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 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
 Monday, June 03, 2013
Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Lens
The Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens Review is now available.
 
Note that this lens, like the other Samyang lenses, is (or likely will be) also sold under Rokinon, Bower, Pro-Optic and Walimex brand names.
Post Date: 6/3/2013 8:32:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens
Image quality samples (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops) and distortion test results are now available on the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Review page.
 
Check out the difference in "Aperture Max by Focal Length" between this lens and the non-PZD predecessor in the lens specifications and measurements tool.
Post Date: 5/30/2013 8:47:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens
The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens Review page has been updated to incorporate the newly-available information about this lens.
 
Links to the USA and UK press releases, the development announcements and also to some early user reports are provided.
 
I am very optimistic about the image quality that this lens is going to deliver and excited about what this lens will do for me.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/15/2013 11:37:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 13, 2013
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
The full Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review is now available.
 
I'll be adding this lens to the Canon general purpose lens recommendations page. I had trouble getting a good copy, but the lens I now have lens delivers excellent image quality.
Post Date: 5/14/2013 8:50:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 06, 2013
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Lens
Standard test results (ISO 12233 resolution chart/image quality, flare, distortion, vignetting, specs & measurements) have been added to the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Lens review page.
 
The new Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Lens, the "| A" version, is a significant upgrade from the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens, the "EX" version, in terms of build quality. Unfortunately, the image quality has not been so upgraded.
Post Date: 5/6/2013 9:41:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 02, 2013
Canon EOS Rebel T4i
Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 600D and Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens reviews.
 
I know, those reviews were completed long ago. It's just that I finally was able to take the time necessary to get the photos onto the site. Both sets of pictures are the same - just view one of the galleries.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/2/2013 8:52:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 01, 2013
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