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 Friday, March 28, 2014
I posted a Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D ISO Noise Comparison to the site.
 
Use this page to compare the high ISO noise of the Rebel T5 / 1200D to eight different Canon DSLR cameras. Decide with your own eyes if Canon has pushed the APS-C image quality boundary with this brand new camera model.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 9:37:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 25, 2014
In the latest tips article to be added to the site, I explain How to Calculate Lens Working Distance.
 
While this distance is easy to calculate with a tape measure or other distance measurement tool, you can also use the site's Lens Specifications and Measurements tool to obtain this information without leaving your seat.
 
Those having read the yesterday-posted Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review will recognize the discussed formula.
Post Date: 3/25/2014 9:49:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 24, 2014
Just posted: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review
 
This is a nice lens with great image quality. And it has a huge $300.00 instant rebate available right now, making it a bargain.
 
B&H has the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens in stock.
Post Date: 3/24/2014 8:11:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 21, 2014
Standard product images for the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens have been added to the comparison tool.
 
The link will show the big Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens beside the medium-sized Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens and the smaller Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens.
 
The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens review page has addition on-camera product images.
Post Date: 3/21/2014 11:36:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 20, 2014
 Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens review.
 
I regard the Sigma 24-105 f/4 OS is one of Sigma's best-ever lenses. This lens is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 3/19/2014 8:48:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 18, 2014
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens review.
 
This lens continues to see demand exceeding supply. Preorder now at B&H.
Post Date: 3/18/2014 9:10:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 17, 2014
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens review. Some sample pictures include small tips to incorporate into your own photography.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 8:29:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 14, 2014
Just Posted: Vanguard BBH-200 Ball Head Review
 
This Arca-Swiss quick release plate-compatible ball head has great looks coupled with great functionality including a very smooth and strong ball and locking mechanism. It is one of the best heads I've used and is another contender for your kit.
Post Date: 3/14/2014 9:55:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 13, 2014
Amazing is how strong and rigid such a small tripod can be: Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
B&H recently lowered the price on the GT1542T by about $100.00.
Post Date: 3/13/2014 10:20:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 12, 2014
There are two significant reasons why you want use a carbon fiber tripod – and one significant reason why you might not want to buy a carbon fiber model.
 
The Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review provides the reasons to answer the big "Is carbon fiber worth the extra cost?" question.
Post Date: 3/12/2014 9:08:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Have you seen Manfrotto's latest 190 Series tripods? The new MT190 tripods sport a sharp, innovative design while retaining the great functionality and value they have long had.
 
Just Posted: Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum Tripod Review
Post Date: 3/11/2014 8:10:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 10, 2014
I have been using and loving Gitzo Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripods for a very long time and have finally picked up the latest iteration of my favorite model in this line. What I found was that this release upgrade includes more significant improvements than I expected. Check it out:
 
Just posted: Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
Post Date: 3/10/2014 9:24:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Just Posted: Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Review
 
As I hinted last week, especially for the price, I think that you are going to be very pleased with the image quality this lens delivers.
 
This lens remains in high demand and short supply. If you are interested in adding this lens to your kit, preorder now at B&H.
Post Date: 3/4/2014 12:15:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 27, 2014
Image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with some product photos have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Review page.
 
The Tamron 150-600 VC Lens vs. Canon 100-400mm IS Lens comparison is what many of us have been waiting for.
 
Especially for the price, I think that you are going to be very pleased with the image quality this lens delivers. I hope to have a full review of this lens completed in the near future.
 
B&H is taking preorders for the Tamron 150-600mm VC Lens.
Post Date: 2/27/2014 7:32:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Just posted: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens Review
 
This lens was announced with a LOT of hype. It is definitely worthy of such.
Post Date: 2/25/2014 9:20:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 20, 2014
Just Posted: Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
There are a huge number of tripods availabe right now. The Oben CT-2491 is a better choice than most.
Post Date: 2/20/2014 8:09:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Canon has not provided an abundance of information on the new flash, but the images now available on the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash Review page will enlighten you at least somewhat. The new LCD control panel is an obvious major improvement.
 
You will also find a link to CPN's MR-14EX II page at the bottom of the review page. This page has perhaps the most MR-14EX II information found anywhere.
 
I have and occasionally use the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX Flash. I did not get a full review of this flash completed, but will try to get the version "II" review done more expediently.
 
