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 Thursday, January 30, 2014
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
Just posted: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review
 
If you read the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review, you are already familiar with the ST-E3-RT. Basically, extract the 600EX-RT's radio wireless system, LCD, switch panel and foot, and put them in a housing just large enough to hold those parts and two AA batteries. What you have is an ST-E3-RT.
 
The ST-E3-RT is a great addition to a radio wireless flash kit. For an instant kit, get the Canon ST-E3-RT Transmitter & 2 Speedlite 600EX-RT Kit at B&H for $1,119.95 with free shipping. Basically, you are buying an ST-E3-RT and getting two 600EX-RT Speedlites for $416.48 each.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/30/2014 8:36:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens
You better get a tissue and, if you are in public, rest your chin on your hand to avoid the embarrassment of being seen with your mouth wide open, because the image quality of the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens is jaw-dropping and drool-worthy.
 
You will now find image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs, measurements and eye candy available on the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens review page. Results in all of the tests are best-in-class.
 
Let B&H satisfy the Zeiss 135mm craving I'm sure that you now have.
Post Date: 1/29/2014 8:59:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sunwayfoto-Panoramic-Setup
by Sean Setters
 
Those of you who have been following the site will know that I recently upgraded everything relating to support – new tripod (Induro 8X CT314), ballhead (Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1), and Arca-Swiss style plates and clamps. But doing so left me with a bit of a problem.
 
For the past few months I had been thoroughly enjoying shooting panoramic images with my Manfrotto 303plus Panoramic Head and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens. However, shooting panos was cumbersome (at best). Using the panoramic head meant changing out my regular ballhead every time I wanted to shoot panos. If I wanted to be able to shoot normal images and panos in the same outing, I had to bring tools to do the replacement in the field. And the 303plus was no picnic travel with; it was heavy, bulky, and just plain awkward to lug around because of its shape.
 
But now let me step back just a bit. Why do you need a specialized head just to capture panoramic images? Couldn't you just rotate the camera on the tripod and get the same results?
 
Well, not exactly. The issue with trying to create panoramic images with a standard head is that the images don't stitch together very well. Because you aren't rotating the camera & lens around its nodal point, you get parallax errors which make stitching significantly more challenging and time consuming. Basically, things simply don't line up.
 
A panoramic head allows you to move the camera so that the pivoting occurs over the lens's nodal point thereby elminiating parallax errors and leading to easier (and less time consuming) stitching. If time is money, then a panoramic setup is worth its weight in gold.
 
After some research, I found a few products that, once assembled, would replicate the functionality of the 303plus head while giving me several other benefits:
 
The new pano rig...

  • Simply clamps into my existing ballhead using an Arca-Style plate. No more changing out heads everytime I want to do a pano.
  • Is smaller, lighter and less bulky than the 303plus (largely due to my camera's newly installed L-bracket).
  • Is cheaper than most pre-fabricated pano heads.
  • Is faster to level through a simple ballhead adjustment. The 303plus required leveling the setup by adjusting tripod's legs.

If you're keeping score, that's a win-win-win-win.

Manfrotto 303plus vs Sunwayfoto Pano Setup

Components of the new setup:

  1. Sunwayfoto DP-60 60mm QR Plate [$23.00]
  2. Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator [$119.00]
  3. Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp [$55.00]
  4. Sunwayfoto DPG-210 Multi-Purpose Rail [$49.00]
  5. Sunwayfoto DDB-53 Bidirectional Clamp [$59.00]

Thats a solid panoramic setup for $305.00 (and significantly cheaper than many pre-made pano rigs). If you don't already have an L-bracket, then you'll only be able to shoot in landscape orientation. The L-bracket gives you the option to use a portrait orientation for more vertical real estate in your pano. One limitation of this setup is that you can't shoot 360-degree spherical panoramas with it; but for standard panoramas, it works very well.
 
Keep in mind that there are options for swapping several of the components above. I originally purchased the Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp to use in my BlackRapid to Arca-Swiss Plate conversion, but found that the longer tension screw handle allowed the clamp to fit perfectly on the Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator. If I were buying the compenents again, I'd probably pick up a Sunwayfoto Discal Clamp 64mm With Long Handle instead. You can also purchase a longer rail if you want to shoot with a larger lens. However, make sure that your ballhead can support the weight of a moderately heavy camera/lens combination in an offset position. You can even forgo getting the Indexing Rotator & QR plate and simply rotate the rail/bi-directional clamp via your ballhead's panning base for an especially inexpensive setup. That said, I prefer using the Indexing Rotator for easy, consistent capture.
 
