Lensrentals recently used their custom-designed MTF machine (Olaf) to find the highest resolving lenses available.
For those that like to geek out over optics, the blog post (linked above) will be interesting and – as usual for articles authored by Roger Cicala – entertaining.
Here are a few snippets from the article:
A couple of years ago, a testing customer asked us to find which lenses could get maximum resolution from a 150-megapixel sensor.
Many people assumed that the highest resolving lenses at standard resolutions would be the highest resolving lenses at higher resolutions.
Assumptions are the dark matter of the internet; we can’t see them, but we know they account for most of the mass.
There was no photo or video lens that could resolve 200 lp/mm wide-open.
(Our standard for ‘resolve’ was an MTF 0f 0.3; an MTF of 0.2 was borderline.
There’s some evidence to support those cut-offs, but someone could argue them.
Wait, this is the internet.
Someone WILL argue them; it’s what someone lives for.)
Two years later, that customer asked us if we knew of any other lenses that they should consider.
There’ve been a lot of lenses released since we did these tests, and some of those lenses fit the criteria for possible ‘ultra-high’ resolution; primes with focal lengths of 85mm or more.
The manufacturers are obviously making these lenses with at least moderately higher resolution cameras in mind.
So perhaps some of the newer lenses would resolve ‘ultra-high’ frequencies better than some of the older lenses we had tested.
So we checked some new lenses all the way up to 240 lp/mm, something sufficient to make a 200 megapixel FF camera worthwhile.
To be clear, this is NOT coming to a camera near you anytime soon; it’s a research project.
But if the researchers are making such a sensor, it makes sense they want to know which lenses would get the best results from the sensor.
See the entire article at the Lensrentals blog to see which lenses made the cut this time around, then read more about those lenses here.
I first had the idea for Imaging Resource almost 24 years ago, and I've been actively working on it for about 22 years now.
I officially launched the site with the first handful of reviews in April of 1998, and it's been a spectacular run ever since.
I'm proud that some of our first readers are still with us, and we've accumulated many more along the way.
Personally, I've been blessed beyond measure by the site, my co-workers and the entire photo industry; it's one of the nicest industries in the world, with remarkable unstinting support, camaraderie and positive feelings all around.
Now though, nearly 22 years later, we're coming to an end of that road, although it's possible that the site and brand might continue, with a greatly trimmed-down staff.
I hope that'll be possible, and there may be a few ways to make it happen, but it'll require committed support from both readers and manufacturers to bring it to pass.
We would like to wish Dave great things in whatever endeavors he embarks upon next.
If you use flash in your photography you might be aware that the shutter speed plays a vital role in controlling the amount of ambient light that's captured in an exposure.
Usually when shooting in a studio, the cameras maximum flash sync shutter speed is fast enough to control the ambient light but if you love shooting with fast glass and wide apertures you need to master HSS flash aka high speed sync flash.
In this video photographer Gavin Hoey explains why and when HSS flash is helpful and then goes on to share his simple tips and tricks to make setting up HSS flash really straightforward.
Once Gavin has everything ready he uses the set-up to shoot some eye catching portraits of a medieval knight!
MELVILLE, NY, October 10, 2019 – Your activity of choice should not limit you on your quest to #RECtheWorld – from jumping on a trampoline, biking down a mountainside, screaming on a roller coaster or feeling the beat at a music festival.
Down for just about anything, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the IVY REC Clippable Outdoor Camera.
Made to go anywhere while capturing those larger-than-life moments – this new camera is made for adventure.
Great for the outdoors, the clippable and wearable design allows users to wear it on a belt or bag and the clip doubles as a viewfinder – eliminating the potential to crack a screen.
Simple to use with one click capture for both photos and videos, the IVY REC pairs with the optional Canon Mini Cam app.
When paired with a compatible mobile device2 such as a smartphone, you can keep informed about important settings including battery life of the IVY REC camera, remaining image capacity for the MicroSD card, video recording resolution (720p or 1080p)3, and image size.
You can also use the app as a live viewfinder to capture photos and videos, and even use it as a remote shutter with a timer.
For photos and videos, the app lets you wirelessly transfer them to your compatible mobile device to print and share.
