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 Monday, September 23, 2013
Macro Feather Picture
I have added 40 new sample pictures to the site. The samples come from a wide range of cameras and lenses. Subject matter is equally diverse.
Post Date: 9/23/2013 11:20:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 20, 2013
Airplane Over Harvest Moon at 1680mm
I decided that, with a clear sky, I was going to stack a pair of extenders to the back of my Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS II USM Lens and capture the "Harvest Moon" (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox).
 
Stacking a Canon EF 1.4x Extender with a Canon EF 2x Extender requires a 12mm extension tube to be mounted between the two – to make the fit possible. The result is 600mm x 2 x 1.4 = 1680mm = Wow!
 
While you should not expect amazing image quality from this setup, the tight angle of view delivered by 1680mm is quite amazing. So tight that tracking the moon through the frame is a constant task. And, avoiding vibrations is a challenge. I opted to use mirror lockup with the 10 second self-timer to make sure that the camera fully settled down before the shutter release.
 
I was trying different exposure settings and verifying the results on the LCD. During one such check, I saw a black spot on the moon. My first thought was that I had a piece of dust on my sensor. Zooming in revealed otherwise.
 
I live well over an hour from the nearest large airport. The sky was black and I had no idea that there were any airplanes in the area. Using the 10 second timer, with the narrow angle of view, meant that I was predicting where the moon would be in the frame at shutter release. Not only did the airplane happen to cross the moon at the exact time of the shutter release, it happened to be in a perfect location over the moon. The timing was divine.
 
This image is an un-touched and uncropped (but reduced in size of course) conversion of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW file. Photography is so fun.
Post Date: 9/20/2013 9:34:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 19, 2013
Pennsylvania Capitol Building
Today's sample pictures were captured with the Canon EOS M (review). Because most of these pictures were taken with the Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, that review now also has sample pictures available.
 
Note that the EOS M is available through Amazon.com for a great price.
 
Also, a few sample pictures from the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A Lens and the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens are also on the site.
Post Date: 9/19/2013 8:49:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Pennsylvania Capitol Building
Today's sample pictures were captured with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D (review). Because some of these pictures were taken with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, that review now also has sample pictures available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2013 8:53:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens is one of the most exciting lenses to appear in long time. I have added some sample images captured with this lens to the review.
Post Date: 9/17/2013 7:07:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 16, 2013
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
I've added a few sample pictures to the last two Sigma 120-300mm OS Lens Reviews. Remember, the "Sports" version of the Sigma 120-300 OS is the newer lens and is capable of matching or exceeding the samples shown for the older "DG" lens, so check out both sets.
 
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM "Sports" Lens
Post Date: 9/16/2013 10:51:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 13, 2013
Canon EOS 70D Sample Pictures
The whole point of having camera gear is to take pictures. And posting pictures is one of those tasks I'm significantly backlogged on right now. To make a tiny dent in the project, I have added a handful of Canon EOS 70D sample pictures to the review.
 
I usually try to add educational and/or interesting commentary to the photos. Be sure to look AND read.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/13/2013 8:36:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 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
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