Can Better Shades Improve Lens Performance?

written by: Robert Zeichner

Many leading photographers and instructors have commented that the tripod and cable release are the handiest accessories ever devised for improving picture sharpness.That fact can be proven with just about any combination of camera and lens. But what about lens shades? It seems obvious that eliminating the flare caused by bright sources of light that aren’t part of the picture, will increase contrast and therefore apparent sharpness. In the motion picture industry, camera operators, through their assistants, have gone to great lengths to make certain that lenses are effectively shaded by using various types of matte boxes and hard matte Read more »