Mamiya ZD Review

[nextpage title=”First Impressions (June 2007)”] For me, this system, comprising a Mamiya 645 AFD and the brand new ZD digital back, represents both a step backward and a step forward: a sort of karmic splits: a return to Mamiya medium format (I loved my 7 II), and a tentative move into the realm of ‘oversized’ […]

Zones and Circles

You may have noticed and/or been confused by the convention used here in which lens performance is addressed by ‘Zones’ rather than the more commonplace ‘centre, edge and corner’ designation. At the risk of treading on the toes of Ansel Adams of Fred Archer, I feel that this, more empirically explicit, system is helpful. Here’s […]

35mm Shift Lens Group Test

[nextpage title=”Introduction”] Comparative data about 35mm shift optics is hard to find, but there’s no shortage of options: Nikon, Contax, Olympus and Pentax all have 35mm f2.8, f3.5 or f4 versions branded as shift, PC or Perspective Control. Canon previously offered a 35mm in FD mount, but revised the range with the introduction of the […]

Field of view comparison

12mm Rectilinear v 15mm Rectilinear v 16mm Fisheye How useful is that Sigma 12 -24mm! A bit squishy, flarey, and prone to wild sample variation, but uniquely useful for interiors and landscapes – and uncommonly free of Sigma Jaundice. How to scratch the upgrade itch, then? I would suggest that the Canon 14mm L and […]

Nikon 14-24mm (21mm Group Test)

Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G v Contax Vario Sonnar 17-35mm f2.8 v Contax 21mm f2.8 [published january 2008] Very few zoom lenses behave consistently from end to end. Most are deliberately optimised for wide- or long-biased performance; some vary that way accidentally from sample to sample. It is probably more common for lens to be at […]

Nikon 14-24mm (17mm Group Test)

Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G v Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L II v Contax Vario Sonnar 17-35mm f2.8 [published January 2008] Continuing our series of Canon 1Ds Mark III tests of the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G, we move up to 17mm where the stiffest competition is offered by the Contax N Vario Sonnar 17-35mm f2.8, adapted by […]

Nikon 14-24mm vs Canon 14L

[Published December 2007] At this point, we’re simply presenting the test results without further comment. These are among the first detailed samples presented of Canon’s latest Mark II 14mm used on the 22MP 1Ds III, and the very first pictures ever shot using Nikon’s 14-24mm f2.8 G on the Canon 1Ds III. The pictures speak […]

Nikon 14-24mm: First Look

[Published September 2007] As eagerly anticipated parcels arrive across the world, initial samples are appearing online: everyone wants to know about Nikon’s groundbreaking ultrawide zoom, the 14-24mm f2.8 G. Most copies of this lens are destined for use on the Nikon D3: the fruitage of many years furtive full frame development in order to rival […]