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 Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 24mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens page.
 
The price of the Nikon 24mm f/1.8G is only about $100.00 less than the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art with both performing similarly at their widest apertures. The Sigma has a 2/3-stop wider aperture to its advantage; however, the Nikon 24mm's AF is likely more accurate.
 
B&H has the Nikon 24mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/1/2016 8:26:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 29, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review.
 
Lots of comparisons are able to be made using this lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock with a $150.00 instant rebate and 4% reward.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/29/2016 8:13:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4E AF-S DX VR Lens page.
 
The extra focal range and wider maximum aperture of this mid-range zoom will be tempting features for those wanting to upgrade their standard 18-55mm kit lens.
 
B&H has the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4E AF-S DX VR Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/23/2016 11:16:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 22, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 300mm f/4E AF-S PF VR Lens page.
 
The Nikon 300mm f/4E AF-S PF VR's optical design featuring a Phase Fresnel element allows it to weigh significantly less than similarly spec'd lenses. The result is a more travel-friendly (i.g., backpacking) telephoto option.
 
B&H has the Nikon 300mm f/4E AF-S PF VR Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/22/2016 9:37:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 16, 2016
I have significantly updated the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II page, sharing Canon-provided information and my expectations for this highly anticipated new model.
 
B&H is accepting Canon EOS 1D X Mark II preorders and I highly recommend preordering ASAP if you want to capture your spring sports with this model. Note the $300.00 instant savings on the kit with the CFast card included, making it the no-brainer choice.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/16/2016 10:41:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 15, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens page.
 
This is an interesting lens from several vantage points, including size, focal length range, max aperture and price.
 
B&H has the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/15/2016 8:42:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The balance of our standard test results, including specs and measurements, are now available on the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens page. Still to come are the product images in comparison format.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/15/2016 9:54:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens page.
 
This lens is definitely ultra high resolution sensor ready.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens in stock (note: The Nikon mount lens is now in stock also).
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/10/2016 7:52:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Image quality results have been added to the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens page.
 
I think that everyone expected awesomeness from this lens and I think that we got it. Here are some comparisons you might find interesting:
 
Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Canon 24mm f/1.4L II Lens
Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Canon 35mm f/1.4L II Lens
Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Lens
 
There are many more comparisons available. Use one of those links to get started. Results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II will be available soon.
 
As with the other Otus lenses, price is going to be the biggest hurdle to one landing in your kit. B&H has the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens in stock (Nikon mount available for preorder).
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/9/2016 11:26:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Just posted: Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review | Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review.
 
I certainly can't claim timeliness on these reviews, but ... I have some insights to share with you including an emphasis on image quality. These are two very good cameras.
 
Note that, since the T6i and T6s are mostly the same, the T6s review focuses exclusively on the model differences.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and Canon EOS Rebel T6s in stock with kit instant rebates ranging from $150.00 - $300.00.
 
For a great deal, select one of the with-printer kits to qualify for a $350.00 MIR, bringing the potential rebate total to $650.00. This brings the final camera and lens cost down to as low as $649.00. Use the links above to find these.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/26/2016 10:15:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 21, 2016
This is a question that I've been asking myself since the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens was introduced back in 2012. Since that time, I have second guessed my own decision multiple times, my vacillating illuminated by the fact that I've had and sold two different 24-105 L Lenses since then. Initially, the significantly higher price tag of the 24-70 f/4L IS made the recommendation decision considerably easier. Now that the list prices have completely equalized (though rebates potentially change the equation significantly), the merits of the lenses themselves become the bigger decision factors.
 
The first significant fact to understand is that these are both great lenses and for most, there is no wrong decision to be made here. Both lenses are well built including weather sealing, focus fast and accurately, have a great general purpose focal length range and have IS. They share a very similar design including appearance and on many accounts, can be used interchangeably.
 
The primary and significant advantage held by the 24-105 f/4L IS is the extra 35mm of focal length range on the long end.
 
The 7-years-younger 24-70 f/4L IS is a modestly smaller and slightly lighter lens. It is 0.52" (13.3mm) shorter when retracted (actual measured length) and 0.68" (18.5mm) shorter with the hood installed. The 24-70 weighs 2.3 oz. (65g) less with hood installed (actual measured weight). Are these differences? Yes. Are they significant ones? Not so much.
 
A stronger advantage for the 24-70 is its very impressive macro capability. A 0.70x maximum magnification from a non-prime-macro lens is eye-opening and significantly more impressive than the 24-105's 0.23x spec. However, it should be kept in mind that a 12mm extension tube can push the 24-105 to 0.60x maximum magnification. Disclaimer: I have not made an image quality comparison with the extension tube in play.
 
Image quality comparisons I have made show that:
 
At 24mm with a wide open aperture, the 24-70 f/4L IS bests the 24-105 L IS in sharpness by a modest amount. The 24-105 L delivers a sharper image at 50mm f/4, but at 70mm the 24-70 f/4L is back up to near equality with the 24-105 L. These two lenses perform more similarly at f/5.6 and at f/8 their results are nearly identical. The difference is negligible at f/11.
 
