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 Thursday, November 19, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens page.
 
Unlike many of the new Zeiss Milvus lenses, this model has a new optical design. The difference between the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 and the previous version of this lens is dramatic! Nicely done, Zeiss!
 
Here are some more comparisons that you might be interested in:
 
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II Lens
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Lens
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Lens
 
Another comparison that warrants discussion is the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens. The Otus retains the lead in center of the frame performance, but ... the Milvus is sharper in the corners. Adding support to these results is the MTF comparison between these lenses. This performance combined with a price tag that is far less than half of the Otus is going drive popularity of this Milvus lens model.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens in Nikon mount in stock with the Canon mount version available for preorder.
Post Date: 11/19/2015 9:28:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 16, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 Lens page.
 
This lens is almost as beautiful as the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 Lens in Canon mount in stock with the Nikon mount version available for preorder.
Post Date: 11/16/2015 7:28:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 11/16/2015 7:23:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 13, 2015
Image quality results from the 1Ds III, 5Ds R and 7D Mark II have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens page.
 
This beautiful lens is using the same optical design as its predecessor, the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* Lens, with a new coating technology. Although the center was extremely sharp on the first copy we tested, I wasn't happy with the mid and outer image circle performance. The second copy of the lens, shown by default in the image quality tools, performs more evenly across the frame.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens in stock.
Post Date: 11/13/2015 8:36:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 12, 2015
 Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Just posted: Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
Is this lens as similar to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens as expected? Read the review to find out how one similarity caused me trouble.
 
B&H has the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 11/11/2015 7:22:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 5, 2015
Image quality (ISO 12233 Enhanced Resolution Chart) results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the following pages:
 
Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens (exception: no image quality results presented at this time)
Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens
 
The Milvus 21mm image quality test results will be coming soon, along with the explanation of why these results are delayed.
Post Date: 11/5/2015 11:29:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Just posted: Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
Tamron is onto something with their new line of image stabilized wide aperture prime lenses, featuring great styling with image quality that challenges the field.
 
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 11/3/2015 7:51:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 30, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens page.
 
Image sharpness, while extremely good, is not alone going to drive many upgrades from the Zeiss 100mm f/2 Macro Lens because ... it was already great. However, image sharpness is not going to impede anyone considering the purchase of this new Milvus lens as it is also a great one.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/30/2015 9:19:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 29, 2015
by Sean Setters
 
Has this ever happened to you?
 
You want to purchase something from B&H, but its value doesn't put it over the free Expedited Shipping threshold? While the item may qualify for free standard shipping, getting my newly purchased gear sooner rather than later is my personal preference (I might be a tad impatient).
 
With that in mind we've developed a list of relatively inexpensive items that may be less practical when purchased on their own, but instead can help push you over the Expedited Shipping threshold when bundling with other purchases.

 
Devek Gaffer Tape 1in x 10yd Black

1) Gaffer Tape
 
This stuff is a no-brainer. Gaffer tape is a photographer's best friend. It's strong, peels away without making a mess and is even reusable (to some degree). It comes in a variety of widths, lengths and colors and having a roll on hand can literally save a shoot. If we listed all the ways we've used gaffer tape over the years, this post would turn into a Potter-like epic.
 
If you don't have any gaffer tape, add some to your cart. If you already have gaffer tape, adding another roll to your inventory is still probably a good idea.

 
Canon E 77 II 77mm Lens Cap

2) Lens Cap/Body Cap
 
If it's been a while since you've purchased a new Canon lens, then you're missing out on Canon's new, very convenient center pinch lens caps. The new lens caps are a worthwhile investment especially if you typically have a lens hood mounted to your glass.
 
Don't want to shell out for the Canon-branded lens caps? Third-party center pinch lens caps are also available at a significantly lower cost.
 
And while we're on the subject of "caps," it's not a bad idea to keep extra body or rear lens caps on hand in case you lose one (I can't tell you how many times I've misplaced a body cap).

 
Vello ET 65III Dedicated Lens Hood

3) Third-Party Lens Hood
 
A lens hood is an excellent accessory to add to your kit if your lens(es) did not come with one. Not only can they prevent lens flare in your images, they can also help protect your lens's front element from impact. Typically speaking, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) lens hoods are pricey. However, as lens hoods are typically easy to design and relatively inexpensive to manufacture, purchasing a third-party lens hood makes a lot of sense. Third-party lens hoods may not fit quite as well as the OEM ones and they may lack special features (such as interior flocking), but otherwise [typically] work just as well as their more expensive counterparts.
 
