Lens model coverage: lens models are continuously added to the LightPoint database - if you want to prioritize a specific model, you can ask us it through the Contact Us module directly in the LightPoint site.
Type of search: you can choose among 3 different search mode clicking on the corresponding button at the start of the form:
General: it is the free search, with no constraint on the full Lens Database of LightPoint.
by Mount: it is the search focused on only lens models with a specific camera mount. Additional filters are available once you have selected the mount.
by Camera: it is the search focused on only lens models directly compatible with a specific camera. Additional filters are available once you have selected the camera. It's one of the most useful type of search.
Note: in this type of search it's possible to also look for lenses that are mechanically and electronically compatible with the selected camera but that cover only a portion of the sensor: for example if you have selected a full-frame Sony E mount camera, you can search also lenses with Sony E-mount but built for the reduced APS-C format cameras (called "cropped format"), where the equivalent focal length of 1.5 times the nominal one is shown. When this extension is possible, a new filter "also lenses with crop" will appear and, when selected, the search will be extended to these reduced format lenses, that will be shown in the list with a yellow background badge indicating the cropped ratio and in a column the equivalent focal length (35 mm equivalent) that you get with that lenses mounted on that camera. A unique search feature of LightPoint!
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) is really revolutionizing the world of digital photography, with capabilities that 10 years ago seemed impossibile (automatic corrections, context-dependent fill, simulated out-of-focus, etc.) and one of the most useful feature is digital noise reduction, that is evident in high sensitivity (ISO) shots or when you raise the exposure of dark areas. But how much is "intelligent" the AI of most famous editing software? Let's discover it with this detailed comparison with extensive real tests in different noisy situations!
Referenced brands in this article: Adobe, Phase One, DxO
LightPoint.info today launches a new information section: photo brands! In this section you will find the list of most of worldwide brands that produce photo gears (mainly cameras and lenses) or photo software.
Currently 48 brands are comprised and the list will grow; for each brand you will find some brief but interesting information: brand logo (proprietary of the company), headquarter location, year of foundation, and for the most famous ones a brief history and the description of abbreviations used in products like terms in lens naming. Also in each brand page you will find the links to product models of that brand in LightPoint photo gear database.
Benq produces very good monitors for photography, with professional quality but cheaper than other pro brands like NEC and Eizo. And if you buy a high end Benq monitor with hardware calibration, like the great SW271 that is a 27" 4K monitor with almost 100% AdobeRGB gamut, you surely care a lot for color accuracy, so periodic monitor calibration with a colorimeter is a must.
Benq provides its software for hardware calibration: Palette Master Elements (PME). I made myself a lot of testing on color accuracy resulting from using this software and found one particular problem with it.
Always wondered what are color spaces, ICC profiles, gamma and all about color management? This tutorial is for you: you will learn all important concepts about the theory of colors and you will be ready to understand how to use your monitor at its best.
Today very sad, but not so unexpected news, come from Olympus: the company has signed an agreement with Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. ("JIP") to sell its imaging division, the one that produces and sells cameras and lenses, by the end of current year.
Do you often export massively your RAW images into JPEG or intermediate TIF for post-processing in Photoshop before final export to JPG? Not all your images have the same importance and you would like to save space on your storage since image files are so many and so big?
You can improve your export workflow with the new Adobe Lightroom@ Classic plugin
As in the tradition in the last years, on the Christmas Eve a new major upgrade to open source free software DarkTable is released and this time to version 3.0. It's a feature-rich software for RAW development providing also a media catalogue, so it's interesting to give it a try.
It can be installed on Windows, Mac and also Linux (not like the famous Lightroom from Adobe and Capture One from Phase One).
You can find the main news of this release and the link to official page with all the details in our photographic software database: DarkTable specifications.