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 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
 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.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/23/2013 7:40:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 10, 2013
 Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Just posted: Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review
 
This time the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens is up on the competition block. Find out how these two lenses compare.
Post Date: 10/9/2013 8:08:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 8, 2013
 Monday, October 7, 2013
Just posted: Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review
 
Find out if this ultra-wide angle zoom lens is worth half as much as the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens.
Post Date: 10/7/2013 9:58:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 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
As I continue to revamp the site's filter reviews, the circular polarizer review is next up.
 
This is the filter I cannot be without.
Post Date: 10/1/2013 8:13:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 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
ISO 12233 resolution chart test results are now available on the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens review page.
 
The new 55-250 STM lens shows a nice image quality improvement over the 55-250 IS II, especially at the long end of the focal length range (135-250mm) as seen in this comparison.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/25/2013 9:22:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 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
Today's sample pictures were captured with the Canon EOS M (review). Because most of these pictures were taken with the Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, that review now also has sample pictures available.
 
Note that the EOS M is available through Amazon.com for a great price.
 
Also, a few sample pictures from the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A Lens and the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens are also on the site.
Post Date: 9/19/2013 8:49:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Today's sample pictures were captured with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D (review). Because some of these pictures were taken with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, that review now also has sample pictures available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2013 8:53:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 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
I've added a few sample pictures to the last two Sigma 120-300mm OS Lens Reviews. Remember, the "Sports" version of the Sigma 120-300 OS is the newer lens and is capable of matching or exceeding the samples shown for the older "DG" lens, so check out both sets.
 
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM "Sports" Lens
Post Date: 9/16/2013 10:51:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 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.
Posted to: Canon News
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).
Posted to: Canon News
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 | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
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 Mode
Burst Comparison: T4i, 60D, 70D and 7D
 
Now In Stock
 
The Canon EOS 70D is now in stock: Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
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 page.
 
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 at Adorama, in stock (third party) at Amazon.
Post Date: 7/30/2013 9:07:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 25, 2013
The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM "Sports" Lens review is now available.
 
This lens is another great example of the overall improvements Sigma has been making as a company. Nice lens.
Post Date: 7/25/2013 9:52:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 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!
Posted to: Canon News
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.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/17/2013 8:57:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 15, 2013
Do you have or are you planning to get one or more of the new Sigma Global Vision lenses? Such as the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens or the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens?
 
If so, you need to know what the Sigma USB Dock can do for you.
Post Date: 7/15/2013 8:41:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 11, 2013
The full Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Review is now available in the Canon DSLR Camera Reviews section.
 
The SL1 is an impressive little camera. I really like it.
 
Adorama has a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2-Lens kit for $899.00 shipped after $200.00 instant rebate. Here is what is included in the kit:

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens
  • SanDisk Extreme 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
  • Canon 2400 Camera Gadget Bag, Black

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2013 11:20:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 8, 2013
The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens is the first "Sports" model from Sigma's Global Vision lineup to hit the streets. The review page now has links to image quality, flare, vignetting and distortion test results along with product images and lens specs/measurements.
 
I'm still trying to find out exactly what is new with this lens, but the image quality of the lens in my hands right now is impressive – noticeably better than my previous version lens (comparison).
Post Date: 7/8/2013 8:53:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Canon has published a list of lenses that have limited compatibility with the 70D's new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. Here is that list:

EF 14mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5
EF 24mm f/1.4L USMEF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5A
EF 100mm f/2.8 MacroEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6
EF 400mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 PZ
EF 500mm f/4.5L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM
EF 600mm f/4L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 II
EF 1200mm f/5.6L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5
EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6
EF 20-35mm f/2.8LEF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USMEF 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5
EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM
EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 IIEF 70-210mm f/4
EF 28-80mm f/2.8-4L USMEF 75-300mm f/4-5.6
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6EF 80-200mm f/2.8L
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USMEF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IIEF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II USMEF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 III USMEF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IV USMEF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 V USMEF 100-200mm f/4.5A
EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USMEF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USMEF 100-300mm f/5.6
EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6EF 100-300mm f/5.6L
EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6 USM 


 
My understanding is that the "limited compatibility" lenses will be able to autofocus in Live View using the more-conventional contrast detection method, but they will not support the new Dual Pixel AF. The reason is likely due to a lack of capability in the lens' CPU.

 Friday, June 28, 2013
Just a quick piece of advice: If you have not installed firmware version 2.0.2 on your Canon EOS M, move that task up on your to-do list. I'm not ready to say that convetional phase detection AF is dead, but ... the M focuses very noticeably faster with this update – it is a worthwhile install.
 
If AF speed was holding you back from purchasing an "M", you may want to reconsider that decision.
 