B&H is taking preorders for the MR-14EX II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/19/2014 9:16:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Just Posted: Oben BC-139 Ball Head Review
 
Add the Oben BC-139 to your short list. It is a great ball head with a great price.
Post Date: 2/18/2014 10:07:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 17, 2014
Specifications and product images (including comparisons of both) have been added to the Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Review page.
 
Perhaps most relevant is the Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs. T3 comparison.
 
And perhaps most interesting, as suggested by commenter "SLClick", is the Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs. T2i comparison. "I loved the T5 from the moment I saw it. When it was called a T2i." [SLClick] These cameras are very similar from a specifications perspective.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/17/2014 8:18:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 10, 2014
Just posted: ExpoImaging Rogue Flash Gels Universal Lighting Filter Kit Review
 
Learn why you need gel filters for your flash and learn how this kit can take your flash photography to another level.
Post Date: 2/10/2014 8:48:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 7, 2014
In the Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter review, I included a photo of a large spoonful of tiny balls of candy. I thought you might appreciate knowing more about this image, so I'll share the recipe:
 
1. Clamp a melon-baller (my large "spoon") over a clean black back-painted glass surface using a Delta Clamp and fill it until overflowing with cookie/cake sprinkles (the tiny balls of candy).
 
2. Tripod-mount a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens attached to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR in manual mode with settings of 1/160, f/16 and ISO 100.
 
3. Mount a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter to the 5D III and configure a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash as a slave.
 
4. Attach a Rogue FlashBender Softbox XL to the 600EX-RT.
 
5. While handholding the flash and softbox, trigger the image capture using a Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote.
 
The result is this image. While the reflection created by the Rogue Softbox is not as smooth as those delivered by more expensive softboxes, the reflection is not bad. One might think that a cloudy sky was the source the reflection.
 
Overall, I like the bright candy colors in this otherwise monochromatic scene. Images like this are easy to create with the right gear available.
Post Date: 2/7/2014 9:14:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Just posted: Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens Review
 
From image quality and build quality perspectives, there are few lenses that compare to the Zeiss 135mm.
Post Date: 2/5/2014 7:34:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 3, 2014
Well, the flashes did not take their own picture, but they at least self-lit this one. You may recognize the above image from the recently-posted Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash review. I thought you might want to know a little more about the somewhat unusual image.
 
This shows 6 Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash units lighting themselves. The flashes were triggered from a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR with settings of ISO 100, f/11 and 1/200. I used a Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens set to 57mm.
 
The six flash units are in their included shoe stands and their heads are angled to -7 degrees (slightly downward). The flashes are sitting on a black back-painted glass desk surface. I am standing on a stool with my feet just under the glass table top and leaning forward until the center AF point was centered in the reflection of the lens. Yes, reflections of me in the glass were an issue. I partly resolved this problem by wrapping a black fleece jacket around my legs.
 
You would not believe how well this setup lights up dust and other imperfections in the glass. I microfiber-cloth-dusted immediately before and a couple of times during this shoot. But the strong angled light across the black surface still found lots of dust and made it glow. Photoshop's Dust and Scratches noise filter quickly removed most of the dust problem. I used the history brush to restore details that were removed with the dust (including the flash names).
 
Here is another similar image: Speedlite Art
Post Date: 2/3/2014 8:33:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 31, 2014
Just posted: Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash Review
 
With the just posted Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash and Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT reviews, I guess that I could deem this Canon Speedlite week. Today's review covers Canon's smallest, lightest and least expensive flash – the 90EX.
 
While it was introduced and advertised with the Canon EOS M, the 90EX flash is compatible with all Canon EOS DSLRs. The 90EX has very low power output, but its optical wireless remote control capabilities are a huge value.
 
Read the full review to learn more about this great little device.
 
For great deals on the 90EX, check out the white box version at B&H ($99.00) or this eBay auction ($65.89).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/31/2014 8:38:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 30, 2014
Just posted: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review
 
If you read the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review, you are already familiar with the ST-E3-RT. Basically, extract the 600EX-RT's radio wireless system, LCD, switch panel and foot, and put them in a housing just large enough to hold those parts and two AA batteries. What you have is an ST-E3-RT.
 
