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 Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS 80D page.
 
In addition to the standard 80D test results, you will find 7 additional sets of results. The RAW-captured standard results utilize Canon's Digital Photo Professional Standard Picture Style with a sharpness setting of 1 (very low) and no noise reduction. The next two result sets utilize the default Standard Picture Style settings selected in-camera with standard noise reduction also selected, showing RAW vs JPG capture.
 
The MSNR results show the capability of Multi Shot Noise Reduction, also with the default Standard Picture Style and settings selected (JPG capture required). While MSNR shows great improvement (roughly 2 stops), it has limited usefulness in real world shooting. I'll explain more about this in the full review.
 
The next two result sets are labeled "Pushed". These images were created from the same baseline "Standard" results (no noise reduction, very light sharpening), but the brightness was pushed by 1 and 2 stops during post processing, simulating a severe underexposure situation. Similar results were added to the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and Canon EOS 70D tests for comparison purposes.
 
The last pair of results were acquired by underexposing and overexposing the original capture by 2 stops and then adjusting the results in Canon DPP by the same amount. The result is more noise and less noise respectively. The bright colors become muted in the overexposed capture due to blown color channels being darkened; but otherwise, these results show a benefit of ETTR (Exposing to the Right).
 
Here are some comparisons:
 
The next model down: EOS 80D vs. Rebel T6i/T6s)
The predecessor: EOS 80D vs. 70D
The next APS-C model up: EOS 80D vs. 7D Mark II
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 80D in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2016 8:59:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 24, 2016
Image quality have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.
 
We should expect this lens to deliver iamge quality similar to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. Here is the comparison: Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS USM vs IS STM Lens.
 
The 18-135 IS USM is a really nice lens to use - a pleasure to walk around with.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock. This lens is also available in the Canon EOS 80D kit, but unusual is that there is no savings over buying the lens and 80D separately.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2016 9:35:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The balance of our standard test results, including flare, distortion and vignetting, along with specs/measurements are now available on the have been added to the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.
 
Completing this review (including the standard product images) is a high priority for me, but ... I admit being distracted by the arrival of the Canon EOS 80D and the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. Sorry, I might have to finish these two reviews first. :)
 
B&H has the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2016 8:54:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Resolution chart results have been added to the Canon EOS 80D page.
 
With a higher pixel count on its sensor, the 80D is expected to outresolve the 70D, and it does. Here is the comparison: 70D vs. 80D. Sharpness remains similar.
 
While the EOS Rebel T6i and T6s share the same megapixel count, these two bodies do not have Dual Pixel AF, so there is likely a difference in their sensors. Still, the results appear the same to me: 80D vs. Rebel T6i.
 
Many more comparisons are available – build your own!
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 80D available for preorder with shipments expected to commence on Fri, Mar 25th.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/23/2016 6:20:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 21, 2016
With a Canon EOS 80D in my hands, the first task is to setup the camera for my use. Following are the 32 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box 80D ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. This is also a good time to grip the camera, taking in the new-camera grippyness that is right up there with new car smell.
  3. Download and install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes).
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to one other than fully auto (the GreenSquare A+ mode only provides a small subset of available menu options), C1, C2 or C3 (Custom modes do not retain settings for use in other modes).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "–"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses – all can be applied in DPP)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: 100-H(25600), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-6400
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details – I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  22. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Grid display: 3x3
  23. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  24. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Playback grid: 3x3
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  26. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  27. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Viewfinder display: Viewfinder level: Show, VF grid display: Show, Flicker detection: Show
  28. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  29. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: AI servo 1st image priority: Focus
  30. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: AI servo 2nd image priority: Focus
  31. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Pt only
  32. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB (back up near the top of the list)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS 80D
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2016 9:19:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 17, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Review.
 
The lens that overshadows this one in optical performance and versatility (and price) is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. Here is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L vs. f/2.8L IS II Lens comparison.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens in stock with a $100 instant rebate and 4% B&H rewards.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock with a $150 instant rebate and 4% B&H rewards.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/17/2016 9:24:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.
 
If you are shooting APS-C format and have been wanting an aperture wider than f/2.8 in focal lengths wider than 18mm, your only option has just arrived.
 
B&H has the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens in stock.
Post Date: 3/16/2016 8:42:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Just posted: UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head Review.
 
You may have noticed the UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head showing up on the gear list for the Philadelphia Skyline picture I posted yesterday. I have been using this head for a couple of months now and ... it is truly "unique" – in a good way.
 
