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 Monday, May 22, 2017
Image quality results have been added to the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens page.
 
I have been anxiously awaiting these results. While Canon already makes a phenomenal 100-400mm lens, the Sigma weighs less and costs FAR less.
 
Especially considering the price differential, I think you will find the Sigma 100-400mm vs. Canon 100-400mm image quality comparison very interesting. Be sure to compare the Sigma to the many other telephoto zoom lenses we've tested.
 
Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 5/22/2017 9:55:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 15, 2017
Just posted: Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens Review.
 
Is there a new leader of the APS-C wide angle zoom lens class?
 
The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 5/15/2017 8:57:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 12, 2017
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
Here is a visual size comparison you might find interesting.
 
The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 5/12/2017 8:20:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 9, 2017
 Monday, May 8, 2017
Just posted: Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens Review.
 
This is a great little option to keep in the bag.
 
Get the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens at B&H | Amazon | Adorama. Note that this lens has been difficult to keep in stock. Simply place your order to reserve your place in line.
Post Date: 5/8/2017 8:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 5, 2017
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens Review page.
 
I think that you will like what you see. Here are a pair of comparisons you might be interested in:
 
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Canon 11-24mm f/4L Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
 
The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 5/5/2017 7:22:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 4, 2017
Image quality, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens page.
 
The focal length range in this compact lens is awesome. The image sharpness is ... well, I'll let you decide.
 
The evaluation lens came in the Canon EOS M6 retail kit we tested. After consulting with Roger at Lensrentals.com, I'm led to believe that this copy of the 18-150 may be somewhat underperforming at the wide end, but the results from the long end appear normal. While it is hard to argue with the convenience factor of this lens, those looking for ultimate image sharpness will likely not find what they are looking for from any copy of this model.
 
The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/4/2017 7:59:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Review page.
 
While this lens is not on most people's most-wanted list, it serves a purpose.
 
Here is the image quality comparison between the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens and its predecessor, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. Obviously, the 7D II and 60D test cameras have a modestly different resolution, but ... I trust that you can visualize the differences.
 
One of the benefits from the new 18-55 is the smaller retracted size. Here is a size comparison showing the new version alongside the two prior version lenses. As you will notice in the comparison (and confirmed by our measurements), the new lens zoomed/extended to 55mm is nearly the same length as the prior lens at this focal length.
 
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/3/2017 8:52:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Just posted: Canon EOS M6 Review.
 
In brief, remove the EVF from the Canon EOS M5 and you get the M6. Well, it is a little more complicated than that, but ... not much more so. My preference? Get the M5.
 
The Canon EOS M5 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/2/2017 7:43:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 1, 2017
Just posted: Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D Review.
 
If you read the Canon EOS 77D review, the T7i review is going to sound very similar. These two cameras are nearly identical. What are the differences between the 77D and the Rebel T7i / 800D? Here is the primary feature difference list:
 
  • Top LCD Data Panel vs. none
  • Top mode dial and power switch on left vs. right
  • Rear Control Dial vs. only Cross Keys
  • Multi-function Lock Switch vs. none
  • Auto Display-Off Sensor by the viewfinder vs. none
  • AF On button vs. none
A big additional advantage from my perspective is that all localities get to call the 77D by the same name whereas the Rebel T7i may also be confusingly referred to as the 800D or Kiss X9i depending on the country where you live. Please note that the T7i review was not hands-on, but created based on experience with the 77D.
 
The bottom line is that, like the flagship Rebel models before it, the Rebel T7i is a lot of camera for the price.
 
The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/1/2017 8:27:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Distortion test results have been added to the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens page (a full review is planned).
 
I don't often dedicate an entire post to just distortion results for a single lens, but ... I thought the results for this one were remarkable enough to highlight for you. If you are looking for an ultra-wide angle full frame lens that keeps your lines straight (attention architecture photographers), this one should have your attention. Here are some comparisons:
 
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
 
The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 4/26/2017 7:53:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Just posted: Canon EOS 77D Review.
 
It's a great little camera. The biggest surprise to me? A significantly deeper grip that allows me to hold the camera and up to a medium-sized lens with only the three fingers.
 
