We're incredibly pleased to announce the return of lens reviews to dpreview.com thanks to a joint venture with DxO Labs, involving the establishment of a dedicated DxO lens and camera testing facility in Seattle, and the incorporation of DxO test data into dpreview.com’s class-leading lens reviews.
We launched lens reviews back in 2008 and they were an immediate hit, gaining praise for the unique user-friendly presentation of complex data via a patented test data widget, supported by numerous real-world sample images and expert commentary. Logistical issues put the lens reviews on an extended hiatus in late 2010, and the new venture with DxO Labs not only ensures the return of lens reviews to dpreview.com, but allows them to be produced more quickly.
Our popular lens review data widget has been entirely re-written, to allow dpreview.com’s visitors to visualize the test results from the new lab and compare lenses just as they could before. As part of the joint venture agreement the test results obtained will also be made available on the DxOMark website (www.dxomark.com).
'We are very happy to provide dpreview with our measurement technology for testing cameras and lenses' said DxO Labs CEO Jerome Meniere. 'Dpreview’s articulate and creative writing style makes difficult photography concepts accessible to even the most novices of photographers – they are a perfect complement to DxOMark’s scientific measures.'
'Producing the data for lens reviews is an incredibly long-winded process requiring a large, dedicated studio and hundreds, sometimes thousands of high precision exposures and measurements', according to dpreview.com Editor-in-chief Simon Joinson. 'The establishment of a dedicated DxO Labs lens and camera testing facility on our doorstep allows us to entrust the measurement and studio testing of lenses to an established world leader in image quality analysis, and to work with its team to offer our readers the perfect combination of accurate, consistent measurements with real-world shooting experience and expert analysis.'