Lens advice & lens reviews

The purchase of a good lens guarantees years of pleasure. And there are very good reasons to buy a new lens. Since the advent of digital cameras, technology has advanced so far that lenses are now being made that are so good that a few years ago it was not possible that you could design such a lens.

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When designing a lens, distortion, color separation and vignetting are deliberately not optimally corrected. This allows them to use less expensive lens elements or exotic types of glass, which results in a more attractive selling price. The lens manufacturer relies on automatic correction of these features in the camera or in photo editing software. Our “jpg-score” gives for an objective / test camera combination: “What you see is what you get (WYSIWYG”) “if you apply all available lens corrections in the camera.
With more expensive lenses, a manufacturer often goes to great lengths to prevent lens errors from the lens design. Costs of effort are saved. This can be recognized by the use of exotic types of glass and many lens elements. Our “RAW score” approximates the intrinsic quality of the combination of lens and test camera, with CameraStuffReview trying to bypass any automatic lens corrections of RAW files.

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“Who does not see the small things in life, can’t really be happy”. Macro lenses are not bright, but offer extremely high image quality. Not only up close, but also at “normal” distances.
Favorite among architecture photographers and real estate agents. A tiny room becomes a ballroom in the photo. Thanks to in-camera corrections, good and affordable.

12mm on micro-43, 18mm on APS and 24mm on full frame: Lighter and more compact than a wide-angle zoom. And a higher image quality. What else do you want?

It starts with the kit lens on your first camera. A zoom range from wide angle to portrait. Very versatile. But what if you want more image quality?
If you buy your first camera, there is a cheap standard zoom lens on it. Good start. But which zoom lens do you choose if you want to achieve a higher quality?
Bright short telephoto lenses (~ 85mm full-frame equivalent) with a beautiful bokeh. There are toppers for every sensor size.
Zoom lenses that correspond to 70-200 mm zooms for cameras with a full-frame lens. It is not without reason that these zooms have a fixed place in many a photo bag.
Recommended for nature photography. Lens designs of telephoto zooms have improved enormously. They approximate the image quality of fixed focal points, for a fraction of the price.
Bright telephoto lenses are large, heavy and expensive. But you get a lot in return in terms of build and image quality. Indestructible and absolute top class image quality.

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What is distortion?

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