Get your "M" at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/28/2013 9:29:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review is now live on the site.
 
Reviewing this lens on a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 at the same time as the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens on a Canon EOS-1D X was an exercise in extremes.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/27/2013 10:56:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 24, 2013
 Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Image quality results from a second Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens are now available on the site.
 
The second lens' results are displayed as sample "3" and "4". Read the Is This the World's Sharpest DSLR Zoom Lens? post to learn the details of this lens' image quality presentation.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2013 10:32:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 10, 2013
You can cross bad image quality off of your list of potential reasons to not get the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens. Because this lens totally rocks in that regard. Image quality results from the 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens are now available on the site. These are among the best results I've ever seen from a zoom lens - or from any lens.
 
I'll let you decide if the 200-400 L bests the previous zoom lens image quality title holder, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. Here is the 200mm comparison (use the mouseover or toggle buttons feature). Note that you are going to see some distortion differences in these results as the 70-200 is at its longest focal length and the 200-400 is set to its widest focal length. Also note that the 70-200 has a 1-stop wider aperture in this comparison. I'll let you decide if they would be more-fairly compared at equivalent (f/4) apertures (you can change the comparison tool settings if you vote this way).
 
There are some things you need to know about the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens image quality test results. The built-in extender with external extender compatibility complicates complete image quality presentation of this lens in our tool. So, here is what we are showing.
 
The first tested copy of this lens (we have two right now) is presented as two lens samples – sample "1" and "2". Sample "1" is tested at all focal lengths (including those with extenders) with the built-in extender switch set to 1.0x (not being used) with the only exception being the first of the two 560mm focal length tests – the one that indicates "1.4x Extender Int". Sample "2" results were all captured with the built-in extender in place – the switch was set to 1.4x with no exceptions. Sample "2" results showing one of the "III" extenders in use also had the built-in 1.4x in use. You will notice the ultra-high focal lengths in these results.
 
Here are some interesting comparisons that can be made:
 
Compare the image quality of the 200-400mm L lens at various focal lengths with and without the built-in extender in place by comparing lens sample "1" to lens sample "2". The with-extender image quality is really good, but there is a modest image quality penalty for using the extender. This is not unexpected from adding 8/4 elements/groups to the light path. Stop down 1 stop to eliminate most of that penalty.
 
Compare the image quality of the 200-400mm L lens' built in 1.4x extender to the external Canon 1.4x III Extender. The first difference I notice is that the internal extender appears to add pincushion distortion while the external extender adds a touch of barrel distortion. This difference is what would account for the difference in test chart detail sizes. Otherwise, I don't think you will see a difference in image quality between these two extenders used on this lens.
 
While extended focal lengths up to 1120mm are supported with Canon's blessings, I doubt that many will want to go to this extreme.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/10/2013 1:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 7, 2013
With the new arrival now home, the Canon Big White L Lenses just had to have their spring 2013 family picture created (download larger images below).
 
Canon Big White Lenses with Hoods Spring 2013 Family Picture
 
Featured in these pictures, from left to right, are the following lenses:
 
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
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
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens
 
Download Larger Images
 
Download larger images for your wallpaper, physical wall – or just to get a closer look (grab a tissue to catch the drool):
 
No Hood | Hood
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/7/2013 12:31:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 3, 2013
The Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens Review is now available.
 
Note that this lens, like the other Samyang lenses, is (or likely will be) also sold under Rokinon, Bower, Pro-Optic and Walimex brand names.
Post Date: 6/3/2013 8:32:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 30, 2013
Image quality samples (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops) and distortion test results are now available on the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Review page.
 
Check out the difference in "Aperture Max by Focal Length" between this lens and the non-PZD predecessor in the lens specifications and measurements tool.
Post Date: 5/30/2013 8:47:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens Review page has been updated to incorporate the newly-available information about this lens.
 
Links to the USA and UK press releases, the development announcements and also to some early user reports are provided.
 
I am very optimistic about the image quality that this lens is going to deliver and excited about what this lens will do for me.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/15/2013 11:37:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 13, 2013
The full Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review is now available.
 
I'll be adding this lens to the Canon general purpose lens recommendations page. I had trouble getting a good copy, but the lens I now have lens delivers excellent image quality.
Post Date: 5/14/2013 8:50:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 6, 2013
Standard test results (ISO 12233 resolution chart/image quality, flare, distortion, vignetting, specs & measurements) have been added to the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Lens review page.
 
The new Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Lens, the "| A" version, is a significant upgrade from the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens, the "EX" version, in terms of build quality. Unfortunately, the image quality has not been so upgraded.
Post Date: 5/6/2013 9:41:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 2, 2013
Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 600D and Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens reviews.
 
