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 Friday, November 18, 2016
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review page.
 
You are going to see some improvements here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts in the comments section.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens available for preorder and in stock in the 5D Mark IV kit.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/18/2016 8:11:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 14, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review page.
 
I'm guessing that the first comparison most of us have been waiting for is the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II vs. I Lens comparison.
 
Also high on my comparison list was the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II vs. 24-70mm f4L IS Lens comparison
 
They share the same focal length range and that, to me, means they are worth comparing. Here is the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II vs. f/3.5-5.6 STM Lens comparison
 
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III results should be added in the next day or two.
 
I plan to test at least one more copy of this lens and plan to show some CA-corrected results in the review.
 
Share your thoughts in the comments section.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens available for preorder and was very recently in stock in the 5D Mark IV kit.
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Post Date: 11/14/2016 8:06:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Lens page.
 
Nice Lens.
 
B&H has the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 11/9/2016 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 7, 2016
 Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Just posted: Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Review
 
The G2 is a more substantial upgrade than I expected to see in a lens updating an only-3-year-old lens.
 
B&H has the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens in stock.
Post Date: 11/2/2016 10:57:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 28, 2016
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images (both sizes) have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Review page.
 
I've spent a lot of time with this lens this week and hope to have the full review completed early next week.
 
B&H has the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/28/2016 8:22:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 20, 2016
Just posted: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens Review
 
It's a keeper.
 
B&H has the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens in stock.
 
This lens is also in stock at:
 
Adorama | Amazon | Beach Camera | BuyDig.com | Canon Store | eBay | WEX Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/20/2016 9:40:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens page.
 
I'm nearly finished with this lens review – hopefully it will be posted this week.
 
B&H has the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens in stock.
 
This lens is also in stock at:
 
Adorama | Amazon | Beach Camera | BuyDig.com | Canon Store | eBay | WEX Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/18/2016 8:26:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 14, 2016
Image quality results from a second lens have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens page.
 
Just in case the first set of results weren't convincing for you, the second should be. The two lenses produce nearly identical image quality.
 
B&H has the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens in stock.
 
This lens is also in stock at:
 
Adorama | Amazon (3rd parties) | Beach Camera | BuyDig.com | Canon Store | eBay | WEX Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/14/2016 7:43:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens page.
 
The MTF charts predicted good things in regards to 16-35 L III image quality and I think you will find that expectation delivered.
 
First, let's compare apples to apples: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III vs. II lens comparison. The III simply blows the II out of the water and clearly remains the better lens even at f/5.6.
 
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens has become renowned for its performance. Simply equaling the image quality of this lens would have been a big deal. Surpassing this lens' sharpness with a 1-stop wider aperture (clearly so at 16mm) was not what I expected.
 
How does the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III compare to the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Lens? This comparison requires some visualization as the EOS 5Ds R did not exist when we tested the Tamron, but I see the Canon being the clear winner at the two focal length range extents.
 
B&H has the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens in stock.
 
This lens is also in stock at:
 
Adorama | Amazon (3rd parties) | Beach Camera | BuyDig.com | Canon Store | eBay | WEX Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/12/2016 8:56:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 11, 2016
A pair of new 16-35 f/2.8L III lenses arrived yesterday and they are of course receiving our highest priority right now (image quality results coming very soon). First up are the standard product images now available on the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens page.
 
As shown in the lead image, the 16-35 f/2.8L III, shown immediately to the right of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens, has obviously grown modestly larger than the II and has received noticeable aesthetic improvements. The next lens to the right, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens, shows similar updates from the lens most-considered its predecessor, the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens. As shown in the image below, the oversized hoods of the older two lenses have been significantly reduced in size, a major improvement in my opinion.
 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens Compared to Similar Lenses with Hoods
 
Using the site's Lens Product Images Comparison Tool, the new 16-35 L III can be visually compared to most other current and recently discontinued lenses. I have preloaded that link with a comparison you may find interesting.
 
B&H has the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens in stock. Also in stock at: Adorama | WEX Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/11/2016 9:16:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 10, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Review page.
 
I was more than a little surprised to see such a big-hit lens being replaced less than 3 years after it was introduced, but I was traveling when the G2 version lens was first announced and didn't have time to figure out why the replacement was coming. I quickly put the lens on the to-test list and would have to figure out the "Why?" question later. Well, "later" is now.
 
