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Zeiss DNA

Zeiss DNA

Zeiss is known in the photo world as a manufacturer of high-quality lenses for both SLR cameras and mirrorless cameras…

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Olympus DNA

Olympus DNA

Olympus is a brand that has always very firmly set its own course. They have a long history of unique…

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Nikon DNA

Nikon DNA

Nikon has been around for 100 years and has been a regular choice for many photographers for more than 60…

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Tokina DNA

Tokina DNA

Tokina specializes in lenses. Tokina's origins go back to Tokyo Optical Equipment Manufacturing, founded in 1950. The name Tokina has…

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Canon DNA

Canon DNA

Canon is the world leader in cameras and lenses. That didn't happen overnight. Canon has been manufacturing optical products for…

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Sigma DNA

Sigma DNA

For 2012, Sigma was primarily known as a manufacturer of a very wide range of attractively priced, but not state-of-the-art…

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Panasonic DNA

Panasonic DNA

If you compare photography to a high school class, Panasonic would be the smartest girl in the class. She sits…

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Prêt-à-porter advice

Readers want personal advice from us.
Unfortunately, we have no time and resources to answer all these questions. That is why we have written “semi-customized” (“pret-a-porter”) advice on this site for different target groups. We have elaborated this for each camera and / or type of photography.
Our “pret-a-porter” advice only includes cameras and lenses that we have tested ourselves.

What's in a name?

Starter

Budget is important. Your new camera may not cost more than approx. 500 euros, including the lens.

Amateur

Fun in photography is paramount. But it must also remain affordable. So camera body of under 1,000 euros​

Prosumer

Will it be a high-end camera with a crop sensor? Or an affordable full frame? It's completely up to you

Pro

You are looking for the highest quality. That may cost some in euros & drops of sweat (size and weight)

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What is  Adobe RGB, s-RGB or Pro-Photo RGB?

What is Adobe RGB, s-RGB or Pro-Photo RGB?

It is difficult to describe colors in such a way, that each apparatus (digital camera, scanner, LCD screen, printer) reproduces colors correct. Ever had a print with disappointing colors? Then you already experienced that transferring color information between different devices is not as easy and straightforward as you would like it to be. There are several ways to describe a color (using "color models" and "color spaces"). Well known color models are CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), traditionally used by the press and RGB (red, green, blue) for cameras and LCD screens. Within the RGB model several color spaces exist, of which Adobe RGB, s-RGB and Prophoto RGB are most commonly known. The entire set of colors an apparatus can describe, is called an apparatus color space or gamut.

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What is camera calibration

What is camera calibration

 

Cameras describe colors as a mixture of red, green and blue (RGB). The amount of each color is described by a number. The number combination (0,0,255) equals a dark, saturated blue color and (128,128,128) represents middle gray. Just like with people, each apparatus registers a color just a little bit different than another apparatus. One camera will describe a specific color as (100, 240, 100), whereas another camera will describe exactly the same color as (0, 237, 40). How is a printer or LCD screen to know which color to show you, if two different cameras produce such different numbers for exactly the same color?
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