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Photoshop How-To

Working with Photoshop for raw conversion and more. (MOVES to Making Sharp Images in June 2019).

Expose To The Right (ETTR)

Maximizing image quality, dynamic range, minimizing digital noise. (MOVES to Making Sharp Images in June 2019).

Nikon D850 Image Quality

Oustanding image quality, but with some limitations..

Nikon D810

Improvements on the workhorse D800E..

Nikon D800E

36 megapixels in a compact full-frame DSLR..

Nikon D800E vs D800

D800E supplement and comparisons with Nikon D800..

Canon EOS 1D X

18 megapixel big black brick, Canon’s top of the line DSLR..

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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

Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R

50 megapixel successor to the 22 megapixel Canon 5D Mark III..

Nikon D3s

Nikon D3s low-light versatile DSLR..

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

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

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..

Noise ×4: Nikon D3x, Nikon D3, Canon 5D Mark II, & Canon 1Ds Mark III

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 EOS 5D Mark II review

Canon 5D Mark II impressions.

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..

Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 SL II Color-Skopar

Ultra compact normal lens..

Lighting

LED Lighting, and lighting-related topics..

Pentax K-1

36-megapixel full-frame DSLR with SuperRes Pixel Shift Mode..

Pentax HD DA 24-70mm f/2.8 SDM ED

Bread and butter zoom lens..

Pentax HD FA 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW

All-new high performance design..

Pentax K-3 II (APS-C)

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

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art

Mid-range optimized groundbreaking f/2 zoom..

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

The fastest extreme wide angle yet..

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma’s fast high performance wide angle..

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma’s best portrait lens..

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS

Nikon’s classic high speed normal lens.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon’s High Performance Moderately-Priced 50mm..

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G

Nikon’s High performance normal lens.

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

Versatile image-stabilized mid-range zoom..

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

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

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

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

Canon-Wide Angle Prime Lenses

Comparing the 16-35mm f/2.8L II to most of Canon’s wide angle prime lenses. Optical performance, ergonomics, focus, build quality..

Hartblei 40/80/120mm SuperRotators

Medium format Zeiss glass in Hartblei precision tilt/shift lens barrels!.

VIO POV.HD 1080p Helmet Camera

A helmet-mountable HD video camera for sports or action or underwater..

Image Rendition

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

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..

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) .

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..

50mm f/1.4 Planar

Brilliant imaging in a compact package..

Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

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

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..

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..

Zeiss LensSpire Articles

Articles written for Lenspire.ZEISS.com..

Photography Lighting

Lighting for various situations..

Off Grid: Powering Gear in the Field

Powering cameras and equipment..

Flashlights and Lighting

Flashlights, headlamps, LED lights..

Travel and Places

Out of the way places and wonders..

Misc Reviews

Miscellaneous reviews..

Lens and Camera Issues

Good stuff and not so good stuff..

NEC Wide-Gamut Displays for Photographers

See the color that is really there!.

Grab Bag

Various articles..

Hartblei 40/80/120mm SuperRotators

Medium format Zeiss glass in Hartblei precision tilt/shift lens barrels!.

Nikon lenses

Overview and assessments of Nikon lenses.

Infrared

Beyond deep red, seeing the invisible..

Infrared Cameras Compared

Infrared Cameras Compared: Fuji S3 Pro UVIR, Nikon D70-IR, Canon EOS 5D-IR ..

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro STM

All-arounder compact lens with macro capability..

Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S

Normal lens expressly designed for Nikon Z cameras..

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S

Fast mid-range zoom expressly designed for Nikon Z cameras..

Sony Alpha A7R II

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

Sony Alpha A7R

Full frame compact mirrorless with interchangeable lenses..

Sony Alpha A7S

Full frame compact 12-megapixel high-sensitivity sensor with 4K video..

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 FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Top-grade medium telephoto..

Sony FE 135mm f/1.4 GM

Top-grade telephoto..

Voigtlander FE Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical

Fast lens speed for versatile rendering..

