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 Thursday, June 14, 2012
As Neuroanatomist points out, Canon has re-designated the meaning of "-S" portion of the "EF-S" moniker.
 
"EF-S" initially stood for "Short-back Focus". One example of this designation comes from the 20 Years of Canon EOS document that states:
 
"The launch of the EOS 300D also saw the debut of the new EF-S lens mount, the ‘S’ standing for ‘Short-back Focus,’ due to the fact that rear element of the lens is closer to the image sensor than in a regular SLR."
 
Neuroanatomist says:
 
"If you look at the Canon Technical Report for the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM, you'll see the notation, "*The "S" in "EF-S" comes from "Small image circle.""
 
Also, if you look at p. 128 of EF Lens Work III (it's in section 7, The Basics of Interchangeable Lenses...), there's a notation that, "* Some of the EF-S lenses does not employ a short back focus optical system." Yes, that's grammatically incorrect, but correctly quoted, and highlights the fact that while all EF-S lenses have a small image circle, not all of them have a short back focus design (I believe, for example, that the EF-S 17-85mm does not have a short back focus optical design)."
 
(thanks Nuero and Sean)
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 5:13:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lens specs and measurements, distortion test results and vignetting test results have now been added to the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review and the Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review pages.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 2:20:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Here is a roll-up of the planned new Canon DSLR and lens availability dates that I am aware of:
 
Canon EOS-1D X
 
Canon Japan is stating "June 20, planned" for the arrival of this long awaited DSLR. Expect extremely limited quantities to be available for a long time. (thanks Kaz)
 
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
 
Both lenses are shipping now in the USA including from B&H and Adorama. But, supplies are extremely limited and only the earliest preorders are getting filled.
 
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
 
B&H just extended their expected availability date from June 17 to June 27.
 
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens
 
Retailers are not stating the availability date for this highly-anticipated lens. The USA press release says "end of June".
 
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
 
The big USA retailers are not even showing this lens on their websites. The USA press release again says "end of June". Will these initially be available in Rebel T4i kits only?
 
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D DSLR
 
The T4i bodies are now showing up on retailer's shelves in the USA. (thanks "D")
 
The bodies and with-18-55mm IS II Lens kits showed up at Amazon as I was typing this.
 
B&H lists the body and body w/ 18-55 II IS Lens as "Expected availability: June 18 2012".
 
Adorama is saying "Delivery scheduled to start June/18".
 
The Canon USA press release indicates that the Movie Kit bundle is expected at the end of June, but retailers are not listing the availability dates for this T4i version.
 
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
 
Don't ask.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 12:51:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 13, 2012
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart sample crops have been added to the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review and the Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review pages.
 
Not surprising is that both lenses turn in very impressive results. Comparisons with the older versions of both lenses are available. The 600 L II + 1.4x III compared to the 800 L is interesting.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/13/2012 7:42:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 12, 2012
As with most families, the Canon Big White L Lens family should have its picture taken regularly. Here is the latest:
 
With Hoods | Without Hoods
 
You are welcome to use these images as your wallpaper. Might want to have a stack of napkins handy for that drool issue.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/12/2012 7:22:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Standard Big Lens Images have been added to the following review placeholder pages:
 
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review
 
A direct link to the standard images tool with these two super telephoto lenses preloaded is here.
 
Special thanks to Adorama for getting me two of the first of these lenses available in the USA.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/12/2012 6:25:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I intended to have this information available for you on Friday, but ... sometimes your plans get changed for you (my apologies). I have added UK press releases, product images (including comparisons) and comparison charts to the following review placeholder pages:
 
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D Review
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Review
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/12/2012 12:22:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has updated the EOS 1D X / 5D III AF System Guidebook "... for clarity and enhanced description of the cameras' AF systems ..."
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/12/2012 11:10:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 4, 2012
Just posted: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Review
 
I had an unusually high number of requests for a review of this lens, so I squeezed this one into the mix of reviews I've been working on.
 
Here are some status updates regarding my currently overloaded to-review list:
 
First, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera Review is long overdue. My primary concern for this camera is how its image quality compares with a DSLR such as the also-small Canon EOS Rebel T3i. I've spent a lot of time with the camera and have many tests shot with it. But, I think that even the latest version of DPP (v3.11.27.0) is generating non-sharp results from G1 X RAW files that appear to be quite sharp when the "High speed" (lower quality) preference is selected.
 
Another review I had hoped to bring you by now is the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review. The big new feature of this flash is the RF remote capability. It takes two to play this game - and I've had an Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT on order since day one. Where this product is remains a mystery - I might have to buy a second 600EX-RT to move forward with this review.
 