The ST-E3-RT is a great addition to a radio wireless flash kit. For an instant kit, get the Canon ST-E3-RT Transmitter & 2 Speedlite 600EX-RT Kit at B&H for $1,119.95 with free shipping. Basically, you are buying an ST-E3-RT and getting two 600EX-RT Speedlites for $416.48 each.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/30/2014 8:36:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 29, 2014
You better get a tissue and, if you are in public, rest your chin on your hand to avoid the embarrassment of being seen with your mouth wide open, because the image quality of the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens is jaw-dropping and drool-worthy.
 
You will now find image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs, measurements and eye candy available on the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens review page. Results in all of the tests are best-in-class.
 
Let B&H satisfy the Zeiss 135mm craving I'm sure that you now have.
Post Date: 1/29/2014 8:59:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 28, 2014
by Sean Setters
 
Those of you who have been following the site will know that I recently upgraded everything relating to support – new tripod (Induro 8X CT314), ballhead (Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1), and Arca-Swiss style plates and clamps. But doing so left me with a bit of a problem.
 
For the past few months I had been thoroughly enjoying shooting panoramic images with my Manfrotto 303plus Panoramic Head and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens. However, shooting panos was cumbersome (at best). Using the panoramic head meant changing out my regular ballhead every time I wanted to shoot panos. If I wanted to be able to shoot normal images and panos in the same outing, I had to bring tools to do the replacement in the field. And the 303plus was no picnic travel with; it was heavy, bulky, and just plain awkward to lug around because of its shape.
 
But now let me step back just a bit. Why do you need a specialized head just to capture panoramic images? Couldn't you just rotate the camera on the tripod and get the same results?
 
Well, not exactly. The issue with trying to create panoramic images with a standard head is that the images don't stitch together very well. Because you aren't rotating the camera & lens around its nodal point, you get parallax errors which make stitching significantly more challenging and time consuming. Basically, things simply don't line up.
 
A panoramic head allows you to move the camera so that the pivoting occurs over the lens's nodal point thereby elminiating parallax errors and leading to easier (and less time consuming) stitching. If time is money, then a panoramic setup is worth its weight in gold.
 
After some research, I found a few products that, once assembled, would replicate the functionality of the 303plus head while giving me several other benefits:
 
The new pano rig...

  • Simply clamps into my existing ballhead using an Arca-Style plate. No more changing out heads everytime I want to do a pano.
  • Is smaller, lighter and less bulky than the 303plus (largely due to my camera's newly installed L-bracket).
  • Is cheaper than most pre-fabricated pano heads.
  • Is faster to level through a simple ballhead adjustment. The 303plus required leveling the setup by adjusting tripod's legs.

If you're keeping score, that's a win-win-win-win.

Manfrotto 303plus vs Sunwayfoto Pano Setup

Components of the new setup:

  1. Sunwayfoto DP-60 60mm QR Plate [$23.00]
  2. Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator [$119.00]
  3. Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp [$55.00]
  4. Sunwayfoto DPG-210 Multi-Purpose Rail [$49.00]
  5. Sunwayfoto DDB-53 Bidirectional Clamp [$59.00]

Thats a solid panoramic setup for $305.00 (and significantly cheaper than many pre-made pano rigs). If you don't already have an L-bracket, then you'll only be able to shoot in landscape orientation. The L-bracket gives you the option to use a portrait orientation for more vertical real estate in your pano. One limitation of this setup is that you can't shoot 360-degree spherical panoramas with it; but for standard panoramas, it works very well.
 
Keep in mind that there are options for swapping several of the components above. I originally purchased the Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp to use in my BlackRapid to Arca-Swiss Plate conversion, but found that the longer tension screw handle allowed the clamp to fit perfectly on the Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator. If I were buying the compenents again, I'd probably pick up a Sunwayfoto Discal Clamp 64mm With Long Handle instead. You can also purchase a longer rail if you want to shoot with a larger lens. However, make sure that your ballhead can support the weight of a moderately heavy camera/lens combination in an offset position. You can even forgo getting the Indexing Rotator & QR plate and simply rotate the rail/bi-directional clamp via your ballhead's panning base for an especially inexpensive setup. That said, I prefer using the Indexing Rotator for easy, consistent capture.
 
