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 Friday, February 15, 2019
A brand new and very useful Canon EOS RP feature is Focus Bracketing. This feature has a lot of details to be understood and the Canon Focus Bracketing page delves into this topic.
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Post Date: 2/15/2019 8:32:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Just posted: Canon EOS RP Camera Review.
 
This is an ultra-low-cost, tiny and light full frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that will make a great step-up or even first camera. The review awaits some lab testing, but a significant amount of the information is already included.
 
The short Canon EG-E1 Extension Grip Review is also available. It's a nice little accessory for the RP.
 
The Canon EOS RP is available for preorder at B&H, Adorama and Amazon US.
 
For a full list of preorders (including kits with awesome savings and free accessories), click here.
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Post Date: 2/13/2019 10:15:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 11, 2019
Just posted: Datacolor SpyderX Pro/Elite Review.
 
Notable is that the SpryderX brings a very significant speed benefit over its Spyder5 predecessor.
 
The Datacolor SpyderX Pro/Elite is available for preorder at B&H.
Post Date: 2/11/2019 8:21:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, February 10, 2019
I have a Nikon D850 in my hands and it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 31 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Nikon D850 ready for use.
 
  1. Charge battery
  2. Install neck strap
  3. Mount a lens
  4. Insert charged battery and power on the camera
  5. While looking at an in-focus subject through the viewfinder, adjust the viewfinder diopter until the view is sharp. To do this, pull out on the adjustment knob beside the viewfinder and turn it until the view is sharp. Then press it back in to lock the setting.
  6. Download and install any Nikon software you want to have available.
  7. Insert memory card
  8. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  9. Playback Menu: Display Options: RGB Histogram (I want to see the graph of individual channels)
  10. Playback Menu: Image review: On
  11. Photo Shooting Menu: Image Quality: RAW
  12. Photo Shooting Menu: Set Picture Control: Neutral with sharpness set to "1" and all other parameters set to "0" (this option provides a low contrast view and better shows available dynamic in the histogram)
  13. Photo Shooting Menu: High ISO NR: Off (Low is also a good option)
  14. Photo Shooting Menu: Vignette control: Off
  15. Movie Shooting Menu: Frame size/frame rate: 3840x2160; 30p
  16. Movie Shooting Menu: Set Picture Control: Standard with Sharpening = +2
  17. Movie Shooting Menu: High ISO NR: Low
  18. Custom Setting Menu: Autofocus: AF-C priority selection: Focus
  19. Custom Setting Menu: Autofocus: 3D-tracking face-detection: On
  20. Custom Setting Menu: Autofocus: Store by orientation: Focus point
  21. Custom Setting Menu: Shooting/display: ISO display: ON
  22. Custom Setting Menu: Viewfinder grid display: On
  23. Custom Setting Menu: Bracketing/flash: Bracketing order: Under > MTR > over (having my bracketed shots in brightness sequence makes post processing visually easier)
  24. Custom Setting Menu: Controls: Custom control assignment: Fn1: Viewfinder virtual horizon, RESET Select center focus point, Sub-selector: Same as multi selector
  25. Custom Setting Menu: Controls: Custom control assignment: f10: Assign MB-D18 buttons: Fn button: Viewfinder virtual horizon
  26. Setup Menu: Date and time: <use current>
  27. Setup Menu: Format memory card
  28. Setup Menu: Copyright information: <set as desired>, Attach copyright information: selected
  29. Setup Menu: Airplane mode: ON
  30. Setup Menu: Slot empty release lock: Lock (I want the camera to prevent me from taking a picture if a memory card is not installed)
  31. My Menu: Add items: Setup menu: Format memory card, Lock mirror up for cleaning, Focus shift shooting, Shooting menu: Long exposure noise reduction, Flicker reduction; Shooting/display: d5 Exposure delay mode
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format (highly recommended). While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will likely be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). If your camera ever needs reset to factory settings any reason (or you purchase a second model), you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera into service.
 
More Information
 
Nikon D850 Review
 
The Nikon D850 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon D850 from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 2/10/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 4, 2019
Just posted: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens Review.
 
It's another phenomenal big white Canon lens. Even if not interested in this lens, you might find the review interesting.
 
Hurry! The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens just showed up in stock at B&H and WEX!
 
This lens is also available for preorder at Amazon and Adorama.
 
Rent the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share this review with your friends!
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Post Date: 2/4/2019 8:51:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 1, 2019
 Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Upon loading the product images for the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens, the first side-by-side comparison I wanted to see was of the three 400mm f/2.8 IS versions. I figured you might also want to see them.
 
At first glance, it appears that little has changed between the II (center) and III (left), but upon closer inspection, it seems that nearly everything has been changed. Hit the last link above to see larger versions of these images, but especially note that the tripod collar and foot have been moved significantly rearward, reflecting the much-improved weight distribution of this much lighter lens.
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Post Date: 1/30/2019 7:55:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 28, 2019
Gimbal tripod heads make using big super telephoto lenses very easy. With a level tripod under them (and the lens collar tightened at precisely 0° or 90° rotations), gimbal heads allow a neutrally-balanced camera to be easily panned and tilted up or down with the camera always remaining level. All of the gimbal heads I've used provide an adequate range of motion for most of the subjects typically encountered, but occasionally, there is a need to shoot at a strong upward angle. For me, those occasions seem to frequently have the word "eclipse" associated with them and fresh on my mind is the Jan 2019 lunar eclipse.
 
When shooting at a strong upward angle with a gimbal head, the bottom of the camera will typically impact the tripod apex and that impact will solidly prevent any further upward angle to be achieved. Most of us photographers will not let gear get in the way of a good image and there are some work-arounds for this one.
 
