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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review: Too good to be true?


There is a phrase quoted quite often that when something sounds too good to be true you shouldn’t be too surprised when it isn’t. Nikon’s new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR promises ...

Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM A Canon review: A Prime Example of Lens Design


Discerning photographers have always understood the quality benefit of buying prime lenses over zooms, The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is a great example of why this is worthwhile. This Sigma lens scores higher ...

Canon EF 35mm f2 review: Old but still very competitive


Canon’s EF 35mm f2 has been around for quite a while, launched in late 1990, 22 years ago, it predates digital photography as we know it. Does this matter? Apparently not, this small, old, ...

Pentax smc DA Star 55mm f/1.4 SDM review


The beauty of bokeh – the aesthetic quality of a blur – is often admired by photographers and image enthusiasts alike. Some images with high bokeh resemble hybrid art – one part impressionist painting, ...

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM review: a classic never dies


Canon’s EF 100mm f/2 USM dates back to the early 1990s, making it one of the camera maker’s more veteran lenses. But don’t let its age fool you, the lens’ continuing popularity among professional ...

Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX AF 35mm f/2.8 Macro for Canon and Nikon review


The Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX AF 35mm f/2.8 Macro for Canon and Nikon is the Jack of all trades: the lens allows photographers to snap pictures with macro like details by providing life-sized ...

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM preview: A compact and versatile trans-standard lens


With the new 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM, Sigma renews its optical formula while providing a compact version of its trans-standard zoom. ...

AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Review


A middle-of-the-line lens, the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR integrates an ED glass lens and three aspherical lenses, as well as a coating against flare. Its focal-length range extends from wide-angle to traditional ...

AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Review


Mounted on an APS-C reflex such as the Nikon D3100, D3200, D5100 or D7000, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR becomes the equivalent of a 27-300mm: ideal for travel photography for those ...

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Review


Here is a tiny lens that may well enjoy a great career. Compatible with full-frame and APS-C cameras, the new Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 offers an aperture with average focal length of 40mm, while ...

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Review


The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (29-216mm in 35mm) has many seductive strong points for photographers and videographers. Here are our first impressions: ...

Standard micro 4/3 lens reviews

Designed with compactness in mind, micro 4/3 lenses go for the smallest size possible most of the time. But to achieve these dimensions, they sometimes have to compromise on image quality. In this review, ...

Wide-angle micro 4/3 lens reviews

In this review of micro 4/3 wide-angle lenses, we will cover both prime and zoom lenses to give you an good overview of how manufacturers managed to design good-quality lenses in a small form-factor ...

Pentax Prime Lens Series

Here is a new series featuring the results of Pentax prime lenses mounted on the compatible camera with the best resolution thus far, the Pentax K5.  (But as usual, you can consult DxOMark to ...

Telephoto Micro 4/3 lens Reviews

Not too long ago, people assumed that choosing a micro 4/3 camera was the same thing as choosing a more versatile compact camera. Then the happy owners would start thinking about getting a zoom ...

Nikon AF-D lens reviews

The Nikon Nikkor AF-D series“Nikonists” still highly appreciate the AF-D-series lenses, all of which appeared in 1994. (Nikon usually adds the “D” after the aperture, as in “50mm f/1.4D AF,” rather than “50mm f/1.4 ...

Sigma 17-35mm F2.8-4 EX DG HSM review – an old, cheap, and… great wide-angle lens!


DxOMark continues its exploration of the past with this very good wide-angle lens that Sigma first produced for Canon mounts in 2003, and while we’re at it, we’ll use this opportunity to compare it ...

Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM review: A serious 100mm macro competitor?


We have just tested both the Canon and Nikon versions of the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens, announced on February 8, 2011. ...

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