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50mm Lens Shoot-Out: f/1.8 or f/1.4?

What kind of image quality does all that money and 2/3 of a stop really get you? UPDATED FOR SUMMER 2013

ArticleLenses and Filters Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, August 1, 2013

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Experienced photographers know that the humble, inexpensive 50 is a little powerhouse. But should you get the faster f/1.4 or the less expensive f/1.8? Lab test results reveal interesting surprises and practical advice.

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TAGS: canon,  test,  lenses,  Lens advice,  prime lens,  lens,  50mm,  low-light photography 

Full-frame DSLR shootout

Objective sensor test results

ArticleDigital SLRs Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, June 23, 2010

We know these cameras are good...but how good? They go head to head in the lab!

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TAGS: test,  digital,  SLR,  DSLR,  image quality,  sensor,  full-frame,  objective 

How to determine your camera's ISO tipping point

At what ISO does image quality really deteriorate? Depends on your camera!

ArticleQuick Photography Tips Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, June 11, 2010

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In my informal tests of compact digital cameras, it appears that ISO 400 is the point at which overall image quality begins to suffer. Your mileage my differ. Here's how you can determine your camera's ISO tipping point.

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TAGS: test,  digital,  camera,  compact,  resolution,  image quality,  high ISO,  Focus on low light photography 

Does noise reduction work?

A close, thoughtful look at digital grain

ArticleCompact Digital Cameras Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, September 1, 2009

How effective is noise reduction software built into compact digital cameras in improving image quality?

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TAGS: test,  digital,  camera,  compact,  resolution,  image quality,  noise reduction 

ISO Lies: When ISO 100 is really 72

Your camera's ISO settings may not be accurate

ArticleDigital SLRs Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, February 2, 2009

My suspicions began a few years ago, after I had purchased a Canon 20D. My pictures were coming out just a tad dark, even when I used manual metering and went with the “sunny 16” exposure rule (shutter speed is the same as the ISO at f/16 on a sunny day).

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TAGS: test,  digital,  camera,  DSLR,  ISO 

Camera test: Canon PowerShot G10

Sharp shooter

ArticleProduct Reviews Gear Guides & Reviews - by Jason Schneider, December 3, 2008

TO OUR READERS: With this camera report the Adorama AIRC Learning Center now offers objective image quality lab test results. You can find the Test Lab Report at the end of this article.

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TAGS: canon,  test,  compact digital camera,  compact camera,  Powershot,  schneider 

Mud in the fast lane

Three compact digital cameras were tested at high ISOs. They all failed.

ArticleCompact Digital Cameras Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, September 11, 2008

We've established that you'll get your best overall image quality with a compact digital camera at its lowest settings, but what happens at their highest ISO speeds?

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TAGS: test,  digital,  camera,  compact,  lighting,  resolution,  image quality,  low light,  high ISO 

Slow down for sharpness

For compact camera image quality, the proof is in the blow-ups

ArticleCompact Digital Cameras Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, September 9, 2008

A lot has been written recently about the adverse effect of shooting at ISO 400 or higher with a compact camera, but there's relatively little about what happens to image quality when you deliberately choose the camera's lowest ISO setting.

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TAGS: test,  digital,  camera,  compact,  resolution,  image quality,  optimum 

Compact Digital Camera Image Quality Overview

More megapixels doesn't mean better quality.

ArticleCompact Digital Cameras Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, September 8, 2008

It's time to blast away some preconceptions about image quality and pixel count on digital cameras.

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TAGS: test,  digital,  camera,  compact,  resolution,  image quality 

Guided Tour #12: Nikon Coolpix P5100

Take the tour--master your camera

ArticleGuided Tours Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, August 13, 2008

The Nikon legend in miniature

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TAGS: test,  review,  compact digital camera,  Coolpix,  P5100,  field test 

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