The go-anywhere camera is also waterproof4, shockproof5 and lightweight.
“We have learned a lot about the IVY customer since we launched our first IVY product over a year ago –their unique shopping habits and what’s important to them when it comes to consumer technology products,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
“We’ve worked tirelessly to implement this knowledge into the next generation of IVY products, the IVY REC, offering the younger generation consumer the opportunity to go where the moment takes them and capture them in an instant.”
The Canon IVY REC comes in three colors: Riptide (Blue), Avocado (Green) and Dragon Fruit (Pink) and is scheduled to be available in October 2019 at an estimated retail price of $129.99.
NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2019 -- B&H Photo is pleased to share the announcement of the new Zhiyun Tech WEEBILL-S Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer. Touted by Zhiyun-Tech as the "Tiny Giant," it features motors that are 50% more responsive and have 300% more torque than previous gimbals. This allows the WEEBILL-S to remain small and lightweight, while supporting DSLR and mirrorless cameras without reaching the limits of the gimbal's motors—all of which makes it easier to operate the gimbal for extended run times with more flexibility in shooting.
The built-in OLED screen can display a variety of adjustable parameters such as: Motor Strength, Follow Speed, Smoothness, and Deadband (helps prevent unwanted gimbal movements). These adjustments can be made directly on the WEEBILL-S without using the downloadable app. A built-in auto-tune function will tune the WEEBILL-S to mounted camera, providing the most efficient use of power and allowing your WEEBILL-S to run up to 14 hours on a set of interchangeable 18650 batteries, and the WEEBILL-S can power select cameras. Your camera mounts via the two-in-one Manfrotto/Arca-Swiss quick-release plate, while newly designed axis locks make balancing your camera faster and easier. The gimbal supports a full-range POV mode, Vortex mode (for 360-degree barrel rolls), Go mode for extremely fast action, PF mode (pan follower), F mode (follower), which has all axes follow your movements, and L mode, which allows you to mimic jib shots. Additionally, the Zhiyun ZY Play iOS/Android mobile app enables Panorama, Timelapse, Motion Timelapse, and Long Exposure Timelapse shooting.
An optional Image Transmission module mounts directly under the quick-release plate and transmits video signals up to 1080p30, allowing you to livestream from your gimbal. It works not only as a transmitter, but, incorporating a motion sensor, it allows for precision control. The second supported mobile app, ViaTouch 2.0, takes advantage of this, allowing you to connect with your smartphone, camera, and gimbal together electronically so you can adjust settings and control your set up from a smartphone. When coupled with the SmartFollow 2.0 module, sold separately, you can track objects precisely from your smartphone, without needing to mount your smartphone on your gimbal. The WEEBILL-S supports up to three devices wirelessly, including smartphones, tablets, and monitors. A third app, Sync Motion, interfaces with the Image Transmission module and allows real-time monitoring plus synchronous motion control for an immersive FPV experience.
Nikon Also Announces the New MB-N10 Battery Pack: Enhances Battery Life and Adds Additional Grip for Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 Users
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the fastest NIKKOR lens ever made, the new NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens.
The 58mm Noct is a one-of-a-kind lens that pays homage to the extraordinary optical legacy that the previous Noct-NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 lens established, while demonstrating the superiority and potential of the Nikon Z Mount.
Created for the most discerning photographers, the new Noct lens is an exclusively manual focus prime lens with an incredible maximum aperture of f/0.95 for a truly dramatic depth of field and next-level low light performance.
The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is in a class of its own, offering low light ability and extreme sharpness that excels in the hands of a capable creator.
From stunning portraits to landscapes or astrophotography, all images are rendered beautifully thanks to its vast depth-of field control, seductive bokeh and superb point-image reproduction.
“This is why the Z mount was created.
The Noct is a testament to Nikon’s commitment to optical innovation driven by more than a century of expertise,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc.
“We promised a new dimension of optical performance for the Nikon Z series and NIKKOR Z lens lineup, and by announcing our fastest NIKKOR lens ever made, the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, we are making this claim a reality.”
THE NEWEST ADDITION TO S-LINE OF NIKKOR Z LENSES
The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct joins as the apex to the ever-expanding series of S-Line lenses, which also includes the recently announced NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S and NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, all hailed for their sharpness and optical performance.
