It’s always hard to make a decision about purchasing a new camera or lens. There seems to be an endless amount of things to consider: everything from ISO performance of a camera to the sharpest aperture of a lens you’re thinking about buying.
Well, luckily there’s some great resources for helping you compare all those cameras and lenses:
The Digital Picture has some of the most detailed lens reviews you can find on the Internet. I’ve been using this website to help me buy lenses ever since I started photography.
Their written reviews are great, but they also have an incredible tool for comparing the quality of different lenses. You can easily view sample images shot at different apertures, so it’s a great tool for determining if a lens will meet your needs. For example, if you’re looking for a 400mm lens that’s sharp at f/5.6, you can use this tool to easily compare different combinations of lenses and/or teleconverters to see what your best option might be.
The only downside to this site is that they currently just review Canon and Nikon cameras and lenses.
This site has detailed reviews of many different cameras. Most of the camera reviews have a ton of sample images, all shot under different lighting conditions and ISOs. So, it’s a great resource for checking out the image quality of different cameras, and seeing how they perform at the higher ISOs or to see how well they handle shadows and highlights.
This is a great site I just discovered that helps you compare two cameras. Specifically, it helps show you the differences in sensor size, pixel pitch, pixel area, and pixel density. I haven’t seen any other site that gives you this much detail about the actual size of the pixels on a camera’s sensor. This information is important because smaller pixels generally means the camera will produce noisier images (this is especially important if you plan to do any astrophotography).
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About the Author: Steve Berardi is a naturalist, photographer, software engineer, and founder of PhotoNaturalist. You can usually find him hiking in the beautiful mountains and deserts of southern California.