How much can you save by purchasing a third-part lens hood? The amount varies widely, but here's a good example: the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM uses the ET-67 Lens Hood which will set you back $36.00 for the OEM version; the third-party Vello hood is only $14.95.

 
Vello LCD SCreen Protector Ultra

4) LCD Screen Protector
 
There are few things I loathe more than a scratched LCD screen; that's why nearly all my electronic devices (including cameras) have a high quality screen protector in place. I specify "high quality" because there are a lot of low quality (less durable, less clear) screen protectors out there.
 
I've personally used dozens of screen protectors over the years with various levels of satisfaction. My current personal favorites for camera LCD screen protectors are the Vello LCD Screen Protector Ultra series and the slightly cheaper Vello Glass LCD Screen Protectors. The former is a perfectly-sized piece of transparent optical glass while the latter has a small black frame around the edge that shows branding and the protector model number (but the frame isn't distracting in my opinion).

 
Sensei 62 77mm Filter Wrench Set

5) Filter Wrenches
 
If you've ever experienced stuck filters (especially if one of them is a circular polarizer), then you'll likely already know the true value of these inexpensive tools. Filter wrenches take up very little room in your gear bag and can save you the huge headache of dealing with filters that are stuck together while you're on a shoot. If these angst avoiding tools are not already a part of your kit, you'd be wise to bundle them with your next purchase.

 
Giottos Rocket Blaster Dust Removal Tool Medium

6) Rocket Blower
 
This is another one of those must-have tools that ranks up there with gaffer tape and a microfiber cloth – the Rocket Blower. Regular use of a Rocket Blower can help keep your sensor clean of dust and debris that may impact image quality with the result of time consuming post-processing needed to remove the distracting artifacts.
 
Need to create high quality product images? The Rocket Blower can help you remove dust from the items so that your images look more professional. Indeed, using a Rocket Blower is Bryan's first step when creating the product images used for this site. If a Rocket Blower is missing from your kit, bundling one with your next purchase may be a smart way to surpass the Expedited Shipping threshold.

 
Ruggard Desiccant Silica Gel Pack - Metal Case

7) Desiccant (Silica Gel Packs)
 
Keeping a desiccant (or two) with your camera gear can help prevent the growth of mold and fungus which can [understandably] degrade image quality and significantly reduce the resale value of your equipment. The most well-known and widely available type of consumer desiccant is Silica Gel which usually comes in single-use packs or reusable canisters that are reactivated by heat (usually an oven).
 
My suggestion - buy both. Keep the reusable desiccant with your gear stored at home and throw a couple of single-use packs in your gear bags (and replace periodically) for the ultimate in moisture protection.

 
Delta 1 Gray Card 8x10in

8) Gray Card
 
If you're unfamiliar with what a gray card can do for you, Bryan's Gray Card review written several years ago is just as relevant today as it was then. The short version: a gray card can help you set a custom white balance in-camera (reducing post-processing) as well as assist in determining exposure values based on a meter reading off the card.
 
I'm finding a gray card to be indispensable when shooting Super Color IRs as getting the correct white balance in-camera makes post-processing so much easier. One really nice thing about the 8x10" gray card is that it can easily be stored in your camera bag's laptop compartment (if the bag has one) which helps protect the gray card while also allowing it to be nearby whenever you need it.

 
Vello RS C2II Wired Remote Switch for Select Canon 3 Pin Cameras

Third Party Wired Remote Switch
 
A Remote Switch is a simple tool that allows you to trigger your camera's shutter without touching the shutter button. It's not as handy as an intervalometer (an intervalometer can do everything a switch can do and much more), but if you don't need the intervalometer's additional functionality, the remote switch is a good item to have at your disposal.
 
The remote switch can prove especially beneficial if photographing young children by allowing you to make eye contact with the subject(s) while triggering the camera from a short distance away from the camera. The remote switch can also be helpful in bulb mode because the shutter can be locked for an indefinite period of time and released without ever having to touch the camera.

