Is the Problem of Lens Breathing Being Blown Out of Proportion?

This week, Chris, Jordan, and Jaron tackle the topic of lens breathing and whether or not it is “blown” out of proportion (pun intended) by YouTubers and lens reviewers.

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Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki spoke with PetaPixel contributor and former Imaging Resource publisher David Etchells, and Yamaki says that YouTube reviewers might be putting too much emphasis on lens breathing, which could take away development time and emphasis from other important lens manufacturing endeavors.

“So we know the professional cinematographers. And of course focus breathing is very important for that, and also parfocal designs. But there is no perfect lens. So I know that professional photographers or cinematographers can deal with a lens with some breathing or that isn’t perfectly parfocal. They know how to use it. But today, video reviews are so popular on YouTube that focus breathing has become very obvious and eye-catching, so people can easily point it out and say, ‘Hey, this lens breathes.’ In reality, though, you can use that lens without seeing obvious breathing in videos you make,” Yamaki says.

“It’s a little unfortunate that online video reviews of lenses have called so much attention to the issue when lens designers might be able to achieve better overall performance if they weren’t forced to place so much emphasis on insignificant levels of focus breathing,” Etchells comments.

Chris and Jordan obviously have an opinion on that, and they weigh in.

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