In principle, you can’t mix and match different types and brands of lenses with different camera bodies. Each camera maker uses its own bespoke lens mount and different mechanical and electronic connections between the camera body and lens. However, it’s often possible to make lenses fit different brands and types of bodies with lens adaptors. These are usually from third-party makers and designed for users who don’t mind a few compromises in camera functions. For example, you may lose autofocus functions and have to use manual focus only, and it’s likely that you’ll have to use manual exposure and lens aperture control rather than the camera’s full range of exposure controls.
Company which champions old, analog cameras, outdated or cross-processed film and relaunched classic lens designs. Lomography products are known for their expense, sometimes makeshift construction and general unpredictability, but also revered by their fans for these very reasons (well, probably not the expense), because they introduce the kind of randomness, unexpectedness and engagement lost in the transition to modern digital imaging.
LUT stands for ‘lookup table’. Essentially, it takes the colours in an image and remaps them on to new ones. It really is a table consisting of a large grid of colour swatches and how they should be adjusted in the converted images. Its closest equivalent is the device profiles used in colour management systems, which work on a similar principle, but LUTs are usually designed for creative effects rather than colour correction.
LUTs are often used to simulate classic films or filter effects. They’re commonly distributed as preset effects for programs like Lightroom, Capture One and now Skylum’s Luminar image-editor. It is possible to create your own LUTs, but it’s a somewhat technical process.
The advantage of LUTs for image editors is that they are, in theory, software independent. The same LUT (or image effect) can be used in any software that can import and apply lookup tables.
The disadvantage is that the LUT effect can’t be edited. It’s a straightforward colour conversion with no user-editable settings, though you can of course add other image adjustments in the software used to apply the LUT.
The lens is a fundamental part of any camera. It’s what creates the image on the camera sensor (or film). Some cameras have a fixed, non-removable lens while others offer interchangeable lenses. Your choice of lens has a major impact on the appearance of your pictures, including the lens’s focal length (angle of view) and its aperture setting (which you may or may not be able to adjust). At a simple level the lens is just the thing on the front of the camera, but on a more advanced level lenses open up a whole world of photographic choices, buying decisions and technical comparisons.
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This is a small microphone designed to attach to a speaker’s clothing for interviews or presentations, for example. They’re usually small and unobtrusive, they’re hands-free and they help exclude other background noises. They may also be called lapel mics. Some are connected to the camera or sound recorder by wire, others work wirelessly.