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Nikon D800-D800E First Comparison - Is the "E" Sharper? Is Moire a Problem?

Nikon D800-D800E First Comparison - Is the "E" Sharper? Is Moire a Problem? | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

I picked up my Nikon D800 about 10 days ago, and have been shooting with it and working on an initial review ever since. Then, this morning, the phone rang at about 10:30 am. It was Henry's, my dealer in Toronto where I had ordered both a D800 and a D800E as soon as they were announced. (Yes, I purchase most of the gear that I test at retail, especially items that I expect to use long-term).

"Hi Michael. Your D800E just came in."

"Great, I'll be over within the hour".

And thus began my day. Fortunately my schedule was clear, as was the weather, with crisp temperatures and clear skies. I grabbed my Nikon gear bag and headed out to both pick up the 800E and to do some long-awaited comparisons between the two cameras...

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Canon EF 50mm – F1.4 vs F1.8 MK II

Canon EF 50mm – F1.4 vs F1.8 MK II | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Is there any difference between these 2 lenses other than the price and f-stop? This is a common question that pops up frequently on forums everywhere. While the general consensus is that these 2 lenses are almost identically sharp, there are other factors that have not been fully explained or readily available. And there are lots of wordy discussions but hardly any picture to illustrate. Since I happened to have a new f1.4 together with my old f1.8, I decided to do some tests to find out the answers myself. My test is focused on more apparent difference at wide aperture rather than trying to find out split hair difference."

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Interesting test: Olympus EP2 vs Canon 5D Mk II vs Leica M9-P high ISO noise comparison

Interesting test: Olympus EP2 vs Canon 5D Mk II vs Leica M9-P high ISO noise comparison | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Thephoblographer published an interesting high ISO noise test between the Olympus EP2, Canon 5D Mk II and Leica M9-P cameras...

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The Great 50mm Shootout

The Great 50mm Shootout | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Every so often the Universe realizes I’m getting a little cocky and sends someone to ask me a simple question I can’t answer. It happened again the other day. Michael Plumridge and Peter Lik asked Tyler what the sharpest 50mm lens was. They were shooting on Red Epics with adapters so neither brand, mount, nor price mattered. But they needed to know right away. Tyler told them he’d ask me and give them the answer in a few minutes.
But I didn’t have a clue. I have tons of data on 50mm lenses for Nikon and Canon cameras, but all of that was shot at widest aperture, which is great for finding lenses with problems, but not great for finding which is sharpest at f/4. And we had no factual data for Leica mount lenses because Rangefinder cameras are very difficult to test using programs like Imatest. But when someone like Peter Lik wants an answer and tells you Jim Jannard is curious, too, you get them an answer. So we tested every kind of 50mm lens we had available and got a pretty clear answer by the end of the day.
As always, my first thought when presented with a bunch of work to do is “what’s in it for me”? Turns out not much. Tyler got a beautiful signed picture that hangs in his office so I can see it every time I walk by. I got a nice thank you email. But, I figured if I did all that work, I’d at least make a blog post out of it so I didn’t have to do a bunch of research over the holiday weekend. Wait, I mean, I was certain other people would be interested in what I found, so I thought I’d share the results."

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'Compact Travel Zoom' Camera Group Test (Q3 2011) Review: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review

'Compact Travel Zoom' Camera Group Test (Q3 2011) Review: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Our group test of travel zoom compact cameras. The travel zoom/compact super zoom category is one of the great success stories of recent years, with all the major manufacturers offering at least one small camera with at least a 10x zoom. And that success is understandable - few other camera types offer such a balance between size, price and flexibility. We've looked at thirteen of the latest models and narrowed these down to a shortlist of six for the full review treatment. Our 18-page grouptest shows how these six perform in a variety of situations, but all thirteen have both real-world samples and studio comparisons. Click here to find out what we thought and which cameras prevailed.
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