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Digital Lenses

In this rapidly growing world of digital technology, high end camera sensors and pixel peeping demands, do we really need special lenses to get the best from our digital cameras? David Hay shares his thoughts

Today, the world has gone digital. You can get digital lenses, digital filters, even digital lens straps. Surely a lens that produced great images on film will do the same on a digital camera. Well, it is not quite as simple as that.

Shiny sensors

When I used to use Fujichrome film, the emulsion was a matte brown colour. There were no problems with reflections off the film surface. Now my sensor, or more correctly the low-pass filter in front of it, has a shiny surface that can reflect light back through the lens. This means that lens coatings on digital lenses have to be...

Read this article, and many more, in High Definition, inside Issue 30 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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