Lens Tests by Review Date


MAJOR LENS SALE  NOW ONLINE
Tested Canon and third-party lenses for sale: something for every budget. Full-frame images sent before purchase: no chance of a dud sample!

NEW: DISCUSSION FORUM  NOW ONLINE
Free membership, free advice, free classified adverts.

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

VIEW 100% FULL FRAME CROPS FROM ACTUAL SAMPLES BEFORE BUYING

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
  21-35mm
     
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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