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 Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and product images have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:00:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Macro Lens
The complete set of standard test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Macro Lens Review page.
Post Date: 9/24/2014 9:29:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 22, 2014
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens
The complete set of standard test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens Review page.
Post Date: 9/22/2014 6:36:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 11, 2014
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
Let me introduce you to the highest quality 85mm DSLR lens available:
 
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens Review
 
B&H is accepting Zeiss Otus 85mm preorders, with shipments expected to start around September 16th.
Post Date: 9/11/2014 8:15:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 28, 2014
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
With the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens and Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens reviews recently happening back to back for me, a question that I had in my mind for quite some time became highlighted. That question was: "What is the difference between the image stabilization systems found in Canon's EF-S STM and other budget-priced lenses and those found in higher grade lenses including those in the L series?
 
Perhaps the question was most-driven by the "feel" of a large price differential between these image stabilization systems. Determining exactly how much IS adds to the price tag is not easy since there are not many Canon lens focal lengths or focal length ranges available in the same max aperture with image stabilization being an optional feature. Three examples are the 70-200 f/4, 70-200 f/2.8 and 100mm f/2.8 macro lenses. In all three of these instances, the IS version is considerably more expensive, with the $450-$1,050 difference being more than the price of most STM lenses. In all fairness, the IS version of the three just-mentioned lens siblings is a considerably-newer model and newer lenses typically have better technology and are always more expensive. But, it still "feels" like the IS system in the higher grade lenses is more expensive than the IS system in the lower-priced STM (and similar) lenses. This of course drives my wonder about what the difference between IS systems is.
 
So, I asked Canon. My direct question was "Can you explain the differences between the image stabilization system implemented in an inexpensive lens (such as the EF-S 10-18 STM) compared to that implemented in a high end pro lens (such as the EF 16-35 f/4 L)?" Following is the information that Canon USA and Canon Inc. were willing to disclose:
 
EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
 
  • The compensation optics lens barrel is suspended by 3 springs that hold it in place in the center. This makes it possible to eliminate the compensation optics retaining mechanism in this IS unit.
  • The drive actuator for the compensation optics lens barrel is constructed using the same permanent magnets and coils used in existing IS units.
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
 
  • Making use of the technology that has been garnered in existing L-series IS lenses, such as a stepping motor for the compensation optics barrel lock mechanism, this lens is able to achieve both high-performance image stabilization and compactness of design.
  • The moving parts in the compensation optics barrel have been improved from sliding friction to rolling friction by way of combining rolling balls and V-grooves in an ultra-minimum-friction structure. This design improves IS performance while reducing power consumption.
In addition, the following table was provided to me:
 
SpecificationEF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STMEF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
IS MechanismParallel-moving corrective optics (Single element.) IS unit is based on the one used in the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II.Parallel-moving corrective optics (Group of 4 elements.) IS unit is newly designed especially for this lens.
Shake DetectionVia gyro sensors (1 sensor each for yaw and pitch)
IS ActivationTurned on with the IS switch and activated by pressing the shutter button halfway (SW-1)
Centering/Lock when IS is OffWhen the IS is Off, image stabilization optics are locked in place with a spring suspension mechanism rather than a center lock mechanism.When the IS is Off, the image-stabilizing lens group is centered and locked in position.
Mode SelectionNone (Automatic switching between normal shooting mode and panning mode is determined by gyro sensor signal.)
Vibration Reduction (Based on CIPA Standards)Equivalent to 4 shutter speed steps faster (Focal length 18mm, 35mm equivalent: 29mm, using EOS 7D)Equivalent to 4 shutter speed steps faster (Focal length 35mm, using EOS-1D X)
Dynamic IS/Hybrid ISNone

 
While not completely revealing, the above information does show some of the IS design differences between these lens classes.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/28/2014 8:44:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 21, 2014
Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing
Just Posted: Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing Review
 
The very useful Ewa-Marine U-B 100 has been difficult to find in stock this spring and summer, but B&H is showing this item as being in stock at this moment.
 
