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 Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Spiffy Gear Light Blaster
Lighting Master Sean Setters is today sharing the latest weapon in his portrait arsenal with us. Fuel your creativity with the Spiffy Gear Light Blaster!
Post Date: 9/11/2013 9:09:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Canon EOS 70D Electronic Level
I am LOVING the always-on Canon EOS 70D viewfinder level indicator. This feature marks a great step forward in resolution of my HLDS (Horizon Level Deficiency Syndrome).
 
Some of the other recent Canon DSLR Cameras have a viewfinder level indicator that utilizes existing focus points or the exposure scale at the bottom of the viewfinder to show the camera's state of levelness. This feature has been extremely useful to me.
 
But, as soon as I half-press the shutter release, the level indication goes away. I am relied upon to maintain the camera's levelness as I focus, adjust framing and then shoot. To compensate, I often focus, switch to manual focus mode, frame, turn on the level indicator and then take the shot. I of course need to remember to turn AF back on before shooting the next scene.
 
I maintain a Canon wish list (it might show up again as a "What I Want from Canon for Christmas" post). Having a viewfinder level indicator that continues to function up until the shutter release has been on my list.
 
With it's always-on (when metering is live), easy-to-see, dedicated, superimposed viewfinder level indicator, the EOS 70D solves that problem. It is even available during AI Servo full frame rate burst shooting (if I can maintain the brain power to use it). While this feature seems minor and insignificant, the small improvement can make a difference in the quality of your images if pixel-level-destructive image rotation is no longer required during post processing. Having properly-leveled images right out of the camera can also save many hours of work after a big shoot.
 
Now, Canon, would it be too much to ask to have the viewfinder level in the previous so-equipped DSLRs remain live until shutter release via a firmware update? My EOS 5D Mark III bodies especially need it!
 
And while I'm asking. For the times when I still don't get the camera level ... Since the camera knows the level reading at the time the shot was captured, record the level meter reading in EXIF and then give me an option to auto-level the image in DPP (Canon's Digital Photo Pro software).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/4/2013 10:53:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Canon EOS 70D Top View
I have added a high ISO noise comparison between 8 Canon DSLR Cameras to the site. Included of course is the new Canon EOS 70D.
 
Note that this comparison requires a heavy file download. To make the primary review pages more mobile friendly, the color block tests are now residing on their own pages. Those viewing from slow or mobile connections can now choose whether or not to view the high bandwidth-requiring pages while reading a DSLR review. I will include image quality commentary on both pages with instructions on how to skip the commentary on the review page if the comparison page was viewed.
 
Purchase Opportunities:
The Canon EOS 70D is now in stock: Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/3/2013 8:42:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 29, 2013
Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 70D results have been added to the site's Image Quality tool. These results show the resolution of the 70D's sensor along with the base level of sharpness Canon has dialed in.
 
The IQ tool link above will load a comparison to the Canon EOS 60D. The 70D is looking very nice against the 60D with just-the-right amount of improved sharpness. Increasing sharpness *can* increase noise levels. I'll have that comparison available for you soon.
 
The other 70D comparison I find interesting is against the Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D. I find the T4i images to be slightly oversharpened even with a very low sharpness setting of "1". Look for the halos and jagged edges around the black details in the T4i's ISO 12233 chart test results. The 70D results, again, look just right. And, there is a noticeable resolution increase in subjects with fine details.
 
Add the 70D to Your MP3 Playlist
 
With a fast SDHC card, I am getting 20 frame bursts from the 70D. This camera rocks, so ... rock to the sound of this camera using the following MP3 files. All sounds clips illustrate the max burst rate and buffer depth of the respective cameras:
 
Canon EOS 70D Burst Mode
Burst Comparison: T4i, 60D, 70D and 7D
 
Now In Stock
 
The Canon EOS 70D is now in stock: Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/29/2013 12:37:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens
Image quality test results are now available on the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens Review page.
 
While the focal length range of this lens will not impress many, the f/1.8 aperture certainly will – and the build quality of this lens is also impressive. The image quality appears to be quite good. This lens is looking like another Sigma hit to me.
 
Preorder your Sigma 18-35mm at Adorama, in stock (third party) at Amazon.
Post Date: 7/30/2013 9:07:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 25, 2013
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM
The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM "Sports" Lens review is now available.
 
This lens is another great example of the overall improvements Sigma has been making as a company. Nice lens.
Post Date: 7/25/2013 9:52:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 18, 2013
Canon EOS M Camera
First, Canon USA did not announce the EF-M 11-22mm lens. Canon USA later stated that this lens is not going to be imported to the USA: "Thank you for your inquiry regarding the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. We can certainly understand the confusion surrounding this release! Unfortunately, this specific lens will not be sold or serviced by Canon USA."
 
