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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art MTF Curves and Sample Variation

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For years now, I've been telling people to always take the results of tests done on one copy of a lens with a serious grain of salt. Not matter how carefully it was tested, it's still just one copy. Others will be worse. Others will be better. Because I'm so aware of copy variation, I [...]

Cine Lens Teardown Comparison: Zeiss 85mm CP.2 T2.1 and Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5

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I was pretty excited when I first heard about the Rokinon Xeen line of Cinema lenses. For several years now, Samyang / Rokinon photography lenses have given photographers with reasonable expectations some superb alternatives. They sell optically excellent lenses at amazingly low prices. There are compromises made to accomplish this goal, of course, but they [...]

MTF and Variation: An Example

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We've spent most of the last month establishing a database of MTF curves and expected copy-to-copy variation for a number of lenses. Most people have a general idea about what we're doing, can follow along the basics of MTF curves, etc. But many other people also have a very good question, "How much of a [...]

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