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Blur from Camera or Support

Sharpness loss by camera or support or technique..

Research — Handheld Shooting

Research into sharpness of handheld images with and without image stabilization.

Research — Tripods and Camera Technique

Stability of tripods and ballheads, controlling camera vibration, selecting equipment..

Nikon D800E

36 megapixels in a compact full-frame DSLR..

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

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

Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4 ED VR and 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VR II

Which speed zoom for the Nikon D800/D800E?.

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 AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II

Ultra fast 200mm with gorgeous bokeh and high resolving power..

Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS

Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS .

Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS

Canon’s versatile super telephoto..

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Tamron’s ultra wide to medium fast zoom..

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-S 24-120mm f/4G VR

Nikon’s latest wide range zoom with vibration reduction and fixed f/4 aperture..

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

Versatile image-stabilized mid-range zoom..

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G

Versatile autofocus wide angle..

Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G

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

Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

Compact and lightweight travel-friendly telephoto..

Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Relatively compact super-telephoto zoom..

Nikon Ultra Wide Zooms

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..

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..

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II

A review of Canon’s new 100-400mm zoom.

Nikon Z7

Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless..

Sony Alpha A9

Blackout-free 20 fps speed demon..

Sony Alpha A7R II

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

Sony Alpha A7R III

Attention to details: a solid upgrade over the A7R II..

Sony Alpha A7 II

Sensor stabilized 24MP full-frame..

Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Sonnar

Compact normal lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless..

Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM

Razor sharp medium telephoto with apodization filter..

Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

Native-mount macro length designed by Zeiss..

Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar

Comapact ultra-wide zoom for Sony full frame mirrorless..

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

Wide angle to telephoto zoom with optical stabilization..

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4G OSS

Wide mid-range zoom targeted at video shooters..

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS

Premiere telephoto zoom for Sony full frame mirrorless.

Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS

Compact long range telephoto zoom for Sony full frame mirrorless.

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Superb ergonomic design in a compact camera..

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 XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS

Wide angle zoom equivalent to 15-36mm.

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar

Autofocus portrait lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless..

Pentax 645Z Image Quality

High end image quality, but what about lenses?.

Nikon Lenses

How Nikon-compatible lenses perform for infrared use..


Blog posts, reverse chronological

2018

2018-10-21 Nikon Z7: Validating Focus Accuracy, Exposure, Handheld with IBIS and Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 (Bishop Creek)

2018-10-11 Nikon Z7: Examples, Handheld with IBIS, Very Slow Shutter: Lundy Canyon (Various)

2018-10-10 Nikon Z7: Examples, Handheld with IBIS, Very Slow Shutter: Lundy Canyon (Zeiss Otus 28/1.4)

2018-10-09 Nikon Z7: Shooting Handheld with and Without IBIS

2018-10-08 Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Examples Using IBIS, Conness Lakes Area

2018-10-03 Reader Comments: Nikon Z7 Focusing and IBIS vs Sony Mirrorless

2018-09-29 Panasonic Bolsters the Full-Frame Mirrorless Market with All new Sensor in Panasonic S1R and Panasonic S1

2018-06-22 Sigma DG HSM Art Lenses Now Available for Sony Mirrorless

2017

2017-07-23 Reader Comment: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED and Image Stabilization on a Tripod

2017-07-21 Sony A7R II Tripod Use: IBIS Damages Image Sharpness as it Always Has

2017-06-15 Shootout: Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art vs Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR: Cerro Gordo Bunkhouse (Nikon D810)

2017-06-12 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series @ 180mm: Rush Creek Waterfall (Nikon D810)

2017-06-12 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series @ 75mm: American Hotel, Cerro Gordo (Nikon D810)

2017-06-11 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series @ 70mm: Tailings Piles (Nikon D810)

2017-06-11 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series @ 95mm: Tailings Piles (Nikon D810)

2017-05-18 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series: 'The Claw' Fountain at Night

2017-05-18 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series: Bikes at Night, Rodin Burghers of Calais

2017-05-18 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series: Penetrating Power at Night, Tower

2017-05-18 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series: Yellow Bike at Night, White Truck at Night

2017-05-18 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series:Mosaic at 70mm, 130mm, 170mm

2017-05-18 Really Right Stuff LCF-11 Replacement Tripod Foot for Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

2017-05-16 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR: Focus Shift at Close Range @ 70mm, 130mm, 200mm

2017-05-14 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series: Calla Lillies

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

2017-04-19 Sony’s New α9 Camera Appears to Target the High-End Sport Shooter Market

2016

2016-10-19 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

2016-10-11 Shootout: Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED vs Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED: Beaver-Gnawed Dead Aspen

2016-09-19 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II: Major Improvements and New Features

2016-08-25 Sony A7R II IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) Destroys Sharpness on a Tripod

2016-06-01 Reviewed: Nikon AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II

2016-05-09 Nikon 200mm f/2 VR: Examples at the Zoo

2016-05-05 Shipping: Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-56 G OSS

2016-04-27 Poking the Hornet’s Nest... Sony vs Fujifilm: Which is the Better Deal?

2016-04-05 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Powerhouse

2016-03-31 Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-56 G OSS

2016-02-17 Pentax K1: 36 Megapixels with Image Stabilization and Super Resolution Mode

2016-02-03 Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS

2016-01-31 Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Examples: Rain to Snow in Lundy Canyon, early November (Sony A7R II)

2016-01-16 Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Aperture Series at 500mm: Pomegranate

2016-01-12 Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Evaluated at 200mm, 340mm, 500mm

2015

2015-12-23 Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Aperture Series @ 70mm: Frosted Hillside (Nikon D810)

2015-12-22 Compared: Nikon 24mm f/1.8G vs 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR : Snowy White Mountain Road (Nikon D810)

2015-12-21 Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Aperture Series @ 38mm: Bristlecone and Earth Shadow at Dusk (Nikon D810)

2015-08-23 Sony In-Body-Image-Stabilization (IBIS) aka SteadyShot: Is There a Downside?

