New lens coming in today!

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  1. iriairi

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    I have gotten other lenses, but was kind of curious what others did to test new lenses when they get them? Do you set up a scenario and use your old and then your new?

    I feel like this is Christmas in April...:)
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Things I do:

    - test for back or front focusing. Download the FOCUS CHART TEST.

    - I also always test a lens on a tripod to verify maximum sharpness and eliminate user (me) error.

    - I find out what the sweet spot on my lenses is.

    - I push the low light sensitivity to see how good it is in low light conditions

    - I take a picture of the SAME item with different lenses to see what it does not only in effect, but colour warmth. I was initially surprised to discover that the warmest lens in my arsenal is the Sigma 10-20mm... and the coldest is the 50mm Nikkor.

    - I learn the idiosyncracies and personalities of each lens.
     
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    what lens did you get?

    Though i have never done testing like jerry, it sounds like something i will try when i get my next lens
     
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    I used to rely on the JCII tests but they stopped their testing activity over ten years ago. Besides, many "Japanese" lenses come from China and Thailand today.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Just a couple (lol)

    - Sigma 10-20mm
    - Sigma 105mm F/2.8 macro
    - Sigma 30mm F/1.4
    - Sigma 18-50 F/2.8 macro
    - Nikkor 18-200 VR II
    - Nikkor 70-200 VR F/2.8
    - Nikkor 50mm F/1.8

    I plan to add the Nikkor 85mm F/1.4 sometime this summer and maybe a couple more. The new Nikkor 12-24 and 24-70 are kinda attracting my attention. We'll see.
     
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    I have the Canon 24-105 f/4 IS coming in. It is my first L and am excited and nervous... Not sure that I am bright enough/good enough to know what I have.


    JerryPH, those are some great/thorough suggestions. I will definitely try some. Do you use any specific objects, colors? Blacks, oranges, whites, textured fabrics, etc.?
     
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    The char is black and white. I like to use a bowl of fruits or faces of people in all ambient light to give me an idea of tones.
     

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