How do you recommend people test lenses in controlled settings?
What do you shoot? Do you test all apertures or just a select few? Do you use slides or prints?
Thanks for your help.
#1. "RE: How do you test a lens?" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberSat 21-Jul-01 05:22 PM
This may shock you but I don´t test lenses. I simply use them.
I typically go for a lens with impressive specs or with great reviews by photographers I know (many of them don´t even make their comments public).
Over here (Mexico) we don´t get lenses to test or for trials.
Either you buy them or you don´t. My only regrets have been non-OEM lenses. I mostly use print film, but love slides, my favorite film for many years long ago. Sorry I could not be of more help.
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#2. "RE: How do you test a lens?" | In response to Reply # 0nkcllewis Charter MemberSat 21-Jul-01 06:32 PM
I've tested a few lens sharpness against other lens. The way I did it was to find a brick wall in bright overhead sunlight and take pictures at all aperatures and focal lenghts with slide film. Make sure the camera is on a tripod and the film plane parallel to the brick wall.
If you want to test the lens to see if the blades are working, again with slide film, point northwards up at the sky on a cloudless blue day and take a picture on A priority at all aperatures. All the slides should come out looking exactly the same.
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