Another MIA product is the Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip. I've also had one of these on order since moments after the announcement was made.
 
If my Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens ship any day as expected, these lenses will become my top review priority.
 
Update: Just received a ship notice for my Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT and Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip.
Post Date: 6/4/2012 1:28:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, May 26, 2012
CPN has posted and interview with Jeff Ascough, getting his thoughts on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 5/26/2012 10:34:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 21, 2012
The CDLC has posted a Canon EOS-1D X sample film entitled "Shattered" by Tyler Stableford.
 
BTS (Behind the Scenes) videos are also available.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 5/21/2012 8:46:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 14, 2012
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart results have been added to the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Review page.
Post Date: 5/14/2012 9:46:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 11, 2012
CPN has posted a Brutus Östling interview focusing on photographing birds with the Canon EOS-1D X.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 5/11/2012 1:03:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Lens vignetting, distortion and measurement results have been added to the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review page.
 
Flare testing is on hold pending a clear sky.
Post Date: 5/8/2012 9:32:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sample images have been added to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review.
 
As usual, some of the images have tips included.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 5/8/2012 8:47:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 4, 2012
ISO 12233 resolution chart results have been added to the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review page.
 
I have two of these lenses right now. Unfortunately, the first lens I received needs to go back.
 
After spending 10 hours or so completing testing the lens on the ISO chart, it became clear that the lens was not working properly at the longer focal lengths. Image quality was unacceptable at 70mm. Tamron confirmed that the results were not as they expected.
 
The second lens performs much better optically. These are the results now presented on the 24-70 VC review page.
 
Before making your purchase decision, I encourage you to wait for me to spend more time evaluating the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens' AF performance. Neither of the two lenses I have autofocus accurately on the test chart using a Canon-calibrated EOS 1Ds Mark III. I will minimally test the second lens behind a second calibrated 1Ds III and a 5D III.
 
Stay tuned for more information.
Post Date: 5/4/2012 2:28:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
CPN has posted The Making of the EOS 5D Mark III ‘Radball’ Movie, showing how scenes were captured and talking about the Canon EOS 5D Mark III's video capabilities.
Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Camera Gear Review News, HDSLR
Post Date: 5/4/2012 11:30:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The latest Canon EOS 5D Mark III bodies being shipped have a correction in place to solve the light leak issue.
 
Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com shares the fix.
Post Date: 5/2/2012 12:51:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 27, 2012
Standard test results (and some product images) have been added Zeiss 25mm f/2.0 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review page.
Post Date: 4/27/2012 10:48:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens is now shipping in the USA. I have a ship notice from B&H.
 
I would like to create a full Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review, but will minimally commit to capturing a full set of standard test results from it.
Post Date: 4/26/2012 9:06:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I have posted the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review - Part 2.
 
The primary updates to the 5D III review are the image quality comparisons closer to the beginning of the review.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/25/2012 12:40:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 19, 2012
To help promote their April 2012 free Pro Speed Belt ($39.75 value) with the purchase of a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro, Think Tank Photo sent me a StreetWalker Pro to review.
 
Not surprisingly (I love most Think Tank Photo gear), I love the case.
 
Here is a quick Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro Review.
Post Date: 4/19/2012 10:06:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 13, 2012
Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review - Part 1.
 
The 5D III has become my primary DSLR - at least until the 1D X shows up.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/13/2012 11:13:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 5, 2012
Canon has posted a pair of in-demand PDF owner's manuals:
 
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT/600EX Flash: owner's manual
 
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT: owner's manual
 
For future reference, you will be able to find links to these manuals at the top of the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review and Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review pages. (thanks Niklas)
Post Date: 4/5/2012 10:23:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Japan has announced that an update to their Digital Photo Pro (DPP) software is planned for mid-April. This update will resolve the soft/blurred Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR RAW image problem.
 
Here is my translation of the Google Japanese-to-English translation of this announcement:
 
To customers using Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.10 with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera
 
April 5, 2012
 
We thank you very much for your patronage of Canon products.
 
It has been confirmed that the RAW development process used by Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.10 is not appropriate, generating somewhat blurred images. This is the version of DPP that is included on the CD in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR box.
 
<Canon deeply apologizes>
 
Phenomenon
 
When Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW images are processed by DPP version 3.11.10, generated images become somewhat blurred.
 
Affected Products
 
Canon Digital Photo Professional RAW Development Software version 3.11.10 included in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III box.
 
This problem will not be observed in other cameras.
 