B&H carries the UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head, expected in stock soon.
Post Date: 3/15/2016 9:17:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 14, 2016
Just posted: Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens Review.
 
You don't want surprises from a Zeiss Otus lens. Hopefully you will find none in this review.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens in stock.
Post Date: 3/14/2016 8:27:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 11, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Review.
 
I have long recommended the 70-200 f/4L as a good value lens. For a relatively low price, it has L-grade build and good image quality.
 
The bargain-priced Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens (on sale for $129.99 in refurbished condition at the Canon Store) is not the same grade lens and is APS-C-only, but it has image stabilization and has cast some shadow over this L lens in terms of bargain-ness. Here is the image quality comparison at 200mm f/5.6.
 
The other lens that has reduced interest in the 70-200mm f/4L is the IS variant, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens. In addition to adding the versatility of image stabilization, this lens has better image quality. Here is the 200mm image quality comparison. The IS version costs significantly more.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens in stock with a $50.00 instant rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/11/2016 9:08:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Just posted: Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
The Induro GIT304L Grand Series Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod offers significantly high quality and functionality for a value price.
 
B&H has the Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 3/9/2016 8:07:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Just posted: Gitzo GH3382QD Series 3 Center Ball Head Review.
 
This is easily among the best tripod heads I've used.
 
B&H has the Gitzo GH3382QD Series 3 Center Ball Head in stock. Alternatively, choose one of the smaller Gitzo Center Series Ball Heads.
Post Date: 3/8/2016 7:28:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 7, 2016
Just posted: Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash Review.
 
The smaller brother to the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash, the 430EX III-RT is a great-performing and very capable flash. This is a significant upgrade from the Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash.
 
B&H has the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash in stock with a $40 instant rebate.
 
Note that the 600EX-RT currently has an $80.00 instant rebate available. This is a great time to upgrade your flash kit.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/7/2016 7:23:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 3, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Review.
 
This lens has been in Canon's lineup since 2003, but still represents a decent value. The comparison needed to be made is the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L vs. 16-35mm f/4L IS lens. The 16-35 is more expensive, but ... worth the difference for most.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 instant rebate.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock, also with a $100.00 instant rebate. Now would be a great time to add this excellent lens to your kit.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/3/2016 10:44:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens page.
 
B&H has the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/2/2016 11:20:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Review.
 
The first comparison that comes to my mind is the EF-S 10-22mm USM vs. 10-18mm IS STM Lens comparison.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens in stock (a 9-rated used lens is also available for $399.95).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/2/2016 9:50:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 24mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens page.
 
The price of the Nikon 24mm f/1.8G is only about $100.00 less than the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art with both performing similarly at their widest apertures. The Sigma has a 2/3-stop wider aperture to its advantage; however, the Nikon 24mm's AF is likely more accurate.
 
B&H has the Nikon 24mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/1/2016 8:26:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 29, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review.
 
Lots of comparisons are able to be made using this lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock with a $150.00 instant rebate and 4% reward.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/29/2016 8:13:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4E AF-S DX VR Lens page.
 
The extra focal range and wider maximum aperture of this mid-range zoom will be tempting features for those wanting to upgrade their standard 18-55mm kit lens.
 
B&H has the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4E AF-S DX VR Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/23/2016 11:16:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 22, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 300mm f/4E AF-S PF VR Lens page.
 
The Nikon 300mm f/4E AF-S PF VR's optical design featuring a Phase Fresnel element allows it to weigh significantly less than similarly spec'd lenses. The result is a more travel-friendly (i.g., backpacking) telephoto option.
 
B&H has the Nikon 300mm f/4E AF-S PF VR Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/22/2016 9:37:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 16, 2016
I have significantly updated the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II page, sharing Canon-provided information and my expectations for this highly anticipated new model.
 
B&H is accepting Canon EOS-1D X Mark II preorders and I highly recommend preordering ASAP if you want to capture your spring sports with this model. Note the $300.00 instant savings on the kit with the CFast card included, making it the no-brainer choice.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/16/2016 10:41:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 15, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens page.
 
This is an interesting lens from several vantage points, including size, focal length range, max aperture and price.
 
B&H has the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/15/2016 8:42:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The balance of our standard test results, including specs and measurements, are now available on the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens page. Still to come are the product images in comparison format.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens in stock.
Post Date: 2/15/2016 9:54:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens page.
 
