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 Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The functionality of a product must be the highest priority, but I'll argue that us photographers, by trade, appreciate design and beauty in a product more than the general public. Since it is photographers that look at and handle lenses most, it is only fitting that a lens has a beautiful styling. I am pleased that lens makers are taking style into full account with their latest releases, including Sigma's Global Vision lines, Tamron with their latest primes and now Zeiss with their new Milvus lenses.
 
A few of the new Zeiss Milvus lenses just arrived and product images are usually first on the evaluation to-do list. Avoiding as much of the inevitable-with-use dust and finger prints saves lots of post processing time. I had seen the Zeiss product images distributed along with the Milvus press release, but the new Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens really caught my attention immediately out of the box.
 
It was love at first sight. The smooth, modern, curved metal design is drop-dead gorgeous. Lenses are meant to be used for image making and ... this lens makes for a great image. Thus, I'm going to declare the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 lens to be the new "World's Most Beautiful Lens" titleholder.
 
That is my opinion of course. Which lens is at the top of your most beautiful lens list?
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/27/2015 11:28:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
Perhaps the most in-demand comparison is the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC vs. Canon 35mm f/2 IS Lens, this one showing both lenses placed under the microscope of the Canon EOS 5Ds R. The comparison is initialized at f/2, but any apertures can be compared. EOS 1Ds Mark III results are also available, allowing direct comparison with most other lenses in our database including the Sigma 35 Art Lens.
 
B&H has the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
 
Also just added are standardized product images for the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens.
 
Lots of great comparisons can be made with these images. I'll get you started.
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Post Date: 10/20/2015 9:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 19, 2015
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
I hope to have a full review of this lens completed by midweek or early next week at the latest. Stay tuned!
 
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 10/19/2015 8:08:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
I think that you are going to like what you see from this lens. There are many lenses that could be compared with this one, but I'll start things off with the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Canon 50mm f/1.4 with both lenses set to f/1.8.
 
The Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens comparison is another interesting one (f/1.8 vs. f/1.6 in this one).
 
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 10/13/2015 7:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 12, 2015
You've probably seen many of the product images I create on this site, but ... did you ever wonder what lens I used to capture them? No, it was not with the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens shown in this photo.
 
I take a lot of photographs of products and, somewhat uniquely, my most-frequently photographed products are cameras and lenses. Taking pictures of a camera and lens of course requires a ... camera and lens.
 
The standardized product images found in the site's comparison tool have been captured by a Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens. Off topic, but in case you were also wondering, this lens is semi-permanently locked onto a Manfrotto 400 Deluxe Geared Head on a slightly customized (wheels removed) Manfrotto O800 Static Camera Stand. The head is great and the stand is sturdy and compact, though it permits a significant amount of vibration. As long as I use mirror lockup along with the self-timer to release the shutter, vibrations stabilize and, they wouldn't matter anyway as my studio lights have a very short duration that would freeze any movement.
 
While I use this setup for a significant percentage of the product images I create, The 180 L is not my most-used product photography lens. That honor goes to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens. Why use this telephoto zoom for camera and lens product photography?
 
The focal lengths in the 70-200mm range create a reasonable (slightly compressed) perspective that works well on camera gear. The focal length range of this lens also makes it easy to keep the white shooting table background completely in the frame. Wider angle lenses must be closer to the shooting table to avoid extraneous subject matter. While that closer distance can work, there is some flexibility lost (and a closer perspective results with parts closer to the camera appearing larger than those farther away).
 
This lens is very sharp, corner to corner, even on a full frame body. Ticking the CA removal check box seals the deal.
 
While I also have the f/2.8 version of this lens, I don't need an aperture that wide when I'm shooting with studio strobes (f/11 is the aperture I most-often use). The narrower max aperture allows for the f/4L IS to be a relatively lightweight lens, inducing less fatigue (along with less wear and tear on my body).
 
Very helpful is that this is an image stabilized lens. While the studio strobes are fast enough to stop any camera motion, image stabilization greatly aids in subject framing.
 
The 70-200 f/4L IS is a very useful lens for other purposes, including landscape photography. The additional versatility makes having this lens in the kit a better business proposition.
 
The weakest aspect of this lens for product photography use? It does not focus close enough to frame smaller subjects tightly. If I need to more maximum magnification, I'll most often use the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens, though extension tubes can remedy this issue to some extent.
 
Products come in all sizes and most lenses can be used for product photography of some kind. The range of sizes covered by a telephoto zoom, especially if you have plenty of working space, are great.
 
What is your most-used lens for product photography and what are your typical subjects?
 
Camera and Lens Settings
111mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
3008 x 3503px
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Post Date: 10/12/2015 9:08:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Just posted: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Review.
 
Sorry for being a little slow in getting this review finished. I've been having too much fun ... "testing" ... all aspects of this lens just to be "certain" that it was as good as I thought. ;)
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? Amazon has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM in stock. Also, the Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
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Post Date: 10/7/2015 9:05:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Resolution results have been added to the Canon EOS M3 page.
 
The EOS M3, Rebel T6i and Rebel T6s have identical sensor and image processor components, so it is not surprising that they also share identical resolution. That is a very positive aspect of the little M3.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M3 in stock with a $100.00 instant rebate.
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Post Date: 10/6/2015 7:39:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 2, 2015
PhotoPlus Expo 2015 is right around the corner and I am of course wondering if any new Canon products might be seen at this show. With Canon recently deleting a couple of older lenses from their lineup, the timing seemed right to re-compute the 10 oldest Canon lens list.
 
