A couple of quick updates, with an announcement before the weekend. First, we are finally offering printing services through Smugmug for nature photography. For now, I have only uploaded some of my images, but we have plans to soon start selling images by other Photography Life contributors as well. This is something that our readers have asked many times about in the past, but I never had a chance to set it all up due to time constraints. So we are excited to announce this service and we will be enhancing it even more going forward, with more images and printing options. To access the online store for printing, please use this link, or click on the image below.
We made sure to select the best lab for photo printing – Bay Photo. All ordered prints will be printed with accurate color and I made sure to allow selecting different types of sizes – from square and wide to panoramic. You can also choose different type of material to print to, including Metal prints, which are very cool.
In addition to this, we have been still working hard on enhancing our lens database. We have added over 200 lenses to our database, including medium format and large format lenses. Over 50 more Nikon legacy lenses have been added and we are working on adding more rare / exotic lenses from popular lens manufacturers. We are expecting to hit 1000 lenses by the end of the summer and our goal is to find every lens we can, so that we have one place for complete lens information. The only challenge is to find good product images and full information on lenses. It has been incredibly hard to find details on very old and rare lenses – you can imagine the time it takes for us to dig up information, verify it and then post it here. But our team works hard on this every day and we are hoping to introduce a similar camera database later this year.
Lastly, I am almost done with my review of the Nikon 800mm f/5.6 lens, which I am hoping to publish by the end of next week. A lot of information will be provided, including usual comparisons to other Nikkor lenses. My challenge has been finding a Nikon 600mm f/4G VR lens and 400mm f/2.8G VR for MTF tests. If you know someone in Colorado who can loan me these lenses for a couple of days (shipping from other states is very expensive), it would make the lens review very detailed and it would give me a chance to do head-to-head comparisons between these lenses with and without teleconverters. I would happily trade my 200-400mm or any other equipment I currently have in exchange. I already have access to 300mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4G (thanks to Tom Redd) and 200-400mm f/4 lenses right now, so those are already included in comparisons. I have also been updating all existing lens reviews with MTF data, so you can now do a lot more cross-lens comparisons using the data provided by Imatest. The Fuji gear is also being tested extensively, so more information and reports will be posted during the next few weeks.