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Expose To The Right (ETTR)

Maximizing image quality, dynamic range, minimizing digital noise.

Sigma SD1 Merrill

Sigma/Foveon true-color sensor in a DSLR body..

Nikon D850

The best becomes better..

Nikon D810

Improvements on the workhorse D800E..

Nikon D800E

36 megapixels in a compact full-frame DSLR..

Nikon D600

Full-frame 24 megapixel DSLR..

Nikon Df

Full-frame 16 megapixel Retro Style DSLR..

Nikon D5

High speed big brick shooter..

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

22 megapixel successor to the popular 5D Mark II..

Sony A900

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..

Nikon D3x 24.4-megapixel DSLR review

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..

Canon EOS 5D Mark II review

Canon 5D Mark II impressions.

Pentax K-3 II (APS-C)

24-megapixel APS-C DSLR with SuperResolution true-color..

Pentax K-3 (APS-C)

23-megapixel APS-C DSLR with an unusual feature set..

Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS

Canon’s versatile super telephoto..

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma’s best portrait lens..

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G

Nikon’s High performance normal lens.

Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8G

A fast moderate wide angle lens with some practical difficulties..

Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.4G

State of the art design in a fast 35mm lens..

Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G

State of the art design in a fast 85mm lens..

Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8 VR II

Does high price guarantee quality control and superb images?.

Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Nikon’s ultra wide angle zoom and the Nikon 14mm f/2.8, critical focus shift behavior..

Nikon Z7

Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless..

Sony Alpha A7R

Full frame compact mirrorless with interchangeable lenses..

Sony Alpha A7 II

Sensor stabilized 24MP full-frame..

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS

Premiere telephoto zoom for Sony full frame mirrorless.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 / RX1R

Full frame camera in an ultra-compact body with or without anti-aliasing filter..

Sony NEX-7 and NEX-5N

24 or 16 megapixels in a compact body with APS-C sensor..

Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2

All-around slightly wide angle/normal with close focus..

Fujifilm GFX Operational Aspects

Experience, reader insights, etc..

Fujifilm GF 120mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS WR

High performance macro photography on medium format, equivalent to 99mm f/3.3..

Hasselblad X1D

Mirrorless large format with leaf shutter lenses..

Pentax 645D 40-Megapixel Medium Format DSLR

A price/performance breakthrough?.

Hasselblad H4D 50 Megapixel Medium Format DSLR

How does Hasselblad’s 3rd generation medium format entry measure up?.

Leica S2 37.5 Megapixel Medium Format DSLR

How does Leica’s medium format entry measure up in ergonomics, image quality, etc?.

Image Rendition

Visible spectrum, cameras, color space, infrared vs. color & examples..

Introduction

Start here to best utilize this guide..

Optical Performance

Sharpness and rendering..

18mm f/3.5 Distagon

A brilliant, but also colorful character..

21mm f/2.8 Distagon

Brilliant imaging, even wide open, but with a few quirks. (Review in progress) .

25mm f/2 Distagon

Ultra high performance with a fast aperture..

28mm f/2 Distagon

An artist’s drawing tool..

35mm f/1.4 Distagon

Strokes of a master..

35mm f/2 Distagon

Balance and poise..

50/1.4 Planar vs 50/2 Makro-Planar

Comparing the two 50mm options near and far, more comparisons coming..

Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

Ultra high performance apochromatic normal lens, first in the Otus line..

Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar

Ultra high performance apochromatic medium telephoto, overview and technical..

85mm f/1.4 Planar

True-to-life imagery..

100mm f/2 Makro-Planar

King of bokeh! Corner-to-corner sharpness, world class..

135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar

Beautiful bokeh, razor sharp, superb color correction..

Leica M10

Leica M mount in slim body with SL-type sensor..

Leica M Typ 240 Usability Issues

Specific issues affecting usability..

Leica M Typ 240 In Use

Overall design and behavior..

Leica M Monochrom In the Field

Field shooting the Leica MM, and comparisons..

Leica SL Typ 601

24-megapixel interchangeable lenses, high-res EVF..

Leica Q (Typ 116)

24-megapixel fixed lens compact full-frame..

M9 Rear LCD, Image Review

Modern digital features lacking with the M9..

Leica 16-18-21mm f/4 Tri-Elmar-M ASPH

Leica’s ultra wide angle zoom lens..

Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M ASPH

Leica’s widest prime lens..

Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

Leica’s fastest and widest lens..

Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH (2016)

Tweaked 2016 redesign..

Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH

Leica’s f/2 35mm for the M..

Leica M 50mm Lenses

Six models to choose from..

Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

Leica’s superlative normal lens..

Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH

The world’s best 50mm lens is outstanding, but with some limits..

Shooting Leica R Lenses on Leica M

General discussion of R lenses on M..

Zeiss ZM 15mm f/2.8 Distagon

Notes and examples..


Blog posts, reverse chronological

2018

2018-10-10 Nikon Z7 Autofocus Accuracy: Pinpoint AF vs Magnified Live View Reference Frame

2018-08-24 Comments on Nikon Z7 Features

2018-07-31 Reader Question: Focus Shift with Nikon Mirrorless

2018-07-25 Hasselblad PR: “Real World” Comparison: Nikon D850 with Decrepit Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 Zoom Compared Without Format Equivalence or Validation of Basics

2017

2017-10-28 Critical Tip on Focus Stacking Focusing, Particularly with Nikon D850 Autofocus

2017-10-27 Nikon D850: 'Focus shift shooting' Feature Most Important Feature since Live View; Focus Stacking is the ONLY Solution to Full Resolution Images

2017-09-29 Nikon D850: Apparent Build Tolerance Error in Flange Focal Distance vs Optical Viewfinder, Causes Major Focus Error with Manual Focus Lenses and Focus Confirmation

2017-09-16 Sony A7R II Repaired via Sony Pro Services, Well, Mostly, Still Unusable

2017-08-26 Nikon D850: AF Fine Tune Using Live View

2017-06-20 Leica M10 Coming This Week

2016

2016-02-29 CONFIRMED: Pentax K1 DOES NOT have an Electronic First Curtain Shutter (EFC Shutter)

2016-02-24 Pentax K3 II: Does it Have an Electronic First Curtain Shutter (EFC Shutter)? what about K1?

