Monday, January 27, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Adding to the photography gear comparison tools
available on the site is the new Flash Product Images
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.
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
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.
Post Date: 1/6/2014 11:32:18 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Post Date: 12/31/2013 8:24:08 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, December 30, 2013
Post Date: 12/30/2013 9:22:31 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
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
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
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
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
Monday, November 25, 2013
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
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
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 LensCanon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM LensCanon 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
Post Date: 11/14/2013 9:07:11 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I have just added the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Review
to the site.
While your first reaction may be "Who cares?", this lens deserves a look. Canon has significantly improved the image quality in the 55-250 IS STM over the previous 2 models. It is a good deal.
Post Date: 10/23/2013 7:40:06 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Post Date: 10/8/2013 11:14:10 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, October 7, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Ever had a filter get stuck on your lens? This is an easy way to ruin your shooting day – or trip. The good news is that the tool to solve this problem is probably the least expensive item in your bag.
Concluding "Lens Filter Week" is the Lens Filter Wrench Review
. Buy several pairs of these.
Post Date: 10/4/2013 9:16:59 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, October 3, 2013
When you cannot afford a filter for each of your lens filter sizes, a step-up filter adapter ring
is what you need. This is a short review of a very useful product.
Post Date: 10/3/2013 8:40:18 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Preventing light from reaching the camera's imaging sensor sounds counterintuitive, but that is what you want a neutral density filter for.
Learn more in the neutral density filter review
Post Date: 10/2/2013 9:04:06 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
Welcome to filter week at The-Digital-Picture.com. I have been revamping the site's lens filter reviews
and to get things started, let's talk about lens protection filters.
There is a big debate over the practice of using a protective filter on your lens and the reasoning behind both sides of the argument has merit. Get my opinion and much more is found in the new UV protection filter review
A UV filter review is not new to the site, but instead of having a review page for each filter size with pages most pointing back to the 77mm UV filter review for complete information, I have consolidated all of the UV filter reviews to one completely-rewritten page. Links to make finding the right filter in the size you need are now presented at the end of the review.
Jump over to our Facebook
page and give us your take on the protection filter issue.
Post Date: 9/30/2013 8:39:33 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
I have added 40 new sample pictures
to the site. The samples come from a wide range of cameras and lenses. Subject matter is equally diverse.
Post Date: 9/23/2013 11:20:43 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Friday, September 20, 2013
I decided that, with a clear sky, I was going to stack a pair of extenders to the back of my Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
and capture the "Harvest Moon" (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox).
Stacking a Canon EF 1.4x Extender
with a Canon EF 2x Extender
requires a 12mm extension tube
to be mounted between the two – to make the fit possible. The result is 600mm x 2 x 1.4 = 1680mm = Wow!
While you should not expect amazing image quality from this setup, the tight angle of view delivered by 1680mm is quite amazing. So tight that tracking the moon through the frame is a constant task. And, avoiding vibrations is a challenge. I opted to use mirror lockup with the 10 second self-timer to make sure that the camera fully settled down before the shutter release.
I was trying different exposure settings and verifying the results on the LCD. During one such check, I saw a black spot on the moon. My first thought was that I had a piece of dust on my sensor. Zooming in revealed otherwise.
I live well over an hour from the nearest large airport. The sky was black and I had no idea that there were any airplanes in the area. Using the 10 second timer, with the narrow angle of view, meant that I was predicting where the moon would be in the frame at shutter release. Not only did the airplane happen to cross the moon at the exact time of the shutter release, it happened to be in a perfect location over the moon. The timing was divine.
This image is an un-touched and uncropped (but reduced in size of course) conversion of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III
RAW file. Photography is so fun.
Post Date: 9/20/2013 9:34:16 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens is one of the most exciting lenses to appear in long time. I have added some sample images
captured with this lens to the review
Post Date: 9/17/2013 7:07:37 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, September 16, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
The whole point of having camera gear is to take pictures. And posting pictures is one of those tasks I'm significantly backlogged on right now. To make a tiny dent in the project, I have added a handful of Canon EOS 70D sample pictures
to the review
I usually try to add educational and/or interesting commentary to the photos. Be sure to look AND read.
