Category Archives: Lenses and Optics

Wide-Angle Zoom MTF and Variations

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We recently published the MTF and variation curves of standard range lenses and now are going to tackle wide-angle zooms. As we've seen, zooms have more variation than primes and wide-angle primes have more variation than standard range primes. Also, the MTF curves of wide-angle primes are weaker off-axis than standard range primes. So my [...]

Quick MTF of the Tokina 24-70 f/2.8 PRO Fx

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Courtesy Tokina, USA Tokina is releasing a new competitor in the 24-70mm f/2.8 standard zoom lens group. It's a reasonably sized lens, having an 82mm diameter front ring, measuring 4.25 inches long, and weighing 2.2 pounds. That's just a bit smaller and lighter than the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC USD or Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 Mk [...]

A Quick Look at the New Sigma 24-35 f/2 Art

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Image Courtesy Sigma USA   I generally do MTF testing on multiple copies of a given lens so that I can present the averages, look at sample variation, and stuff like that. I'm always aware that looking at any single copy of a lens, especially a zoom lens, gives only a limited prediction of how [...]

24-70 f/2.8 Zoom MTF and Variation

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We've finished, mostly, our fairly long series of articles on SLR prime lens variation. We started with prime lenses for several reasons. They are much quicker (and quicker is a relative term here) to test than zooms. They are simpler lenses and we expected that meant they would have less variation. We learned a lot [...]