2016-02-01 Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

2015

2015-08-06 Sony A7R II: 5X Live View Magnification in EVF is Fugly, with Pixellation, Jagged Edges, and Obvious Subsampling degradation

2015-08-04 Canon 5DS R Protects Itself In Extreme Heat by Disabling Live View

2015-08-04 Readers Write on the Sony A7R II: is there a quality issue with the EVF?

2015-05-27 Leica 24-Megapixel Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 Arrives for Testing

2015-05-07 Leica 24-Megapixel Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 Starts Shipping

2015-02-22 It’s 2015: Where Does Leica M Stand?

2014

2014-08-27 Nikon D810: Sensor Cover Glass Quality?

2014-08-27 Working Hard on a 'Project'

2014-08-26 Nikon D810: Recommended Picture Control Settings for Magnified Live View Focusing

2014-07-24 A conversation with Ming Thein on the Pentax 645Z and Nikon D810 and More

2014-07-22 Reader Comments: D810 Review, Lenses, etc

2014-07-19 Nikon D810: Live View Quality vs Nikon D800E/D800

2014-07-16 Nikon D810 About to Ship

2014-07-10 Pentax 645z: Detail Rendition and Image Quality on Variety

2014-07-08 Pentax 645z: Handheld Portraits with the Pentax 90mm f/2.8

2014-07-08 Pentax 645z: Noise from ISO 100 to ISO 204800 with RGB, Channels, Grayscale

2014-07-06 Pentax 645z + 25mm f/4 Aperture Series: Blue Beater Bike

2014-07-05 Pentax 645z + 25mm f/4 Aperture Series: Mosaic

2014-07-05 Pentax 645z + 90mm f/2.8 Aperture Series: Mosaic

2014-07-04 Is 50 Megapixels Sharper than 36 Megapixels?

2014-07-04 Reviewed: 50-Megapixel Pentax 645z

2014-07-02 Pentax 645z: 50 Megapixels Arrives

2014-06-30 Leica M Typ 240 Firmware Update

2014-06-27 “D810 Live View is Good”

2014-06-26 Thoughts on Nikon D810

2014-06-25 Nikon Announces D810

2014-06-25 Nikon D810 Leaked Specs: Improved Sensor, EFC Shutter

2014-05-15 Pentax 645z: Hitting the Bullseye on Which Target?

2013

2013-10-25 Leica M240: Shutter Vibration Appears to Damage Image Sharpness

2013-07-14 Leica M Typ 240 Usability

2013-03-30 Spring Green with the Nikon D7100

2013-03-21 Nikon D7100 Initial Impressions

2013-01-27 Five Appealing Cameras

2012

2012-12-01 Setting Low Contrast for RAW Histogram vs Live View Focusing

2012-09-19 More details on the new 24-Megapixel Leica M240 from Photokina

2012-09-18 The New 24-Megapixel Leica M240 from Photokina is a GAME CHANGER for Leica Users

2012-09-17 24-Megapixel CMOS Leica M (Typ 240)

2012-09-14 Shitty Products

2012-08-08 Leica M Rumors — M10 CMOS with Live View and New Lenses?

2012-08-04 Nikon D800E vs Nikon D800 — Which to Choose?

2012-07-22 A Few Thoughts on the Nikon D800E

2012-06-18 Nikon D800 / D800E Live View Tip

2012-05-11 Nikon D800E: RAW File Support Still Pending with Aperture, Lightroom 4

2012-05-09 D800 Live View Evaluation

2012-05-05 Zacuto Z-Finder for Accurate Live View Focus, Image Review, Video

2012-05-04 Reader Comment: Canon 5D Mark III

2012-04-08 Reader Comments on Nikon D800 Color Gamut, Focus Accuracy, Live View

2012-03-25 Canon 5D Mark III First Impressions + Reader Comments

2012-03-10 Which 28mm Leica M Lens is Best? 28/2.8 Elmarit or 28/2 Summicron?

2012-03-08 Thoughts on Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 22.3 Megapixels

2012-02-10 My Thoughts on D800/D800E Features

2011

2011-12-21 LCDVF Digital SLR Viewfinder (for Live View focusing, video, viewing LCD in bright light, presbyopia)

2011-12-09 Reader Feedback on Zeiss 50/2 Makro-Planar, Live View

2011-11-21 Supposing a 36 Megapixel Nikon DSLR Arrives... What About Lenses and Technique?

2011-10-29 Leica Interview: “'we don’t add features just for the sake of adding features”

2011-08-20 Reader Comments on Focusing, Live View, Really Right Stuff Tripod

2011-08-18 Reader Feedback on Making Sharp Images — Live View

2011-03-26 Reader Feedback on Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

2010

2010-12-29 Live View vs Autofocus with Nikon 35mm f/1.4G

2010-12-29 Reader comment on Nikon D90 Live View

2010-12-25 Nikon 35mm f/1.4G severe focus error with Nikon D3s

2010-07-12 Correspondence with Erwin Puts on Leica M9 focusing

2009

2009-02-15 Canon 5D Mark II Live View vignetting

2009-02-05 Presbyopia, bright light and Live View

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