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