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 Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Fresh from OLAF Optical Testing is another batch of MTF charts, now available in the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens and Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens reviews.
 
As always, there are many interesting comparisons to be made. I'll get you started. Keep in mind that wide open apertures are being compared and these are not equal in most cases.
 
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 35mm f/2 Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 35mm f/1.4L II Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-S Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens
 
Don't forget to view the variance charts – that of the Tamron 45 VC is very impressive.
 
The Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC and Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC are in stock at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/8/2015 8:47:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, December 6, 2015
Just posted: Feisol TT-15 Mini Carbon Fiber Tabletop Tripod Review
 
This great little and very affordable tripod just arrived in stock at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/6/2015 7:11:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 4, 2015
At least three of these accessories will fit in even a small Christmas stocking and the fourth will likely qualify as a stocking stuffer for a standard-sized sock. Having them in your kit will, for many, be worth the mostly stocking-stuffer-sized prices:
 
Super Clamp
Magic Arm
Double Ball Joint Head
Tripod Head Mounting Plate with Hex Stud
 
These reviews are primarily to highlight what I'm using and find useful, but ... being able to reference these items will be helpful for an article I hope to have ready for you on Monday.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/4/2015 7:44:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 3, 2015
The balance of the standard test results, including flare, distortion, vignetting and 7D II image quality, along with specs and measurements are now available on the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
Go make some comparisons. I'll get you started with one that I find interesting.
 
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/3/2015 8:28:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens Review.
 
How did this completely new Zeiss lens perform? No secrets revealed here – you'll have to read the review to find out.
 
With 6 lenses released in one announcement and most arriving within a short timeframe, Zeiss has provided a very heavy workload. Much of the testing of these lenses is completed with the review creation remaining. I hope to have the rest of these reviews completed in relatively rapid succession.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens in Canon mount in stock with the Nikon mount version available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/2/2015 9:38:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 30, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III along with MTF measurements have been added to the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
Standard and on-camera product images are also available.
 
There are many comparisons that can be made with these results, but ... no other lens provides the 20mm f/1.4 equivalent. Here are two comparisons to get you started:
 
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art vs. Canon 24mm f/1.4L II Lens
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art vs. Nikon 24mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens (different camera formats)
 
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/30/2015 8:07:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Since I recently declared what I thought was World's Most Beautiful Lens, I thought that it would only be fitting to share what I thought was the world's ugliest lens. Problem is ... I find all lenses beautiful, so singling out a lens for this award was challenging for me. To quickly narrow down the candidate field, I limited this award to only lenses currently available for retail purchase in new, unopened box condition.
 
Looking completely past performance and functionality, I'm going to pick the Nikon 16mm Fisheye Lens. There were some Tokina lenses that had my attention, but ... sorry Nikon.
 
The 16's gnarly (not in the good way) design elements include a short, built-in lens hood, crinkle paint finish, coarsely patterned focus and aperture rings, a part sticking out, lots of white paint (with a little yellow and orange thrown in) and an aperture ring marked in two different font sizes. The nearly $1,000 price tag really sets off this homely (by the North American definition) looking lens.
 
Your turn. Which lens do you think is most in need of a design modernization?
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/24/2015 7:50:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 19, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens page.
 
Unlike many of the new Zeiss Milvus lenses, this model has a new optical design. The difference between the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 and the previous version of this lens is dramatic! Nicely done, Zeiss!
 
Here are some more comparisons that you might be interested in:
 
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II Lens
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Lens
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Lens
 
Another comparison that warrants discussion is the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens. The Otus retains the lead in center of the frame performance, but ... the Milvus is sharper in the corners. Adding support to these results is the MTF comparison between these lenses. This performance combined with a price tag that is far less than half of the Otus is going drive popularity of this Milvus lens model.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens in Nikon mount in stock with the Canon mount version available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/19/2015 9:28:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 16, 2015
 Friday, November 13, 2015
Image quality results from the 1Ds III, 5Ds R and 7D Mark II have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens page.
 
This beautiful lens is using the same optical design as its predecessor, the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* Lens, with a new coating technology. Although the center was extremely sharp on the first copy we tested, I wasn't happy with the mid and outer image circle performance. The second copy of the lens, shown by default in the image quality tools, performs more evenly across the frame.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/13/2015 8:36:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 12, 2015
The MTF Chart Comparison Tool has some fresh data from the following lenses:
 
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Nikkor Lens
Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens
 
There are many comparisons waiting to be made with these lenses. I'll get you started:
 
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 VR vs. Non-VR Lens
Zeiss Milvus 50mm f1.4 vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Canon 85mm f/1.2L (at f/1.2)
Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/1.4 vs. Canon 100mm f/2.8L (at f/2.8)
 
Also be sure to compare the new Zeiss lenses against their former models and to the Otus options.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/12/2015 7:52:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Just posted: Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
Is this lens as similar to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens as expected? Read the review to find out how one similarity caused me trouble.
 
B&H has the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/11/2015 7:22:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 5, 2015
Image quality (ISO 12233 Enhanced Resolution Chart) results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the following pages:
 
Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens (exception: no image quality results presented at this time)
Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens
 
The Milvus 21mm image quality test results will be coming soon, along with the explanation of why these results are delayed.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/5/2015 11:29:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Just posted: Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
Tamron is onto something with their new line of image stabilized wide aperture prime lenses, featuring great styling with image quality that challenges the field.
 
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/3/2015 7:51:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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