Post Date: 9/13/2013 8:36:32 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Lighting Master Sean Setters is today sharing the latest weapon in his portrait arsenal with us. Fuel your creativity with the Spiffy Gear Light Blaster
Post Date: 9/11/2013 9:09:05 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
I am LOVING the always-on Canon EOS 70D
viewfinder level indicator. This feature marks a great step forward in resolution of my HLDS (Horizon Level Deficiency Syndrome).
Some of the other recent Canon DSLR Cameras
have a viewfinder level indicator that utilizes existing focus points or the exposure scale at the bottom of the viewfinder to show the camera's state of levelness. This feature has been extremely useful to me.
But, as soon as I half-press the shutter release, the level indication goes away. I am relied upon to maintain the camera's levelness as I focus, adjust framing and then shoot. To compensate, I often focus, switch to manual focus mode, frame, turn on the level indicator and then take the shot. I of course need to remember to turn AF back on before shooting the next scene.
I maintain a Canon wish list (it might show up again as a "What I Want from Canon for Christmas" post). Having a viewfinder level indicator that continues to function up until the shutter release has been on my list.
With it's always-on (when metering is live), easy-to-see, dedicated, superimposed viewfinder level indicator, the EOS 70D solves that problem. It is even available during AI Servo full frame rate burst shooting (if I can maintain the brain power to use it). While this feature seems minor and insignificant, the small improvement can make a difference in the quality of your images if pixel-level-destructive image rotation is no longer required during post processing. Having properly-leveled images right out of the camera can also save many hours of work after a big shoot.
Now, Canon, would it be too much to ask to have the viewfinder level in the previous so-equipped DSLRs remain live until shutter release via a firmware update? My EOS 5D Mark III
bodies especially need it!
And while I'm asking. For the times when I still don't get the camera level ... Since the camera knows the level reading at the time the shot was captured, record the level meter reading in EXIF and then give me an option to auto-level the image in DPP (Canon's Digital Photo Pro software).
Post Date: 9/4/2013 10:53:14 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
I have added a high ISO noise comparison
between 8 Canon DSLR Cameras
to the site. Included of course is the new Canon EOS 70D
Note that this comparison requires a heavy file download. To make the primary review pages more mobile friendly, the color block tests are now residing on their own pages. Those viewing from slow or mobile connections can now choose whether or not to view the high bandwidth-requiring pages while reading a DSLR review. I will include image quality commentary on both pages with instructions on how to skip the commentary on the review page if the comparison page was viewed. Purchase Opportunities:
The Canon EOS 70D is now in stock: Adorama
Post Date: 9/3/2013 8:42:00 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Canon EOS 70D
results have been added to the site's Image Quality
tool. These results show the resolution of the 70D's sensor along with the base level of sharpness Canon has dialed in.
The IQ tool link above will load a comparison to the Canon EOS 60D
. The 70D is looking very nice against the 60D with just-the-right amount of improved sharpness. Increasing sharpness *can* increase noise levels. I'll have that comparison available for you soon.
The other 70D comparison I find interesting
is against the Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D
. I find the T4i images to be slightly oversharpened even with a very low sharpness setting of "1". Look for the halos and jagged edges around the black details in the T4i's ISO 12233 chart test results. The 70D results, again, look just right. And, there is a noticeable resolution increase in subjects with fine details. Add the 70D to Your MP3 Playlist
With a fast SDHC card, I am getting 20 frame bursts from the 70D. This camera rocks, so ... rock to the sound of this camera using the following MP3 files. All sounds clips illustrate the max burst rate and buffer depth of the respective cameras: Canon EOS 70D Burst ModeBurst Comparison: T4i, 60D, 70D and 7D Now In Stock
The Canon EOS 70D is now in stock: Adorama
Post Date: 8/29/2013 12:37:56 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Image quality test
results are now available on the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens Review
While the focal length range of this lens will not impress many, the f/1.8 aperture certainly will – and the build quality of this lens is also impressive. The image quality appears to be quite good. This lens is looking like another Sigma hit to me.