Remove the Battery Grip
 
When the bottom of a camera impacting the tripod is the problem, a battery grip compounds the problem. Remove the grip to gain some extra degrees of upward rotation. If battery life is going to be a problem, periodically swap out the drained battery with a fresh one.
 
Warning
 
Before reading any further, I need to raise a very important point: using any of the strategies discussed below will destabilize your tripod and the entire setup tipping over will be a real concern. Use extreme caution if implementing any of these ideas and be ready to catch your rig if tipping happens.
 
Highly recommended is the use a very strong tripod (the UniqBall IQuick3Pod 40.4 for example). Extending one or more of the tripod legs longer while using the next-higher leg locks can provide a larger, more-stable footprint. The orientation of tripod legs relative to the camera's weight can make a difference in stabilization. Also wise is to strap/stake the tripod down, add weights to the tripod feet and/or to use counterweights. Pressing long, spiked tripod feet deep into the ground can also aid tripod stabilization.
 
Tripod Leg Orientation
 
Orienting the tripod legs so that the camera is centered between two of them usually provides the camera the most range of vertical motion. If the subject will be moving horizontally (solar and lunar eclipses check this box), the tripod may need to be repositioned to keep the camera centered.
 
Lens Plate Position in Clamp
 
Observe your setup and determine if adjusting the lens plate or tripod foot dovetail's location within the gimbal head's clamp will provide additional clearance. Remember that longer lens plates offer a greater range of adjustment.
 
Meade Glass White Light Solar Filter Camera Setup
 
Raise the Gimbal Head Cradle
 
When using a gimbal head with a height-adjustable cradle, such as some of the excellent Wimberley Gimbal Heads, typical is to place the center height of the lens at the axis of the tilt pivot. This position provides ideal balance and handling. However, raising the cradle higher will raise the camera higher above the tripod apex, providing more clearance and allowing a greater degree of camera tilt. The cradle is raised only partially in the above image, but this height provided enough angle to photograph a high-overhead sun (important: solar filter in use). This tactic also moves the center of gravity of the camera and lens combination when the lens is not positioned level. Tilting up will then make this setup back-heavy.
 
Use a Tripod with a Narrower Apex
 
Tripods designed for big camera and lens combinations often have big, broad apexes. While a large apex is great for strength and rigidity, it can impact cameras at lower angles than narrow apexes. If a strong-enough tripod with a narrower apex can be used, a few degrees of upward angle may be gained. Note that the tripod legs can also be the first-impacted. The top of the legs being positioned tighter together can be helpful in this regard.
 
Tilt the tripod Apex
 
If the tripod and head combination will not provide enough upward angle, it might be time to tilt the tripod, or more accurately, tilt the tripod apex to move it out of the camera's way. This may be as simple as extending a leg or two by a short amount or it can be more involved such as using far-rear-extended legs positioned in the next-up angle lock (reaching back like the wheelie bars on a dragster) with the front leg angled more sharply toward the ground and raised higher.
 
Tilting the apex of course eliminates the level base that is ideal for gimbal head use. One solution is to use the camera's tripod collar to level the camera each time it is repositioned. Much better is to use a leveling base or a tripod that has a leveling base built in.
 
Use great caution with the tilted-apex strategy as the tripod can become strongly unbalanced.
 
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens Vertical
 
Reverse the Vertical Arm
 
If the gimbal head uses a vertical arm design similar to that of the Really Right Stuff PG-02 Pano-Gimbal Head and FG-02 Fluid-Gimbal Head, reversing the vertical arm places the camera to the side of the apex, clearing potentially great amounts of space. The image above shows a pro-sized DSLR (Canon EOS-1D X Mark II) and a non-gripped Nikon D850 is shown in this article's lead image.
 
Both of these rigs are shown with the reversed vertical arm as close to the center of the head as possible. Moving this arm toward the other end of the horizontal panning base would permit even more rotation, potentially 360°.
 
Assuredly, this technique is going outside of the manufacturer's intended use for this gear and tipping of the tripod is a serious risk. Consider positioning a longer-extended leg locked into the next-up angle lock under the camera and lens' center of balance. Also note that the right hand (or a reaching-over left hand) will be needed to access the gimbal head's now-right-side-located tilt angle lock.
 
Use a Ball Head
 
With the tripod foot raising the camera up and a drop notch likely available for use, a very high upward angle can often be achieved when using most ball heads. The downside to this option is that using a big, heavy lens over a ball head is not ideal and such a lens tipping over can cause an entire tripod to crash to the ground. Finding the sun and moon in a 1200mm angle of view while using a ball head is very challenging and keeping that setup level increases the challenge. But, it can work. A strong ball head is needed if the lens is substantial in size.
 
Wrap Up
 
I don't shoot at strong upward angles with my big lenses very often, but when I do, I quickly remember that camera or lens contact with the tripod quickly becomes an issue when using a gimbal head. While perhaps none of the above strategies may be the perfect solution, hopefully a combination of them can get your upward shooting angle job done.
 
Do you have a strategy for photographing upward with a gimbal tripod head that I missed? Please share it with us!
Post Date: 1/28/2019 7:37:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 21, 2019
Just posted: Nikon D850 Review.
 
Is this the best DSLR ever?
 
The Nikon D850 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Save 10%: B&H currently has a 10-rated used Nikon D850 in stock.
 
Rent the Nikon D850 from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/21/2019 10:08:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, January 19, 2019
In addition to the Image quality test results shared recently, image quality results from the 7D Mark II, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements are now available on the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens page.
 
The specs and measurements comparison between the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens and the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens reveals the big deal for this upgrade. The weight difference is huge. Even more impressive is the comparison between the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens and the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS I USM Lens.
 