<Actually, the Canon PowerShot G1 X is also affected.>
 
An update to the Digital Photo Pro software is expected to be published in mid-April.
Post Date: 4/5/2012 10:05:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Canon has posted an EOS 1D X / 5D III AF System Guidebook (PDF - 20 MB).
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/3/2012 9:52:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, April 1, 2012
Reikan has been working on adding Canon EOS 5D Mark III compatibility to their Focal software and shared some information on their Facebook page on Friday.
 
Especially interesting to me was this paragraph:
 
"The AF consistency on the 5D Mark III is the *best* I have seen on any camera I've tested with (which is quite a few now!). And it's better by quite a long way - only a few % deviation across 20 shots compared to, say, the 1Dmk4 which deviates by 10-15%."
 
I'm still giving AI Servo a good workout, but the 5D III's One Shot AF has been very impressive. (thanks John)
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/1/2012 10:24:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 30, 2012
CPN has posted a new article by Syl Arena, talking a closer look at Canon’s New Radio Speedlite Flash System.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/30/2012 7:23:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Are Your Canon PowerShot G1 X RAW images soft? If so, I may know why.
 
G1 X RAW files, when processed by Canon Digital Photo Pro v3.11.10.0 with the "Viewing and savings RAW images" preference to "High quality" (the default), are rendered very soft.
 
This is the same problem I currently have outlined on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review page. The G1 X RAW images are being affected by the same software flaw the 5D III images are affected by.
 
Canon has been notified. The workaround is to set the "Viewing and savings RAW images" preference to "High speed". Or use another RAW converter.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/30/2012 3:11:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As I mentioned recently, I used the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens with the Canon EF 2x III Extender as a lightweight, handheld bird photography lens in Florida in early March and found the results to be quite impressive.
 
The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens served as my primary tripod-mounted birding lens for this trip (the perfect full frame choice), but the 300 L II, along with a 1.4x III and a 2x III filled the handheld and wider focal lengths needs. And did so remarkably well.
 
My initial comment stirred many inquiries about the 300 II + 2x III combination. I'm not a big extender user, but the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is so amazingly sharp that the with-extender results are still remarkable. And I had no problems handholding the with-2x-resulting 600mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens.
 
I have uploaded a sample picture from this combination for your review. The Brown Pelican image was captured near sunset at f/8 (f/5.6 results are not as sharp), 1/250 with a handheld Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III in RAW format using the Neutral Picture Style (lower contrast for better histogram). The JPG sample was processed in DPP using the Standard Picture Style, sharpness set to "2" (low) and saturation set to "1".
 
Here is the sample: JPG (11.0 MB) | RAW (26.4 MB)
 
License granted for personal gear-evaluation purposes only.
 
I will add this full size sample picture to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review for more-permanent reference.
 
B&H has the still-elusive Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens (and Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens) in stock at this moment.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/30/2012 9:09:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 29, 2012
Canon USA has issued an official response to the 5D III IS noise issue:
 
“We have acknowledged that when using the camera with specific lenses, there is an abnormal noise during IS operation when the shutter button is pressed halfway (or remains pressed halfway), and we are now considering the countermeasures. We will let you know about the countermeasures as soon as they are finalized”
 
The two affected lenses are the Canon EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM Lens and the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens.
 
Note that image quality is not affected by the abnormality. Also note that this noise does not occur during Live View including during video capture.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/29/2012 4:20:09 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Confirmed: The Canon EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM Lens' image stabilization system makes a modestly-disturbing churning sound when used on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III in AI Servo AF mode. The same sound is made briefly when the shutter release button is released in One Shot AF mode.
 
I do not know if this is a problem or not. IS appears to be working properly and the images created during the strange sound are quite sharp. I'll let Canon know (others may have already done so).
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/29/2012 10:13:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 26, 2012
I am getting a lot of email asking about the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the image softness issue. Let me clarify what I'm seeing:
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is Delivering Very Sharp Images
 
There is a softness issue, but it appears to be completely isolated to the Canon Digital Photo Pro software's "High quality" RAW conversion algorithm.
 
You can see the sharp 5D III images in DPP's quick viewer and in the Edit window with preferences set to High speed. The issue appears to be completely in DPP's High quality processing algorithm.
 
Canon has been in touch with me again this morning and appears very eager to resolve the problem. My personal expectation is that the problem resolution will be in the form of a DPP update. The 5D III appears to be fine from my perspective. I have no intentions of returning my camera - I'm having far too much fun with it.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/26/2012 10:22:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 24, 2012
I've received lots of emails and have had more communication with Canon about the problem with Digital Photo Professional generating soft images from Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW files.
 
