It would make sense for a lens that was adorned with every imaginable advantage to score 20/20 in the Features category of What Digital Cameras lens tests but is that really the best way to proceed? Can a lens simply have too many bells and whistles?
According to WDCs scoring system, a perfect lens is one that scores 20/20 in five separate categories; Features, Design, Image Quality, Overall Performance and Value for Money. The more fundamental question, however, is what does a lens have to do in order to be awarded maximum marks in each of these areas?
Which company is the worlds biggest digital camera manufacturer? I was at a conference last week (nothing to do with photography, at least not directly) and the answer to that question was given almost as an aside.
A friend who works in IT likes to warn against the dangers of making assumptions: assume, he points out makes an ass of you and me. Its a poor pun (ass u me) but its an important truism that reared its ugly head in the latest batch of lens tests that Ive been doing.
As regular readers of What Digital Camera may have detected (and I make no apology for returning to this topic) I really hate seeing the word macro on lenses that dont have a true macro specification. After all, what is the point of having a word that has a specific meaning if it gets used in a way that the meaning does not allow?