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 Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Just posted: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Review.
 
Sorry for being a little slow in getting this review finished. I've been having too much fun ... "testing" ... all aspects of this lens just to be "certain" that it was as good as I thought. ;)
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? Amazon has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM in stock. Also, the Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
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Post Date: 10/7/2015 9:05:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Resolution results have been added to the Canon EOS M3 page.
 
The EOS M3, Rebel T6i and Rebel T6s have identical sensor and image processor components, so it is not surprising that they also share identical resolution. That is a very positive aspect of the little M3.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M3 in stock with a $100.00 instant rebate.
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Post Date: 10/6/2015 7:39:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 2, 2015
PhotoPlus Expo 2015 is right around the corner and I am of course wondering if any new Canon products might be seen at this show. With Canon recently deleting a couple of older lenses from their lineup, the timing seemed right to re-compute the 10 oldest Canon lens list.
 
#ModelYear Introduced
1Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy1987
2Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy1991
3Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
4Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
5Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1992
6Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy1992
7Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy1993
8Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy1993
9Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy1995
10Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1995

 
The bottom 10 list is always ripe with good speculation material. I'll fabricate some rumors to get us started.
 
Knocking #1 off of the list right away: holding the third-least-popular position does not bode well for a 50mm f/2.5 macro lens replacement. Perhaps a new 50mm f/1.4 with 1:1/1x macro capabilities (similar to the 24-70mm f/4L IS or at least with a dedicated extension tube) will arrive and eliminate this lens from the list?
 
The referenced 50mm f/1.4 is number 7 on this list. This lens is a perennial favorite, but it is showing strong signs of aging. Its replacement should be more than just the same optical design in a modernized body. To be positioned adequately above the 50mm f/1.8 STM, this lens should have improved wide-aperture image quality and fast Ring USM AF. Adding image stabilization would vault this lens' popularity.
 
The 85 f/1.8 and 100 f/2 (#5 and #2 respectively) are good value lenses now. Modernize their build, modestly improve the optics and add image stabilization to get a pair of must-have primes.
 
When Canon introduced the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens, most of us expected to see the TS-E 45mm and TS-E 90mm lenses (#3 and #4 on the list) to be next-replaced. We've been waiting for that announcement for about 6 years now. That these two lenses hold the last two positions on the site's popularity list may explain why we haven't seen these updates. That a product refresh would launch them off of the bottom positions could easily be argued.
 
The 20mm f/2.8? This is not a popular lens and ... I don't remember ever hearing anyone wanting a replacement for it. Improve the image quality, modernize the design and add IS for, minimally, a better seller. Make the focal length wider for more-increased popularity.
 
The 28 f/1.8 is only very slightly more popular than the 20 f/2.8 and ... I don't hear demand for its replacement either.
 
Do nothing other than add image stabilization to the 400 f/5.6L and huge quantities of this lens would be flowing from the warehouses.
 
Bonus speculation: The Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens is due for replacement. This lens hit my radar because the year introduced spec is blank in our database, causing it to sort above numbers in my query (placing it in first place on this list). I know that you love that silver ring, but ... the low cost full frame telephoto zoom lens position is ripe to be filled by an image stabilized EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 STM Lens with modernized build design. Add it to the 6D via a kit or a bundle rebate.
 
What do you think?!
 
What do you think will happen to the lenses on this list? Let us know in the comments!
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Post Date: 10/2/2015 7:14:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 1, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II and the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III behind the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens are now available on the site.
 
These new results allow direct comparison of the 35 L II with a large number of other lenses. One comparison of interest is the Canon 35 f/1.4L II compared to the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens.
 
What is still the case: B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
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Post Date: 10/1/2015 7:49:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review.
 
Small, light, stabilized and performing well (especially with CA corrected). B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens in stock with a $50.00 instant rebate available.
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Post Date: 9/30/2015 8:35:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Image quality results from a second copy of the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens are now available on the site. The new results are shown under lens sample "1". A comparison between the two lens copies is preloaded into the first link.
 