The new lens arrived and as usual, photographing it was my first priority, while it was still in pristine, dust-free condition. The new exterior design, being very modern in appearance, is very pleasing both to the eye and to the touch, but my first surprise was how extremely tight the zoom ring was. Midway through the photo session, I by-accident discovered the push/pull zoom ring lock feature (mentioned in the press release of course). Pulling back on the zoom ring made a huge, positive difference. I think I'm going to like this feature.
 
While my anticipation for the updated design was strong, I was most anxious to see the image quality results from this lens. While the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens' MTF charts appear nearly identical to the original Tamron 150-600 VC's charts, these lenses do not share an identical optical design. The biggest clue to this difference is the lenses/groups count of 21/13 vs. 20/13 in the older lens along with the improved minimum focus distance. Of course, what matters most is real world performance and that is what we are looking at today.
 
The ultra-high resolution EOS 5Ds R was not available when the original 150-600 hit the streets, but I wanted the 150-600 VC G2 results from the highest resolution camera, so one needs to use some visualization skills to compare the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens with its predecessor. My initial thought was that the older lens performed slightly better, but comparing again with fresh eyes shows the two lenses being nearly identical as hinted to by their MTF charts. I do see a slight G2 advantage in the 600mm comparison, easily the weakest focal length for the original lens.
 
Simply being compatible with extenders is a G2 advantage. I have to admit not being very optimistic about the extender feature for this lens, even though they are (at least for now) dedicated models. My low expectations were in part due to the soft performance of the original lens at 600mm, the focal length that extenders would most often be needed at. And, I have to admit being modestly impressed with the 840mm results. Although the max aperture is a narrow f/9, resulting image degradation is slightly below my expectations.
 
The 300-1200mm focal length range created by the 2x extender is very impressive. The image quality at 1200mm is not so impressive. Nor is the f/13 maximum aperture and the dark viewfinder that it brings.
 
Comparing the Tamron 150-600mm VC G2 Lens to the Canon 100-400mm L IS II Lens is interesting. Compare the Canon-with-1.4x to the Tamron also (remember to select the same apertures).
 
B&H has the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/10/2016 9:47:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 7, 2016
I love to photograph a bit of everything and especially try to use gear in the situations it is best suited for during evaluations. This use also gains me invaluable experience. But, if required to choose what I consider my three primary subjects, landscapes/cityscapes, wildlife and sports would comprise my list. These are subjects that both interest me and are frequently available to me. You likely care less about my photography than the reviews I create and to that purpose, my primary subjects also tend to challenge camera gear. Wildlife is most frequently found in low light, athletes are often moving very fast (and erratically) and landscapes readily show any lens aberrations. That a wide range of weather conditions encountered during these outdoor activities is helpful (for evaluations).
 
Since evaluating the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R, the 5Ds R has become my primary camera model. I fell in love with the 50.6 MP resolution along with the rest of the package including the great AF system. I have two of these cameras in my kit and a third spends most of its time in the lab testing lenses.
 
While the 5Ds R is an incredible camera, its max frame rate is not so impressive. Of the three categories I listed above, "sports" (and sometimes wildlife) imagery can be substantially improved with a fast frame rate and I am blessed to also have a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II in the kit to handle those scenarios.
 
I'm always looking to improve my kit and a new, great-performing full frame EOS camera model, such as the 5D Mark IV, always garners my attention. So, the "Am I going to keep this camera?" was an ever-present question to myself while reviewing the 5D IV.
 
The short answer is "No", or at least "Not now", but listen to my reasoning.
 
First, here are some of my personally-important 5D Mark IV vs. 5Ds differentiators:

  1. 30.4 (6720 x 4480) vs. 50.6 (8688 x 5792) megapixels
  2. 7 fps vs. 5 fps
  3. Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC vs. optional accessories
  4. Improved AF system with better f/8 max aperture support (61 pts vs. 5 pts)
  5. AF at EV -3 vs. EV -2
  6. ISO 32000 vs ISO 6400 (extended 102400 vs. 12800)
  7. Touch screen 3.2" (8.10cm) Clear View LCD II, approx. 1620K dots vs. non-Touch 3.2" (8.11cm) Clear View II, approx. 1040K dots
  8. Dual Pixel CMOS Live View/Video continuous AF vs. contrast detection AF
  9. 4k, 1080p 60 fps, 720p 120 fps with no 4GB file limit using exFAT CF card plus other advantages vs. 1080p 30fps, 720p 60 fps
  10. 28.2 oz (800g) vs. 32.8 oz (930g)
  11. Requires 2-second self-timer for mirror lockup delay options vs. has 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, one or two second delay optionally selectable

Check out the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV vs. 5Ds specification comparison to fully compare these cameras.
 
