Monday, May 23, 2011

Updating the lens calculator link

The best lens calculator available on the web, to my knowledge anyway, is the MachVis product from Linos. Well to be accurate that’s the company formerly known as Linos. Today they go under the Qioptiq banner, and a recent check revealed that the website has changed and my old links are now wrong.

So, to download the best lens calculator anywhere, use this link.

And if you just want to peruse the great selection of lenses that Linos, sorry, Qioptiq, have to offer, here’s the catalog.

You may notice, while visiting Qioptiq, that they don’t publishes prices. There’s a good reason for that: they’re very expensive. But you get what you pay for, so if you need the best image you can get, swallow hard while you read out your credit card details. (And if, dear reader, you know of better lenses, then please don’t be shy about sharing.)

This lack of transparency stands in contrast to Navitar, who proudly display a list price for every product. Now their lenses might not perform quite as well as those from Qioptiq, but it gives you a benchmark without needing to deal with a salesman.

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