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

Ultra high grade performer at a modest price..

Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95

Speed to match the Leica Noctilux..

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..

Samyang FE 24mm T/1.5

Wide angle lens adapted from DSLR, native E-mount, all manual..

Ricoh GR

Razor sharp 28mm lens on APS-C sensor and outstanding usability and features..

Sony Cybershot RX1R II

Diminutive full-frame camera with 35mm f/2 fixed lens..

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 / RX1R

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

Sony DSC-RX100

Stunningly high image quality in a 20MP point and shoot tiny camera..

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Micro 4/3

A fast and lovely 'normal' lens (50mm equiv) for Micro 4/3..

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH

Fast, bright and highly corrected medium telephoto..

Olympus OM-D E-M1

A worthy upddate to the E-M5 with pro-grade build quality..

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Superb ergonomic design in a compact camera..

Panasonic Lumix GH3

Full size m4/3 camera body with a video orientation..

Olympus E-P1 micro-4/3 camera

Great image quality, but....

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Fujifilm's 24MP APS-C offering..

Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

Outstanding ultra wide angle performer..

Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon

Manual focus moderate wide angle for full-frame mirrorless..

Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar

Manual focus normal lens for full-frame mirrorless..

Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar

Manual focus telephoto lens for full-frame mirrorless..

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 12mm f/2.8 Distagon

Ultra wide angle lens for Sony NEX or Fujifilm X..

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Planar

Normal lens for Sony NEX or Fujifilm X..

Leica X2

Leica’s large-sensor 'affordable' compact camera..

Sigma dp0 Quattro

21mm f/5.6 equivalent FOV lens..

Sigma DP2 Merrill

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

Leica M10

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

Leica M Typ 240 Compared To Full Frame Cameras

Relative sharpness and performance across cameras..

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 SL moves to L-mount in June 2019..

Leica Q (Typ 116)

24-megapixel fixed lens compact full-frame. Leica Q moves to L-mount in June 2019..

Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

Leica’s fastest and widest lens..

Leica 21mm f/3.4 Super-Elmar-M ASPH

Leica’s best-performing 21mm..

Leica 24mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

Leica’s fast wide angle..

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

Tweaked 2016 redesign..

Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH (2010 FLE)

Leica’s superlative and most natural lens for the M..

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..

Leica 50mm f/2 APO Flare

Ghosting and veiling and ring flare pre/post production fix..


Blog posts, reverse chronological

2019

2019-05-10 Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM Aperture Series: One Burgher, Night Lighting (Sony A7R III)

2018

2018-12-12 Reasons To Like my Workhorse NEC PA302W Wide Gamut Professional Display + Now ON SALE for just $1599

2018-10-20 Long Term: Usage of my Workhorse NEC PA302W Wide Gamut Professional Display in My Sprinter Van + Reasons To Like in General

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

2018-08-28 Deals on Lighting at B&H Photo

2018-07-30 Reasons To Like my Workhorse NEC PA302W Wide Gamut Professional Display + Now ON SALE for just $1649

2018-07-11 Reader Question: Color Rendition of Lenses

2018-06-26 Using Really Right Stuff Mini Ballheads to Mount Cineo Matchbox Lights in my Sprinter Van

2017

2017-12-27 Reasons To Like my Workhorse NEC PA302W Wide Gamut Professional Display + Now ON SALE for just $1679

2017-11-29 What I Like in Lighting, Deals on Lighting

2017-11-28 Reasons To Like the NEC PA302W Wide Gamut Professional Display

2017-11-22 Cineo Matchbox: Bought 3 of them for my Mercedes Sprinter Photography Adventure Van, Really Right Stuff BH-25 Attaches Them Almost Anywhere

2017-11-11 Which is Better, Food or Water? (or wine) — Sony Alpha A7R III Pixel Shift vs Nikon D850 'Focus shift shooting'