A LEGENDARY LENS REBORN
The original Noct-NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 was released in 1977, its name said to be derived from “Nocturne.”
Made for nighttime photography, this lens became renowned for its ability to reproduce point light sources as point images.
The design of the new Noct lens evolves with the most advanced optical technology for photographers and videographers, boasting an immense f/0.95 maximum aperture, staggering low light ability and enticing bokeh characteristics.
The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct implores an extensive depth of field, producing elaborate bokeh and blur characteristics with good continuity for more compelling, three-dimensional imaging.
Even when the distance between the subject and the background are insufficient, the new 58mm Noct lens can still capture sharp images with beautiful background blur due to the reproduction of an extremely sharp focus plane and vast shallow depth of field.
Additionally, shooting point light sources at maximum aperture would normally produce sagittal coma flare.
However, with the new Noct lens the causes of sagittal coma flare are eliminated across the entire frame with point light sources being reproduced as tack-sharp point images even at the peripheries, for clear and crisp night landscapes and astronomical shots.
A lens like the new NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is possible today because of the large Z mount, which allows for more light capture and faster data sharing between lens and camera, as well as improved flexibility for lens optics and design.
The new Noct lens also boasts a large-diameter ground aspherical lens element crafted from the finest glass with outstanding surface accuracy, providing a higher refractive index that would otherwise be unobtainable.
This pro-level lens is constructed with an optical formula consisting of 17 elements in 10 groups, ensuring a well-balanced lens that delivers incredibly sharp results.
Like the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens announced earlier this year, the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens includes an ARNEO Coat, which provides anti-reflection performance to combat incident light reaching the lens surface from a vertical direction.
Alongside the Nano Crystal Coat, which effectively reduces incident light from a diagonal direction, the new Noct lens can capture clear and sharp content with minimal ghosting and flare effects across a wide variety of backlit situations that are normally challenging.
Additionally, the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct includes a lens information panel allowing photographers and videographers to confirm aperture, focus distance and depth of field at a glance.
Users will also enjoy the increased number of functions that can be assigned to the lens Fn button, matching the Fn1/Fn2 buttons on both the Z 7 and Z 6 cameras.
Additionally, an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism is incorporated, providing stable aperture control even during continuous shooting.
The fluorine coat of the new Noct lens acts as a dust, dirt and moisture repellent coating.
In addition to the refined and durable exterior design, the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct offers excellent operability and a feeling of precision in hand.
The focus ring enables accurate manual focusing, allowing for the appropriate amount of torque and a large rotation angle, even for the extremely shallow depth of field afforded at f/0.95.
The new Noct lens also adopts a control ring, where functions like aperture setting, and exposure compensation can be assigned.
Furthermore, the inside of the lens hood is felt-lined, delivering clear rendering by effectively preventing light reflection inside the hood.
THE NEW MB-N10 BATTERY PACK FOR THE NIKON Z 7 AND Z 6
The new MB-N10 battery power pack is an optional accessory for both the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6.
The battery pack significantly enhances battery life and adds an additional hand hold, providing photographers and videographers even more freedom and comfort when using the Z 7 and Z 6.
The battery pack is designed to hold two EN-EL15b batteries (sold separately), effectively increasing the number of shots possible and movie recording time by approximately 1.8X, based on CIPA standards.
The MB-N10 offers the same weather sealing and modern design of the Z 7 and Z 6, plus it will support USB charging.
Price and Availability
The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens will be available October 31, 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $7,999.95 and will come with a special premium custom padded case (Trunk Case CT-101), in addition to the HN-38 Hood.
The new MB-N10 battery power pack will be available in November 2019, for an SRP of $199.95.
Nikon Also Announces the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR, Two New Lenses That Deliver Incredible Image Quality and Outstanding Portability
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the next Z series mirrorless camera, the DX-format Nikon Z 50, along with two new companion NIKKOR Z lenses, the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR.
The new Nikon Z 50 takes full advantage of Nikon’s larger Z mount, providing creators of all types with the most innovative optical system for superior image and video quality.