I know, those reviews were completed long ago. It's just that I finally was able to take the time necessary to get the photos onto the site. Both sets of pictures are the same - just view one of the galleries.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/2/2013 8:52:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 1, 2013
 Monday, April 29, 2013
 Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens review page now has links to ISO 12233 resolution chart image quality samples, distortion & vignetting test results and measurements.
Post Date: 4/16/2013 9:16:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 12, 2013
Since we were discussing the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens yesterday, I thought I would put up some fresh sample pictures for that lens. Hopefully you will find them - or one of the included tips - interesting and helpful.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/12/2013 10:44:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 11, 2013
I included the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II Lens in my indoor action sports lens recommendation list. Some, in a politely-constructive way (always very appreciated), are questioning my logic for doing so. The big reason for this questioning is due to the 85mm f/1.2L II's focusing speed. This is not the fastest Canon AF system.
 
So the question: "Can the EF 85mm f/1.2L II Lens be used for sports action photography?" is one that I want to answer today.
 
The short answer is "Yes".
 
Here is a very slightly cropped sample photo I captured with a Canon 1D X:
 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Sample Sports Picture
 
Is it sharp? That is a good question because it is easy to make web-sized images sharp. Even with very light sharpening ("2" in DPP), the eyelashes are sharp as shown in the screen capture below. The screen capture is lower quality than DPP's RAW conversion (the sharpening is not as clean), but I want to show the active AF point placed on the jaw line:
 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Sample Sports Picture AF Point Overlay
 
Close and fast approaching subjects present a challenge to the autofocus systems of both cameras and lenses. This runner was very close and moving fast. She was on the inside lane of the track and I was off of the track *just* far enough to not disturb the race. It is going to be hard to get much closer to any action - and dangerous to get that close to anything faster. The 1D X has proven very impressive to me, making it a great choice for finding the limitations of the lens. This shot and a significant percentage of my other 85 f/1.2 action images are in sharp focus.
 
Adding to the challenge of capturing in-focus action sports images with this lens is the razor-thin depth of field at f/1.2. Maintaining a focus point on the same plane of focus as the in-action subject's eyes is a challenge. Do not expect an in-focus hit rate as high as with some good f/2.8 lenses - though the 85 f/1.2L II bested some other non-Canon f/2.8 lenses I was testing at the same event.
 
You of course do not have to use a wide open aperture, but ... f/1.2 is a leading contributor to the major awesomeness of this lens. It is seldom too dark to stop action with an f/1.2 aperture as the in-action subject's ability to see becomes an issue.
 
Actually, it can be too bright to shoot sports at f/1.2 unless you have the right DSLR camera. Shooting under full sunlight as shown in the sample above? You need a DSLR with 1/8000 shutter speed capability (only higher end models have it) along with ISO 50 to keep images dark enough to avoid blown highlights in some scenarios. These were the settings used in the sample above. Alternatively, a neutral density filter can be used.
 
Returning to the autofocus speed question ... Can other Canon lenses focus faster than the 85 f/1.2L II? Yes. But, this 85mm f/1.2 action sports sample is far from a 1-off autofocus accident. My overall focus hit rate is decent with this lens.
 
Can any other Canon lens produce the same sports image look?
 
No. I love this lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/11/2013 9:32:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 8, 2013
If you have been following this blog/new page, you know that I have been making a big effort to get good image quality results from the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens. This is currently the only full frame-compatible lens available in the 24-70mm focal length range with both an f/2.8 max aperture and Vibration Control - a combination that many of us find very attractive.
 
Evaluating this lens, as I hinted, has been very problematic. The first lens I bought had a serious image quality issue - Tamron wanted it back for analysis.
 
The second lens I bought performed well, but was noticeably softer on the right side - the side that shows in the site's ISO 12233 image quality tool. I suspected misalignment and sent the lens to Tamron for repair/adjustment.
 
The lens came back from repair performing worse than before I sent it in. Tamron sent me a shipping label to take a second try at the repair.
 
The results from the second repair, the fourth test, are now found on the Tamron 24-70mm VC Lens Image Quality page. And, <drumroll>, they look very good!
 
We spent over a full week testing this lens model for the ISO 12233 chart test alone, but persistence has paid off ... I think we have an as-good-as-it-gets copy in our hands now. This process has not said good things about the quality control for this lens model, but again, the image quality looks very nice to me.
 
What is not looking good is this lens' AI Servo AF performance. This lens has not been able to accurately focus on subjects moving toward or away from the camera. One Shot AF has been working fine, so this lens has plenty of great uses available for it. More to come.
 
B&H has the Tamron 24-70mm VC Lens in stock.
Post Date: 4/8/2013 8:19:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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