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Examples are minimally processed using DPP at Standard except as noted so as to allow the native performance of the camera to be seen. Noise reduction is OFF in all cases, unless explicitly noted.

Color space

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5D Mark II and optics

As with the Nikon D3x, the 5D Mark II sensor is so demanding that every optical shortcoming is revealed. Use the best glass. Examples of “best” include Canon’s 85mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.2L II, 135mm f/2L, super telephotos such as the 300mm f/2.8L, etc. Lenses under 60mm are bound to disappoint in some cases, which is not to say that excellent results are not possible with some care (field curvature, aperture, etc). Zoom lenses like the 24-105mm f/4L and 70-200mm f/4L can yield very good results, but definitely are not “all there”.

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly some of the new Sigma Art lenses vs Nikon and Canon.
  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Canon 5D Mark II + Zeiss ZF 100/2 Makro-Planar, 1/50 @ f/5.6, ISO 100

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