The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens is in stock at B&H and available for preorder at Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 1/19/2019 9:25:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 18, 2019
For as long as I can remember, Canon's super telephoto lenses came in a rigid lens trunk. These shaped, lockable trunks were very protective and were good for storage, stacking and shipping purposes. However, these trunks were expensive, often far oversized, could not hold a camera body, were not especially comfortable to shoulder carry and rarely left my studio.
 
Upon opening the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens box, I found a surprise. New with the version III telephoto lenses is a sling-style (single strap) shoulder case, the Canon LS400 Soft Lens Case, replacing the trunk.
 
This nylon case looks great, is relatively compact and light, is well-padded, is easy to use with smooth-functioning zippers and large pulls, and has a round molded-plastic bottom that keeps it upright on a flat surface. A thin 7" (178mm) tall by 5" (127mm) wide zippered pocket and two strap attachment points are provided on both sides of the case. The shoulder strap is padded and strong, and breathable padding is provided on the case side of the strap, adding to the shoulder-carrying comfort. The convenient hand strap on top is also strong with breathable-padding. Four hook-and-loop-adjustable pads are provided for interior use.
 
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens Case Pads

 
My first impressions were good and upon first looking into the case, I got a little extra excited – it was over-sized at the top and it appeared that a mounted DSLR might fit. Unfortunately, that excitement was short lived – the case is not quite big enough at the top to hold even a non-gripped DSLR.
 
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens Case Open

 
Leaving the extra 2" (50mm) of vertical space at the top of the case for an extender to be mounted makes some sense, but for that purpose, the case could have been made less broad at the top for more compact design, though perhaps not as aesthetically pleasing. Making the case shorter seems more logical to me. Of course, the extra 2" on top would make this case accommodate larger lenses. The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens was announced at the same time as the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens, but it is too long to fit in this case. Perhaps an upcoming Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS III Lens will share this case?
 
Making the case large enough for a mounted DSLR to fit would have been my preference. The additional cost would have been very little (especially relative to the cost of the lens) and the utility of the case would have been greatly increased.
 
For those who love the trunk style case, Canon has you covered. The Canon 400E Lens Case is available. Brace yourself before looking at the price. And, take good care of your LS400, because it also has a very big price tag.
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Post Date: 1/18/2019 11:15:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 14, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens page.
 
Is the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III Lens sharper than the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II? It is hard to tell the difference in a perfection vs. perfection comparison. That the III weighs so much less than the II makes the III's image quality look much better to me.
 
The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens is in stock at B&H and available for preorder at Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 1/14/2019 8:10:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 11, 2019
Just posted: Nikon Z 6 (AKA Z6) Review.
 
Only a small set of differences separate the Z 6 and Nikon Z 7 cameras and the two reviews, created simultaneously, will also share significant content. The low price will be the most significant Z 6 advantage for most. Again, please share the review with your Nikon friends.
 
The Nikon Z 6 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon Z 6 from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 1/11/2019 11:03:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 10, 2019
Just posted: Nikon Z 7 (AKA Z7) Review.
 
As you likely expected to hear, the Z 7 is a great little camera (though not flawless). Be sure to share the review with your Nikon friends!
 
The Nikon Z 7 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Check out the used Nikon Z 7 cameras at B&H in conditions rated as high as "Open Box with full manufacturer warranty".
 
Rent the Nikon Z 7 from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 1/10/2019 11:18:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens page.
 
This is a much-loved lens that has great utility. However, this model does seem to show more than average image quality variability. This particular copy shows good performance at the focal length extents (typically the most-used on a zoom lens). The lateral CA in the with-2x Teleconverter III corners is ... rather extreme.
 
The Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens is in stock at B&H (note the used options in up to 10 condition) | Amazon (note the certified refurbished option)| Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 1/9/2019 8:00:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Just posted: MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L Review.
 
The MindShift Gear FirstLight series cases are really nice. After falling in love with the 40L, and hearing the same report from so many site friends, I opted to give the 30L a try and ... it is just as nice.
 
The MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L is in stock at Think Tank Photo (MindShift Gear) | B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 1/8/2019 9:01:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 3, 2019
Just posted: Robus RC-5570 Vantage Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
This is an impressive tripod with an equally impressively low price.
 
The Robus RC-5570 Vantage Carbon Fiber Tripod is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 1/3/2019 7:42:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Just posted: Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM Lens Review.
 
Having the RF 28-70mm F2 L mounted is like having a kit full of prime lenses mounted at the same time.
 
Get in line now – the first delivery of these lenses didn't fill the initial demand. The Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H (expected in stock on 1/7) | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 1/2/2019 8:05:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 1, 2019
A 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens is often a pro photographer's most-used lens aside from a general purpose zoom. Engagements, weddings, parties, events, theater, stage performances, high school senior, fashion, documentary, lifestyle, zoo, sports, product and landscape photography are all great uses for this focal length range.
 
Those wanting to add a 70-200mm lens to their Sony kits will likely be considering the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS and Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lenses. With that in mind, we're going to take a closer look at these lenses to see which might be the best investment option.
 
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS and FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Primary Shared Features
 
  • Sony E-mount, full-frame compatible
  • 70-200mm focal length range
  • A constant max aperture
  • Does not extend with zoom/focus changes
  • Built-in Optical SteadyShot with 2 modes
  • Included tripod mount ring and lens hood
  • Focus hold buttons
  • Focus range limiter
Primary Advantages of the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens
 
  • Wider Aperture: f/2.8 vs. f/4
  • Better weather sealing
  • More Aperture Blades: 11 vs. 9
  • Higher Max Magnification: 0.25x vs. 0.13
Primary Advantages of the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens
 
  • Smaller Size: 3.1 x 6.9" (80.0 x 175.0mm) vs. 3.5 x 7.9" (88 x 200mm)
  • Lighter Weight: 29.7 oz (840g) vs. 52.2 oz (1480g)
  • Lower cost
Other Spec Differences: Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS vs. FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
 
  • Front Filter Size: 77mm vs. 72
  • Elements/Groups: 23/18 vs. 21/15
  • Filter adjustment window in hood vs. N/A
Image Quality Differences: Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS vs. FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
 
The FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS is sharper than the FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS in most direct aperture comparisons and shows less lateral CA overall. As can be expected from a wider aperture lens, the f/2.8 lens has less peripheral shading at f/4 than the f/4 lens has wide open. That difference is mostly erased at f/5.6 and the f/4 lens has even slightly less vignetting in some f/8 comparisons. The f/4 lens has slightly less distortion.
 
