This came from DxO's PR agency this morning—all a quote except where indicated—
DxO Labs is launching a new update to DxOMark, the free resource for comprehensive data produced by DxO Lab's testing of cameras and lenses, today. The site has been updated for 2011 with several new features, new reviews and even more summaries of the most interesting conclusions that can be drawn from this data. There are also new, easy-to-digest views and scores that put the headlines front and center.
[DxOMark 2011’s key features include:]
- A new ranking system for lenses that comes as a direct response to visitor’s feedback;
- Easier navigation and data access from Home to measurement pages;
- 200+ new lens/camera combinations—making a total of 1,000 available on the site!
Please visit www.dxomark.com to see all of information DxO Labs has made available to the public for free. As you likely know, DxOMark measurements are generated to improve the performance of products like DxO Optics Pro and rely on DxO Analyzer, the world’s leading turn-key laboratory solution for image quality evaluation. Thanks to its accuracy, completeness, and reliability, DxO Analyzer has become the reference tool for numerous leading imaging industry players.
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Featured Comment by Steve G, Mendocino: "Lens test results from DxOmark and other tech sites like SLRGear and Lenstip are a great resource and I'd never knock them—I've spent enough time in various labs to know how much work goes into their reports and how frustrating it is to put in those hours knowing full well the limitations and errors of the tools and methods therein.
"But they're only a start in evaluating a lens. The next step is, for me, the GBC (Girlfriend, Backyard & Cat) protocol—taking the darn thing out and taking a bunch of dumb throwaway pictures under a wide variety of apertures and conditions, perhaps even using the 'on a tripod' variation of the protocol, to find out how the darn thing works for you. That, not MTF or lines per inch, is what counts.
"Of course, some will insist on the WBD (Wife, Backyard & Dog) protocol. Time does not permit a discussion of the obvious technical shortcomings inherent in this approach."