2017-10-17 Reader Comment: D850 Negative Behavior with Shutter Vibration

2017-08-26 Nikon D850: Natural White Balance Option, Active D-Lighting, HDR

2017-08-26 Nikon D850: Metering and Autofocus

2017-08-08 Sprinter Photography Adventure Van by Moonlight, Cineo for Interior Lighting

2017-07-20 Reasons To Like the NEC PA302W Wide Gamut Professional Display

2017-05-17 Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

2017-04-24 Dracast LED: Just ordered another one

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

2016

2016-12-15 Dracast LED: Comments and Deal

2016-09-08 Zeiss Announces 3 Milvus Lenses for Nikon and Canon DSLRs

2016-05-31 LensRentals.com: 15% Off Lighting Plus Info on Lighting Mobile Setups

2016-05-25 Pentax 50mm f/2.8 Macro Aperture Series: Church Mosaic, Dusk (Pentax K1 SuperRes)

2016-05-11 B&H Deals of Note

2016-02-03 Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

2016-01-09 LED Lighting Reviewed: Cineo Matchbox and Dracast LED 500

2015

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

2015-12-23 Cineo Matchbox: Nifty LED Lighting in Compact Package

2015-12-15 BBS Lighting Area 48 Remote Phosphor LED Lighting

2015-12-14 Westcott Flex LED Panels

2015-10-04 Extreme Backlighting with Sony A7R II

2015-08-30 Sony A7R II: Night Shooting (Coastal Optics 60mm f/4 UV-VIS-IR APO Macro)

2015-08-07 All Sorts of Printer Deals, Lighting, etc

2015-06-11 Lighting Specials at B&H Photo

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

2015-03-27 Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Flare Control: Aperture Series 'Extreme Backlighting, Cherry Blossoms'

2015-01-31 Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar Aperture Series: Lee Vining Creek Morning Backlighting

2015-01-28 Put Light Where it Looks Good

2014

2014-04-12 Hits and Misses: Ultra Low Light Photography—Sony A7s vs Nikon Df (and of sleeping gorillas)

2014-02-03 Samyang FE 24mm T/1.5 Cine E-Mount on Sony A7

2013

2013-12-20 LED Lighting with High Color Rendering Index (CRI) for Still Photography or Video

2013-12-10 Sony A7R: ISO Performance

2013-10-11 iPhone 5s White Balance and Using JPEG vs DNG

2013-09-20 Catchlights in Eyes in Portraits (National Geographic)

2013-06-03 Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon vs Nikon 14-24/2.8 Under Difficult Lighting (Flare)

2013-04-27 Optical and Electronic Viewfinders: EVF + Optical + LCD = Synergy

2013-04-25 Reader Comment: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon

2013-03-23 Reader Comment: Sigma DP3 Merrill

2013-03-23 Reader Comment: Macro Shooting, Sigma Macro Lenses

2013-03-18 Programmable LED Lighting for Photography: Lumapad Kickstarter Project

2013-01-27 Five Appealing Cameras

2012

2012-07-24 Canon EOS 1D X vs 5D Mark III: ISO/Noise from ISO 50 - ISO 204800 with 5600°K and Tungsten Halogen Lighting

2012-03-30 Canon 5D Mark III vs 5D Mark II from ISO 50 to ISO 25600 (Creek)

2011

2011-10-26 Zeiss 25mm f/2 Distagon Announced

2011-06-26 Which Macro Lens for 1:1 or Better?

2010

2010-08-18 LED lighting for your home, studio, or office

2010-05-28 Lupine Lighting Systems T1200 flashlight — 1200 lumens in a beautiful beam

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

2010-01-28 Lupine Wilma and Lupine Betty LED upgrades

2010-01-26 New site feature: highlighting

2007

2007-09-17 Zeiss ZF 28mm f/2 Distagon announced

2007-09-10 Lupine Lighting Systems Betty

2007-05-02 Headlamps and flashlights article updated

2007-04-30 Headlamps and flashlights article updated

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

2007-04-02 Monkeyface eel

2006

2006-11-26 Claims about megapixels

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