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 Monday, April 27, 2015
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens review page.
 
The first copy of this lens to go through the lab showed a rather strong decentering issue (Sigma replaced that lens for the owner – great service). As the 150-600 Sports lens model remains unavailable, we have Sigma USA to thank for the loan of this second lens. This new lens also shows some side-to-side variances, but the differences are less-significant than the first model. The left side of the lens is not as sharp as the right in the widest focal length tests and, noticeable in the results presented here, is that the right side is softer at 300mm.
 
Overall, this lens is a very good performer. I spent lots of time behind it this past weekend, capturing over 2,000 images at the sporting events I covered. I look forward to sharing that experience. In the meantime, here are some comparisons:
 
Sigma 150-600 Sports vs. Sigma 150-500 OS (be sure to compare the long focal lengths)
Sigma 150-600 Sports vs. Tamron 150-600 VC Lens
Sigma 150-600 Sports vs. Canon 100-400mm L IS II Lens
 
Demand is still outstripping supply of this lens right. If you want a 150-600 Sports lens in your kit, the best option is to get in line at B&H.
Post Date: 4/27/2015 7:27:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 24, 2015
Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens review.
 
Great lens, though I doubt it will become highly popular on the APS-C format.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens in stock.
Post Date: 4/24/2015 8:03:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 23, 2015
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens review.
 
As with the 1Ds III test results for this lens, the "Sample 1" lens shows results without the internal 1.4x extender in the optical path (except for the first set of 560mm results). The "Sample 2" results show the built-in 1.4x extender included in the optical path for all images.
 
Even with the high-density 7D II sensor behind it, the 200-400 L performs very impressively.
 
While this is still not an inexpensive lens, the recent $800 price drop definitely makes it more affordable. B&H has the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens in stock.
 
Save an additional $1,700 on the 200-400 L
 
B&H a used 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens in "9" condition in stock. Buying used always involves some risk, but buying used from B&H with a "90-Day B&H Used Warranty" dramatically reduces that risk.
 
Browse the B&H Used Department to find other deals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 9:47:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
Image quality results from a second lens have been added to the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review.
 
The second lens is at least as awesome as the first.
 
B&H is taking orders for the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens with stock expected very soon.
 
Can't wait? Check Adorama (bundle) and Amazon has 1 lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/22/2015 9:02:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
By request, I have added two smaller lenses to the big lens comparison tool. Allowing a smaller lens to be placed beside one classified by the site's product image tool as "big" allows a better visualization of the size of the larger lenses.
 
The two selected "small" (relatively speaking) lenses are the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. These were selected because they are among the most likely lenses found in one's kit prior to stepping up to one of the big guns (and I have them in my own kit, meaning they were immediately available). Those looking at Nikon lenses can still use the smaller Canon lenses for comparison purposes as these are very similar to their closest Nikon equivalents in size.
 
Also now available are the standard images for the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens. Here is a comparison placing the DO II between the two just-added smaller lenses:
 
Canon 70-200 vs. 400 DO II vs. 100-400 L II
 
Because of its size, the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens does not fit in the frame of the standard product image comparison and I must declare it "big". This lens now has product images available in the big lens image comparison tool.
 
Responsive Design
 
As I mentioned before, I have implemented "responsive design" on the site. Browsing the site on smaller devices including phones and tablets should be easier since the initial update. Many additional improvements are now implemented including most of the tools now being mobile-ready. One exception that remains is the Lens Image Quality Comparison Tool. Since looking at 100% resolution crops is the primary purpose of this tool, letting images resize to a smaller browser viewport is defeating to its purpose. Until I come up with the right solution, I'll let this one break out of the browser window size.
 
Up Next
 
Look for the 400 DO II review to be completed early next week. I have a second copy of the Sigma 150-600 Sports Lens coming in this week. That lens will be the next priority on the to-do list. The Sigma 150-600 Contemporary Lens should also be arriving any day now. There is a lot of interest in telephoto zoom lenses right now and I'm anxious to see how these new lenses compare to the previously available Canon 100-400 L IS II and the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens.
Post Date: 4/21/2015 8:18:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 16, 2015
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens review.
 
