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Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 14-42 f3.5-5.6 II Asph. Mega OIS review – The Cheapest ‘Standard Zoom’ for Micro 4:3 and Surprisingly Good


The Micro 4:3 market is full of technology, each new generation apparently having some new enhancement, with a new, more superlative name. Panasonic is no different, but this new Lumix G VARIO 14-42 f3.5-5.6 ...

Which lenses should you choose for your Canon EOS 5D Mark III?

The second in our series of selecting the best-quality lenses for your camera concentrates on one of the most highly-anticipated cameras of our time, the successor to the hugely popular EOS 5D Mark II. ...

The Nikon D800 and telephoto lenses

In this third section of the Nikon D800 review, we’ll be looking at the telephoto lenses. These are models with a focal range of 70-200mm or 70-300mm and we have also included the super-zoom ...

Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM review: The longest super telephoto prime lens ever tested by DxOMark


Sony is often quoted as having aspirations to rival Nikon and Canon but, since taking over the SLR business of Konica Minolta, has so far shown only a handful of pro-grade lenses. The SAL500F40G ...

Panasonic LUMIX G X Vario 12-35mm f2.8 ASPH. Power O.I.S review – Panasonic’s Quality Standard Zoom for Micro 4:3


The Micro 4:3 market is maturing nicely: there are products available now to suit a wide range of needs. Up to now the upper end of this sector consisted entirely of fixed focal length ...

Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM Nikon Mount review: the definitive high-speed 35mm wide-angle lens for DSLRs?


After years of unadventurous, unexciting “slow” speed zooms “fast”, high-quality primes are experiencing a comeback thanks to the popularity of full-frame DSLRs and the merging of video capture. The moderately wide 35mm focal length ...

The Nikon D800 and standard lens choices

In this second part of the Nikon D800 and lenses review, we’re looking at the standard focal lengths. Within this group, there is a very wide range available. When searching for a standard lens, ...

Which lenses for your Nikon D800?

Announced in 2012, the Nikon D800 is the current undisputed king of DxOMark, with results that eclipse every other camera from all other manufacturers. However, with so much resolution on tap, the question is, ...

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C Canon review – The Above ‘Standard’ Zoom


For many people an introduction to photography is through a compact camera: usually, these days, one with a zoom lens covering medium-wide through to short telephoto. The next step is often an SLR and ...

35mm prime lens round up

This is the first in a series of reviews rounding up the Lens Metrics Scores on 35mm primes for Canon, Nikon and Sony. We start by looking at options for Canon EF, and with ...

Sony Cyber-shot RX1 / Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 2/35 review: Is this the ultimate moderate wide-angle lens?


The high-end Sony RX1 was one of the most eagerly awaited cameras in our labs and while we assessed the camera’s full-frame sensor early in January, we’ve decided to publish the results of the ...

Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD Canon review – Excellent Value and a Great All Rounder


The zoom range 70-200, or thereabout, is one of the real classic lenses, an absolute “must” for sports and photojournalism. The faster the maximum aperture the better, but most important of all it must ...

Wildlife Lenses: telephoto-zoom round up

With the vagaries of photographing wildlife, the flexibility of a telephoto zoom would appear to be an attractive solution. However, image quality is often a compromise at the maximum aperture and longest focal length, ...

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM


Another intriguing offering in our database is the Canon EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM. It’s pricey at $1,270 but appealing as an ultra compact (if still relatively heavy at 720g) model, thanks to the ...

Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Sony


At around $420, this relatively affordable, compact and lightweight (420g) full-frame zoom with an 11x range and minimum focus distance of 0.49m (19.3in) sounds like an appealing option. As for image quality, it’s a ...

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 MEGA OIS


While this practically pocket-sized lens will only appeal to Panasonic and Olympus Micro 3/4 users, with an 35mm equivalent focal length of 200-600mm f/4-5.6, this lens may seem like an attractive option for wildlife ...

Pentax smc DA Star 300mm F4 ED IF SDM review


Our final comparison, for the sake of objectivity, is the $1,400 Pentax smc DA Star 300mm f/44 ED IF SDM. On a Pentax DSLR this lens is the 35mm equivalent to a 450mm f/4 ...

Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5 56 USM


With a DxOMark score of 14.6 on a full frame EOS 5D Mk II, dropping to 11 on a EOS 7D, the EF100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM has homogenous sharpness across the focal range, good resolution ...

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