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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm and 600mm f/4G ED VR lens tests: legendary performers in the range

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Super-telephoto lenses like these are indispensible for shooting action, sports and wildlife but their high price and limited versatility restricts accessibility to the average user. Most are to be found in the hands of ...

Samsung NX300 and NX210 camera tests: compact and well connected

Samsung is one of the few makers with the capability to supply sensors for its own mirrorless cameras. The Wi-FI enabled finder-less NX300 and NX210 are just two of such cameras from the consumer ...

Best lenses for your Canon EOS 6D

In the lead up to Photokina 2012, Canon announced the new Canon EOS 6D full-frame entry-point model within days of Nikon publicizing their most-affordable full-frame camera to date, the 24-Mpix D600. While the EOS ...

Best lenses for your Canon EOS 6D: Part I – Introduction

This is the first of a three part series on choosing suitable lenses for Canon’s entry-level full frame camera, the EOS 6D. The 20-Mpix CMOS’ sensor used is similar in architecture to that in ...

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8 lens test:high speed and high image quality?

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Although compact and likeable enough, Olympus’ first 17mm for MFT (Micro Four Third) wasn’t one of the best performing lenses. With a fast maximum aperture, this new lens aims to build on the popularity ...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II test: new back-illuminated sensor promises superior low-light performance

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Sony’s update to the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 includes provision for a optional EVF and a useful pull-out rear LCD, but the head line news is the inclusion of a newly developed back-illuminated Exmor R BSI-CMOS ...

Samsung NX prime lens tests: five models measured!

While Samsung has a number of zooms in their mirrorless NX lens range, their primes consist of an intriguing amalgamation of compact ‘pancake’ types, ultra-high speed designs and special purpose models. We’ve assembled five ...

Best lenses for your Sony NEX-7: 14 wide-angle, standard and telephoto models analyzed!

Introduced during 2011, the 24-Mpix Sony NEX-7 remains a high-watermark for mirrorless models despite recent introductions from rivals. We’ve now had the opportunity to measure the performance of this camera with a number of ...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 test

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Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G6 is the update to last year’s DMC-G5 MFT camera, the firm’s $750 mid-range EVF equipped model sitting above the entry-level finder-less DMC-GF6 yet beneath the mighty video-maker’s favorite DMC-GH3. The new ...

Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 lens test: accessible price and excellent aberration control

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With an external design in keeping with the firm’s highly regarded ‘Limited’ range of premium quality lenses, this model is an affordable alternative within the range and the equivalent to a moderate telephoto with ...

Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II lens test: second update to pro-oriented G-series super-telephoto prime

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In the lead up to Photokina 2012, Sony announced a revised version of their 300mm f/2.8G SSM adding Nano AR coating and full AF compatibility with the firm’s flagship full-frame Sony SLT Alpha 99.  ...

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di USD Sony mount lens test: high image quality but does it justify the price?

Tamron’s new full-frame high-speed standard zoom won plaudits for its high image quality and balance of features for the price. However, while the Sony Alpha mount version similarly includes an ultrasonic type AF motor, ...

Best lenses for your Sony SLT Alpha 99: 22 wide-angle, standard and telephoto models analyzed!

After evaluating the performance characteristics of lenses mounted on full-frame models such as Nikon D800 and D600, as well as the Canon EOS 5D Mk III, we’ve now had the opportunity to analyze a ...

ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 and Touit 1.8/32 Sony mount lens tests: performance at a price

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ZEISS already have one prime lens in Sony’s NEX line-up, albeit made under license for them, but at Photokina in September, the optics firm announced its intention to produce AF lenses in both Sony ...

Nikon 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR & 18.5mm f/1.8 lens tests: best performing lenses in the range

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Nikon was one of the last big camera makers to offer a mirrorless model but when they finally announced the Nikon 1 system back in September, 2011, they attracted some controversy for adopting a ...

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS USM Extender 1.4X test: does the performance justify the price?

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First seen at the Olympics in London in 2012, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS USM Extender 1.4x is a pro-oriented super-telephoto zoom with a built-in 1.4x tele-converter. Engaging this extender converts the zoom ...

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C (Nikon) test: update to popular standard zoom lens

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Designed solely for APS-C format DSLRs the $499 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C (27-112mm equivalent) is the first of Sigma’s Contemporary C-series zooms and the update to the popular 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC ...

Best lenses for your Canon EOS 100D: Wide Angles, Standards and Telephotos

With its compact and lightweight body, the Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7 is the smallest DSLR in the firm’s line-up. While it adopts a similar performing sensor to the EOS ...

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