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Conclusions

Build quality is impressive, and optical performance is outstanding stopped down a bit, so long as field curvature is understood and acceptable for the task (40/4 in particular). These are working pro lenses that should serve for many years of use.

When I started reviewing the Hartblei 40/80/120, I focused on the tilt/shift aspect of performance. With time, I realized that the most appealing aspect (for me) was the outstanding bokeh and color rendition, with the tilt/shift options a very nice option, but a secondary one. In some ways I wish the same optics were available in a standard barrel (non tilt/shift), if that would shrink the size/weight significantly.

Studio photographers will adore these lenses; their technical capabilities along with color rendition and bokeh make them winners for that “medium format look” using a Nikon D3x or similar camera. The way they render sharp/unsharp is truly remarkable, and makes competing designs look flat by comparison.

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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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