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Lens and Camera Issues

Good stuff and not so good stuff..

Nikon lenses

Overview and assessments of Nikon lenses.

Nikon Z7 IBIS and Focusing

Setup, IBIS performance, focusing..

Sony Alpha A7R II

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

Sony Alpha A7R Shutter Vibration

Vibration from the shutter highly damaging to image sharpness..

Sony Alpha A7 II

Sensor stabilized 24MP full-frame..

Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon ZA

Fast and gorgeous moderate wide angle Zeiss design..

Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Sonnar

Compact normal lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless..

Sony FE 135mm f/1.4 GM

Top-grade telephoto..

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 Touit 50mm f/2.8M

Moderate telephoto macro lens for Sony NEX or Fujifilm X. Useful on full frame too!.

Blog posts, reverse chronological


2021-03-15 Self Timer with Delayed-Initiation of Eye AF?

2021-02-21 Some Processing Technique and Examples now in Monochrome Section of Making Sharp Images

2021-02-12 Reader Comment: Black and White Photography “samples you have are some of the best I have seen” + How to Process


2020-05-28 Reader Questions on Hasselblad X1D II: Leaf Shutter Vibration vs Electronic Shutter

2020-04-17 Reader Comment/Question: Image Stabilization and Sharpness, Monopod vs Tripod


2019-09-19 Frame Averaging for Ultra Low Noise with the Nikon D850 Monochrome (but works for any camera, color or monochrome): Moots MootoX YBB 29er

2019-05-18 Has Sony Broken Eye AF with the Latest Firmware Update?

2019-03-21 15+ Reader Comments on “Request for Feedback: How Best to Partition my Publication Offerings”

2019-03-20 Request for Feedback: How Best to Partition my Publication Offerings? (updated with addendum)


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

2017-07-02 REVIEWED: Leica M10

2017-01-31 Reader Comment: Hasselblad X1D “no electronic shutter” vs Fujifilm GFX Shutter Modes


2016-09-20 Pentax to Add EFC Shutter to Pentax K1 for Single Exposures via Firmware Update

2016-09-19 Thoughts on the Fujifilm GFX 50S

2016-09-19 Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO

2016-09-19 Fujifilm GFX 50S Disrupts the Medium Format (and 35mm) Marketplace

2016-07-15 Depth of field and Sharpness: Conventional Thinking is Unrealistic Going Forward, Focus Stacking is One Solution

2016-07-01 Hasselblad X1D-50C: Reader Comments

2016-05-15 Pentax K1: Assessing Shutter Vibration

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?

2016-02-03 Ming’s Queenstown Landscape Workshop


2015-10-22 Leica SL Typ 601: Lacks EFC Shutter

2015-10-19 Ming’s Tokyo Master Class

2015-08-07 Sony A7R II: Assessing Shutter Vibration with the Electronic First Curtain Shutter (EFC Shutter) at 280mm

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

2015-02-27 Sharper Images by Technique and Shot Discipline

2015-02-06 Canon’s EOS 5DS/R: Has Electronic First Curtain Shutter (EFC Shutter) for ZERO Vibration Exposures

2015-01-12 Reader Questions: Fujifilm X system, Sony A7x Discounting and 4K Video, Arca Swiss Cube Geared Head

2015-01-01 Sony A7 II: Does a 2 Second Self Timer Deliver a Useful Hit Rate at 1/8 Second?


2014-11-21 Sony Image Stabilization

2014-08-23 How to Find Coverage of Lenses, Cameras, Technique, etc

2014-07-12 Sony A7s vs A7R

2014-07-12 Pentax 645z: Shutter Vibration / Shutter Shock Analysis at 90mm

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

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

2014-05-13 My Most Important Publication: Making Sharp Images

2014-04-29 How to Find Coverage of Lenses, Cameras, Technique, etc

2014-04-17 Pentax 645Z: Does Not Have EFC Shutter (Electronic First Curtain)

2014-04-16 Sony A7R: A Practical Effort to Mitigate Shutter Vibration at 90mm

2014-04-14 Sony A7R: Is Shutter Vibration an Issue at 50mm?

2014-02-15 Readers Comment on the Sony A7 / A7R

2014-02-03 Guide to Leica: M240 Shutter Vibration with Leica 90mm f/2 APO-Summicron-R (used with R-Adapter M)

2014-02-02 Photographers Ask Sony to Address the A7R Shutter Vibration Issue (Update)

2014-01-23 Photographers Ask Sony to Address the A7R Shutter Vibration Issue

2014-01-21 Sony A7R Shutter Vibration: Mitigation Strategies

2014-01-16 Update on Sony A7R Shutter Vibration


2013-12-24 Reader Comment on Sony A7R Shutter Vibration

2013-12-22 Sony A7R Shutter Vibration: Does Adding Mass (weight) Help?

2013-12-20 Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar on Sony A7R Aperture Series (Red Barn) and Shutter Vibration at 55mm

2013-12-20 Sony A7R Shutter Vibration: Studio Assessment with 55m f/1.8 Sonnar

2013-12-20 Sony A7R Shutter Vibration: Can it Be Mitigated by Sony via Firmware Behavioral Change?

2013-12-15 Sony A7R: Shutter Vibration at 180mm in Portrait Orientation

2013-12-11 Sony A7R: Shutter Vibration at 180mm

2013-12-11 Sony A7R: Shutter Vibration at 135mm

2013-12-11 Sony A7R vs A7: Shutter Vibration at 280mm

2013-12-01 Sony A7R: Lens Support and Lens Mount Torque with Adapted Lenses (Sag, Warp Potential, Shutter Vibration)

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

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

2013-07-14 Reader Comments on Quality of Images at

2013-05-24 Making Sharp Images Requires Optimal Technique with Whatever Gear You Have

2013-04-02 Nikon Coolpix A Initial Comments


2012-11-13 Photo Technique Magazine: Review of GPS Units for Canon and Nikon

2012-08-28 Photo Technique Magazine: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon

2012-02-08 Canon 1D X vs Nikon D4 vs Nikon D800

2012-02-07 Nikon D800 / D800E — Which Nikon Lenses?

2012-02-07 Nikon D800 / D800E — Lens Requirements for 36 Megapixels

2012-02-07 36MP Nikon D800 / D800E — Technique and Tolerances


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

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

2011-05-01 Reader Comments on Zeiss Guide, Wide Aperture Landscape Technique


2007-12-01 Focus lock and recompose—unlearn it now

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