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  • SLR Lens Review - SLR Lens Review
    Wide Angle Standard Telephoto Macro Misc Mamiya Wide Angle 645 Standard 645 Telephoto 645 Russian Meyer Pentacon Contact Us Member Login Home Tags zeiss Subscribe to blog Subscribe via RSS Home Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site Categories Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog Tags Tags Displays a list of tags that has been used in the blog Search Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in zeiss Best Of The Best Of The Best With Honors 100mm Macro Comparison Featured Posted by Administrator on Tuesday 07 February 2012 in Lens Comparisons This is Part One of the rolling review of the 100mm macro lenses for Canon EF mount Introduction I am not much of a macro shooter yet I have managed to accumulate 4 dedicated macro lenses for Canon mount This happened over time I purchased a Canon 100mm f 2 8 USM Macro long long time ago and kept it since it was a really good performer Then I stumbled on Voigtlander APO Lanthar 125mm f 2 5 Macro in Canon mount Back then Cosina already discontinued its SL lenses but they were widely available including Macro Lanthars Price A whopping 800 back then I thought I was doing a mistake buying this lens for such a price after all Canon EF 100 2 8 cost only 450 Three years later Macro Lanthar sells for 2 500 while Canon still costs 450 In hindsight I should have bought the whole pallet of Macro Lanthars back then this would have had a better return than my 401K over the same period After Lanthar I purchased Leica APO Macro Elmarit 100mm f 2 8 along with the Leica R7 just to remember the old good days of

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  • Happy Birthday - SLR Lens Review Turns 5! - SLR Lens Review
    goal changes a little bit Instead of cranking out reviews as quickly as possible just to increase an article count we re going to focus on improving quality of the reviews This will probably mean slowing down somewhat while it used to take about a week in the early days to test a lens and finish a review lately it s been taking more like 3 weeks to wrap up with all the testings alone Why the slow down you might ask Firstly the scope of the reviews has been growing steadily over the years five years ago the reviews contained only MTF test data from Imatest then limited field testing was added then field testing was expanded a bit then expanded a bit more and later a bit more again All this requires additional time and with a busy work day schedule this also means longer time lags But don t fear the reviews will continue and currently you should expect to see one to two new reviews per month The second objective is to begin offering more comprehensive lens comparisons In the past lens benchmarks were sporadic and did not follow any particular format While not sure about the format for such comparisons yet peer to peer lens comparisons will become more frequent As a matter of fact the first such comparison this year will pick up where the old Macro Challenge left off wrapping up with a detailed contrast of 4 macro lenses Canon EF 100 2 8 Zeiss Makro Planar 100 2 Leica APO Macro Elmarit 100 2 8 and Voigtlander APO Macro Lanthar 125 2 5 Expect that review to pop up in early February Our third goal for the year is to start a photography blog All previous attempts ended up nowhere partially because

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  • SLR Lens Review
    Standard Telephoto Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Macro Wide Angle Zoom Pentax Wide Angle 645 Macro Standard Zoom Wide Angle Zoom Telephoto Standard Wide Angle Telephoto 645 Standard 645 Telephoto Zoom Sigma Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Telephoto Zoom Sony Minolta Wide Angle Standard Telephoto Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Tamron Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto

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  • SLR Lens Review
    Angle Telephoto 645 Standard 645 Telephoto Zoom Sigma Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Telephoto Zoom Sony Minolta Wide Angle Standard Telephoto Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Tamron Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Telephoto Tokina Wide Angle Standard Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Voigtlander Wide Angle Standard Telephoto Macro Misc Mamiya Wide Angle 645 Standard 645

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  • Rolleinar MC 105mm f/2.8 (Rollei)
    Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Macro Wide Angle Zoom Pentax Wide Angle 645 Macro Standard Zoom Wide Angle Zoom Telephoto Standard Wide Angle Telephoto 645 Standard 645 Telephoto Zoom Sigma Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Telephoto Zoom Sony Minolta Wide Angle Standard Telephoto Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Tamron Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Telephoto Tokina Wide

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  • Rolleinar MC 21mm f/4 (Rollei)
    Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Macro Wide Angle Zoom Pentax Wide Angle 645 Macro Standard Zoom Wide Angle Zoom Telephoto Standard Wide Angle Telephoto 645 Standard 645 Telephoto Zoom Sigma Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Telephoto Zoom Sony Minolta Wide Angle Standard Telephoto Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Tamron Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Telephoto Tokina

