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I find that when it comes to stuff like reviews (including, but not limited to photography equipment), you probably don't want to put all your eggs in one basket for anything important. If you look at two or three (or more) reviews, however, you should start to see some common themes emerging -- ie, the lens is soft wide-open, or it focuses slowly, or ...


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I think these two sites should not be completely lumped together. Let's let each man talk for himself. From Ken Rockwell's "About" page: Apparently the world finds my opinions very useful, but remember, they are the opinions of one man. I have a big sense of humor, and do this site to entertain you (and myself), as well as to inform and to educate. I ...


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The reviewer may have used a sample of one. Lenses will vary. The reviewer is measuring scientifically in the lab, pixel peeping using test charts and compiling MTF curves. Owners of the lens are taking vacations shots and pictures of the family dog. the reveiwer has experience with a number of other lenses, including pro lenses. Owners of the ...


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The website dpreview.com has detailed reviews that include sample images. You can preview sample images from various models to get an idea of the results each produce. Also, check out flickr.com you can see images sorted by camera that took them as well. (The links I provided are for viewing results for the Nikon D90)


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K-rock has some interesting opinions, but I often think of him as the Matt Drudge of the Photography world. I suspect most of his opinions are to generate views, and to that end, he has succeeded. Here is how I judge the opinions of online photographers; how do their own personal galleries look?


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Lenses project a virtual image that has a defined minimum spatial frequency. It does not matter what you use to capture the image the lens is projecting, it can be film, a low res digital sensor, a high res digital sensor, or something that far outresolves the lens itself...that doesn't change how sharp an image the LENS produces, though. This is a bit ...


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Websites like kenrockwell.com and bythom.com are entertaining and idiosyncratic. They are an expression of their owner's personality and deserve reading for that reason. But when you are looking for good guidance when selecting a lens you should rather go to one of the several sites that approach the matter in a serious disciplined way. There are a ...


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Interesting that you put Ken Rockwell and Thom Hogan in the same question; my take is that these are very different types of people. As others have said, Ken is kind of a nut. On the other hand, I find Thom Hogan's reviews particularly compelling because they relate real experiences and read very sane - for example, Thom has a good attitude (IMO) about when ...


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It probably doesn't matter. Taking great looking photos has much more to do with the photographer than the camera. A good photographer can take great photos with any camera. I suggest you decide what kind of camera to get based on the kind of shooting you do or intend to do, then visit snapsort.com to find a good model in that class. If you're going to take ...


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DxO Mark provide objective data on the output of camera and cameras in combination with lenses. The data comes from the testing they do on cameras and lenses for their RAW developing software "DxO Optics" so it should be fairly unbiased. I don't know enough about the technical aspects of digital photography to comment on the validity of their methodology.


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Try Thom Hogan's site. He is a professional photographer who uses Nikon gear and writes a lot about them and I do mean a lot. Unlike another Nikon photographer, his opinions are usually very well balanced.


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A great deal here comes down to the simple fact that most of what's measured in a typical lens test has almost nothing to do with how that lens will perform in real life. First of all, most lens tests emphasize resolution. This gives some idea of the largest print you could produce from a picture and still have it look sharp -- but doesn't tell you much (if ...


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Of course — there has to be. Are you aware of the saying "Fast, cheap, good: pick two?" Any design has compromises. This isn't a "marketing reason" — it's a basic fact of making products which the market researchers must work from. And when you add the additional constraint that it must be compact, well, something else has to give. Take a look at my recent ...


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Thom Hogan is a very reputable guy and his site has a lot of insightful info especially when it comes to lenses. I read a lot of great lens reviews from Dpreview and such, but Thom goes a step further than all of them, he actually tells you why this particular lens behaves this way in this particular situation, or what makes it underrated or overrated lens. ...


