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Nikon D850

The best becomes better..

Nikon D850 Focus Stacking

Unprecedented support for focus stacking in 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?.

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

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

Nikon 19mm f/4E ED PC-E

Ultra wide tilt/shift lens.

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

Bread and butter zoom lens..

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

Canon’s tiny and lovely pancake lens..

Canon 50mm Lenses

Is Canon’s f/1.2 lens really better than an inexpensive f/1.4 or f/1.8?.

Canon 35mm f/2 IS

Canon’s image stabilized 35mm..

Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Extraordinary optical efforts for outstanding performance..

Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Extraordinary optical efforts for outstanding performance..

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Extraordinary optical efforts for class-leading performance?.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon’s latest 50mm lens compared with the Zeiss ZF 50/1.4, Nikon 50/1.4D and Sigma 50/1.4..

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

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

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 24mm f/1.4G ED

State of the art design in a fast 24mm lens. Includes full-resolution images at f/1.4..

Olympus Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.2

An ultra-fast older design still offers appeal on modern digital..

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II and 24-70mm f/4L IS

Canon’s premium mid-range zooms..

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 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

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

Focus Shift In-Depth

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..

Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR

Moderate wide angle equivalent to 37mm f/2.3..

Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR

Standard normal lens equivalent to 52mm f/2.3..

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

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

Hasselblad XCD 30mm f/3.5

25mm equivalent..

Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/3.5

37mm equivalent..

Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2

Medium format telephoto lens, 74mm equivalent..

Pentax 645 90mm f/2.8 D FA 645 Macro ED AW SR

Medium telephoto macro lens for Pentax 645 digital and film..

Raising the hit rate when capturing images

Untapped potential for greatly improved image quality..

Focus

Focus accuracy and focus shift..

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM

High speed portrait lens optimized for Canon mirrorless..

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Bread and butter all-around zoom..

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM

Bread and butter all-around zoom..

Nikon Z7 Overview, Setup, General

Setup, IBIS performance, focusing..

Nikon Z7 IBIS and Focusing

Setup, IBIS performance, focusing..

Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S

Moderate wide angle 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..

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

Mid-range zoom expressly designed for Nikon Z cameras..

Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM

High performance wide angle..

Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon ZA

Fast and gorgeous moderate wide angle Zeiss design..

Sigma FE 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

Outstanding fast wide angle, DSLR optical design..

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art

Macro lens also excellent for all-around shooting..

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

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

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

Wide mid-range zoom targeted at video shooters..

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH Micro 4/3

A weak sibling covers the wide end.

Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 for Sony NEX

Moderate wide angle for Sony NEX..

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon

Outstanding wide angle, superb performer..


Blog posts, reverse chronological

2019

2019-06-29 Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 APO-Sonnar Aperture Series: Painted Rock (Multi-Shot High-Res Mode, Focus Shift)

2019-06-28 Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 APO-Sonnar: Focus Shift

2019-06-20 Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Aperture Series and Focus Shift Evaluation @ 31mm: Huge Old Pine, Its Needles and Cones (Nikon Z7)

2019-05-27 Leica 90mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL Aperture Series: Mosaic, Focus Shift (Panasonic S1R)

2019-05-26 Focus Shift, a General Discussion

2019-01-31 Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Aperture Series: Mining Gears (Nikon Z7)

2019-01-20 Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Aperture Series: Painted Rock (Nikon D850)

2018

2018-10-28 Focus Stacking with the Nikon Z7 Using the “Focus shift shooting” Feature: How To Configure, Plus Examples

2018-10-14 Must Read: Nikon Z7 Aperture/Lens Diaphragm Behavior While Viewing/Focusing vs Focus Shift in Lenses

2018-09-24 Sigma FE 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series and Field Curvature and Focus Shift Analysis: Lingering Snow

2018-08-31 Zeiss Lenspire Articles—Read all 17

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

2018-07-07 Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Assessed for Focus Shift: Wooden Surface of Picnic Table

2018-01-30 Fujifilm GFX Does not Always Focus at Full Aperture, Could it Be Compensation for Focus Shift?

2017

2017-12-04 New Article on Zeiss Lenspire Site: “Getting started with Focus Stacking – How to achieve more detailed images”

2017-11-14 Deep Stacking with the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Using Nikon D850 'Focus shift shooting'

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

2017-11-08 Nikon D850: Validating 'Focus shift shooting' in the Field: Does it really work well?

2017-11-01 Will we See Firmware Updates from Sony and Nikon for Pixel Shift and 'Focus shift shooting', respectively?