2015-08-22 Sony A7R II: Evaluating SteadyShot (IBIS) Handheld at 1/20 Second at 25mm

2015-08-08 Sony A7R II: Assessing IBIS at 280mm: Is Handheld Shooting at 42 Megapixels at 1/125 Second Viable?

2015-06-10 Announced: Sony A7R II with 42-Megapixel sensor, In-Body-Image-Stabilization, 4K Video

2015-06-10 Announced: Sony RX10 Mark II, Sony RX100 Mark IV

2015-05-24 Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar Caution: Sony SteadyShot Destroys Sharpness on a Tripod

2015-05-15 Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR: Aperture Series 'Oak Tree at Dusk'

2015-05-14 Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR: Aperture Series 'Oil Field Cogeneration Plant'

2015-05-13 Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR: Aperture Series 'Looped Oil Pipes'

2015-05-11 Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

2015-04-01 Beware of Image Stabilization on a Tripod

2015-04-01 Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD: Image Stabilization Aperture Series on Tripod, Showing Sharpness Damage

2014

2014-12-28 Sony A7 II and Sony 55/1.8: Image Stabilization in Less Ideal Shooting Positions

2014-12-27 Sony A7 II and Sony 55/1.8: Assesssing Image Stabilization at 1/15 and 1/20 second, and 1/5 + 1/6 second

2014-11-25 Sony Image Stabilization and the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar

2014-11-21 Sony Image Stabilization

2013

2013-10-30 Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS Examples: Studying Image Stabilization

2013-10-03 Canon 200-400mm

2013-03-31 Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO-Macro DG HSM: Focusing and Image Stabilization

2013-03-24 APO.chromatic: + Sigma 180/2.8 APO Macro DG HSM + Sigma 150/2.8 APO Macro DG HSM + Leica 180/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R + Voigtlander 180/4 APO-Lanthar + Nikon 70-200/2.8G VR II

2013-03-22 Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR

2012

2012-12-13 Compared on D800: Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR vs Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II

2012-12-13 Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Aperture Series (Church Door, Tiled Arch)

2012-12-12 Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Aperture Series (Tower)

2012-12-11 Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Distortion

2012-12-11 Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR — More Testing Comments

2012-12-10 Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Testing Comments

2012-12-08 Comparison: Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR vs 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

2012-12-08 Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR: More Examples

2012-12-07 Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Examples

2012-12-06 Close Range Focal Length: Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR versus Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

2012-12-05 Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G VR

2012-12-04 Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G VR

2012-11-09 Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

2012-10-15 An Open Letter to Sigma on the DP1 Merrill

2012-07-11 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Image 5-axis Stabilization

2012-05-27 Nikon D4 with Leica 180mm f/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R (+ comments on Nikon 200/2 VR II)

2012-05-13 Nikon D800 Lens Evaluation: Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II @ 70mm, 135mm

2012-05-12 Nikon D800 Lens Evaluation: Nikon AF-D 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF vs Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II

2012-05-10 Nikon D800 Lens Evaluation: Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF VR Macro

2012-04-18 Nikon D800: AF-S Autofocus with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II

2012-03-16 Reader Asks: Leica R 180/2 APO vs Nikon 200/2 VR II?

2010

2010-11-29 Reviewed: Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4G VR

2010-11-25 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II sharpness

2010-11-13 Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR comments

2010-11-07 Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR comments

2010-10-12 Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G compared to AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II

2010-05-09 Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar vs Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR

2010-05-01 Update: Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

2010-04-29 Reviewed: Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

2010-04-07 Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 reviewed against the 16-35mm f/4 VR

2010-03-25 New Nikon 300mm f/2.8G VR II

2010-03-10 Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR comparison

2010-02-19 Order the Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

2010-02-11 Bad lighting, Nikon D3s, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II

2010-02-09 Nikon’s new AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

2010-01-09 Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar compared to Nikon AF-S VR 105mm f/2.8G

2009

2009-12-28 Nikon 70-200/2.8G VR II flare examples

2009-12-27 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II — flare

2009-12-26 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II good sample

2009-12-26 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II — new examples on D3s

2009-12-26 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II — sharpest aperture?

2009-12-23 New sample of Nikon 70-200/2.8G VR II

2009-12-15 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II review updated

2009-12-14 Reader comments on DAP, D3s, Nikon 70-200mm VR II

2009-12-14 Two serious issues in Nikon 70-200/2.8G VR II

2009-12-12 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II review published!

2009-12-10 Nikon 70-200/2.8G VR II bad sample

2009-12-07 Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR II examples

2009-12-05 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

2009-12-03 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II in progress

2009-12-02 New Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II coming tomorrow

2009-11-25 New Nikon 70-200 VR II coming

2009-10-25 Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 IF-ED

2009-08-02 New AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

2009-01-05 How to carry a Nikon 200mm f/2 VR

2008

2008-10-15 Nikon 70-200 VR sharpness workaround

2008-09-03 Nikon 70-200VR Special Report

2008-08-24 Nikon 70-200 VR corner mush in the corners

2008-04-17 Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR on Nikon D3

2007

2007-08-04 Followup on AppleTV/Motorola DVR energy waste

2007-08-02 Apple TV and Motorola DVR power usage

2006

2006-07-11 Is the Nikon 18-200/f3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR DX zoom good enough?

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