The compact and lightweight Nikon Z 50 was made for unique individuals seeking a camera that has the speed, portability and style to keep pace and share their creative storytelling and imagination, especially when paired with the new ultra-compact 16-50mm zoom and the slim 50-250mm telephoto zoom lenses.
“The new Nikon Z 50 is a small yet capable camera that brings the best of the Nikon Z series to all kinds of creators to discover, share and engage,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc.
“The new NIKKOR Z DX lenses expands the Nikon Z series to provide new creative tools for those looking to take their photo and video passions to new heights.”
When a sudden case of jet-set wanderlust strikes, or if there’s an idea that just has to be shared in 4K video, the Nikon Z 50 is the unobtrusive companion that promises to help deliver content that truly stands out.
This is Nikon’s first DX-format mirrorless camera, delivering a more compact lightweight system to those upgrading to mirrorless or discovering the Nikon Z mount system.
The new Z 50 offers an ergonomic design, intuitive operability and the steadfast reliability Nikon is known for, but in a slimmer, lightweight and attainable body.
Taking advantage of the Nikon Z mount, the Z 50 produces stunning image quality and provides optimal performance for any type of content creation, from still photography to high-quality 4K video.
SMALL ON SIZE, BIG ON FUN: The easy-to-carry, compact and lightweight 14-oz body of the Nikon Z 50 is designed with intuitive controls and an agile yet durable magnesium alloy frame.
It’s effortless to carry while vlogging a vacation, hiking the backcountry or exploring a new part of town.
Since it’s mirrorless, users can activate the silent shutter function for truly low-profile shooting in sensitive situations.
TELL YOUR STORY, BEAUTIFULLY: A DX-format 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers superior image quality, sharpness, color and tones to document it all, even in low light.
The EXPEED 6 image-processing engine helps to achieve excellent low-light performance and the highest standard sensitivity in its class1 for still-image shooting – ISO 51,200 – so users can capture high-resolution photos in challenging lighting conditions, like concerts or night street photography.
HIGH-SPEED PERFORMANCE: The camera quickly locks focus with a 209-point Hybrid AF System that enables broad coverage of approximately 87% of the frame horizontally and 85% vertically.
It’s also the first Nikon DX-format camera to employ Eye-Detection AF, which makes portrait photography simple by recognizing and instantly focusing on a subject’s eyes, even if they are moving.
What’s more, with fast 11 fps (with AF/AE) continuous shooting, users can keep up with fleeting moments and never miss a moment of the action.
FLIP-DOWN SELFIE SCREEN: The Nikon Z 50 features an easy to use interface with a 3.2-inch flip-down LCD touchscreen that’s ideal for selfies and vlogging.
The LCD features familiar soft keys and icons, while intuitive controls make storytelling simple.
Selfie Mode automatically disables all but essential controls while the LCD is flipped down, which makes it easy for the photographer to turn the camera on themselves and capture flattering photos and videos without worry of accidentally changing settings.
EPIC VIDEO FEATURES AND NEW CREATIVE OPTIONS: Sharp, vibrant 4K video is just the beginning – Experience built in 120p slow-motion, time-lapse and interval timer as well as in-camera video trimming and 20 Creative Picture Controls.
These Creative Picture Controls and Special Effect modes instantly transform an image or video footage, while Scene Modes automatically adjust settings to optimize performance for beginners.
For smooth footage, the camera also incorporates additional built in stabilization while shooting Full HD or 4K video.
SHARE BETTER CONTENT, INSTANTLY: Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity along with support for the new SnapBridge2 version 2.6 app allows users to seamlessly share still images and videos with friends, families and followers.
In addition to automatically sending gorgeous images to one’s phone, users now also have the ability to easily transfer video to their smart device quickly.
The latest version of SnapBridge also supports RAW image transfer and advanced remote capture functions.
THE NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR & NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR – NEXT GENERATION DX-FORMAT NIKKOR LENSES
The new NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm standard zoom and the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm telephoto zoom lenses are designed to complement the new Z 50, striking the balance of small size and sharp optics.
The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens is a slim zoom lens that lets users capture a wide variety of scenes, from beautiful landscapes to candid portraits.