 
Oben Tripod Hammock

Oben Tripod Hammock
 
Full Disclosure: I do not actually own this product... yet. I ran across the Oben Tripod Hammock a few days ago and I thought it was a really interesting, novel piece of gear. The hammock is suspended by the legs of your tripod and can be used hold filters, lenses, microfiber clothes, or anything else you might need while shooting from a fixed location. Even if your tripod features a hook on the center column, you may even prefer to use the hammock for your ballast needs as it will be less susceptible to wind.
 
For those reasons, I'll be adding this item to my next B&H purchase that, without it, would not qualify for free expedited shipping. ;-)
 
So that's 10 general purpose add-ons you can use to help qualify for free expedited shipping. What do you think? Any additional suggestions?
 Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens page.
 
While I gave the "Most Beautiful Lens" title to the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens, the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens is not far behind it on my list. This lens feels at least as nice in hand as it looks in the pictures.
 
The Milvus update, including a new optical design, has been very good to Zeiss' 50mm f/1.4 in terms of image quality as well. Here is the new vs. old Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 comparison. While the Milvus 50 is not as crazy-good optically as the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Lens, it costs far less. And it competes well in many of the other relevant comparisons:
 
Zeiss Milvus 50 vs Canon 50 f/1.4
Zeiss Milvus 50 vs Tamron 45 f/1.8
Zeiss Milvus 50 vs Sigma Art f/1.4
 
Many more relevant comparisons exist. Build your own.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/28/2015 10:13:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The functionality of a product must be the highest priority, but I'll argue that us photographers, by trade, appreciate design and beauty in a product more than the general public. Since it is photographers that look at and handle lenses most, it is only fitting that a lens has a beautiful styling. I am pleased that lens makers are taking style into full account with their latest releases, including Sigma's Global Vision lines, Tamron with their latest primes and now Zeiss with their new Milvus lenses.
 
A few of the new Zeiss Milvus lenses just arrived and product images are usually first on the evaluation to-do list. Avoiding as much of the inevitable-with-use dust and finger prints saves lots of post processing time. I had seen the Zeiss product images distributed along with the Milvus press release, but the new Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens really caught my attention immediately out of the box.
 
It was love at first sight. The smooth, modern, curved metal design is drop-dead gorgeous. Lenses are meant to be used for image making and ... this lens makes for a great image. Thus, I'm going to declare the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 lens to be the new "World's Most Beautiful Lens" titleholder.
 
That is my opinion of course. Which lens is at the top of your most beautiful lens list?
Post Date: 10/27/2015 11:28:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
Perhaps the most in-demand comparison is the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC vs. Canon 35mm f/2 IS Lens, this one showing both lenses placed under the microscope of the Canon EOS 5Ds R. The comparison is initialized at f/2, but any apertures can be compared. EOS 1Ds Mark III results are also available, allowing direct comparison with most other lenses in our database including the Sigma 35 Art Lens.
 
B&H has the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
 
Also just added are standardized product images for the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens.
 
Lots of great comparisons can be made with these images. I'll get you started.
Post Date: 10/20/2015 9:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 19, 2015
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
I hope to have a full review of this lens completed by midweek or early next week at the latest. Stay tuned!
 
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/19/2015 8:08:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
I think that you are going to like what you see from this lens. There are many lenses that could be compared with this one, but I'll start things off with the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Canon 50mm f/1.4 with both lenses set to f/1.8.
 
The Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens comparison is another interesting one (f/1.8 vs. f/1.6 in this one).
 
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/13/2015 7:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 12, 2015
You've probably seen many of the product images I create on this site, but ... did you ever wonder what lens I used to capture them? No, it was not with the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens shown in this photo.
 
I take a lot of photographs of products and, somewhat uniquely, my most-frequently photographed products are cameras and lenses. Taking pictures of a camera and lens of course requires a ... camera and lens.
 
The standardized product images found in the site's comparison tool have been captured by a Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens. Off topic, but in case you were also wondering, this lens is semi-permanently locked onto a Manfrotto 400 Deluxe Geared Head on a slightly customized (wheels removed) Manfrotto O800 Static Camera Stand. The head is great and the stand is sturdy and compact, though it permits a significant amount of vibration. As long as I use mirror lockup along with the self-timer to release the shutter, vibrations stabilize and, they wouldn't matter anyway as my studio lights have a very short duration that would freeze any movement.
 