Who should opt for the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens?
 
Wedding and event photographers, who need to freeze action in low-light situations, will greatly benefit from the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS's twice-as-wide aperture which allows them to freeze motion in half as much light compared to the FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS. Portrait photographers will also appreciate the increased background blur the f/2.8 lens is capable of, enabling even better/more desirable separation between the subject and background. The mount gasket seal of the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS indicates that it is a better weather sealed lens compared to the f/4 lens. That Sony proudly offers a gasketing illustration for the f/2.8 lens (shown below) but not the f/4 model bolsters this assertion.
 
Sony FE 70 200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens - Weather Sealing

Those planning on using their 70-200mm lenses in inclement weather, such as sports photographers, will likely want to spring for the f/2.8 model.
 
Who should opt for the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens?
 
Those who do not need an f/2.8 max aperture can enjoy many of the benefits found in the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS – including a highly useful focal length range, a constant max aperture, OSS and included accessories – in a lens that's smaller, lighter and less expensive. Photographers who intend on using their 70-200mm lenses in good light and in pleasant weather, those who prioritize smaller/lighter gear because of transportation limitations (hikers, backpackers, etc.) and/or those who are budget limited will likely find the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS to be the perfect lens for their needs.
 
Relevant Info
 
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/1/2019 9:32:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 21, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens Review page.
 
You ... want this lens under your Christmas tree.
 
The Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 12/21/2018 8:24:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Just posted: Really Right Stuff LCF-54 Foot Review.
 
After seven months of using the LCF-54, it has become a must-have accessory.
 
The Really Right Stuff LCF-54 Foot is in stock at B&H.
 
If you have a different lens with a tripod collar, check out the other Really Right Stuff replacement feet available. Wimberley and Kirk also make high quality replacement feet.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2018 8:18:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 17, 2018
Just posted: Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens Review.
 
This lens carries through with the light weight, small size and great image quality of the Canon EOS R.
 
The Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 12/17/2018 8:24:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 12, 2018
 Monday, December 10, 2018
In addition to image quality test results, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens page.
 
The affordable Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorder).
 
Rent the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 12/10/2018 9:14:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
This is a story I shouldn't have to write. It is about how a small mistake made by Nikon USA, the simple omission of a space, has created a problem. One that I shouldn't have to spend any mental energy dealing with.
 
The name for a completely new series of products is important and sets the stage for future models. When Nikon's first full frame mirrorless cameras were announced, the product information disseminated from Nikon to the media clearly listed the model names as "Z 6" and "Z 7" – with a space between the letter and the number. I immediately thought those were reasonable names, short and simple, yet featuring separate line and model names with room to grow.
 
The problem came as we began integrating the information for those cameras with the retailer links. Apparently, there was a mistake in the new product information disseminated to retailers – the space between the letter and number was omitted. All retailers listed the cameras as "Z6" and "Z7".
 
That left us stuck in the middle. The parent should know the baby's name, right? When asked about this problem, Nikon’s official response was:
 
"“Z” is a letter symbolizing Nikon’s new camera brand. To emphasize this, there is a space between Z and 7/6."
 
Perfect. Now we know the right answer. The problem is that there are a lot more retailer websites listing the camera names incorrectly than Nikon USA websites with the correct names. To a computer, "Z 6" is different than "Z6", so in many cases, the space does matter. Even Google thinks the retailers must be right with its AI suggesting visitors searching for "Z 6" and "Z 7" instead search for "Z6" and "Z7". Retailers (and Google) have now trained those looking for these cameras to search for the space-less model names at an approximately 40:1 ratio.
 
Accuracy in a major product name seems important. Thus, we are leaving the space in place ... at least for now. Help spread the word – save the space!
Post Date: 12/10/2018 8:28:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 7, 2018
Image quality test results from the Nikon D850 have been added to the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL VR Lens Review.
 
This is a key lens for serious Nikon kits. Here are some comparisons:
 
Nikon vs. Canon
Nikon vs. Sony
 
The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL VR Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL VR Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/7/2018 7:54:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 6, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens page.
 
This lens falls under the budget-friendly category of the still-small RF lens lineup.
 
When comparing results, remember that the site-standard sharpness setting renders EOS R images slightly less sharp than some of the other EOS models. Here is a comparison of the RF 35 vs. near perfection, showing the difference.
 
The Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorder).
 
This lens is not expensive to buy and renting is especially affordable. Rent the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 12/6/2018 8:45:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 5, 2018
I have the Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 7 in my hands and it is time to set up the cameras for use. Following are the 31 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Nikon Z 6/7 ready for use.
 
