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Testing NASA Optical Lenses – How We Measure Sharpness and Accuracy

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We’ve spent about 5 years developing and repurposing various types of optical testing for use testing photo and video lenses. It’s been a long process with lots of learning (learning is when you find out you’re doing it wrong), and improvements along the way. We’re pretty close to finished;¬†our methods are fully developed. Sure there […]

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Nikon 105mm f/1.4 E MTF Bench Tests

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Joey recently wrote an article about his new crush, the Nikon 105mm f/1.4 E lens, and has been in the lab about every other day since then, asking me if I’ve run the MTFs yet. “You’re going to be blown away,” he says. And every other day I tell him, “I don’t get blown away […]

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Nikon 105mm f/1.4E: An Ode to Nikon’s Best Lens

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When I first heard about the new Nikon 105mm f/1.4E, I was pretty excited but cautious. I knew it was going to be big, heavy, and expensive, but worth it? What would I use it for? Nikon has always had an edge when it comes to camera bodies, but their lenses generally fall behind other […]

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Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L Mark III Optical Bench Tests

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I tend to not get overly excited about new releases. The last few years have seen a lot of incremental upgrades that rarely blow me away. Usually, I end up thinking¬†the new version of whatever is better than the last version. Not “rush out to the store and buy it” better, but “consider upgrading if […]

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