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Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G Review  NEW
The most impressive new zoom design this century? Nikon's new ultrawide takes on the Canon 24L, 14L II, 16-35 L II, etc . . .

35mm Shift Lens Group Test  NEW
Contax 35mm PC Distagon v Nikon 35mm PC-Nikkor v Olympus 35mm f2.8 Shift

Mamiya AFD / ZD Digital Back Review  NEW
Review and images now online, as well as comments on Mamiya 645 lenses

DxO Optics Correction Software Review  NEW
Swapping EXIF data to extend flexibility: caveats and problems

Field of View Comparison  NEW
Sigma 12mm v Zeiss 15mm v Zeiss 16mm Fisheye (also de-fished)

Pentax 645 FA 35mm Review  NEW
Including a consideration of the desirability of adapting Pentax 645 lenses for use on the Mamiya 645/ZD

Canon 16-35mm II v Leica 19mm v Olympus 18mm  MAY 2007
Canon's state-of-the-art Mark 2 wide zoom takes on the heavyweight ultrawide primes

Canon 17-40mm L v Zeiss 21mm v Nikon 17-35mm  MARCH 2007
Reprising the original Contax 21mm test with a new Canon 17-40mm f4

Canon 24mm f1.4 L v Contax 21mm f2.8  FEBRUARY 2007
Our current favourite wide angle against the best ever: the Zeiss Distagon 21mm

Zeiss ZF 25mm f2.8 v Canon 24mm f1.4 L  JANUARY 2007
First test of production ZF 25mm on a full frame Canon

Contax N 17-35mm v Nikon 17-35: Part II  JANUARY 2007
Canon-converted autofocus Zeiss Contax N zoom test: 24-35mm.

Contax N 17-35mm v Nikon 17-35: Part I  JANUARY 2007
Canon-converted autofocus Zeiss Contax N zoom test: 17-21mm.

Contax N 17-35mm v Canon 16-35 L v Zeiss 15mm  COMING SOON
First test of Canon-converted Zeiss Contax N wide angle zoom.

Contax N 17-35mm v Contax Zeiss 21mm  COMING SOON
First test of Canon-converted Zeiss Contax N wide angle zoom.

Zeiss ZF 25mm f2.8 v Nikon f2 AIS  NOVEMBER/06
First test of pre-production ZF 25mm on a Nikon D2X.

24mm World Cup Final: The Ultimate 24mm  NEW: NOW ONLINE
Canon 24mm f1.4 L v Olympus 24mm f2.8 v Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 AFS.

24mm World Cup: Qualifying Round 3 (Fast Primes) COMING SOON
Canon 24mm f1.4 L v Nikon 24mm f2 v Sigma 24mm f1.8.

Pentax SMC-A 24mm f2.8 v SIgma 24mm SuperWide II f2.8  SEPTEMBER 06
Includes review of Pentax K - EOS / EF adaptor and lens modification. Pentax K adapters now available.

Fast 85mm Elite: Canon 85mm L (II) v Pentax SMC A* 85mm  SEPTEMBER 06

Fast 85mm Elite: Zeiss ZF 85mm f1.4 v Canon L 85mm f1.2  AUGUST 06

24mm World Cup: Qualifying Round 1 (Zooms) AUGUST 06
Nikon 17-35mm v Sigma 12-24mm v Leica 21-35mm.

24mm World Cup: Qualifying Round 2 (Regular Primes) AUGUST 06
Canon 24mm f2.8 v Olympus 24mm f2.8 v Sigma 24mm f2.8 v Yashica 24mm f2.8.

Sony Ericsson K800i v Canon 350D v Canon 5D JULY 06

Nikon 15mm AIS v Sigma 12-24mm MAY 06

Canon 16-35mm v Nikon 17-35mm MARCH 06

Canon 14mm v Nikon 14mm v Sigma 12-24mm MARCH 06

Voigtlander 15mm v Sigma 12-24mm JANUARY 06

Nikon 28mm f2.8 AIS v Olympus 28mm f2 v Zeiss 28mm f2.8 DECEMBER 05

Sigma 12-24mm v Sigma 15-30mm
v Canon 17-40mm v Contax Zeiss 21mm (Part 1)

Sigma 12-24mm v Sigma 15-30mm

Using Contax, Olympus, Nikon and Leica lenses with Canon and EOS digital SLRs

Compatible lens list, adaptor suppliers and modification guides

Adapters list updated June 8th, 2007

Photographic Calculators & Tools

Coming soon . . . depth of field / angle of view / CoC calculators.