The first option on the above list represents one of only two 5Ds R advantages listed. But, it is a major one. All other things being equal, a 50.6 MP image has significantly higher resolution than a 30.4 MP image. Here is a resolution test chart comparison between the 5D IV and the 5Ds R. The 5Ds R, with it low-pass cancellation filter, delivers incredible detail, bringing fur, feathers, hair, foliage, eye lashes, etc. to life. With APS-C-level pixel density, this imaging sensor provides plenty of headroom for cropping when needed, adding "reach" to inadequately-long focal lengths, with adequate-for-many-purposes resolution remaining.
 
The second difference listed above is very tempting to me as the difference between 5 and 7 fps is quite noticeable. But, that is where my 1D X Mark II takes over. The 1D X II's 14 fps is twice as good as 7 fps, though I give up resolution in this trade-off.
 
List item #3, GPS and Wi-Fi, was only a minor differentiator for me. The Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter will give my 5Ds R the Wi-Fi capability and I've not yet found a strong need for the GPS coordinates in my EXIF.
 
An improved AF system, including lower light performance, is always important to me (an out of focus image usually heads straight to the recycle/trash bin) and the expanded AF point coverage area is definitely a 5D IV benefit for my wildlife and sports photography. While the 5D IV's f/8 AF advantages are really nice, I do not frequently use the lens plus extender combinations that make use of this feature.
 
Having higher ISO settings available is definitely an advantage, but only if the noise levels are acceptable for the intended purpose of the image. As hinted to by the higher standard max ISO setting, the 5D IV delivers lower high ISO noise levels than the 5Ds R. In general, you can have low noise or high resolution. Technology continues to bring us improvements in this compromise and the the 5D IV performs better than the 5Ds in this regard at the pixel level. Better, but not close to as much better as the max available ISO settings may indicate. Downsize the 5Ds image to 5D IV dimensions and the comparison becomes considerably closer. The 5D IV is still the better performer, but the equivalent resolution comparison shows this attribute being less of a decision factor.
 
While I continue to make increasing use of Canon's touch screen LCDs, they are not yet a must-have feature for me. That the 5D IV has this feature is an advantage, but ... this is not yet a decision maker for me.
 
The Dual Pixel AF feature is an important advantage for the IV, but ... my 1D X II has this feature when I need it. Same with the 4k video feature.
 
The 5D IV's weight is an advantage, but the amount of difference was not enough to "weigh" in on my personal decision.
 
While the last option on this list, mirror lockup delay, may seem minor, I use it constantly and it saves me time in the field.
 
While price is often a differentiator between camera models, there is a relatively small difference between these two. That I already owned the 5Ds R was a disadvantage to the 5D IV in this scenario and the budget wasn't open to an additional camera joining the kit at this time.
 
In the end, it was the resolution that compelled me to stay the course with the 5Ds R bodies. I love reviewing images with incredible detail, especially when I work really hard to get something special. I love to be able to print huge. I love to be able to crop when I fine tune (change my mind) later, when I was focal length limited or when I needed to choose less-than-ideal framing to hold a focus point on a subject in motion. Perhaps most important is that when evaluating lenses, I want to see any aberrations present as clearly as possible and I want to know if the lenses are up to use on a camera of this resolution.
 
Everyone's criteria for camera selection is not the same. You must make the decision that is right for you. If the resolution advantage is unimportant to you, the answer is easy – get the 5D IV. It is an incredible camera and a great upgrade from most other models in many respects.
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is available at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
 
You may also be interested in:
 
Should I get the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or the 5D Mark III?
Should I get the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or the 5Ds/5Ds R?

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/7/2016 9:32:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Just posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review.
 
Let me know if I missed anything important to you.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/5/2016 9:29:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 16, 2016
We've added the Canon EOS M5 to our Camera Specifications Tool.
 
I preloaded the link above with a comparison of the M5 and Canon's previous mirrorless offering, the M3.
 
You can preorder the EOS M5 at these retailers.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/16/2016 11:56:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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