  1. Charge battery
  2. Install neck strap
  3. Mount a lens
  4. Insert charged battery and power on the camera
  5. While looking at an in-focus subject through the viewfinder, adjust the viewfinder diopter until the view is sharp. To do this, pull out on the adjustment knob beside the viewfinder and turn it until the view is sharp. Then press it back in to lock in the setting.
  6. Download and install any Nikon software you want to have available.
  7. Insert memory card
  8. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  9. Playback Menu: Display Options: Highlights, RGB Histogram
  10. Playback Menu: Image review: On
  11. Photo Shooting Menu: Image Quality: NEF (RAW)
  12. Photo Shooting Menu: Set Picture Control: Neutral with Sharpening = +1, all other parameters set to 0 (this option provides a low contrast view and better shows available dynamic in the histogram)
  13. Photo Shooting Menu: High ISO NR: OFF (Low is also a good option)
  14. Photo Shooting Menu: Vignette control: OFF
  15. Photo Shooting Menu: Diffraction compensation: OFF
  16. Photo Shooting Menu: Auto distortion control: OFF (* I'm not able to turn this setting off with the Z 24-70 f/4 S Lens mounted)
  17. Movie Shooting Menu: Frame size/frame rate: 3840x2160; 30p
  18. Movie Shooting Menu: Set Picture Control: Standard with Sharpening = +2, Mid-range sharpness = +1, Clarity = +1, all other parameters set to 0
  19. Movie Shooting Menu: High ISO NR: Low
  20. Custom Setting Menu: Auto Focus: AF-C priority selection: Focus
  21. Custom Setting Menu: Auto Focus: AF-S priority selection: Focus
  22. Custom Setting Menu: Auto Focus: Store by orientation: Yes
  23. Custom Setting Menu: Shooting/display: Framing grid display: On
  24. Custom Setting Menu: Bracketing/flash: Bracketing order: Under > MTR > over (having my bracketed shots in brightness sequence makes post processing visually easier)
  25. Custom Setting Menu: Controls: Custom control assignment: Sub-selector: Same as multi selector; Sub-selector center: RESET Select center focus point, Fn1 button: AF lock only
  26. Setup Menu: Format memory card
  27. Setup Menu: Time zone and date: <use current>
  28. Setup Menu: Copyright information: <set as desired>, Attach copyright information: selected
  29. Setup Menu: Airplane mode: ON
  30. Setup Menu: Slot empty release lock: Lock (I want the camera to prevent me from taking a picture if a memory card is not installed)
  31. My Menu: Add items: Shooting/display: d4 Exposure delay mode (great for tripod use); Setup menu: Format memory card, Shooting menu: Vibration reduction, Long exposure noise reduction, Flicker reduction, Silent photography, Focus shift shooting
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format (highly recommended). While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will likely be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). If your camera ever needs reset to factory settings any reason (or you purchase a second model), having your list available means you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera into service.
 
More Information
 
Nikon Z 6 | Nikon Z 7
 
The Nikon Z 6 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon Z 6 from Lensrentals.
 
The Nikon Z 7 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon Z 7 from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 12/5/2018 10:37:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 3, 2018
Just posted: UniqBall IQuick3Pod 40.4 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
What if the tripod spider became a ball housing and the top plate became the ball? Great idea!
 
The UniqBall IQuick3Pod 40.4 Carbon Fiber Tripod is in stock at B&H and Adorama
Post Date: 12/3/2018 7:22:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 29, 2018
Image quality (noise) test results have been added to the Nikon D850 page.
 
Here are some comparisons to get you started:
 
Nikon D850 compared to Nikon Z 7
Nikon D850 compared to Canon EOS 5Ds R
Nikon D850 compared to Sony a7R III
 
Note that these images were processed in their respective brand's RAW converter (Sony-blessed Capture One Express for Sony was used for the a7R III results). With a sharpness setting of one (our current Nikon and Canon standard), the Canon appears undersharpened.
 
Also note that I updated this tool to permit additional scenarios, including not-full-stop ISO settings for some cameras. The D850 (and Z 7) results have ISO 32 (extended) and ISO 64 included and (I'm sure you have been anxiously awaiting this) ISO 40000 results for the EOS R are now included. Please report any problems found.
 
Please share these results with your friends with Nikon-based kits!
 
The Nikon D850 is (finally) in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorders).
 
Great deal: Save nearly $330 on the D850 in 10-condition at B&H used.
 
Rent the Nikon D850 from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 11/29/2018 8:40:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Image quality (noise) test results have been added to the Nikon Z 6 page.
 
Here are some comparisons to get you started:
 
Nikon Z 6 compared to Nikon Z 7
Nikon Z 6 compared to Nikon Z 7 (both overexposed 2 stops)
Nikon Z 6 compared to Nikon Z 7 (both underexposed 3 stops)
Nikon Z 6 compared to Canon EOS R
Nikon Z 6 compared to Sony a7 III
 
Note that these images were processed in their respective brand's RAW converter (Sony-blessed Capture One Express for Sony was used for the a7 III results). With a sharpness setting of 1 (our current Nikon and Canon standard), the Canon appears under-sharpened. Note that I'm sharing ISO 50 results for this camera.
 
The Nikon Z 6 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorders).
 
Rent the Nikon Z 6 from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 11/28/2018 7:52:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Image quality (noise) test results have been added to the Nikon Z 7 page.
 
Here are a couple of comparisons to get you started:
 
Nikon Z 7 compared to Canon EOS R
Nikon Z 7 compared to Sony a7R III
 
Note that these images were processed in their respective brand's RAW converter (Sony-blessed Capture One Express for Sony was used for the a7R III results). With a sharpness setting of one (our current Nikon and Canon standard), the Canon appears undersharpened.
 
The Nikon Z 7 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorders).
 
Great deal: Save up to nearly $700 on the Z 7 at B&H used, including an "Open Box with full manufacturer warranty" option with $400 savings (I took this option to get the test camera).
 
Rent the Nikon Z 7 from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 11/27/2018 8:53:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 26, 2018
Just posted: ProMediaGear TR344/TR344L Pro-Stix Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
If you appreciate high-precision USA CNC-machined photography accessories have not heard of ProMediaGear, add this name to your brand name short list. And with a 10% off Cyber Monday discount at B&H and Adorama, there's never been a better time to get a ProMediaGear tripod (sale ends tomorrow at midnight).
 
