Kevin’s Lens Test Archive

Most of you realize that for me a lens test doesn’t require a fancy lens testing chart or a brick wall. It’s not that I don’t think that this type of test is valid, it’s just that I don’t think that photographing charts has much to do with real life photography. The only real exception to this that I can think of is maybe photographing paintings but even then I would be using a fixed focal length flat field lens, not some extreme wide angle zoom.

Over the past few years I have rambled on about real world photography using certain lenses that I have purchased. While this may or may not be a good way to compare lenses, it will give you an idea of how a lens performs, this from a guy that likes equipment to work well but at the same time doesn’t pixel peep.

Is this valid? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

I thought I would list these ramblings in one place, let me know what you think!

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3 Responses to “Kevin’s Lens Test Archive”

  1. KKH Photos says:


    Thanks for the reviews! Hope you don’t mind but I linked to this post. I’ve been wondering about the whole Canon vs Sigma quality thing lately. I’m sure that the Nikon vs Sigma is similar.

  2. kevin says:

    It seems as though many of us go through the same scenario, are the third party lenses as good? One of the interesting tidbits that I have stumbled across on forums is that many photographers seem to have more of an issue with Sigma lenses having problems on Canon cameras than Nikons. I’m always a little skeptical about comments like that because I think many people that are having issues might just be caused by bad technique.

    Oh, the Nikon thing; I grew up with Nikons and while I know they’re completely inferior I just have to make do!!!

  3. […] Dedicated macro lenses are the best way to go if you are serious at all about doing this type of work. It does not have to be pricey, I purchased a excellent 50mm Sigma Macro lens used for all of $120 (brand new about $270) and it's tack sharp and produces amazing images. My main macro lens is a Sigma 150mm Macro and cost a huge $700, the best money I have ever spent. This gives you an idea about the price range available and the sky’s the limit with a number of highly specialized Nikon macro lenses in the $1,500 range. Why the difference in focal lengths? I’ll get to that soon in another article that I’m working on! If you are really serious about macro photography buying a lens specifically designed for the purpose is the best way to go. The lens designs are optimized for close focusing and the lenses are also generally flat field (focus in a flat plane) producing sharper edges on flat subjects such as fragments of timber or slabs of rock. Flat field may be a term that many have not heard of and I’ll elaborate in the future on this as well. […]

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