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Workflow Tips and technique

An introduction to digital workflow and best practices. (MOVES to Making Sharp Images in June 2019).

Nikon D810

Improvements on the workhorse D800E..

Nikon D800E

36 megapixels in a compact full-frame DSLR..

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Nikon’s finest 70-200 zoom as of 2017..

Canon 14mm f/2.8L II

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..

Pentax K-3 II (APS-C)

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

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art

Superwide optimized zoom lens..

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma’s fast high performance wide angle..

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma’s fast and affordable moderate excellent wide angle..

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

Fastest 135mm lens yet, with ultra high performance..

Sigma Telephoto APO Macro Lenses: 150mm, 180mm

Sigma’s fast telephoto APO macro lenses..

Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D IF-ED

Nikon’s workhorse 200mm macro lens, and not just sharp at close-ups!.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G

Nikon’s fast ultra wide angle..

Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8G Macro

Comparing the new Nikon 60mm to its predecessors, and the Coastal Optics 60/4 APO..

Coastal Optics 60mm f/4 UV-VIS-IR APO Macro

A superlative multi-spectral lens with perfect color correction..

Canon 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye Zoom

State of the art design in a never before seen fisheye zoom..

Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS Super Telephoto

A review of Canon’s 800m f/5.6L IS super telephoto, with high performance that demands technical mastery to use well..

Canon 200mm f/2L IS

A review of Canon’s 200mm f/2L mini super telephoto. Not just for sports, it makes a great landscape lens..

Digital Sensor Technology

Digital capture technology is discrete, and not the same as film..

Workflow Tips and technique

An introduction to digital workflow and best practices. .

Milvus 50mm f/1.4

Outstanding build and optical quality in a normal lens..

Milvus 85mm f/1.4

Outstanding build and optical quality in a medium tele..

Milvus 100mm f/2M

The classic 100/2 Makro-Planar improved..

15mm f/2.8 Distagon

Ultra high performance in an extreme wild wide angle lens..

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) .

28mm f/2 Distagon

An artist’s drawing tool..

35mm f/1.4 Distagon

Strokes of a master..

Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Rendering Style

Rendering style, bokeh and beauty..

Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Rendering Style

Rendering style, bokeh and 'transparency' without peer..

Otus 100mm f/1.4 APO-Sonnar

Razor sharp with gorgeous bokeh..

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..

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM

Bread and butter all-around zoom..

Sony Alpha A9

Blackout-free 20 fps speed demon..

Sony Alpha A7R II

Attention to details: a big upgrade over the A7R..

Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM

High performance wide angle..

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA

Fast high performance normal lens of Zeiss design..

Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

Native-mount macro length designed by Zeiss..

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art

Macro lens also excellent for all-around shooting..

Voigtlander FE Heliar-Hyper 10mm f/5.6 Aspherical III

Anything wider would be a fisheye..

Voigtlander FE 65mm f/2 Macro APO-Lanthar Aspherical

Ultra high grade performer at a modest price..

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G

Extreme wide angle zoom..

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

Pro-grade f/2.8 wide angle zoom..

Fujifilm Finepix X100

The best compact big-sensor digital camera yet?.

Nikon Coolpix A

Fixed 28mm lens with APS-C sensor free of anti-aliasing blur with wonderful color..

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 / RX1R

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

Sony DSC-RX10 III

Stunningly high image quality in a 20MP point and wide range zoom..

Panasonic GH4

Still photos and gorgeous 4K UltraHD video..

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO

Super telephoto with superb bokeh and color correction..

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH

Fast, bright and highly corrected medium telephoto..

Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95

Ultra fast medium telephoto manual focus lens..

Panasonic G-1 micro-4/3 camera

Panasonic G-1 especially compared to the Olympus E-P1. Intriguing results with RAW vs in-camera JPEG. RAW file included for your own analysis..

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Interchangeable lenses on a 16MP APS-C sensor.

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Fujifilm's 24MP APS-C offering..

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS

Wide angle zoom equivalent to 15-36mm.

Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 for Sony NEX

Moderate wide angle for Sony NEX..

Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

Outstanding ultra wide angle performer..

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Distagon

Autofocus extreme wide angle for Sony full-frame mirrorless..