There are currently two workarounds to this problem.
 
The first workaround involves changing the DPP "Viewing and saving RAW images" preference (in the "General settings" tab of the "Preferences" menu selection) from "High quality (recommended)" to "High speed". In High Speed mode, the noise reduction palette cannot be used and moiré correction is not performed, but 5D III images are rendered sharp. DPP's Quick Viewer (which displays 5D III images properly) displays images at high speed, so that this solution works is not surprising.
 
The second solution is to use a third party RAW converter - namely Adobe Camera Raw 6.7 RC. You can use ACR 6.7 RC to output DNG files for use in Lightroom 4 - which will not support the 5D III natively until a point release.
 
I do not plan to update the color block noise comparison on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review page until Canon corrects the problem because I can see a difference between High Speed and High Quality in my 5D II images. You can too - look for the false color in the "5D II Quick View" example that is not present in the "5D II Edit Window" example currently on the 5D III review page.
 
My case with Canon remains open and has been escalated. I'll let you know when I learn anything new about the 5D III DPP softness problem. Thanks to everyone that contributed to this post.
Post Date: 3/24/2012 2:06:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 23, 2012
I've been pouring many hours into adding a set of noise comparisons to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review page, but the road has been a rough one.
 
My first take is that the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an awesome camera, but Canon's Digital Photo Pro software has made the road to showing you this a difficult one. Let me explain this further on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review page itself.
Post Date: 3/23/2012 5:58:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The following review-placeholder pages are now loaded with product images, preorder opportunities and links to other information:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review
Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip Review
 
Note that the Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT is only $319.00 at B&H but is priced at $470.00 at Amazon.com. It is unusual for two major retailers to be asking such disparate prices for a new Canon item, so I suspect an Amazon.com price mistake.
 
In the USA, BuyDig.com has started charging credit cards for 5D III preorders. (thanks Laszlo)
 
Check out the CPN site for WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter information.
 
Also check out the CPN site for GP-E2 GPS information.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/21/2012 1:08:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 16, 2012
Zeiss has shared a video of the new Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE/ZF.2 Lens:
 
Post Date: 3/16/2012 8:12:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE/ZF.2 Lens has been announced.
 
Zeiss has provided me a production lens for evaluation. Standardized test results along with charts and many product images are available on the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review placeholder page.
Post Date: 3/16/2012 8:00:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Owner's Manual is now available for download. (thanks Sean & Neuro)
 
Preorder your 5D III at B&H, Adorama or Amazon.com.
Post Date: 3/15/2012 1:05:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Standardized test results have been added to the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 6:21:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Canon France has released a Canon EOS 5D Mark III demo video entitled "Eye of the Mind":
 
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 9:06:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 12, 2012
The Canon Professional Network has posted a new Canon EOS-1D X article: Frits van Eldik on shooting an F1 weekend with the EOS-1D X (thanks Scott).
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/12/2012 12:42:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 5, 2012
Sorry - this post was supposed to go live at 3:00 AM Fri morning. Poor Internet service apparently prevented it from doing so:
 
I have the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page live on the site with comparison charts and images.
 
I'll get more information on the site as soon as I can. Thanks for your support!
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/5/2012 11:53:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 24, 2012
Flare, distortion and vignetting test results have been added to the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
Post Date: 2/24/2012 10:42:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 23, 2012
By popular request, ISO 12233 Resolution Chart samples crops have been added to the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
 
Driving the popular request is the huge $200.00 instant rebate currently available for the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens. Get your 100 OS at B&H, Adorama or Amazon.com.
 
Note that the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens is compatible with extenders.
 
On a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, the lens plus Sigma 1.4x EX DG Tele Converter autofocuses. The lens plus Sigma 2x EX DG Tele Converter does not autofocus on the 1Ds III.
Post Date: 2/23/2012 4:01:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I have added MTF chart comparisons to the review placeholder pages for the new Canon lenses:
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens Review
 
I'll try to get more commentary up in the next couple of weeks.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 2/15/2012 3:16:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 13, 2012
Just posted: Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review
 
The Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Lens review was created in conjunction with its wider-aperture sibling lens review - the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review. You will find comparisons being shared by these reviews.
Post Date: 2/13/2012 11:33:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Canon has posted six full-resolution Canon EOS-1D X sample photos.
 
ISO settings range from 400 to 1600. Lenses used range from the Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Lens to the Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens.
 
The images look great with very little noise.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 12:03:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is now listing April 25th (2012) as the expected availability date for the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 8:53:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I have added a baker's dozen Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens sample pictures to the site.
Post Date: 1/31/2012 9:53:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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