This lens is definitely ultra high resolution sensor ready.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens in stock (note: The Nikon mount lens is now in stock also).
Post Date: 2/10/2016 7:52:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Image quality results have been added to the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens page.
 
I think that everyone expected awesomeness from this lens and I think that we got it. Here are some comparisons you might find interesting:
 
Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Canon 24mm f/1.4L II Lens
Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Canon 35mm f/1.4L II Lens
Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Lens
 
There are many more comparisons available. Use one of those links to get started. Results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II will be available soon.
 
As with the other Otus lenses, price is going to be the biggest hurdle to one landing in your kit. B&H has the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens in stock (Nikon mount available for preorder).
Post Date: 2/9/2016 11:26:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Just posted: Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review | Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review.
 
I certainly can't claim timeliness on these reviews, but ... I have some insights to share with you including an emphasis on image quality. These are two very good cameras.
 
Note that, since the T6i and T6s are mostly the same, the T6s review focuses exclusively on the model differences.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and Canon EOS Rebel T6s in stock with kit instant rebates ranging from $150.00 - $300.00.
 
For a great deal, select one of the with-printer kits to qualify for a $350.00 MIR, bringing the potential rebate total to $650.00. This brings the final camera and lens cost down to as low as $649.00. Use the links above to find these.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/26/2016 10:15:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 14, 2016
You were shooting madly throughout the year and now, during the dark, cold months of winter, you have settled down to process and post your successes. The problem is that your desk is cold and that your wrist, where so many blood vessels are located, rests directly on that cold desk, radiating the coldness into your hand. When your hand is cold, your entire body feels cold.
 
My right hand is cold most of the winter. For years I have been hunting for a solution and until now, a variety of mouse pads with some insulation capability were the best solution I've come up with, but they fell far short of keeping my mouse hand warm.
 
On my latest search, I came across a heated mouse pad. While this is not the first such model I have found, it is the first one that didn't have some restrictive tent-like or glove-like structure over the pad. It was inexpensive, looked like it would work well for its primary function (a surface for the mouse), had a decent appearance (we're photographers – appearance matters) and I didn't deliberate very long before ordering one.
 
For the price, I didn't have very high expectations for build quality, but I was far from disappointed with what I got. The basic, nondescript, 8 7/8 x 10 1/4" (225 x 260mm) mousepad design features a smooth, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4" (197 x 248mm) matte aluminum surface (great for mouse friction and response) surrounded by matt black ABS plastic (white is optionally available). Four non-slip feet hold the pad in place.
 
Creating heat generally involves electricity or burning something and fortunately the designers chose the former option for this product. Included is an approximately 5' USB cable that appears designed to plug into and draw power from the computer's USB port.
 
Upon plugging in the USB cable, my Dell XPS laptop immediately informed me that a device was requesting more power than the port had available. I rely heavily on my laptop and that message sent a little chill down my spine, but no harm was done. I unplugged and instead used an A/C to USB wall outlet adapter.
 
The next issue was trying to decide which switch position on the provided USB cord was "On". This determination became easier when I realized that there was a faint blue light emanating around the port when the switch was in the "On" position.
 
As you would expect with a low-draw power source, the heat isn't instant. But, the warm-up time isn't bad and the amount of heat provided after warm-up seems ideal for me. The great news is that my wrist and hand now stay toasty warm on even the coldest days. Eventually, even the mouse even becomes slightly warmed, at least near its bottom.
 
With the heated mouse pad on my desk, winter has become a little brighter. Sometimes it is the little things that make life better and the heated mouse pad may have been the best money I have spent recently.
 
The heated mouse pad is available at Amazon.
Post Date: 1/14/2016 11:22:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
These sample pictures are primarily showing the background blur this lens is capable of creating at f/1.4 along with angle of view examples.
 
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2016 8:18:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 11, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review.
 
The focal length range is great.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2016 8:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 7, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.
 
How well does this 17 year old $299.00 zoom lens, featuring one of the first image stabilization systems, hold up under the scrutiny of the 5Ds R's 50 megapixel sensor? I'll let you answer that question.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/7/2016 8:23:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 4, 2016
Just posted: Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
This lens has no fear of the dark.
 
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Post Date: 1/4/2016 8:10:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 28, 2015
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens Review.
 
This is my favorite Milvus lens.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens in stock.
Post Date: 12/28/2015 8:06:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Review.
 