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

2017-10-25 Nikon D850: 'Focus Shift Shooting' at Close Range

2017-10-24 Nikon D850: 'Focus Shift Shooting' Feature is a Reason by Itself to buy the Nikon D850 — Saves Time, Guarantees Peak Quality

2017-10-17 Nikon D850 Experience Report: AF Fine Tune, Focusing Precision, Accuracy with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G + Focus Shift Behavior

2017-10-07 Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Focus Shift Case Study: Lee Vining Canyon Fresh Snow (Nikon D810)

2017-08-29 New Article on Zeiss Lenspire Site: “Micro Contrast and the Zeiss 'Pop'”

2017-08-27 New Article on Zeiss Lenspire Site: “Zoom or Prime Lens? Normal Lenses”

2017-05-22 New Article on Zeiss Lenspire Site: “Zoom or Prime Lens? A series by Lloyd Chambers”

2017-05-16 Nikon Appears to be Doing Focus Shift Compensation, at Least with the Nikon D810 and 70-200/2.8E

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

2017-03-28 Followup: Fujifilm GFX and 120mm f/4 Focus Shift Problems

2017-03-27 Followup: Fujifilm GFX and 120mm f/4 Focus Shift Problems

2017-03-10 Fujifilm GFX + 120mm f/4 Macro: Focus Shift Summarized with Two Additional Proofs

2017-03-08 Reader Question: Focus Shift (stems from Fujifilm GFX findings, but applies to all brands)

2017-03-08 Fujifilm GFX 50s + 63mm f/2.8 Aperture Series: Yellow House at Dusk

2017-03-07 Fujifilm GFX 50s + 120mm f/4 Macro Plus Aperture Series at Distance: Baseball Diamond

2017-02-20 Hasselblad XCD 30mm f/3.5 Evaluation at MOD (Minimum Object Distance)

2017-02-16 New Article on Zeiss Lenspire Site: “Zoom or Prime Lens? A series by Lloyd Chambers”

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

2017-02-08 Hasselblad X1D + Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/3.5 Aperture Series: Storm Drain Signs

2017-02-08 Hasselblad X1D + Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/3.5 Aperture Series: Pomegranates on Picnic Table

2016

2016-12-18 Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Aperture Series: Frosty Picnic Table

2016-10-15 Reader Question: Focusing with Sony Mirrorless

2016-04-16 Sony G Master 85mm f/1.4 Aperture Series: Understanding Behavior, Particularly Focus Shift

2016-02-08 Leica v2016 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M ASPH Assessment of Focus Shift at MOD

2016-02-08 Leica v2016 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPHAssessment of Focus Shift at MOD

2016-01-03 Leica SL: Evaluation of Focus Shift at 90mm for Leica 24-90mm f/2.8-4 Vario-Elmarit-SL

2016-01-03 Leica SL: Evaluation of Focus Shift at 49mm for Leica 24-90mm f/2.8-4 Vario-Elmarit-SL

2015

2015-05-19 Sony FE 28mm f/2: Assessing Focus Shift and Color Correction and Sharpness at Close Range (Dolls, Sony A7R)

2015-04-11 Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Assessing Focus Shift and Color Correction (Dolls, Sony A7R)

2014

2014-11-30 Sony FE 16-35mm f/4: Aperture Series at 35mm Pumpkin + Mitigating Focus Shift

2014-10-17 Zeiss 21/2.8 Distagon: Focus Shift Assessment

2014-10-17 Focus Shift Compared: Nikon 20/1.8G vs 14-24/2.8

2014-10-16 Focus Shift Nikon 20/1.8G vs 14-24/2.8

2014-08-01 Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1.7 DG Summilux ASPH: Focus Shift Study

2014-07-30 Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM A vs Nikon 50/1.4G and 50/1.8G (Nikon D810)

2014-07-01 The Effect of Focus Shift on Image Sharpness

2013

2013-08-10 New Features for Finding Stuff at diglloyd.com

2013-08-03 Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH: Field Curvature and Focus Shift on a Planar Subject

2013-07-26 Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH: Glacial Erratics and Focus Placement (Leica M Typ 240)

2013-04-09 Close Range Performance with Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH

2013-01-11 Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM: Aperture Series with Focus Shift Analysis

2012

2012-12-30 Compared: Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS vs 35mm f/1.4L vs 24-70mm f/2.8L II (Dolls) + Focus Shift Assessment

2012-10-20 Mitigating Focus Shift in the Field (Nikon D800E + Nikon 14-24)

2012-07-30 Focus Shift — Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar and Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar

2012-07-30 Focus Shift — Why So Much Coverage?

2012-07-30 Focus Shift — Nikon 50mm f/1.4G, 50mm f/1.4D, 50mm f/1.8FG, 50mm f/1.8D, Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL II

2012-07-29 Focus Shift — Canon 50mm f/1.2L, Canon 50mm f/1.4, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

2012-07-29 Canon 50mm f/1.2L Focus Shift — Extensive Study

2012-07-07 Focus Shift with the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G on D800E

2012-06-21 Why Don’t Nikon and Canon Compensate for Focus Shift? (Hasselblad Does!)

2012-06-19 Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G on D800E, Focus Shift Study

2012-06-14 Focus Shift Study for Nikon AF-S 35/1.4G and 35/1.4 AI-S on D800E

2012-06-12 Focus Shift Study for Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.4G on D800E

2012-06-11 Focus Shift with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G @ 24mm on D800E (with 24-70 f/2.8G as reference lens)

2012-06-10 A Study of Focus Shift With Six 28mm Lenses

2012-06-08 Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8G Focus Shift

2010

2010-05-11 Nikon 24mm f/1.4G focus shift and color bokeh page

2009

2009-04-30 Focus shift article

2008

2008-11-11 Focus shift on a resolution chart

2008-11-10 More focus shift: 35mm, 100mm, 135mm, more

2008-11-10 Focus shift in fast 50mm lenses

2008-11-10 Focus shift in 85mm lenses

2008-11-10 A brief introduction to focus shift

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