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Flaat for Canon
Flaat for Nikon
Flaat for the BMC
Flaat for NEX-5N
Old Picture Style Tests

a7s stills
a7s video
550D stills
550D video
550D video lineskip
5D2 stills
5D2 video

APS-C vs Full Frame
ND filters
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Alternative scenarios

Badly assembled lenses and image quality
Lens mount compatibility chart
ISO on different cameras
High ISO on the 5D3
DIY: DR test chart
RGBWK Bayer sensors

Notes on DoF-FoV
Notes on crop-DoF-FoV

Custom Cropmarks for Magic Lantern on the Canon 550D

How many megapixels do I want?
How many megapixels can I see?

Quick Monitor Calibration Chart


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Here you'll find a list of things that I use and love, plus some other widely recommended stuff, with descriptions and comments. I'm an affiliate, so I've set it up as an online shop (and I get a small percentage every time somebody buys something following my links). I hope you find it useful.

Lenses for others

Lenses for micro four thirds

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Panasonic 20mm f/1.7
A sharp, fast and small prime with a normal field of view. The perfect companion for any micro four thirds camera, like the Olympus E-PL1.
Check my tests here (taking into account that all other lenses were tested on a different camera, with a bigger sensor and 50% more megapixels).
The only thing I don't like about this lens is the manual focus operation: the ring controls some electronic motors, and seems to have a mind of its own.

Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95
An ultra-fast lens (yes, f/0.95, it's not a typo) for micro-four-thirds cameras.
f/0.95 is close to mythical or science fiction speed. It is amazing that you can now buy such a fast lens for a reasonable price (the other f/0.95 lens I know costs over $10K). And this is a sharp lens too (obviously, not wide open; plus, I haven't used it or tested it, but it gets lots of praise from its users).
Two caveats: first, like many high-end lenses, it is fully manual (it doesn't support autofocus, and aperture is controlled through a ring on the lens); and second, even on a small-ish micro-four-thirds sensor, depth of field can be hair-thin (check it out here); but you can always stop down to deepen your DoF, and for low-light f/0.95 is extraordinary.

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