All in all, I'm really happy with my new pano setup. The Sunwayfoto products seem well-made and durable. A few days ago I created a 360-degree panorama in a local business, The Lamp & Lighthouse (click image to view a larger version):

The Lamp and Lighthouse Panoramic Image

I shot the panarama above using a 5D Mark III and the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. I corrected the lens distortion with PTLens (although some distortion still exists), stitched the pano using Hugin and polished it up in Photoshop CC.
 
Tip: When leveling your setup, ignore the bubble levels on your gear. Depending on design tolerances, bubble levels can be anywhere from "pretty close" to "completely useless." Use your camera's built-in electronic level for the best results.

Post Date: 1/28/2014 7:39:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 27, 2014
Just posted: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review
 
I've been using Canon's newest flash system for over a year and can easily say that it is their best ever. The radio wireless control along with other improvements make the 600EX-RT a very solid upgrade from any EX flash kit including those utilizing the Canon Speedlite 580EX II.
 
B&H has the Speedlite 600EX-RT in stock. Buy the two flash plus transmitter kit and save over $100.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/27/2014 10:43:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 10, 2014
Adding to the photography gear comparison tools available on the site is the new Flash Product Images page.
 
Here you will find images of many recent Canon flashes and flash transmitters along with the ability to visibly compare them with any other included model (similar to the Lens Product Images page). Access to this tool is, as usual, found on the main tools page and from within individual flash reviews.
 
Please note that some of the older images in this tool were not captured to the precision of my current standards, so there may be a very slight size difference in size and/or alignment accuracy shown in some comparisons. The feature differences are quite clear.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/10/2014 9:02:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 6, 2014
The latest addition to the site is the Flash Specifications Comparison tool.
 
Use this tool to compare any recent Canon flash model to any other recent Canon flash model. Use the comparisons to assist your purchase decision-making process. Share flash comparisons with your friends and forums. Or just compare flashes for the fun of it.
 
For a specific example, I'll preload a comparison that I am looking at right now: the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash compared to the Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash.
 
You will find a link to this tool under the "Tools" menu option, on the Tools page and in the individual Flash Reviews.
 
As always, let us know if you see any errors/omissions or have ideas for improving the tool.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/6/2014 11:32:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 31, 2013
 Monday, December 30, 2013
 Monday, December 23, 2013
The Lens Product Images Comparison Tool and Big Lens Product Images Comparison Tool have been updated to show up to three lenses at the same time.
 
This unique tool is very simple to use. Select up to three of the hundreds of lenses in our database and select the size you want the images displayed at. Then drag your mouse over the lens setting options (just above the lens images) to see the similarities and differences in the selected lenses.
Post Date: 12/23/2013 10:15:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens Review
 
The Zeiss 50 f/2 delivers the sharpest 50mm f/2 images of any near-50mm lens I've used to date. And the build quality of this lens is equally impressive.
Post Date: 12/23/2013 8:55:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Just Posted: Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15 Review
 
A product named "Brain", sent by "Brian" and reviewed by "Bryan". Hopefully you will find the review considerably less confusing.
Post Date: 12/18/2013 8:19:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops), flare, vignetting and distortion results along with eye candy are now available on the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Contemporary Lens Review page.
 
I'm not certain if or when I will get time to complete a full review of this lens, but hopefully the test results will provide the information you need to know.
Post Date: 12/17/2013 7:57:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 16, 2013
Just Posted: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Review
 
Learn how Sigma's latest entry into the 24-70 f/2.8 market performs.
Post Date: 12/16/2013 10:37:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 12, 2013
Just Posted: Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Review
 
In the 24-105 OS, Sigma has given us another great Global Vision lens. This lens is definitely worth consideration for needs in this focal length range.
Post Date: 12/12/2013 10:48:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops), vignetting and distortion results along with eye candy are now available on the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
 
I'm not certain if or when I will get time to complete a full review of this lens, but hopefully the test results will provide the information you need to know.
 
Update: Under the first clear day we've seen in several weeks, flare tests results have been captured and are also now available.
Post Date: 12/11/2013 8:39:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 26, 2013
These are the results I've been anxiously awaiting: the ISO 12233 resolution chart crops from the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens.
 
