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Happy Birthday - SLR Lens Review Turns 5!

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SLR Lens Review turned five! It's hard to imagine that five years ago, the site went live with its first lens review - Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM. 150+ reviews later, here we are with a new redesign, new features and new goals. Well, goals actually remain the same - deliver you lens reviews first and foremost, but the scope of this goal changes a little bit. Instead of cranking out reviews as quickly as possible just to increase an article count, we're going to focus on improving quality of the reviews. This will probably mean slowing down somewhat - while it used to take about a week in the early days to test a lens and finish a review, lately it's been taking more like 3 weeks to wrap up with all the testings alone. Why the slow down, you might ask? Firstly, the scope of the reviews has been growing steadily over the years - five years ago the reviews contained only MTF test data from Imatest, then limited field testing was added, then field testing was expanded a bit, then expanded a bit more, and later a bit more again. All this requires additional time and with a busy work-day schedule this also means longer time lags. But don't fear - the reviews will continue and currently you should expect to see one to two new reviews per month.

The second objective is to begin offering more comprehensive lens comparisons. In the past, lens benchmarks were sporadic and did not follow any particular format. While not sure about the format for such comparisons yet, peer to peer lens comparisons will become more frequent. As a matter of fact, the first such comparison this year will pick up where the old Macro Challenge left off - wrapping up with a detailed contrast of 4 macro lenses: Canon EF 100/2.8, Zeiss Makro Planar 100/2, Leica APO Macro Elmarit 100/2.8 and Voigtlander APO Macro Lanthar 125/2.5. Expect that review to pop up in early February.

Our third goal for the year is to start a photography blog. All previous attempts ended up nowhere partially because of the lack of attention and partially because of (misled) desire to turn the would be blog posts into full fledged reviews. No more! Instead, you will find short articles about some random and not so random photo related stuff. A travel article about what photo gear worked on a trip to Argentina, or a short opinion about old Russian Zeiss clones, or quick evaluation of a new flash. Anything that does now fit into a category of lens review is a game, even an occasional rant.

Finally, we want you to be engaged. This means some additional social features on the web site, an easier way of adding comments, posting reviews and even adding blog entries. The web site will remain free to all users and you can be assured that you will not be bombarded with requests in the line of 'help us to help you'. But if you do find an interesting advertisement on the site, by all means go ahead and check it out ;)

Oh, and one more thing - the latest facelift has been somewhat rocky, as the site went through an upgrade of the both back end as well as the front end systems. Some links might be broken and some features might change behavior. As always, if you discover something wrong on the site, please report it, and pardon our dust so to speak.



PS: The web site will be somewhat slow in the first couple of hours until the global cache fills up with relevant content.




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