Then the big retailers dropped the EOS M price to an insane level.
 
Then the EOS M was marked as discontinued at Adorama. Adorama confirmed to me that their buyer's understanding is that EOS M has indeed been discontinued.
 
This, however, is in contrast to what my Canon USA PR rep is telling me: "The EOS M is not a discontinued product and this is also true for the lenses associated with this product." Canon USA will of course not disclose any future plans.
 
We are left to speculate the future of the M.
 
If Adorama's buyers are right, it seems strange to have two EF-M lenses available without a camera to sell them with. Is a new EOS M coming soon? Next week will mark the 1 year announcement anniversary of the EOS M, but I've only had my first-available "M" since November. This camera is not very old.
 
But, what the EOS M cameras need is the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF Canon has recently announced as coming in the Canon EOS 70D. Although the EOS M's AF performance is much improved with the recent firmware update, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF would make it an even better camera. So, introducing a new M model makes a lot of sense.
 
Introducing a "new" lens along with a new camera also makes sense – this happens frequently. Also having precedent is bringing a "new" lens to the USA after it has been available elsewhere in the world. I'm of course referring to the EF-M 11-22.
 
What makes sense to me is the introduction of an EOS M II featuring Dual Pixel CMOS AF and at the same time, announcing the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens in the USA.
 
Amazingly still in stock is the Canon EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm Lens at Amazon – for $349.00 shipped. And the Canon EOS M with EF-M 22mm Lens for $299.00 shipped is available for backorder. Jump on this awesome deal if you have not already done so. Start your Christmas shopping early.
 
Read the Canon EOS M review for more information on this extremely good camera value.
 
Just because Canon USA is not importing the EF-M 11-22mm lens to the USA doesn't mean USA residents cannot get this lens. DigitalRev will be happy to send you one.
 
Side note: Your browser zoom setting has probably not changed. I increased the font size of much of the text on the site, including the Site Index page, to make reading easier. Spacing between lines of text is also slightly increased. Most in-text links now have a blue color to make them easier to identify. Hopefully you find the changes to be improvements. Thanks for your support!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/18/2013 10:33:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Camera
* Not my normal review
 
Perhaps the biggest Rebel T5i/700D upgrade from the T4i/650D is the name. The Canon Rebel T5i is practically identical to the Canon Rebel T4i, so I borrowed the T4i review to create the T5i review. I outline the differences between these two camera models at the top of the review. If you are familiar with the T4i review, you probably only need to read through the first bullet list.
 
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Review
 
Do I recommend buying the T5i over the T4i? Yes, definitely. But the biggest reason is price. The T5i body is priced $50.00 USD lower than the T4i body right now.
 
With a $50.00 - $200.00 instant rebate available, check out the Rebel T5i combo specials currently available at Adorama.
 
Worth noting is that the Canon EOS 60D body is currently $50.00 less than the Rebel T5i. And the refurbished 60D is a great deal at $170.00 USD less.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/17/2013 8:57:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 15, 2013
Sigma USB Lens Dock
Do you have or are you planning to get one or more of the new Sigma Global Vision lenses? Such as the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens or the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens?
 
If so, you need to know what the Sigma USB Dock can do for you.
Post Date: 7/15/2013 8:41:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 11, 2013
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
The full Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Review is now available in the Canon DSLR Camera Reviews section.
 
The SL1 is an impressive little camera. I really like it.
 
Adorama has a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2-Lens kit for $899.00 shipped after $200.00 instant rebate. Here is what is included in the kit:

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens
  • SanDisk Extreme 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
  • Canon 2400 Camera Gadget Bag, Black

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2013 11:20:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 08, 2013
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens
The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens is the first "Sports" model from Sigma's Global Vision lineup to hit the streets. The review page now has links to image quality, flare, vignetting and distortion test results along with product images and lens specs/measurements.
 