Preorder your Sigma 18-35mm
, in stock (third party) at Amazon
Post Date: 7/30/2013 9:07:40 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
First, Canon USA did not announce the EF-M 11-22mm lens
. Canon USA later stated that this lens is not going to be imported to the USA
: "Thank you for your inquiry regarding the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. We can certainly understand the confusion surrounding this release! Unfortunately, this specific lens will not be sold or serviced by Canon USA."
Then the big retailers dropped the EOS M price to an insane level
Then the EOS M was marked as discontinued at Adorama
. Adorama confirmed to me that their buyer's understanding is that EOS M has indeed been discontinued.
This, however, is in contrast to what my Canon USA PR rep is telling me: "The EOS M is not a discontinued product and this is also true for the lenses associated with this product." Canon USA will of course not disclose any future plans.
We are left to speculate the future of the M.
If Adorama's buyers are right, it seems strange to have two EF-M lenses available without a camera to sell them with. Is a new EOS M coming soon? Next week will mark the 1 year announcement anniversary of the EOS M, but I've only had my first-available "M" since November. This camera is not very old.
But, what the EOS M cameras need is the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF Canon has recently announced as coming in the Canon EOS 70D
. Although the EOS M's AF performance is much improved with the recent firmware update
, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF would make it an even better camera. So, introducing a new M model makes a lot of sense.
Introducing a "new" lens along with a new camera also makes sense – this happens frequently. Also having precedent is bringing a "new" lens to the USA after it has been available elsewhere in the world. I'm of course referring to the EF-M 11-22.
What makes sense to me is the introduction of an EOS M II featuring Dual Pixel CMOS AF and at the same time, announcing the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens in the USA.
Amazingly still in stock is the Canon EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm Lens
at Amazon – for $349.00 shipped. And the Canon EOS M with EF-M 22mm Lens
for $299.00 shipped is available for backorder. Jump on this awesome deal if you have not already done so. Start your Christmas shopping early.
Read the Canon EOS M review
for more information on this extremely good camera value.
Just because Canon USA is not importing the EF-M 11-22mm lens to the USA doesn't mean USA residents cannot get this lens. DigitalRev
will be happy to send you one.
Side note: Your browser zoom setting has probably not changed. I increased the font size of much of the text on the site, including the Site Index
page, to make reading easier. Spacing between lines of text is also slightly increased. Most in-text links now have a blue color to make them easier to identify. Hopefully you find the changes to be improvements. Thanks for your support!
Post Date: 7/18/2013 10:33:09 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
* Not my normal review
Perhaps the biggest Rebel T5i/700D upgrade from the T4i/650D is the name. The Canon Rebel T5i is practically identical to the Canon Rebel T4i, so I borrowed the T4i review
to create the T5i review. I outline the differences between these two camera models at the top of the review. If you are familiar with the T4i review, you probably only need to read through the first bullet list. Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Review
Do I recommend buying the T5i over the T4i? Yes, definitely. But the biggest reason is price. The T5i body is priced $50.00 USD lower than the T4i body right now.
With a $50.00 - $200.00 instant rebate available, check out the Rebel T5i combo specials
currently available at Adorama
Worth noting is that the Canon EOS 60D
body is currently $50.00 less than the Rebel T5i. And the refurbished 60D
is a great deal at $170.00 USD less.
Post Date: 7/17/2013 8:57:48 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, July 15, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The full Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Review
is now available in the Canon DSLR Camera Reviews
The SL1 is an impressive little camera. I really like it. Adorama
has a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2-Lens kit
for $899.00 shipped after $200.00 instant rebate. Here is what is included in the kit:
- Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera
- Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
- Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens
- SanDisk Extreme 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
- Canon 2400 Camera Gadget Bag, Black
Post Date: 7/11/2013 11:20:39 AM CT Posted By: Bryan