FAQs: Who's the Daddy?

What's the best lens at each focal length? (short and long answers)

What's that in your kit bag? NEW

Lens Price Survey

Survey of used lens prices | Updated December 10th, 2006

Lenses for Sale (updated June 7th, 2007)

Guaranteed sharp, tested copies of Olympus, Pentax, Zeiss and Leica
35mm and medium format lenses for sale


Other Lens Review & Testing Resources

Photodo | Objective MTF test suite for lenses prior to 2002

William Castleman | Technically-oriented (non-adapted) Canon lens tests

Photozone | Imatest-driven tests for APS sensor cameras: Canon, Nikon et al

Epinions | Pro/Am user reports

FM Reviews | The most reliable summary of user reports online

Reid Reviews | Aesthetically-oriented, detailed reviews. EOS adapted lenses tested. Pay site.

Stephan Rohloff | Beautifully obsessive analysis of 20mm lenses with special reference to flare and ghosting

The Digital Picture | Test chart comparison tool: very handy for quick resolution reference.

Kievaholic | Medium format lenses tested on digital sensors

SLR Lens Review | Interesting new cross-platform review site: good 50mm group test, but EF-S mount only at present.


Lens tests by lens type: coming soon . . .

Canon 14mm f2.8 L
  16-35mm f2.8 L
  17-40mm f4 L
  24mm TS
  70-300mm f4.5 IS
Contax/Zeiss 18mm f4
  21mm f2.8
  25mm f2.8
  28mm f2.8
  35mm f2.8
  35-70mm f3.4
Leica 19mm f2.8
Nikon 15mm f3.5 AIS
  17-35mm f2.8 AFS
  24mm AIS
  28mm AIS
Olympus 18mm
  21mm f2
  21mm f3.5
  24mm f2.8
  24mm PC f3.5
  28mm f2
Sigma 12-24mm f4-4.5
  15-30mm f3.5-4.5
  20mm f1.8 EX
  24-70mm f2.8
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
Voigtlander 15mm
Zeiss Jena 35mm f2.4 Flektogon
  180mm f2.8 Sonnar

Also Coming soon:

Sigma 12-24mm v Sigma 15-30mm v Canon 17-40mm (Part 2)
Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f2.4 v Zeiss Distagon 35mm f2.8
Pentacon Zeiss Jena Sonnar 180mm v Pentax 645 SMC 150mm f3.5
Contax Zeiss 35mm PC v Olympus 35mm PC
Olympus 28mm f2 v Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L
Contax Zeiss 28-85mm v Contax Zeiss 28mm f2.8 v Canon 28-135mm IS
Pentax 645 FA 35mm v Schneider 28mm PC
Pentax 645 FA 35mm v Mamiya 645 35mm
Olympus 24mm Shift v Canon 24mm shift (two versions)
Hasselblad 50mm v Canon 50mm macro
Sigma 100-300mm f4 v Canon 135mm f2
Sigma 100-300mm f4 v Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L (non IS)
Sigma 100-300mm v Canon 300mm f4 L (non IS)
Sigma 20mm f1.8 v Leica 21-35mm v Olympus 21mm f3.5
Contax 35-70mm f3.4 v Sigma 24-70mm f2.8
Hartblei 45mm Super Rotator v Hasselblad 50mm
Pentacon Zeiss Jena 80mm v Pentax 645 FA 75mm
Hasseblad 100mm v Zeiss Jena 80mm
Olympus 21mm f2 v Olympus 21mm f3.5
Contax 28mm f2.8 v Olympus 28mm f2 v Nikon 28mm f2.8


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