The Canon EOS 77D is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/25/2017 8:50:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 24, 2017
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens review page.
 
While the Vibration Control feature alone is going to be upgrade-worthy to anyone using the previous Tamron 10-22mm Lens, the dramatically improved image quality over the copy we previously tested sends an even much stronger signal.
 
Following are a number of additional comparisons. Not all testing utilized the same camera, but visually accounting for the differences provides relevant comparisons nonetheless.
 
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Canon EF-S 10-22mm Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Canon EF-S 10-18mm Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Nikon 10-24mm Lens
 
The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 4/24/2017 7:51:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 21, 2017
Noise and resolution test results have been added to the Canon EOS 77D, Rebel T7i and M6 review pages.
 
Note that the 77D results were copied to create the Rebel T7i results. These two cameras are very similar and the image quality they deliver is the same. Thus, it did not make sense to invest the time needed to test both. Here are some observations:
 
The lighting on the color chart used for the noise level evaluation is measured for consistency using a Sekonic L-478DR Light Meter. Manual exposure mode is used for test image capture with prescribed exposure settings for each ISO setting and all RAW images are identically processed for the standard results. Interesting is that 77D results are identical to the 80D in brightness, but the images from this copy of the M6, captured immediately after the 77D results, are slightly brighter (by about .25 stops). A set of -.25 EV adjusted results are provided for an equalized brightness.
 
For the best image quality, should I get the Canon EOS 80D, Canon EOS 77D, Rebel T7i, M5 or M6? The answer to that question is ... it doesn't matter. While there are many feature differences between these models, it would be hard to argue that one delivers better image quality than the others.
 
The Canon EOS 77D is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
Get the Canon EOS Rebel T7i at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
Find the Canon EOS M6 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/21/2017 8:07:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 18, 2017
With a brand new Canon EOS M6 (a great little camera) in my possession, it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 30 steps I took to make a fresh-out-of-the-box M6 ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger and plug it in.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. This is a good time to install the neck strap.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Insert the battery (after charging completes) and power the camera on.
  5. The date, time and time zone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the Rear Control dial and Set button to update this information.
  6. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  7. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  8. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  9. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Screen info/toggle settings: Update #1 to select only Grid display and Electronic level (all options selected for #2), uncheck #3 and #4 (I may alter these settings later)
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: VF info/toggle settings: Uncheck #1, update #2 to select only Grid display and Electronic level, check all options for #3 (again, I may alter these settings later)
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Histogram display: RGB
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Image review: Off (without a review display being shown and cleared, the viewfinder becomes ready-for-shooting faster)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Continuous AF: Off (increases battery life)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: MF Peaking Settings: Peaking: On
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Lens aberration correction: disable all (I correct lens aberrations during post processing if warranted, though enabling CA correction is usually a good idea and if shooting in JPG mode, consider enabling other options as well.)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off (again, those shooting in JPG mode might want to explore the results of this option)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 1 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture. If shooting in JPG mode, selecting "Standard" is probably a better option.)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (Noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post. Select "Low" if shooting in JPG format).
  21. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Off
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Hints & Tips: Off
  23. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1, C2): Auto update set: Enable (Custom shooting modes are great – see Configuring Custom Shooting Modes for more information)
  24. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: C.Fn II: Others: Set M.Fn button to ISO (I may make more changes here after acclimating to this camera)
  25. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Format, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), AEB (found back up near the top of the list)
  26. To get to the Playback Menu, take a picture, playback the picture and while it is displayed, press the Menu button.
  27. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Highlight Alert: Enable
  28. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Auto Rotate: Off (always uses full LCD for display)
  29. Playback Menu, Tab 5: * resize: Enable
  30. Playback Menu, Tab 5: Magnify (approx.): Actual size (zooms to 100% pixel level, ideal for checking sharpness)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
If you intend to mirror my RAW image capture workflow, this configuration would likely be ideal for you. While my setup is optimal for me, use your judgement to alter this list for your own needs and preferences.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS M6
 
The Canon EOS M6 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/18/2017 9:23:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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