Still to come are test results from the EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, allowing direct comparisons with lenses tested on those bodies.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
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Post Date: 9/29/2015 10:58:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 28, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review.
 
This small, light lens is a great performer and is definitely 5Ds-ready. Take out the easy-to-correct CA for really impressive performance.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock with a $50.00 instant rebate (note that B&H checkout is not available until Tues 9/29 2:00 PM EDT).
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Post Date: 9/28/2015 10:06:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 25, 2015
The 35 L II has grown physically over the 35 L I, but as illustrated in this comparison image, most will not likely find the new size to be a differentiator when comparing like-specification lenses. The new lens' weight is also higher, but again, not likely higher enough to influence decisions.
 
ModelWeightDimensions w/o HoodFilterYear 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens26.8 oz(760g)3.2 x 4.2"(80.4 x 105.5mm)72mm2015
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens20.5 oz(580g)3.1 x 3.4"(79.0 x 86.0mm)72mm1998
Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens21.2 oz(600g)3.3 x 3.5"(83 x 89.5mm)67mm2010
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 US UMC Lens23.3 oz(660g)3.3 x 4.4"(83 x 111mm)77mm2011
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens23.5 oz(665g)3.0 x 3.7"(77 x 94mm)67mm2012
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens29.7 oz(840g)3.1 x 3.9"(78 x 99.3mm)72mm2010

 
Distortion and flare results along with standardized product images are now available on the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens page.
 
On a side note, the complete range of standard results and measurements (sans product images) are now available on the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.
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Post Date: 9/25/2015 8:46:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 24, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens page.
 
We currently have two copies of the 35mm f/1.4 L II lens going through the lab. Results from both will be posted with at least one of the lenses being tested on the EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, allowing direct comparisons with lenses tested on those bodies.
 
This is a very sharp lens. The contrast at f/1.4 looks great.
 
As I noted yesterday, B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
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Post Date: 9/24/2015 9:08:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 23, 2015
MTF average and variance charts are now available on the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens page.
 
You are going to like what you see! The new lens is looking impressive. Here is the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II vs. I lens comparison. There are many more interesting comparisons to be made – use the tool to find them.
 
Special thanks to Roger at Olaf Optical Testing for the quick delivery of these charts! LensRentals.com has the 35mm L II ready to ship today. Simply hit the "Rent" button on the MTF tool page to give this lens a try.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
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Post Date: 9/23/2015 9:39:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review.
 
Great lens. B&H has the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens in stock with a $300.00 instant rebate available.
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Post Date: 9/23/2015 9:12:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Review.
 
Note that Canon does not officially support extenders being used with the 70-300 L lens. However, with-extender results are included in the image quality results for this lens. As this lens is extended to increase focal length, adequate space becomes available for extenders, with their protruding front elements, to physically mount. Care must be taken when using these lens combinations as impact will occur if the 70-300 L is retracted (zoomed out) far enough with an extender mounted behind it.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 9/22/2015 8:13:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 21, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.
 
Based on the requests we have been receiving for test results, the new Tokina 11-20mm has the interest of many. This APS-C format-only lens appears similar in build and specs to the shorter focal length range Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens. While an image quality comparison between these two lenses (and many others) is available, discernment between test cameras models must be made.
 
B&H has the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens in stock with a $50 instant rebate available.
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Post Date: 9/21/2015 8:18:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 18, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Review.
 
This useful lens is relatively small, light and, with a wide aperture paired with image stabilization, is handholdable in very low light levels.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens in stock with a $50.00 instant rebate available.
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Post Date: 9/18/2015 9:34:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 17, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and 1Ds III along with flare, distortion and vignetting test results, MTF measurements and specs/measurements are now available on the Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens page.
 
If you have used Tokina's other zoom lenses featuring the push/pull AF/MF switching mechanism, this lens will feel familiar in your hands.
 
B&H has the Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens in Nikon mount in stock with the Canon mount available for order.
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Post Date: 9/17/2015 9:27:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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