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon

Autofocus wide angle for Sony full-frame mirrorless..

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar

Autofocus portrait lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless..

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Planar

Normal lens for Sony NEX or Fujifilm X..

Overview of Sigma Foveon Sensor cameras

Foveon X3 true-color sensor for outstanding resolution..

Sigma sd Quattro H

Mirrorless Sigma Quattro larger APS-H sensor with interchangeable lenses..

Sigma DP2 Merrill

45mm f/2.8 equivalent lens on APS-C sensor..

Sigma DP3 Merrill

75mm f/2.8 equivalent lens on APS-C sensor..


Blog posts, reverse chronological

2019

2019-05-01 Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 APO-Sonnar Examples: Flowers, Plants, Ad-Hoc (Nikon D850)

2019-04-30 Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 APO-Sonnar Aperture Series: Flowers Backlit by Window (Nikon D850)

2019-04-11 Panasonic S1R: Image Quality Gains at ISO 50, 100, 200 Plus ISO 50 in Multi-Shot High-Res Mode (Poppy by Window)

2019-03-25 Flower Super-Bloom in Many Places in Southern California, such as Carrizo Plain National Monument

2019-02-10 Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series: Orange Poppy and Chair (Canon EOS R)

2018

2018-09-29 Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Aperture Series: Rock Creek with Flowers

2018-09-23 Will the Golden Age of Lenses Come to Full Flower, or Balkanize, or Something In-Between?

2018-08-31 Hasselblad X1D + Hasselblad XCD 120mm f/3.5 Aperture Series: Flowering Riparian Plant, Late Summer, Rock Creek Area

2018-07-13 Three Sigma for Sony 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Aperture Series: Closed Flower Seedheads, Yellow Flower, Crooked Pine

2018-07-01 Stream side Damage by J Muir H

2018-05-25 Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 24mm: Flowering Creosote Bush

2018-05-22 Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 20mm: Flowering Creosote Bush in Sand Dunes, Figure on Dune

2018-01-12 2018 Is the Year for Thunderbolt 3 To Flower

2017

2017-08-23 Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM: Imaging Performance @ 16mm, Single Frame vs 3-Frame Stack: Flowers in Meadow to High Peaks, Dusk

2017-08-09 Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM: Single Frame Performance at f/9 vs Focus Stacking at f/9 (Flowers Amid Bristlecones)

2017-07-20 SHOOTOUT: Leica M10 vs Leica M240 ISO Series from 100 to 6400 (Fountain to Flowers to Tower)

2017-06-04 Backside of Mono Lake Area

2017-05-11 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: the Reigning 135mm Makes Short Work of Sigma (at least at 1:5)

2017-05-10 Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Shootout vs Nikon 70-200/2.8 FL ED VR vs Zeiss 135/2 APO-Sonnar

2017-03-24 Carrizo Plain Flower Status, 2017

2017-02-15 Sigma sd Quattro H Color Rendition: Richly Saturated Reds

2017-02-12 Hasselblad X1D + Hasselblad XCD 45/3.2 SHOOTOUT vs Nikon D810 + Zeiss 35/1.4: Flowers with 4-stop Underexposure + Push

2017-02-12 Hasselblad X1D + Hasselblad XCD 45/3.2 SHOOTOUT vs Nikon D810 + Zeiss 35/1.4: Flowers

2017-02-11 Hasselblad X1D with XCD 90/3.2 Aperture Series: White Anthurium

2017-02-09 Hasselblad X1D Example with Rich Color, Dark Tones, Mixed Lighting: Flowers at Russian Ridge

2016

2016-08-24 Season Changing Even as Flowers Bloom

2016-05-28 Voigtlander 10mm f/5.6 Aspherical for Sony Aperture Series: Yellow Flower Yard (A7R II)

2016-04-24 Rumors of High Megapixels True or Not, Oversampling for Image Quality Makes Sense: 109 Megapixel Tulips via Sony RX100

2016-03-26 Fujifilm X-Pro2: RAW vs JPEG SHOOTOUT (Portrait Among the Flowers)