While I use this setup for a significant percentage of the product images I create, The 180 L is not my most-used product photography lens. That honor goes to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens. Why use this telephoto zoom for camera and lens product photography?
 
The focal lengths in the 70-200mm range create a reasonable (slightly compressed) perspective that works well on camera gear. The focal length range of this lens also makes it easy to keep the white shooting table background completely in the frame. Wider angle lenses must be closer to the shooting table to avoid extraneous subject matter. While that closer distance can work, there is some flexibility lost (and a closer perspective results with parts closer to the camera appearing larger than those farther away).
 
This lens is very sharp, corner to corner, even on a full frame body. Ticking the CA removal check box seals the deal.
 
While I also have the f/2.8 version of this lens, I don't need an aperture that wide when I'm shooting with studio strobes (f/11 is the aperture I most-often use). The narrower max aperture allows for the f/4L IS to be a relatively lightweight lens, inducing less fatigue (along with less wear and tear on my body).
 
Very helpful is that this is an image stabilized lens. While the studio strobes are fast enough to stop any camera motion, image stabilization greatly aids in subject framing.
 
The 70-200 f/4L IS is a very useful lens for other purposes, including landscape photography. The additional versatility makes having this lens in the kit a better business proposition.
 
The weakest aspect of this lens for product photography use? It does not focus close enough to frame smaller subjects tightly. If I need to more maximum magnification, I'll most often use the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens, though extension tubes can remedy this issue to some extent.
 
Products come in all sizes and most lenses can be used for product photography of some kind. The range of sizes covered by a telephoto zoom, especially if you have plenty of working space, are great.
 
What is your most-used lens for product photography and what are your typical subjects?
 
Camera and Lens Settings
111mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
3008 x 3503px
Post Date: 10/12/2015 9:08:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 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.
Posted to: Canon News
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.
Posted to: Canon News
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!
Posted to: Canon News
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.
Posted to: Canon News
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.
Posted to: Canon News
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.
Posted to: Canon News
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).
Posted to: Canon News
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.
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.
Posted to: Canon News
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.
Posted to: Canon News
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.
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.
Posted to: Canon News
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.
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.
Posted to: Canon News
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.
Post Date: 9/17/2015 9:27:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Review.
 
The 40mm STM is one of the best value lenses ever introduced by Canon and holds the #1 position on my Best Canon Bargain Lens list.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens in stock with a $50 instant rebate available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/16/2015 12:47:47 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 31, 2015
Just posted: Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
Kudos to Sigma for bringing us a groundbreaking f/2 full frame zoom lens!
 
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Post Date: 8/31/2015 10:30:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 28, 2015
The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Review page is loaded with my expectations for this lens along with comparison charts and other information.
 
Canon's MTF chart foretells exceptional optical performance. An MTF comparison between the version I and II lenses is included in the preview.
 
The image accompanying this post shows an approximate size comparison between the older Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens (on the right) and the new 35 L II. Obviously, the new lens is modestly larger.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/28/2015 9:36:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 25, 2015
MTF charts have been added to the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
The 100-400 L II is, in many ways, an impressive zoom lens. The MTF charts (especially the variance charts) highlight its optical impressiveness.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/25/2015 9:55:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 20, 2015
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in Canon mount in stock. Nikon mount version is available for preorder (expected in stock Aug 24th).
Post Date: 8/20/2015 8:59:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The definition of "perfect" in regards to T6i/T6s (750D/760D) setup is of course referring to my own preferences. That there are so many setup options shows that not everyone is the same as me.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and battery charger, connect the two and plug the charger in. A charged battery is needed for almost everything going forward.
  2. While the battery is charging, the one step that can be accomplished is software installation. Canon Digital Photo Pro and EOS Utility are the two apps I load.
  3. Another step that can be taken parallel to battery charging is installation of the neck strap.
  4. Install the charged battery and power on the camera. Update the date, time and timezone as prompted.
  5. To enable the full set of menu options, turn mode dial to P, Tv, Av or M. Then begin changes by pressing the Menu button.
  6. Change "Image quality" to "RAW"
  7. "Beep" to "Disable"
  8. "Release shutter without card" to "Disable" (Important)
  9. "Image review" to "4 sec."
  10. Set all "Lens aberration correction" options to "Disable"
  11. "Picture Style" to "Neutral" with "Sharpness" set to "1". Note that I select the Neutral Picture Style for a lower contrast histogram to better show the camera's available dynamic range in-camera. I usually change image to use the "Standard" style in DPP during post processing.
  12. "Long exposure noise reduction" to "Auto". I frequently change this option when shooting, most often to "On".
  13. "High ISO speed NR" to "Off". Noise reduction reduces image sharpness and very potentially destructive to image details. I apply NR to my taste (usually very lightly) during post processing.
  14. Live View "Grid display" to "Grid 1" to get the thirds lines
  15. Histogram disp from "Brightnes" to "RGB"
  16. "Auto rotate" to "On/Computer". This allows images to fill the camera LCD regardless of the orientation they were captured in.
  17. Viewfinder display: Set Electronic level, Grid display and Flicker detection to "Show"
  18. "Feature Guide" to "Disable"
  19. Custom functions: ISO expansion: On,
  20. Setup My Menu to include: Long exp. noise reduction, Anti-flicker shoot, Format card, Date/Time/Zone, Mirror Lockup, Sensor cleaning
Regardless of your setting alignment with mine, I recommend that you maintain your own camera settings list. The list will be helpful if your camera requires reconfiguration (such as after returning from Canon service) or as a basis for configuring your next camera upgrade.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/18/2015 8:23:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 14, 2015
Post Date: 8/14/2015 8:06:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality results have been added to the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
 
