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There Is No Perfect Lens Test, Either

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In my last article, I wrote about the fact that every copy of a given lens has some bit of sample variation. This affects lens reviews, whether lab-based or photography-based, because the copy they tested will be just a bit different from the copy you buy. I suggested, that if you want to get a [...]

There Is No Free Lunch, Episode 763: Lens Adapters

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Lens adapters can be useful things sometimes, letting you mount one brand of lens on another brand of camera. One thing that has always bothered me, though, is the idea of doubling the number of lens-mount interfaces. When you look at the thick metal pieces on the front of the camera and the back of [...]

There is No Perfect Lens

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The Three Questions I get asked a couple of questions every time I publish a graph showing Imatest results for multiple copies of lenses like the one below. Most people understand that some copy-to-copy variation is inevitable in the manufacturing process. Most are surprised, though, at how large the sample variation seems to be. Heck, [...]

Zeiss ZE 135mm f/2 vs. Canon 135mm f/2L

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We had a chance a few days ago to look at the first copy of the Zeiss 135mm APO-Sonnar CP.2 lens, but today received several copies of the 135mm APO-Sonnar in ZE (Canon) mount. I've been wanting to play with it personally, of course, but more to the point wanted the chance to test multiple [...]

First Look: Zeiss CZ.2 70-200mm T2.9

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Ah, as if the 70-200 zoom field wasn't crowded enough, with each camera maker having one or four along with the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC and the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS, but Tyler decided we have to stock yet another one. So today I have to test yet another 70-200mm, the Zeiss 70-200 T2.9 CP.2. [...]