The 24-105 L IS is probably my most-ever-used lens. And the best-ever deal I've ever seen on this lens is available right now at the Canon Store. They have this lens in refurbished (like new) condition for only $530.78.
 
Prefer new? B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/16/2015 9:09:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Just posted: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
This lens turns in best-available 24mm optical performance in a very attractive package at an eye-catching price.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder with "Coming Soon" being the expectation.
Post Date: 4/14/2015 8:42:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 8, 2015
 Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens review page.
 
You are going to like what you see – this lens does not disappoint in this test. Here are some comparisons:
 
Canon 400mm DO IS II compared to the 400mm DO IS (version I)
 
Note the significant contrast improvement over the original 400 DO. The blacks are obviously darker. The difference in sharpness remains clear even at f/5.6. The II's reduction in CA is also worth mentioning as is the with-extender performance.
 
Canon 400mm DO IS II compared to the 400mm f/2.8L IS II
 
Both lenses in this comparison are initially set to wide open apertures. I give the f/2.8 version a slight advantage in this comparison, but keeping perspective, we are comparing the DO II to an amazing lens. At f/4, the f/2.8 L IS II, assisted by some vignetting clearing, shows a slightly bigger advantage. Good luck finding a sharpness difference at f/5.6.
 
Canon 400mm DO IS II compared to the 400mm f/5.6L (initially set to both lenses wide open)
 
Canon 400mm DO IS II compared to the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II (initially set to both lenses wide open)
 
B&H has the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/7/2015 9:52:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review.
 
No surprises here. This lens performs very well even on the high-density 7D II sensor, hopefully foreshadowing a great performance on the incoming Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R. Being realistic, with the great price/performance ratio of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens, most APS-C users would be better off buying a full frame DSLR and the 16-35 f/4L IS.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for preorder with "Coming Soon" as the expectation.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 7:54:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 30, 2015
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
The balance of the standardized test results (distortion, flare and vignetting) along with measurements and product images (standard and eye candy) have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens review page.
 
Note that the first image quality link in my last Sigma 24 Art post inadvertently showed results for the 7D Mark II instead of the full frame 1Ds Mark III. If you didn't catch that, check the Image quality results again.
 
As I said in the last post, my goal is to complete this review within a week. Stay tuned.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder with "coming soon" being the expectation for arrival.
Post Date: 3/30/2015 9:26:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 27, 2015
NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II
I mentioned that I used a NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II for the capture of my yesterday-posted royal tern photo. Today I posted a short review of that useful tool.
 
B&H has the NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II in stock.
Post Date: 3/27/2015 9:28:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 26, 2015
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Image quality results from the 1Ds III and 7D II have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens review page.
 
I am a member of the waiting-for-the-24-Art-Lens club. I have been very anxious to see what level of performance this lens would turn in. Though the chart used in the image quality test is tough on a lens' performance, it mirrors what I am seeing in real world results. While I am not amazed by this lens' wide open performance, it is at least as good as the FAR-more-expensive Canon 24mm f/1.4L II and it is razor sharp when stopped down slightly.
 
Here are some comparisons:
 
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Canon 24mm f/1.4L II Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. EF-S Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Nikon 24mm f/1.4G Lens (different camera systems)
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Sigma 24mm f/1.4 EX Lens
 
I hope to have this full review completed in the next week or so. Stay tuned.
 
Initial inventory of the 24mm Art lens did not satisfy preorders. B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder with "coming soon" as the expected arrival date.
Post Date: 3/26/2015 10:04:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Just posted: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
I was looking forward to giving this lens a try and it didn't disappoint in most areas including image quality.
 
The early popularity of this lens has kept it out of stock at most retailers. B&H has just received a shipment of the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens and is showing in stock at the moment. I doubt that this stock will last very long – don't wait to order if you want this lens.
 
Other in stock options: At least one lens is available at Amazon and several are available on eBay right now.
Post Date: 3/25/2015 9:00:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens review.
 
To say that this is an awesome lens seems like an understatement.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2015 8:36:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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