2016-03-23 Carrizo Plain Flower Status, 23 March 2016

2016-03-22 Carrizo Plain Flower Status + Yellow and Blue Along Soda Lake Road

2016-03-20 Carrizo Plain Flower Status

2016-03-09 Death Valley Flower Status

2016-02-24 Pentax K3 II: Evaluating SuperResolution Pixel Shift Mode vs StdRes with Color and Texture

2016-02-21 Pentax K1: Super Resolution Mode Appears to be Best DSLR Quality Yet

2015

2015-11-07 Accurate Color from a Lab and Printing on Canvas

2015-10-27 Spectral Transmission of Digital Sensors

2015-08-24 Two Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Aperture Series: Yellow Flowers + Tiny Leaf on Wet Rocks (Sony A7R II)

2015-08-23 Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar Aperture Series: Yellow Flowers by Waterfall (Sony A7R II)

2015-08-23 Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon Aperture Series: Yellow Flowers by Waterfall (Sony A7R II)

2015-03-27 Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art: Aperture Series 'Magenta Flower' and 'Poppy'

2015-03-18 Carrizo Plain Flower Status

2015-02-28 Oversampling for Image Quality: 109 Megapixel Sony RX100 tulips

2014

2014-10-15 Nikon 20mm f/1.8G ED Aperture Series at MOD: Sunflower Blossom

2014-10-15 Nikon 20mm f/1.8G ED Aperture Series at MOD: Multi-Stem Sunflower and Blue Sky

2014-08-22 Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon on Nikon D810 (Lundy Canyon Creekside Yellow Flowers)

2014-08-20 Nikon D810 vs Pentax 645Z: Visual Impact Out in the Field with a Real Image (Comparison)

2014-08-11 Nikon D810 Dynamic Range: Best Ever in Any Camera?

2014-03-13 Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 Aperture Series ‘Magenta Flower on Green’

2014-03-13 Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Aperture Series ‘Magenta Flower on Green’

2013

2013-12-14 Tulips Brighten My day

2013-08-05 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Weathered Branches / Red Flowers (Canon 5D Mark III)

2013-08-02 Sigma DP2 Merrill Tulips Image at 6 Feet Wide by 4 Feet High = Gorgeous

2013-05-22 Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Planar: Aperture Series At Close Range (Sunflowers, Sony NEX-7)

2013-05-22 Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Planar: Aperture Series (Sunflowers, Sony NEX-7)

2013-05-21 Sony NEX-7: Unstable Controls

2013-04-05 Nikon Coolpix A: Aperture Series in Color and Black and White

2013-04-04 Nikon Coolpix A Examples

2013-04-03 Nikon Coolpix A Sensor

2013-03-25 Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro DG HSM at 1:3 (Poppy, Nikon D800E)

2013-03-24 Spring Poppy

2013-03-16 Tulips #10 @ f/13 Finished Print (Nikon D800E + Zeiss 135/2 APO-Sonnar)

2013-03-08 Sigma DP3 Merrill Examples

2013-03-07 Sigma DP3 Merrill Initial Experience

2013-03-07 Printing on Canvas: Tulips #10

2013-03-07 Oversampling for Image Quality (109 Megapixel Sony RX100 tulips)

2013-03-05 Sigma DP2 Merrill: Tulips Examples

2013-03-05 Color with the Sigma DP2 Merrill

2013-03-01 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Tulips at f/2

2013-02-28 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Tulips Aperture Series from f/2 - f/13

2013-02-28 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: General Comments

2013-02-27 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Tulips

2012

2012-11-12 Getting the Best Results From a Digital Sensor

2012-04-09 Nikon D800 ISO Series (Flowers)

2012-03-05 Back From Death Valley

2011

2011-05-02 Focal Length (Working Distance) and Color Correction With Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8G ED Macro

2010

2010-08-06 Reader comments on sunflower crop

2008

2008-07-18 Sunflower season — Canon 1Ds Mark III + Leica 280 APO

2008-07-01 Is 12 megapixels enough?

2008-06-29 Sunflower beauty

2008-06-26 Depth of field, diffraction, and megapixels

2008-01-20 Flowering manzanita

2007

2007-10-18 Flower power

2007-06-06 Experiment—white poppy

2007-04-25 A world-class headlamp—the Lupine Lighting Systems Wilma

2006

2006-02-27 No flowers in Death Valley

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