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  • Nikon AF Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF ED Lens Review
    Nikon D3x as well as APS C type Canon 400D and full frame Canon 5D and Canon 5DMk2 using a third party AF adapter Summary Lens Composition 8 elements in 6 groups Angular Field 8 degrees Minimum Focus 2 5m 9ft Focusing Action AF MF stop Scale f 4 f 32 manual electronic Filter Size 82mm 39mm drop in Lens Hood Built in Weight 1330g 46 9oz Dimensions 89x219mm 3 5x8 6 Lens Case CL 42 optional Handling As a moderately slow or fast depending on whether you are an optimist or a pessimist Nikon s AF Nikkor 300mm f 4D ED IF lens does not really stand out from many other similar lenses when it comes down to handling The lens is not particularly light but is not a brick either You still need to use included tripod collar when mounting it on a tripod mount your camera on the tripod with this lens attached and you re risking the lens to break off its mounting thread because of the weight and falling on the ground That s the worst case In the best case you will simply have to deal with an unbalanced combo which will be consistently tipping the point down The auto focusing with this lens is slooooooooow Seriously this is easily the biggest problem with this older lens The AF hunts in low light and day light infinity or close focus It often misfocuses a particularly annoying part was when my D3 refused to focus completely The first time this happened I thought my camera broke Turns out that the camera was just fine but the lens continued to misguide the AF system into thinking that focusing is not achievable I ve managed to reproduce this issue later on with some consistency if the lens was focused at the minimum focusing distance and right after that you try to point it to a subject at the infinity you are facing a one in five chances that your AF will get stuck The way out of this limbo is to either switch into manual focusing turn the focusing ring and then switch the lens back into AF or use the focusing limiter and set it to the desired distance range Speaking of the focusing limiter The limiter allows for continuous variance meaning that unlike with most moder lenses which allow for two or three settings covering particular ranges like minimum to infinity and minimum to some distance AF Nikkor 300mm f 4D ED IF offers a limiter that allows you to use any distance to infinity range The limiter itself though follows a somewhat unconventional design It s a ring with a screw that you need to use to tighten it in a particular position The limiter scale goes in both directions from the center Leaving the limiter in the central position will unlock the entire focusing distance Moving it to the right will limit the focusing to the range from the minimum focusing distance to

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  • Nikon Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 AiS Lens Review
    hand held at 1 150sec or even 1 80sec If you belong to this group you might be able to use the Nikon Nikkor 300mm f 4 5 AiS hand held and achieve great results But for the rest of us using a tripod and even presetting the lens would probably be a more prudent option Overall the lens produced rather average performance in the field Images lacked a pop and image resolution was pretty weak throughout the frame The worst part was that the image quality did not really improved with stopped down apertures actually there did not seem to be any significant visible improvement between images short at f 4 5 and say f 8 or f 11 Furthermore there was no visible difference in image quality between shots taken at the closeup distance vs the infinity ISO 400 1 25 f 4 5 300mm Nikon D3 Surprisingly for such a long and relatively slow lens Nikon Nikkor 300mm f 4 5 AiS showed a pretty noticeable vignetting on a full frame camera when shot with a wide open aperture Vignetting actually continued to persist at f 5 6 and completely disappeared only at f 8 which is quite discouraging Traces of vignetting were also visible even on an APS C camera whose smaller image sensor is typically more forgiving of vignetting The lens showed minor degree of vignetting at f 4 5 as well as f 5 6 which f 8 being completely clear of the artifact Vignetting f 4 5 full frame vs 1 6x crop 300mm On the positive side Nikon Nikkor 300mm f 4 5 AiS showed pretty decent handling of flare With a strong direct light source positioned directly within or near the picture frame the lens showcased pretty usual reduction in the overall image contrast throughout the aperture range This can be noticeable from the shots below taken at f 4 5 and f 8 While the images look bleak and lifeless this can be considered typical for the majority lenses since very few primes telephotos or wides can deal with flare any better At least there are no visible signs of flare or ghosting which can be considered to be a good sign Left ISO 200 1 320 f 4 5 Right ISO 200 1 125 f 8 Nikon D3 Color handling was somewhat mixed Colors were sufficiently saturated however images showcased some color fringing You could notice both axial as well as lateral chromatic aberration in the sample gallery below Furthermore images seemed to showcase somewhat varying degree of contrast with slightly better results at smaller apertures There was no sign of barrel distortion which is not a major surprise considering that we re dealing with a telephoto prime here ISO 200 1 1600 f 4 5 300mm 100 crop Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web nikon lenses 26 nikon super telephoto lenses 519 nikon nikkor

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