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The short answer is that Bythom is one of the best places to get high-quality, honest, hands-on opinions on (mostly) Nikon equipment. Ken Rockwell is opinionated, fishes for page views but I personally like a good proportion of his own photographs so I don't dismiss him of out of hand. Having said that, the fact that the OP lumps together the two makes me ...


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I use DxOMark to compare technical lens data. They use a standard test process to measure and compare the following lens parameters: Resolution Transmission Distortion Vignetting Chromatic aberration These data points are taken at different focal lengths (for zoom lenses), at different apertures and are tested on a variety of camera bodies. ...


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I think your first stop should be at Imatest, which offers many different suites of tests widely used by large commercial & industrial customers. That said they also cater for the individual, check out in particular the Imatest Master. The downside is the purchase price (although there seems to be trial version available) and you may need extra test ...


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I have used both the Flipbac Grip 2 and the RF grip (on my previous S90). The RF grip is nice but the Flipbac Grip is no compromise. I feel it is much better value for money. It fit my S95 perfectly. On a recent weekend trip with my wife it was invaluable. Easy one hand holding. It feels good and looks good. I don't own my camera long enough to justify the ...


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Lenstip has quite a complete review of the lens, they compare the canon to the nikon mount, even with some history: they mention how it was postponed after tokina realized how good the tamron was. Tokina lenses can be hard to find, resellers only have the most recent ones available. Maybe you can find one in the second-hand market, that's how I found my ...


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I think what you're seeing here is the difference between an objective review and subjective reviews. The DPreview review includes a highly technical interactive diagram showing exactly how the image quality varies with focal length and aperture, with actual photos taken with the lens to demonstrate this. The statements you quote are statements of measured ...


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You can look at DxO Labs description of their testing protocol. Be sure to click on next at the bottom of each page to read the entire document. As the above link indicates, for testing to be meaningful it must take place in strictly controlled and reproducible conditions. This includes seemingly insignificant things such as temperature and humidity, as ...


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First off, comparing images on the Internet is a misleading business since the resolution is usually too low to show up differences. Images from my old 2.1 Mp Canon P&S look not much inferior to my present 15 Mp DSLR when displayed in a normal web page. However DPReview.com have, very fortunately for us, had a policy over many years of taking photos ...


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For me buying a gear is a completely objective process (well.. mostly). If I was buying a lens, I'll know what focal length i'd want and how much money I'm ready to put into it. Then I'd head over to sites like photozone.de which do indepth analysis of each lens.. Kenrockwell.com at the end of the day is just a blog that tries to communicate the author's ...


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NikonGear.com has reviews and an active forum Also NikonCafe has very active forums and you can find reviews and comments on just about anything Nikon-related. You have to take some of his advice with a grain of salt, but Ken Rockwell has a ton of information on Nikon equipment, sample shots, comparisons, history of various lenses, good explanation of all ...


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Quality, features, price - pick any two. You can of course build a camera without any compromises; that has the best quality and is full of features, but it would be much more expensive than the cameras it had to compete with. It would not sell very well, as the segment that actually want quality and features at any price is quite small.


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No, I do not think that cameras are 'good enough' for an enthusiast photographer that they should simply assume any one will satisfy their needs OR that a buyer should take the manufacture's word for it. An enthusiast understands features and has a sense of what features are most important to him or her. Knowing which camera truly provides those features ...


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Some of the replies have expressed quite forthright opinions though mattdm contributed an informed and balanced analysis. To continue in that vein I show below how many times they, and other respected authors, are cited in photo.SE. Like the citation index in academic literature, this can be an important indicator of the interest this community, as whole, ...


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I think it is a mix of two things. A reviewer will specifically point out the problems of a product and notice the most minute details. The average user, especially those who buy such (ridiculous) 18-200mm (and similar) lenses don't have very high expectations in the first place. Any design that covers such a focal length will be extremely compromising ...


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Take a look at a sample test on photozone.de. They have standardized test results available for distortion, vignetting & CA and MTF charts. (Although these might be generated by imatest.com test suite)



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