I used the lens a good amount over this past weekend and am really liking it so far.
Post Date: 11/26/2013 7:42:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 25, 2013
The Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Review page is now loaded with eye candy. More information about this lens coming soon.
Post Date: 11/25/2013 9:25:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 22, 2013
Standard test results, including image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops), flare, light fall-off, distortion and measurements & specs, are now available for the Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/22/2013 10:52:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 21, 2013
Standard test results, including image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops), flare, light fall-off, distortion and measurements & specs, are now available for the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S Lens.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/21/2013 9:16:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 18, 2013
Field use is incredibly helpful for gear evaluation. As you likely figured out through the newsletter and the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens review, I was able to spend some time in Shenandoah National Park last month. While wide angle landscapes were on the to-capture list, wildlife photography was my primary purpose for this trip.
 
To be more specific, I wanted to know which of three following big white lenses was my favorite for wildlife photography.
 
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L 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
 
And my answer, as you may have predicted, is "It depends." Each lens has its strengths.
 
From an image quality standpoint, all of these lenses deliver very high pro-grade results. It doesn't matter which lens you pick in this regard. From a "look" perspective, I prefer the more-blurred background, more-compressed look of the longest focal lengths. Again, all of these lenses have very long focal lengths available, but the 600 f/4 has the advantage. The 200-400 L's long focal length comes with the built-in 1.4x extender moved into the optical path, which sets it back one stop in the max aperture comparison. The two primes also did less focus hunting in low light, peripheral AF point scenarios.
 
If you can get closer to your subject and there are obstructions (trees, branches, weeds, etc.) in play, a longer focal length quickly becomes a liability. The farther away you are from the subject, the more likely that these obstructions will factor into your results. The first problem is that obstructions detract from your final image. A branch across your subject's head is not going to be welcomed. And an even bigger problem is that the obstructions can catch the attention of your camera's autofocus system, resulting in a subject that is not even in focus. Such images are throw-aways – if you can even get the photo. In SNP, I had a black bear cub run past me in the thick woods and I was not able to even capture a memory photo as the camera could not lock focus.
 
Because the white-tailed deer in Shenandoah National Park are relatively tolerant of humans, I was able to get closer to my subjects (at least some of the time) on this trip. And because I was shooting with LOTS of obstructions (often in relatively thick woods), getting closer was typically desirable. The 200-400 L quickly became my go-to lens on this trip and has earned permanence in my kit. Having the very long range of focal lengths immediately available when needed/desired, this lens was the ideal choice for this type of photography.
 
I had been pursuing a pair of buck for two hours when the larger of the two finally and suddenly walked out into a clearing. And at the perfect moment, it stopped and became alert. I had diffuse sunlight at my back. The deer's head was framed between the closest background trees and the foreground was uninterrupted. In the very short duration of time that the ideal picture remained available, I would have been very fortunate to get one acceptably-framed picture with a prime lens (due to the sneaker zooming required). But with the 200-400 L, I was able to rapidly capture a number of framing variations.
 
I used the 500 L IS II and 600 L IS II during the trip and they performed excellently, but when the shot really counted, I found myself going with the 200-400 L IS in this location.
 
Check out some images in the Shenandoah National Park gallery.
 
Since many of these images were captured with the big white zoom lens, Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens sample pictures are also now available.
Post Date: 11/18/2013 11:02:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 14, 2013
I have updated the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens review to address the focus shift this lens exhibits. Scroll down the review page until you see the sheet music image. Then start reading two paragraphs above that example.
 
The bottom line is that there is a rearward focus shift, but it is not likely to significantly affect many uses of this lens.
 
I continue to use this lens for many of my general purpose needs. The image shared in this post is one of my recent 24-70 f/4L IS captures. See it larger and read more about the capture here: Little Storm.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/14/2013 9:07:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I added some sample pictures to the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens review.
 
This is a gallery that will likely grow as this lens has become a part of my standard kit.
Post Date: 11/13/2013 11:17:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Not long ago, I referenced taking "two of the world's best wide angle lenses" with me to Ricketts Glen State Park. The sample picture I shared was taken with the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens, but I did not address the other lens I was referring to.
 
As you may have now deduced, the Zeiss ZE 15 was indeed that lens. This awesome lens is now my primary ultra-wide angle lens when AF or a range of focal lengths is not required.
 
Check out the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review.
Post Date: 11/12/2013 11:23:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart) results are now available.
 
Preorder this significantly improved lens from Adorama or in stock at Amazon.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/6/2013 10:02:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 24, 2013
Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Review.
 
Again, make sure you read this review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/24/2013 12:11:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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