The compact telephoto NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lens allows anyone to go the extra distance and capture far-away subjects, like city skylines or birds in flight.
When paired with the new lenses, Dual Detect Optical VR is enabled on the Z 50 to help control the effects of camera shake when shooting.
Both the new NIKKOR Z DX lenses unleash the potential of the Nikon Z mount, using the superior design flexibility made possible by the large-diameter and the 16mm flange focal distance to deliver outstanding optical performance and sharpness in a deceptively compact form factor.
In addition to achieving incredible image quality, the new NIKKOR Z DX lenses are optimized for video capture when paired with the Z 50, making them must-haves for emerging content creators.
Both lenses promise reduced focus breathing, a customizable control ring for smooth control of aperture or exposure compensation, as well as fast and quiet operation.
Additionally, the new lenses offer in-lens optical Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to allow for smooth recording, with camera shake compensation equivalent to 4.5 stops3 and 5.0 stops3, respectively.
Beyond these two new lenses, Nikon Z 50 users can enjoy greater variety in imaging expression by mounting any of the current lenses in the NIKKOR Z lineup.
A vast selection of traditional F-Mount NIKKOR lenses is also available to shooters via the Mount Adapter FTZ, with many lenses retaining functions such as VR and AF.
Price and Availability
The Nikon Z 50 will be available in November 2019, in several configurations including body-only for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $859.95, a one-lens kit with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens for a SRP of $999.95 or a two-lens kit with both the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lenses for a SRP of $1,349.95.
I had attempted to photograph the historic Crystal Mill twice.
On the first (not very serious) attempt, a navigational error prevented success.
On the second attempt, heavy rains prevailed and even the jeep service would not take me to the mill.
With the end of the Rocky Mountain National Park photography workshops aligning with the normal peak fall foliage time in Marble, CO and the airline ticket price home being significantly lower one day later, I opted to make another attempt at photographing this mill and routed the itinerary through Marble one more time.
This time, success was achieved.
Getting to this location requires driving a very-rough 4x4 road or a very long hike.
My rental Suburban checked the 4x4 box but I was advised that it was questionably long to safely make the trip.
Yes, the rental company's damage insurance coverage was in place but I still needed to be able to get to the airport and after driving up the first section of road, I opted to park the SUV in an area just large enough to clear the road.
The hike remaining hike was between 4 and 5 miles and quite scenic.
This trek started mid-morning and the mill was reached at around noon.
Upon paying the access fee ($10 enables access beyond the cable) and scoping out the available shot locations, it was obvious that the light would be better later in the afternoon (as expected).
Also, the crowds were heavy at noon, another unfavorable aspect of photographing at this time of the day.
With a very early AM flight scheduled, a very short night at the hotel was promised (about 2.5 hours of sleep) and a nap seemed like a good plan.
I hiked past Crystal City, a ghost-town-like area featuring historic rental cabins and a store, and upon finding a sloped rock with my name on it, (sort of) slept for a couple of hours.
Upon returning to the mill, I found the crowds much lighter.
The sky had filled with clouds that created an even light and clouds prevailed for most of my remaining time there.
I didn't mind the even lighting that the clouds created but the clouds in the background were usually in direct sunlight, creating a huge dynamic range.
After shooting many HDR captures, the clouds parted momentarily and I was able to make (only) one single image with direct sunlight hitting the mill while using this camera and lens.
The cloudy sky images were nice, but this direct sunlight image was my favorite.
The U.S. Government’s recent Executive Order regarding Venezuela prohibits almost all transactions and services between U.S.
companies and entities and individuals in Venezuela.
In order to remain complaint, Adobe will be deactivating all accounts in Venezuela, with the exception of Behance, on October 29, 2019.
Customers who purchased directly from Adobe will be refunded by the end of the month for any paid, but unused services.
We are working with our partners on the same.
We regret the difficulties this causes our customers.
We will share more details about how our operations and customer activities might be impacted, as they become available.
How long will the Executive Order be in effect?
Executive Order 13884 was issued with no expiration date – the decision to rescind it rests solely with the U.S. Government.
We will continue to monitor developments closely and will make every effort to restore services to Venezuela as soon as it is legally permissible to do so.
Where can I find more information on Executive Order 13884?