#ModelYear Introduced
1Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy1987
2Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy1991
3Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
4Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
5Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1992
6Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy1992
7Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy1993
8Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy1993
9Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy1995
10Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1995

 
The bottom 10 list is always ripe with good speculation material. I'll fabricate some rumors to get us started.
 
Knocking #1 off of the list right away: holding the third-least-popular position does not bode well for a 50mm f/2.5 macro lens replacement. Perhaps a new 50mm f/1.4 with 1:1/1x macro capabilities (similar to the 24-70mm f/4L IS or at least with a dedicated extension tube) will arrive and eliminate this lens from the list?
 
The referenced 50mm f/1.4 is number 7 on this list. This lens is a perennial favorite, but it is showing strong signs of aging. Its replacement should be more than just the same optical design in a modernized body. To be positioned adequately above the 50mm f/1.8 STM, this lens should have improved wide-aperture image quality and fast Ring USM AF. Adding image stabilization would vault this lens' popularity.
 
The 85 f/1.8 and 100 f/2 (#5 and #2 respectively) are good value lenses now. Modernize their build, modestly improve the optics and add image stabilization to get a pair of must-have primes.
 
When Canon introduced the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens, most of us expected to see the TS-E 45mm and TS-E 90mm lenses (#3 and #4 on the list) to be next-replaced. We've been waiting for that announcement for about 6 years now. That these two lenses hold the last two positions on the site's popularity list may explain why we haven't seen these updates. That a product refresh would launch them off of the bottom positions could easily be argued.
 
The 20mm f/2.8? This is not a popular lens and ... I don't remember ever hearing anyone wanting a replacement for it. Improve the image quality, modernize the design and add IS for, minimally, a better seller. Make the focal length wider for more-increased popularity.
 
The 28 f/1.8 is only very slightly more popular than the 20 f/2.8 and ... I don't hear demand for its replacement either.
 
Do nothing other than add image stabilization to the 400 f/5.6L and huge quantities of this lens would be flowing from the warehouses.
 
Bonus speculation: The Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens is due for replacement. This lens hit my radar because the year introduced spec is blank in our database, causing it to sort above numbers in my query (placing it in first place on this list). I know that you love that silver ring, but ... the low cost full frame telephoto zoom lens position is ripe to be filled by an image stabilized EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 STM Lens with modernized build design. Add it to the 6D via a kit or a bundle rebate.
 
What do you think?!
 
What do you think will happen to the lenses on this list? Let us know in the comments!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/2/2015 7:14:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 1, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II and the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III behind the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens are now available on the site.
 
These new results allow direct comparison of the 35 L II with a large number of other lenses. One comparison of interest is the Canon 35 f/1.4L II compared to the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens.
 
What is still the case: B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
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Post Date: 10/1/2015 7:49:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review.
 
Small, light, stabilized and performing well (especially with CA corrected). B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens in stock with a $50.00 instant rebate available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/30/2015 8:35:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Image quality results from a second copy of the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens are now available on the site. The new results are shown under lens sample "1". A comparison between the two lens copies is preloaded into the first link.
 
Still to come are test results from the EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, allowing direct comparisons with lenses tested on those bodies.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
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Post Date: 9/29/2015 10:58:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 28, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review.
 
This small, light lens is a great performer and is definitely 5Ds-ready. Take out the easy-to-correct CA for really impressive performance.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock with a $50.00 instant rebate (note that B&H checkout is not available until Tues 9/29 2:00 PM EDT).
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Post Date: 9/28/2015 10:06:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 25, 2015
The 35 L II has grown physically over the 35 L I, but as illustrated in this comparison image, most will not likely find the new size to be a differentiator when comparing like-specification lenses. The new lens' weight is also higher, but again, not likely higher enough to influence decisions.
 
ModelWeightDimensions w/o HoodFilterYear 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens26.8 oz(760g)3.2 x 4.2"(80.4 x 105.5mm)72mm2015
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens20.5 oz(580g)3.1 x 3.4"(79.0 x 86.0mm)72mm1998
Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens21.2 oz(600g)3.3 x 3.5"(83 x 89.5mm)67mm2010
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 US UMC Lens23.3 oz(660g)3.3 x 4.4"(83 x 111mm)77mm2011
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens23.5 oz(665g)3.0 x 3.7"(77 x 94mm)67mm2012
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens29.7 oz(840g)3.1 x 3.9"(78 x 99.3mm)72mm2010

 
Distortion and flare results along with standardized product images are now available on the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens page.
 
On a side note, the complete range of standard results and measurements (sans product images) are now available on the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.
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Post Date: 9/25/2015 8:46:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 24, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens page.
 
We currently have two copies of the 35mm f/1.4 L II lens going through the lab. Results from both will be posted with at least one of the lenses being tested on the EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, allowing direct comparisons with lenses tested on those bodies.
 
This is a very sharp lens. The contrast at f/1.4 looks great.
 
As I noted yesterday, B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
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Post Date: 9/24/2015 9:08:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 23, 2015
MTF average and variance charts are now available on the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens page.
 
You are going to like what you see! The new lens is looking impressive. Here is the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II vs. I lens comparison. There are many more interesting comparisons to be made – use the tool to find them.
 
Special thanks to Roger at Olaf Optical Testing for the quick delivery of these charts! LensRentals.com has the 35mm L II ready to ship today. Simply hit the "Rent" button on the MTF tool page to give this lens a try.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/23/2015 9:39:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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