I'm still trying to find out exactly what is new with this lens, but the image quality of the lens in my hands right now is impressive – noticeably better than my previous version lens (comparison).
Post Date: 7/8/2013 8:53:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Canon has published a list of lenses that have limited compatibility with the 70D's new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. Here is that list:

EF 14mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5
EF 24mm f/1.4L USMEF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5A
EF 100mm f/2.8 MacroEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6
EF 400mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 PZ
EF 500mm f/4.5L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM
EF 600mm f/4L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 II
EF 1200mm f/5.6L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5
EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6
EF 20-35mm f/2.8LEF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USMEF 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5
EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM
EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 IIEF 70-210mm f/4
EF 28-80mm f/2.8-4L USMEF 75-300mm f/4-5.6
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6EF 80-200mm f/2.8L
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USMEF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IIEF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II USMEF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 III USMEF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IV USMEF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 V USMEF 100-200mm f/4.5A
EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USMEF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USMEF 100-300mm f/5.6
EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6EF 100-300mm f/5.6L
EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6 USM 


 
My understanding is that the "limited compatibility" lenses will be able to autofocus in Live View using the more-conventional contrast detection method, but they will not support the new Dual Pixel AF. The reason is likely due to a lack of capability in the lens' CPU.

 Friday, June 28, 2013
Canon EOS M with EF 600mm L II IS Lens
Just a quick piece of advice: If you have not installed firmware version 2.0.2 on your Canon EOS M, move that task up on your to-do list. I'm not ready to say that convetional phase detection AF is dead, but ... the M focuses very noticeably faster with this update – it is a worthwhile install.
 
If AF speed was holding you back from purchasing an "M", you may want to reconsider that decision.
 
Get your "M" at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/28/2013 9:29:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 27, 2013
Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review is now live on the site.
 
Reviewing this lens on a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 at the same time as the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens on a Canon EOS 1D X was an exercise in extremes.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/27/2013 10:56:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 24, 2013
 Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS Lens Creative Tilt
Image quality results from a second Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens are now available on the site.
 
The second lens' results are displayed as sample "3" and "4". Read the Is This the World's Sharpest DSLR Zoom Lens? post to learn the details of this lens' image quality presentation.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2013 10:32:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 10, 2013
Canon EF 200-400mm 1.4x IS Lens
You can cross bad image quality off of your list of potential reasons to not get the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens. Because this lens totally rocks in that regard. Image quality results from the 200-400mm f/4 L IS Lens are now available on the site. These are among the best results I've ever seen from a zoom lens - or from any lens.
 
I'll let you decide if the 200-400 L bests the previous zoom lens image quality title holder, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens. Here is the 200mm comparison (use the mouseover or toggle buttons feature). Note that you are going to see some distortion differences in these results as the 70-200 is at its longest focal length and the 200-400 is set to its widest focal length. Also note that the 70-200 has a 1-stop wider aperture in this comparison. I'll let you decide if they would be more-fairly compared at equivalent (f/4) apertures (you can change the comparison tool settings if you vote this way).
 
There are some things you need to know about the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens image quality test results. The built-in extender with external extender compatibility complicates complete image quality presentation of this lens in our tool. So, here is what we are showing.
 
The first tested copy of this lens (we have two right now) is presented as two lens samples – sample "1" and "2". Sample "1" is tested at all focal lengths (including those with extenders) with the built-in extender switch set to 1.0x (not being used) with the only exception being the first of the two 560mm focal length tests – the one that indicates "1.4x Extender Int". Sample "2" results were all captured with the built-in extender in place – the switch was set to 1.4x with no exceptions. Sample "2" results showing one of the "III" extenders in use also had the built-in 1.4x in use. You will notice the ultra-high focal lengths in these results.
 
Here are some interesting comparisons that can be made:
 
Compare the image quality of the 200-400mm L lens at various focal lengths with and without the built-in extender in place by comparing lens sample "1" to lens sample "2". The with-extender image quality is really good, but there is a modest image quality penalty for using the extender. This is not unexpected from adding 8/4 elements/groups to the light path. Stop down 1 stop to eliminate most of that penalty.
 
Compare the image quality of the 200-400mm L lens' built in 1.4x extender to the external Canon 1.4x III Extender. The first difference I notice is that the internal extender appears to add pincushion distortion while the external extender adds a touch of barrel distortion. This difference is what would account for the difference in test chart detail sizes. Otherwise, I don't think you will see a difference in image quality between these two extenders used on this lens.
 
While extended focal lengths up to 1120mm are supported with Canon's blessings, I doubt that many will want to go to this extreme.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/10/2013 1:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 07, 2013
Canon Big White Lenses Spring 2013 Family Picture
With the new arrival now home, the Canon Big White L Lenses just had to have their spring 2013 family picture created (download larger images below).
 
Canon Big White Lenses with Hoods Spring 2013 Family Picture
 
Featured in these pictures, from left to right, are the following lenses:
 
Canon EF 200mm f/2 L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens
 
Download Larger Images
 
Download larger images for your wallpaper, physical wall – or just to get a closer look (grab a tissue to catch the drool):
 
No Hood | Hood
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/7/2013 12:31:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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