The ProMediaGear TR344/TR344L Pro-Stix Carbon Fiber Tripod is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 11/26/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens page.
 
With a general purpose focal length range, moderately wide max aperture, small size and light weight, this lens is sure to be a popular favorite for Nikon Z-series camera owners.
 
The Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 11/14/2018 10:11:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S Lens page.
 
The moderately wide angle 35mm focal length is a favorite of many photographers, making the Z 35mm f/1.8 S an ideal candidate for the Z-mount's prime lens debut.
 
As these are the first results posted using the Z 7, Z 7 image quality is also under the microscope here. The f/5.6 test nicely shows off Z 7 image quality. Looks very good. The Nikon Z 7 vs. D850 comparison shows the two essentially the same.
 
The Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 11/13/2018 8:19:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 12, 2018
Just posted: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens Review.
 
When you know which lens you should use, it will quite often be this one. When you are not sure which lens you need, this one will often get the job done.
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 11/12/2018 7:54:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Just posted: Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Review.
 
Great lens.
 
The Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 11/6/2018 7:22:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 1, 2018
 Monday, October 29, 2018
Just posted: Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review.
 
This is the ideal general purpose lens for the EOS R.
 
The Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens is currently available in the Canon EOS R kit and individually available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 10/29/2018 9:02:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 26, 2018
After a casual portrait session with the R and the RF 50mm f/1.2L Lens I thought I'd share a quick update on the Canon EOS R's Eye AF performance.
 
This indoor, ambient window light session netted 157 images. Of these images, 10 were 2/3 body portraits, 82 included head and shoulders (or were framed slightly wider) and 64 were headshots with a significant number of those being close to minimum focus distance. All images were captured at f/1.2 for the shallowest, most-AF-challenging depth of field possible and eye detection AF was exclusively in use.
 
Of the 157 images, ten were focused on eyelashes (usually acceptable, mostly close to the iris), two were focused a similarly-short distance behind the iris and only two images misfocused beyond iris-to-eyelash distance. The other 143 were optimally focused on the iris.
 
That the camera was being handheld with me in a somewhat squatted position and the subject standing (sometimes leaning against a wall) meant that our movement could easily have caused any of the less-than-perfect results. I remain very pleased with the EOS R's portrait AF capabilities and the RF 50mm f/1.2L is a very impressive lens, perfect for portraits.
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EOS R from Lensrentals.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
50mm  f/1.2  1/400s
ISO 200
4480 x 6720px
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Post Date: 10/26/2018 9:52:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 25, 2018
When the Canon EOS R was announced, many of us were wondering how accurately and consistently Sigma and other third party lenses would autofocus when used on this mirrorless body. As the dust settled on the initial EOS R review tasks, I brought in a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens to spend some time with. The results from just over 400 AF test images were excellent. The image shared here, a 100% resolution crop, is one from a set of ten and I added all 10 to the autofocus section of the R review, but ... they all look identical. The results from numerous scenarios, including lighting conditions ranging from very low to very bright using AF points from center to corner (80% x 80% coverage for this lens on the adapter), all appeared similarly consistent. While the test results from one lens model does not mean that all lens models will perform identically, this is one of the lenses I've had AF consistency problems with in the past and these results put a very positive outlook on other lens models performing similarly.
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EOS R from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 10/25/2018 6:45:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 24, 2018
There are a few features that make a camera especially well-suited for capturing sports and other challenging action.
 
A fast frame rate is one such feature. A camera that can capture images in rapid succession is more likely to capture the perfect subject position than a camera that captures images at low frequency. For this feature, the EOS R has a relatively fast frame rate, but only when not tracking and adjusting the focus distance. Not all action involves changing focus distances (such as the wave crashing example in the Canon EOS R review), but if your subject is moving enough to leave the camera's initially-focused depth of field, as is typical for many sports, continuous focusing is required and in that focus mode, the EOS R's 5 fps frame rate is on the slow side of the spectrum.
 
Another feature required for photographing subjects in motion is maintaining a continuous view of that subject in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders have a short blackout period for each image captured (while the mirror is raised) and cameras with short blackout specs are more-highly desired than those with long ones. Electronic viewfinders, with few exceptions, have a pause in the EVF video feed as each image is captured and the duration of this pause can hinder a photographer from keeping a subject properly framed. This pause is only a minor issue for subjects moving directly toward or away from the camera, but keeping subjects properly-framed as they are moving from side-to-side or moving erratically becomes a challenge with most EVFs, including the EOS R's.
 
If the subject focusing distance is changing, especially if it is changing rapidly, autofocus tracking and prediction performance becomes critically important. If the subject is out of focus, the image, regardless of the frame rate it was captured at, is likely going to be deleted.
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens and its just-introduced replacement, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens are ultra-popular sports lenses and I mounted one on the EOS R to photograph a cross country meet with. While this lens is not going to create the focus challenge that, for example, the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens will when compared at the same distance, focusing on a very close and fast-approaching runner at 200mm f/2.8 is quite challenging to an AF system. I thought the EOS R did a great job on this cloudy day that included some light rain earlier in the meet. A high percentage of my images were sharp (when I kept the subject properly framed).
 
Note that, while the image shared here appears very sharp at this resolution, my 1/1250 shutter speed was not quite fast enough to stop the lateral motion at this distance. Though the image is properly focused, the motion blur degraded image sharpness slightly at full resolution. I was starting a burst capture when the subjects came close to being ideally framed and continued to photograph until they passed by.
 
Another feature that is often helpful for action photography is the ability to sustain the frame rate for a large number of images. The EOS R's buffer depth, when using a fast memory card, is very good, allowing a relatively long period of action to be captured. While usually not as desirable as a fast frame rate, a large buffer can increase the number of great shots captured in a burst and I can credit the image shared here to that feature.
 