All in all, I'm really happy with my new pano setup. The Sunwayfoto products seem well-made and durable. A few days ago I created a 360-degree panorama in a local business, The Lamp & Lighthouse (click image to view a larger version):

The Lamp and Lighthouse Panoramic Image

I shot the panarama above using a 5D Mark III and the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. I corrected the lens distortion with PTLens (although some distortion still exists), stitched the pano using Hugin and polished it up in Photoshop CC.
 
Tip: When leveling your setup, ignore the bubble levels on your gear. Depending on design tolerances, bubble levels can be anywhere from "pretty close" to "completely useless." Use your camera's built-in electronic level for the best results.

Post Date: 1/28/2014 7:39:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 27, 2014
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Selfie (Self Lit)
Just posted: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review
 
I've been using Canon's newest flash system for over a year and can easily say that it is their best ever. The radio wireless control along with other improvements make the 600EX-RT a very solid upgrade from any EX flash kit including those utilizing the Canon Speedlite 580EX II.
 
B&H has the Speedlite 600EX-RT in stock. Buy the two flash plus transmitter kit and save over $100.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/27/2014 10:43:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 10, 2014
Canon Flash
Adding to the photography gear comparison tools available on the site is the new Flash Product Images page.
 
Here you will find images of many recent Canon flashes and flash transmitters along with the ability to visibly compare them with any other included model (similar to the Lens Product Images page). Access to this tool is, as usual, found on the main tools page and from within individual flash reviews.
 
Please note that some of the older images in this tool were not captured to the precision of my current standards, so there may be a very slight size difference in size and/or alignment accuracy shown in some comparisons. The feature differences are quite clear.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/10/2014 9:02:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 06, 2014
Canon Flash Comparison
The latest addition to the site is the Flash Specifications Comparison tool.
 
Use this tool to compare any recent Canon flash model to any other recent Canon flash model. Use the comparisons to assist your purchase decision-making process. Share flash comparisons with your friends and forums. Or just compare flashes for the fun of it.
 
For a specific example, I'll preload a comparison that I am looking at right now: the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash compared to the Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash.
 
You will find a link to this tool under the "Tools" menu option, on the Tools page and in the individual Flash Reviews.
 
As always, let us know if you see any errors/omissions or have ideas for improving the tool.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/6/2014 11:32:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Sample Picture
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Review.
Post Date: 12/31/2013 8:24:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 30, 2013
 Monday, December 23, 2013
Camera Lens
The Lens Product Images Comparison Tool and Big Lens Product Images Comparison Tool have been updated to show up to three lenses at the same time.
 
This unique tool is very simple to use. Select up to three of the hundreds of lenses in our database and select the size you want the images displayed at. Then drag your mouse over the lens setting options (just above the lens images) to see the similarities and differences in the selected lenses.
Post Date: 12/23/2013 10:15:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens
Just posted: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens Review
 
The Zeiss 50 f/2 delivers the sharpest 50mm f/2 images of any near-50mm lens I've used to date. And the build quality of this lens is equally impressive.
Post Date: 12/23/2013 8:55:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15
Just Posted: Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15 Review
 
A product named "Brain", sent by "Brian" and reviewed by "Bryan". Hopefully you will find the review considerably less confusing.
Post Date: 12/18/2013 8:19:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Contemporary Lens
Image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops), flare, vignetting and distortion results along with eye candy are now available on the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Contemporary Lens Review page.
 
I'm not certain if or when I will get time to complete a full review of this lens, but hopefully the test results will provide the information you need to know.
Post Date: 12/17/2013 7:57:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 16, 2013
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens
Just Posted: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Review
 
Learn how Sigma's latest entry into the 24-70 f/2.8 market performs.
Post Date: 12/16/2013 10:37:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens
Just Posted: Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Review
 
In the 24-105 OS, Sigma has given us another great Global Vision lens. This lens is definitely worth consideration for needs in this focal length range.
Post Date: 12/12/2013 10:48:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
Image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops), vignetting and distortion results along with eye candy are now available on the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
 
I'm not certain if or when I will get time to complete a full review of this lens, but hopefully the test results will provide the information you need to know.
 
Update: Under the first clear day we've seen in several weeks, flare tests results have been captured and are also now available.
Post Date: 12/11/2013 8:39:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens on Tripod
These are the results I've been anxiously awaiting: the ISO 12233 resolution chart crops from the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens.
 
I used the lens a good amount over this past weekend and am really liking it so far.
Post Date: 11/26/2013 7:42:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 25, 2013
Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens
The Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Review page is now loaded with eye candy. More information about this lens coming soon.
Post Date: 11/25/2013 9:25:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 22, 2013
Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens
Standard test results, including image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops), flare, light fall-off, distortion and measurements & specs, are now available for the Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/22/2013 10:52:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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