With the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens in my hands right now, this is the comparison I wanted to see.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 instant rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/23/2015 8:52:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.
 
I believe that this is the oldest Canon zoom lens still currently available new.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/22/2015 8:23:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 21, 2015
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 Lens Review.
 
I know, the Zeiss Milvus lens reviews are all starting to sound similar. Fact is, these lenses are very similar to each other outside of their image quality and focal length. Consider jumping directly to the "Image Quality" subheading to get right to the meat.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 Lens in Canon mount in stock (Nikon mount version is available for preorder).
Post Date: 12/21/2015 8:38:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 18, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Review.
 
This is another oldie but goodie. The 23 year old EF 85 f/1.8 is another perrenial favorite with a good everyday value price made bargain grade with a $70.00 instant rebate.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens in stock with a 4% B&H reward and "Free Next Day Delivery (USA)".
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/18/2015 8:28:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 17, 2015
Just posted: Acratech GP-s Ball Head Review.
 
I've been looking for a better ball head for use on small and medium-sized tripods and this one handles that assignment nicely.
 
B&H has the Acratech GP-s Ball Head in stock.
Post Date: 12/17/2015 9:45:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
I love this lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 instant rebate, 4% B&H rewards and receive 13 months of complimentary damage protection & priority service from Canon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/17/2015 7:53:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens Review.
 
Is this lens as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside? Read the review to find out.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens in stock.
Post Date: 12/16/2015 8:31:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Review.
 
At 22 years of age, the 50mm f/1.4 is one of Canon's oldest lenses, but it remains a perennial favorite. Increasing its favoritism at the moment is the big-for-this-lens $70.00 instant rebate and a 4% B&H reward.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/15/2015 7:37:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 14, 2015
Just posted: MindShift Gear BackLight 26L Review
 
I had my eyes on this pack ever since it was announced. MindShift Gear delivered on this one.
 
B&H has the BackLight 26L in stock.
Post Date: 12/14/2015 8:46:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, December 13, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Review.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens in stock, with the current price sweetened by a $100.00 instant rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/13/2015 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 11, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Review.
 
I think that you are going to like what you see. Provided are an extensive set of results that include 1.4x and 2x extender tests and four shift positions have been tested.
 
B&H has the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2015 9:49:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 10, 2015
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens Review.
 
No surprises here – just a great lens.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens in stock.
Post Date: 12/10/2015 11:02:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens Review.
 
Provided are an extensive set of results that include 1.4x and 2x extender tests and four shift positions have been tested.
 
B&H has the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/9/2015 8:40:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Fresh from OLAF Optical Testing is another batch of MTF charts, now available in the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens and Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens reviews.
 
As always, there are many interesting comparisons to be made. I'll get you started. Keep in mind that wide open apertures are being compared and these are not equal in most cases.
 
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 35mm f/2 Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 35mm f/1.4L II Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-S Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens
 
Don't forget to view the variance charts – that of the Tamron 45 VC is very impressive.
 
The Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC and Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC are in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 12/8/2015 8:47:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, December 6, 2015
Just posted: Feisol TT-15 Mini Carbon Fiber Tabletop Tripod Review
 
This great little and very affordable tripod just arrived in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 12/6/2015 7:11:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 4, 2015
At least three of these accessories will fit in even a small Christmas stocking and the fourth will likely qualify as a stocking stuffer for a standard-sized sock. Having them in your kit will, for many, be worth the mostly stocking-stuffer-sized prices:
 
Super Clamp
Magic Arm
Double Ball Joint Head
Tripod Head Mounting Plate with Hex Stud
 
These reviews are primarily to highlight what I'm using and find useful, but ... being able to reference these items will be helpful for an article I hope to have ready for you on Monday.
Post Date: 12/4/2015 7:44:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 3, 2015
The balance of the standard test results, including flare, distortion, vignetting and 7D II image quality, along with specs and measurements are now available on the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
Go make some comparisons. I'll get you started with one that I find interesting.
 
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Post Date: 12/3/2015 8:28:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens Review.
 
How did this completely new Zeiss lens perform? No secrets revealed here – you'll have to read the review to find out.
 
With 6 lenses released in one announcement and most arriving within a short timeframe, Zeiss has provided a very heavy workload. Much of the testing of these lenses is completed with the review creation remaining. I hope to have the rest of these reviews completed in relatively rapid succession.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens in Canon mount in stock with the Nikon mount version available for preorder.
Post Date: 12/2/2015 9:38:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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