For those using the shutter release to time their captures or to time the first capture in a high speed frame rate sequence, a short shutter lag is important. The EOS R checks that box and the fast AF makes timing single shots quite successful.
 
Overall, the EOS R is lacking a few key features to make it the ideal sports and action camera. It is not that camera, but it can certainly do that job if needed. I don't recommend purchasing an EOS R for dedicated sports and action photography, but the EOS R stands ready to fill in for the occasional action needs it encounters. Of course, if your action is not leaving the established depth of field, the EOS R can do 8 frames per second and that rate is quite fast, making it suitable for such needs.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
200mm  f/2.8  1/1250s
ISO 250
4480 x 6720px
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Post Date: 10/24/2018 8:34:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Just posted: Canon EOS R Review.
 
I have a lot to say about this camera and most of it is very positive.
 
Note that I plan to add more images captured with the R to this review, but won't delay annoucing it for these.
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Not sure what you think about this camera? Want to experience the fun without the purchase cost? It probably costs less that you expect to rent the Canon EOS R from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 10/17/2018 8:25:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 15, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens Review.
 
A high quality 70-200mm f/2.8 image stabilized lens is one of the most important and most frequently used lenses in many photographers' kits. Canon's 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lenses have long been some of my own most-used lenses and have tradtionally been my first choice for a great variety of needs.
 
Here are a few comparisons you may find interesting:
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens vs. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens vs. Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens vs. Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 10/15/2018 8:47:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 12, 2018
It has been raining and mostly cloudy here on the USA east coast practically all summer. The funny saying goes something like this: "It rained twice here this summer, once for 6 weeks and once for 7 weeks." Those dark weather conditions greatly challenge outdoor camera and lens testing as any clouds in the sky can mean unequal shot-to-shot lighting.
 
At the other end of the spectrum is Colorado, currently experiencing an extreme drought with reservoirs at historic lows (Crater Lake in the Maroons Bells Scenic Area was empty). So, it would make sense that clear skies could be found there.
 
Amazingly, the day I flew out to Colorado, it was clear here and I arrived to heavy clouds, rain and snow that lasted practically my entire time there (note: I'm available to hire for rain-making). Thankfully, the night before I left was clear and I was able to do some night sky camera and lens testing.
 
Focusing on stars at night is always a challenge and the Canon EOS R's EVF proved up to that task. I have been very impressed by the R's low light AF capabilities, especially with the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens mounted and when that lens took its night sky turn, I decided to try autofocusing on a bright star. Under my local modestly-dark sky (this light pollution map shows this location as between yellow and green and some town glow is seen in the bottom of the included image), the EOS R with the center AF point selected successfully and repeatedly autofocused on bright stars. This task does not get easier.
 
Before you ask me about specific EOS R and lens combinations being able to do this, know that I returned back east to heavily clouded skies and it has been raining heavily all morning.
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EOS R from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 10/12/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Image quality test results from a Nikon D850 have been added to the Nikon 24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens page.
 
The Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR features an excellent general purpose focal length range, a moderately fast max aperture and VR – a combination which results in a highly useful lens with a modest price tag and travel-friendly size.
 
Here are a couple of comparisons to get you started:
 
Nikon 24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR compared to Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Nikon 24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR compared to Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens
 
The Nikon 24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
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Post Date: 10/10/2018 7:01:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 8, 2018
After opening the Canon EOS R box, it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 40 steps I took to make a new EOS R ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger and plug it in.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes) and power the camera on.
  6. The date, time and timezone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the rear Cross Keys and Set button to update this information.
  7. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  8. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  9. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Cross Keys to set JPEG to "-" (RAW image files provide the highest quality and are especially valuable for post processing work)
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec. (or sometimes off to increase shooting speed in the field)
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release shutter without card: Disable (only in a retail store do you want to press the shutter release without saving the image file)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Lens Aberration Correction: All options "OFF" (though Chromatic Aberration correction is a good option to leave enabled for most)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off (I'll make these adjustments in post if needed)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: White balance: AWB W (White) (I seldom use another white balance setting while shooting, though I often adjust modestly during post processing)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 2 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto (when active, LENR captures a dark image that is used to correct the long exposure noise in the primary image)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (noise reduction is destructive to images details – I prefer to add noise reduction sparingly during post processing)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: High speed display: ON (note that the camera must be set to high speed frame rate to enable this option)
  20. AF Menu, Tab 1: AF frame size: Small (this allows me to precisely select the point of focus – I opt for the larger frame size if contrast is not sufficient (seldom) and Face Tracking with Eye AF is usually optimal for photographing people)
  21. AF Menu, Tab 1: Touch & drag AF settings: Touch & drag AF: Enable (allows a thumb drag across the rear LCD to quickly move the AF point while looking through the electronic viewfinder)
  22. AF Menu, Tab 5: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Pt only (instructs camera to individually save the selected AF points for vertical and horizontal orientation)
  23. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight Alert: Enable (causes overexposed pixels to blink)
  24. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnify (approx.): Actual size (allows one button press during playback to zoom deeply into the image)
  25. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto Rotate: On computer (images are properly rotated when viewed on a computer, but are always oriented to fill the LCD when viewed on the camera)
  26. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable (probably no one wants to hear your focus confirmation beep)
  27. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Screen info. settings: Enable 1 and 3
  28. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: VF info/toggle setting: Enable 1 and 3
  29. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Grid display: 3x3 (sometimes helpful for alignment checking)
  30. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Histogram disp: RGB, Small (I want to see the brightness levels of each channel separately and don't want the graph to take up much space in the display)
  31. Tools Menu, Tab 6: Custom shooting mode (C1, C2): Auto update set: Enable (see Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  32. Tools Menu, Tab 6: Copyright information: enter as desired
  33. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: Bracketing auto cancel: OFF (I want to control when AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) is enabled and disabled)
  34. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: Bracketing sequence: -0+ (if images are captured in brightness sequence, they are easier to work with during post processing. Capturing the darkest image first means that I quickly get at least the first frame)
  35. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 3: RF lens MF focus ring sensitivity: Linked to rotation degree (I do not like variable speed AF rings)
  36. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 4: Customize buttons: Up, Down, Left and Right buttons: Direct AF point selection
  37. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 4: Customize M-Fn bar: ISO speed, ISO <, ISO >
  38. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 5: Retract lens on power off: OFF (avoids having a carefully-selected focus distance from resetting when camera auto powers off)
  39. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Expo. simulation, Long exposure noise reduction, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB (found back up near the top of the list) (nothing in my My Menu is found on the Quick Control display as those functions are already quickly accessed)
  40. With a lens mounted and a subject focused on, adjust the viewfinder diopter until the scene is sharp
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). If your camera ever needs reset to factory settings for other reasons, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service. And, if you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to quickly set it up.
 
