Lens and camera reviews, research and how-to covering Nikon and Canon DSLR bodies and lenses, along with related gear
GPS units for Nikon and Canon.
Top-grade carbon fiber tripods for professionals.
Sigma’s fast telephoto APO macro lenses.
Sigma’s fast and affording moderate wide angle.
Unbeatable optical quality in tilt/shift lenses for Canon or Nikon or Sony Alpha or Pentax K.
The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is a worthy contender in the crowded 50mm area. See how it performs compared to the Canon EF 50/1.4 and EF 50/1.2L.
In-depth review evaluates ergonomics, flare, bokeh, vignetting, focus shift, sharpness. Includes comparisons with Zeiss ZF 35/2 Distagon, Nikon 45mm f/2.8P and NOCT-Nikkor 58/1.2. Reviewed on Nikon, but now available for Canon EOS.
A fast moderate wide angle lens with some practical difficulties.
Which speed zoom for the Nikon D800/D800E?
State of the art design in a fast 35mm lens.
Nikon’s High Performance Moderately-Priced 50mm.
Nikon’s latest 50mm lens compared with the Zeiss ZF 50/1.4, NIkon 50/1.4D and Sigma 50/1.4.
State of the art design in a fast 85mm lens.
Nikon’s ultra wide angle zoom and the Nikon 14mm f/2.8, critical focus shift behavior.
State of the art design in a fast 24mm lens. Includes full-resolution images at f/1.4.
Comparing the new Nikon 60mm to its predecessors, and the Coastal Optics 60/4 APO.
Nikon’s latest wide range zoom with vibration reduction and fixed f/4 aperture.
Nikon bread and butter telephoto zoom
In-depth review on the Nikon D2x of the Nikon 28mm f/3.5 PC-Nikkor, Nikon 28mm f/4 PC-Nikkor and the Schneider 28mm f/2.8 PC-Super-Angulon. Flare, distortion, color fringing, color rendition, sharpness, ergonomics, aligmnent, sample variation. A must-read if you’re considering the Canon or Nikon 24mm tilt/shift lenses. See also other shift lens reviews.
Evaluates performance of the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR on the Nikon D3. Comparison with the Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF.
Explores options for 180mm lenses on the Nikon D3x, including the Leica 180/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R in Nikon mount, Nikon 180/2.8 ED, Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR, Nikon 70-300/4.5-5.6 VR, and Tamron 70-200/2.8. Updated: now includes the Voigtlander 180/4 APO!
Nikon’s workhorse 200mm macro lens, and not just sharp at close-ups!
Does high price guarantee quality control and superb images?
Comparing Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR, 17-35mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, 18-35mm, 24-70mm f/2.8 along with Nikon 20mm f/3.5, 24mm f/2, 28mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4 AIS, and more.
Exploring the 16mm fisheye for landscape photography, and correcting fisheye distortion.
Medium format Zeiss glass in Hartblei precision tilt/shift lens barrels!
Options for a 24mm lens: Nikon 14-24/2.8G, Nikon 24-70/2.8G, Nikon 24/2 AI-S, Nikon PC-E 24/3.5. Sharpness, distortion, flare, field curvature, shooting impression and ergonomics.
An introduction to digital workflow and best practices.
Maximizing image quality, dynamic range, minimizing digital noise
Canon’s tiny and lovely pancake lens.
Canon’s premium mid-range zooms.
Canon’s image stabilized 35mm.
Canon’s ultra-fast medium telephoto compared and in the field
Canon’s compact high-performance 24mm prime.
Is Canon’s f/1.2 lens really better than an inexpensive f/1.4 or f/1.8?
State of the art design in a never before seen fisheye zoom.
Do Canon’s 1.4X and 2X version III tele extenders offer image quality at reasonable apertures?
In-depth review of the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II including flare, distortion, field curvature, resolution charts, numerous field examples and comparison to the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G. The Canon EF 14/2.8L II is a superb lens, but with some peculiarities which may enhance or degrade its appeal for different uses. The review is as much a “user guide” as a review; even if you use this lens it’s well worth your time to read this review.