Test results from the EOS 5Ds R are coming.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Canon mount in stock. The Nikon mount version is available for preorder (expected in stock Aug 24th).
Post Date: 8/14/2015 7:44:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 13, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
 
Test results from the EOS 5Ds R are coming.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Canon mount in stock. Nikon mount version is available for preorder (expected in stock Aug 24th).
Post Date: 8/13/2015 9:16:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
This is one of the most amazing zoom lenses made and its usefulness for a wide variety of subjects and situations makes it one of the most important lenses in my kit.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 mail-in rebate available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/12/2015 8:08:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 11, 2015
 Friday, August 7, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens Review.
 
The 200-400 L is another great choice for the 5Ds and 5Ds R.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/7/2015 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 3, 2015
The new MTF Comparison Tool has just received 4 additional chart types. Joining the Average and Variance charts are the 2D Map and 3D Isometric charts in 10 lp/mm and 30 lp/mm formats.
 
Among the additional lenses loaded into the tool are the 24-70mm f/2.8 zooms (Canon, Nikon and Sigma). Remember that CA is generally more prevalent in zoom lenses (especially in the maximum focal length extents) and that CA is a significant factor in corner MTF performance (and is generally an easy-to-correct aberration). If you see chart lines/colors showing decreasing MTF measurements toward the corners (right side or periphery), CA may be at least some of the cause. Reference the Lens Image Quality Tool to see if CA is a significant component of a dropping MTF chart measurement for a specific lens.
 
One of the zoom lens additions is the new Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens. Of note is that, while the tool says "Average" for the chart type, only one copy of this lens was available for MTF testing. The test results will be updated (and the other chart types added) when a larger sample size is available. B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
 
There are enough results in the MTF tool to entertain for hours. Here is a comparison that I find interesting. While these are not equivalent apertures (one stop apart), B&H has the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Lens in stock with a $300 instant rebate bringing the price down to far less than half that of an Otus.
 
Be sure to share the MTF tool with your friends!
Post Date: 8/3/2015 8:38:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 31, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
When the distances get long and/or the subjects get small, this is my go-to lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
Another fantastic all-around-performing lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2015 9:53:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
There is more than one reason why this lens is "Super".
 
B&H has the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2015 6:57:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 27, 2015
 Thursday, July 23, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
You probably already guessed this, but the 100-400 L II is another of my favorite lenses.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2015 7:45:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 21, 2015
It is with great pleasure that I announce the latest addition to the site's tools: Lens MTF Comparison
 
Required Reading: To get the most out of these beautiful charts and to learn about MTF measurements, please take some time to read through the Lens MTF Help page.
 
Many prime lens results are immediately available in the MTF tool and many additions are planned, including zoom lenses. We'll announce the additions as they become available. Aperture tests in addition to wide open are also expected to be included at some point.
 
These MTF charts are made available under agreement with my friend Roger Cicala and his crew at Olaf Optical Testing with support provided by LensRentals.com. Go rent a lens!
Post Date: 7/21/2015 7:29:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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