More Information
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
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Post Date: 10/8/2018 6:52:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens page. You are going to like these results.
 
There is a rather long story behind why test results from this lens' are showing up on the site at this time. I'll try to make this brief while filling in some blank space for you.
 
We first began testing Nikon lenses many years ago using a D3x. As imaging sensor resolutions increased, I felt the need to re-test Nikon lenses with the latest model, highest resolution Nikon camera available at that time. That was the D810. Not long after begining the D810 lens testing project, we ran into a number of bad lens copies that cost us significantly and I placed Nikon lens testing on the backburner. At the same time, many requests were coming in for Sony lens testing and thus, we moved Sony lens testing to a higher priority.
 
As we worked through the Sony full frame lens reviews, the Nikon lens testing project was rising on the priority list and now, the significantly higher-resolution D850 is available. I decided that we needed to acquire a D850 before investing further in Nikon lens evaluations (our like-new, lightly used D810 is for sale).
 
Then a few things happened, aligning the stars, so-to-speak. For over a year, I've had an elk photography trip booked at a private ranch in Idaho. Then Canon announced the replacement for my wildlife-go-to Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. While the image quality promised to be similar (extremely good), the weight savings on the III is incredible. The difference is game-changing – and it feels even more significant when holding the II and III at the same time. I placed an order for the 600mm f/4L IS III the minute preorders opened. BTW, the 400 f/2.8L IS II and III weight difference feels just as major.
 
Back to the Nikon story: it seemed wrong for someone who reviews cameras and lenses to take a being-replaced lens for primary (almost exclusive) use on a big photo trip. Then a Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens in 9+ condition showed up in B&H's used department.
 
With the D850 closely approaching the resolution of my Canon EOS 5Ds R and boasting a much-faster 9 fps frame rate with the MB-D18 grip and EN-EL18c battery installed, I decided that I would sell my current 600 f/4L II to fund the III and use the Nikon 600 f/4E to challenge the D850 in the interim. The elk photo trip would be an especially great opportunity to get to know this gear (and I always love figuring out new gear).
 
While I am not often a proponent of buying used gear, buying used gear from B&H is relatively safe and I thoroughly tested the lens upon arrival. I was especially wary because, years ago, we tested a number of Nikon supertelephoto lenses that ... didn't perform very well. After AF calibrating the lens and giving it some initial testing, I had a close black bear and cubs encounter in heavy fog that proved out the functionality and capabilities of this setup. The gear worked great on my trip and ... my photo processing backlog has been greatly increased.
 
Photographing, evaluating gear and image processing – I can pick 2 of those right now and opted to narrow down and process images later, perhaps over the winter. I have spent a lot of time behind cameras and lenses this summer and fall and have a lot to share over the following months.
 
Back to the Nikon D850 results: note that, after careful consideration, we have increased the standard sharpness setting of the Nikon D850 results from "0" to "1" (using Nikon software for RAW conversion). Evaluating highly magnified images shows very slight sharpening halos present at this setting, but comparatively, we think "1" is the right number to go with. The Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens vs. Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens at f/5.6 shows the two lenses appearing similarly sharp with their respective high resolution cameras behind them (Nikon D850 vs. Canon EOS 5Ds R).
 
Also note that we remain committed to evaluating Canon gear as our highest priority (our primary kits are Canon) and will bring additional brand camera and lens test results and reviews as time and resources permit.
 
The excellent Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/3/2018 7:31:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 1, 2018
A new Canon RF Lens Information page has been added to the Canon Lenses section of the site.
 
The new RF lens mount is a key feature of the new Canon EOS R mirroress camera and RF lenses. To reduce overlap in the various upcoming EOS R-series camera and RF lens reviews, I opted to create the Canon RF Lens Information reference page to explain why the RF mount was developed and the benefits it brings to the Canon EOS system.
 
Please let us know if you have suggestions for additional information appropriate for the page.
 
Preorders
 
Canon EOS R Camera
 
Canon EOS R (Body) - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon EOS R with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF Lenses & Adapters
 
Canon BG-E22 Battery Grip for EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R** - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/1/2018 6:45:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 27, 2018
Standard product images along with vignetting, distortion and specs/measurements for the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM have been added to the site.
 
Here are a couple of product image comparisons to get you started:
 
Canon RF 24-105L | Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II | Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art
Canon RF 50L | Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L | Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art
 
The Canon EOS R has also been added to the site's Camera Top View and Camera Back View comparison tools. Click on your current camera's link at the bottom of the tool and then on the "R" to see the size/available features difference between the two cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/27/2018 8:36:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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