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
State of the art design in a fast ultra wide angle lens.
A review of Canon’s 800m f/5.6L IS super telephoto, with high performance that demands technical mastery to use well.
A review of Canon’s 200mm f/2L mini super telephoto. Not just for sports, it makes a great landscape lens.
A review of Canon’s new 70-200mm zoom, along with comparisons to other models and the 200mm f/2L IS. Extensive comparisons at multiple focal lengths.
Comparing the 16-35mm f/2.8L II to most of Canon’s wide angle prime lenses. Optical performance, ergonomics, focus, build quality.
Comparing the Canon 17-40mm f/4L and 16-35mm f/2.L II.
A price/performance breakthrough?
How does Hasselblad’s 3rd generation medium format entry measure up?
The Mamiya DL28 offers the Mamiya 645 AFD III, the new Sekor AF 80mm f/2.8D lens and the Leaf Aptus-II 6 digital back. Image quality is outstanding and the DL28 should definitely be considered by anyone looking into medium format.
Shift lens performance of Nikon/Canon/Schneider/Olympus on various cameras.
Focus shift assesments of a wide variety of lenses of various brands. Shows a range of apertures for each lens and the mount of focus shift, discusses how to compensate for it.
Comparing the 2012/2013 high-res pro DSLRs.
D800E supplement and comparisons with Nikon D800.
22 megapixel successor to the popular 5D Mark II.
Image quality best practices and how-to with the Nikon D800/D800E.
Full-frame 24 megapixel DSLR.
How does video quality compare with crop of mid-2012 DSLRs?
18 megapixel big black brick, Canon’s top of the line DSLR.
36 megapixels in a compact full-frame DSLR.
Nikon’s pro-body high speed low light wonder.
24-megapixel APS-C consumer DSLR.
In-depth review on the 12MP Nikon D2x compared to the 12.8MP Canon EOS 5D and 16.7MP Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. Resolution, field shots, dynamic range, color, long exposures, depth of field, lens evaluations, ergonomics and usability.
Nikon D3s low-light versatile DSLR.
The 24.6 megapixel Sony A900 digital SLR is compared with Canon’ top-of-the-line 21.1MP EOS 1Ds Mark III. A field report including two comparisons with the Canon 1Ds Mark IIII, example images in color and black and white, and the Zeiss ZA 135mm f/1.8 Sonnar. Anti-Shake (SteadyShot) is assessed, as is noise behavior.
Includes: D3x resolution comparisons (res chart) with Nikon D3, Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, resolution comparison on outdoor shot with Nikon D3, large examples, large wildlife examples, Nikon 200mm f/2 VR on D3x, long exposure noise ISO series, D3x sensitivity on diffraction, D3x dynamic range at ISO 100 vs ISO 50, D3x vs D3 color and noise.
Long exposure noise performance with the Nikon D3x, D3 and Canon 5D Mark II at ISOs from 50 through 25600.
Noise performance of early 2009’ premier digital SLRs. ISOs from 50 through 25600, dark area noise, noise reduction effects, noise versus resolution. Can more smaller pixels beat fewer large ones?
Canon 1D Mark IV 16-megapixel DSLR.
Nikon vs canon: Noise and Sharpness
Escape the banale postcard look by shooting landscapes at f/1.4 or f/0.95.
Approaches to making fresh new images.
Your guide to sharper pictures! Revealing research shows just how important tripod stability can be, and offers some surprises along the way. Analysis of tripod stability, handheld sharpness, vibration reduction, mirror lockup, shooting mode and technique, tripod comparisons, burst shooting, tripod collars and ballheads.
Analysis of the image quality from 9 different RAW-file converters. While there are newer versions of the converters in this review, the comparisons are still highly useful in evaluating the current versions. Both Canon and Nikon files are used for the review.