 
On a side note ... I've been spending a very large number of hours re-architecting the 10-year-old technology this site is built on – to stop the server meltdowns that are happening too frequently. The site's content and functionality should not be changing as I incrementally roll out updates, but please report any errors you find as the changes are very intrusive. The end result will be a better experience for you.
Post Date: 8/21/2014 8:38:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 04, 2014
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash Reflection
Just posted: Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash Review
 
The MR-14EX is a great addition to a macro lens kit, making otherwise very challenging photos easy to capture.
 
B&H has the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2014 7:08:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 29, 2014
MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Pro
Just posted: MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Professional Review
 
The MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Pro is very high quality-constructed camera backpack with a very usefully-innovative design. It is also the most comfortable pack I've use to date.
 
Get your MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Pro at B&H or directly from MindShift Gear.
Post Date: 7/29/2014 7:59:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens
Just posted: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens Review
 
The 12mm extreme-wide-angle rectilinear focal length makes this lens unique and gives the photographer the ability to capture very unique images.
 
B&H has the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens in stock.
Post Date: 7/22/2014 8:00:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 17, 2014
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
The site's first tested Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens was provided by Sigma. That Sigma could have handpicked a superior lens was questioned, so I picked up a retail copy of this lens to verify the image quality this lens model delivers.
 
The image quality results from the second lens are now included in the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review. The first link loads a comparison between the two lenses with the new lens shown on the left (sample "1"). I would say that the second lens is even slightly sharper than the already-impressive first lens. AF consistency for the second lens is the same as the first.
 
Image quality test results from the EOS 60D are also now included for this lens.
Post Date: 7/17/2014 8:16:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Top View
Canon EOS 60D Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens review.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens in stock. Check out the rave reviews this lens is getting from B&H customers. This feedback matches what I am hearing from you.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/16/2014 10:06:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 14, 2014
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Just posted: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review
 
The ultra-wide, ultra-light, ultra-small, ultra-affordable Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens will be a no-brainer choice for a large number of APS-C DSLR kits.
 
Get your Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens at B&H, Adorama or Amazon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/14/2014 8:44:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens
The complete set of standard test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens Review page.
Post Date: 7/9/2014 9:19:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens
Image quality, vignetting and distortion test results along with product images have been added to the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens Review page. Flare results will be available soon.
Post Date: 7/8/2014 8:49:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 07, 2014
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens on EOS 5D Mark III
Image quality results for a second lens have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens review.
 
It is hard to distinguish the results between the two lenses with a minor exception of the latest lens showing very slightly better wide open performance at 35mm. The latest tested lens is sample "1".
 
Also added to this review were:

  • Standard flare test results
  • Coma discussion and example
  • Image illustrating AI Servo AF testing

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/7/2014 10:31:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 30, 2014
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Just posted: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Review
 
Warning: Reading this review may create a very strong desire to add this lens to your kit. Read with caution.
 
Of course, B&H stands ready to ship a Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens to you, quenching that desire.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/30/2014 8:13:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 26, 2014
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens on EOS 5D Mark III
Image quality and distortion test results along with standard product images have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens review page.
 
I was very anxious to get my hands on this lens. With well over 1000 shots captured with it so far, I am now loving this lens and expect it to become one of my most-used lenses. The 16-35 f/4 L is very sharp across the frame, AF is very fast and extremely accurate and IS works very well.
 
Here are a couple of relevant comparisons:
 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS Lens compared to Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II Lens
 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS Lens compared to Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L Lens
 
Completion of the full review is my current highest priority.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/26/2014 8:41:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 23, 2014
FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool
Just posted: FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool Review
 
Want to add some dramatic focus pulls to your DSLR video? The FocusMaker might be just what you're looking for...
Post Date: 6/23/2014 12:21:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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