The 24-70 has less distortion, especially at 24mm. It also has noticeably less CA at the wide end, but more at 70mm. The 24-70 f/4L IS has less vignetting at the wide end at f/4, but more at the long end. By f/5.6, the two lenses are close in this regard.
 
Affecting image quality on a limited basis is the aperture blade count. The 24-70 has 9 blades vs. the 24-105 L's 8. This difference will primarily be noticed when point light sources are photographed at narrow apertures, with the odd blade numbered aperture creating 18-point sun stars vs the even's 8-point stars.
 
Another difference between these lenses is Canon's 4-stop Hybrid Image Stabilization featured in the 24-70, correcting both angular and shift movement in macro mode. The 24-105 L has 3-stop non-Hybrid Image Stabilization. Theoretically, the 24-70 can be handheld in 1/2 as much light as the 24-105 can be handheld in.
 
The Price
 
If price remains a deciding factor for you ... even though the list prices are equal, there remains at times a considerable difference, thanks to a rebate and a reward differential.
 
As of this post date, B&H has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS Lens in stock with a $150.00 instant rebate with a 10% B&H reward. Also in stock is the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens with a 4% reward. Check today's prices as these will, at some point, surely change.
 
Willing to buy a white box and/or gray (same lens not imported by Canon USA) version? On eBay, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens can currently be found for as little as $595 – an incredible value. Not too far behind is the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS Lens in white box condition currently priced at starting at $675.00 on eBay. These prices change, so check these links to get the latest.
 
Buying these lenses in refurbished by Canon condition is another great option. Expect Canon refurbished lenses to be in like-new condition and they usually (verify) have a same-as-new warranty. Check refurbished inventories at B&H, Canon and Adorama.
 
My Own Decision
 
After going back and forth, and back and forth, and carrying both lenses some of the time, I've personally settled on the 24-70mm f/4L IS as my primary walkaround, travel and general purpose lens. I usually have a telephoto zoom with me, reducing the value of the 24-105's focal length advantage. That leaves all of the other advantages to outweigh the 24-105's primary advantage. I've used the 24-70 f/4L IS in the 4 corners of the 50 USA states and many locations within. It has served me very well and has now permanently replaced my 24-105 f/4L IS.
 
Reviews
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/21/2016 11:54:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 14, 2016
You were shooting madly throughout the year and now, during the dark, cold months of winter, you have settled down to process and post your successes. The problem is that your desk is cold and that your wrist, where so many blood vessels are located, rests directly on that cold desk, radiating the coldness into your hand. When your hand is cold, your entire body feels cold.
 
My right hand is cold most of the winter. For years I have been hunting for a solution and until now, a variety of mouse pads with some insulation capability were the best solution I've come up with, but they fell far short of keeping my mouse hand warm.
 
On my latest search, I came across a heated mouse pad. While this is not the first such model I have found, it is the first one that didn't have some restrictive tent-like or glove-like structure over the pad. It was inexpensive, looked like it would work well for its primary function (a surface for the mouse), had a decent appearance (we're photographers – appearance matters) and I didn't deliberate very long before ordering one.
 
For the price, I didn't have very high expectations for build quality, but I was far from disappointed with what I got. The basic, nondescript, 8 7/8 x 10 1/4" (225 x 260mm) mousepad design features a smooth, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4" (197 x 248mm) matte aluminum surface (great for mouse friction and response) surrounded by matt black ABS plastic (white is optionally available). Four non-slip feet hold the pad in place.
 
Creating heat generally involves electricity or burning something and fortunately the designers chose the former option for this product. Included is an approximately 5' USB cable that appears designed to plug into and draw power from the computer's USB port.
 
Upon plugging in the USB cable, my Dell XPS laptop immediately informed me that a device was requesting more power than the port had available. I rely heavily on my laptop and that message sent a little chill down my spine, but no harm was done. I unplugged and instead used an A/C to USB wall outlet adapter.
 
The next issue was trying to decide which switch position on the provided USB cord was "On". This determination became easier when I realized that there was a faint blue light emanating around the port when the switch was in the "On" position.
 
As you would expect with a low-draw power source, the heat isn't instant. But, the warm-up time isn't bad and the amount of heat provided after warm-up seems ideal for me. The great news is that my wrist and hand now stay toasty warm on even the coldest days. Eventually, even the mouse even becomes slightly warmed, at least near its bottom.
 
With the heated mouse pad on my desk, winter has become a little brighter. Sometimes it is the little things that make life better and the heated mouse pad may have been the best money I have spent recently.
 
The heated mouse pad is available at Amazon.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/14/2016 11:22:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
These sample pictures are primarily showing the background blur this lens is capable of creating at f/1.4 along with angle of view examples.
 
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2016 8:18:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 11, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review.
 
The focal length range is great.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2016 8:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 7, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.
 
How well does this 17 year old $299.00 zoom lens, featuring one of the first image stabilization systems, hold up under the scrutiny of the 5Ds R's 50 megapixel sensor? I'll let you answer that question.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/7/2016 8:23:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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