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 Friday, September 14, 2018
Noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS R Review page.
 
Unsurprisingly, the Canon EOS R vs. 5D Mark IV comparison shows the two cameras about equal.
 
I'll describe the results in more depth in the full review, but the processing standard uses Canon Digital Photo Professional with the Standard Picture Style and a sharpness setting of "1" (on a 1-10 scale). The Camera default uses the Standard Picture Style with an unsharp mask (USM) strength setting of "4" (too high). NR represents noise reduction and MSNR is multi shot noise reduction.
 
With 250 test images with each needing many processing steps (thousands total), there is a possibility that I have an error (or two) somewhere in these results. Please point them out if you find any. Note that the ISO 40000 results are not showing due to a software bug in the tool. I'll fix that, but ... you don't want to use ISO 40000 anyway.
 
The Canon EOS R is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/14/2018 9:30:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens page.
 
Canon didn't hold back with the quality level of its initial lens selection for the Canon EOS R and the new RF 50mm f/1.2L warrants attention. This lens is well-built, looks great, focuses quickly and with the R behind it and a little contrast in front of it, this lens focuses in ridiculously dark scenarios even when I cover the focus assist light (it is very impressive).
 
I need to talk about the EOS R image quality a bit to clarify the results we are seeing from this lens. This EOS R vs. 5D Mark IV image quality comparison should be a decent one. These two cameras have the same resolution and the compared lenses, stopped down to f/5.6, are both very sharp with little distortion. What you will immediately see (and I think you are going to see this corroborated in forthcoming test results) is that the 5D Mark IV's image is sharper. While it immediately looks like the 5D IV is delivering better image quality, that is not necessarily the case.
 
We have long been using a low Canon Digital Photo Professional sharpness setting of "1" (on a 1-10 scale) for lens testing as sharpening quickly masks differences between lenses. While it seems that increasing the sharpness of an image is a cheap fix to poor lens quality, that sharpening quickly becomes destructive to details, ruining the fine image quality you were seeking in the first place. Camera manufacturers know that you like sharp images and they crank up the default sharpness in attempt to make you happy. Nearly always, that setting is at a very destructive level. Fortunately, you can adjust the sharpness level to your taste.
 
There is a long pipeline between the imaging sensor and the final image file and not all cameras utilize identical hardware and software (more often, they do not). More specifically to the point, the amount of sharpening showing in a final JPG image processed using the same settings is not always the same. And, that is the case here.
 
If you zoom in your browser while looking at the 5D IV result, you will see some slight over-sharpening halos, slightly brighter colors around the border of the darker ones. I gave strong consideration to using a sharpness setting of "2" as the default for the EOS R, but the halos began showing at that setting. So, we are staying the course with the standard sharpness setting of "1". You of course can increase your sharpness setting as desired. A setting of about "2" approximately matches the 5D IV. Download the crops shared here and apply your preferred sharpening routine.
 
Ready to be impressed? Check out this comparison (visualize the resolution difference):
 
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L compared to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L Lens
 
This might be the 50mm lens you've been waiting for.
 
The Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Here are all of the EOS R, RF lens and accessory preorder links.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2018 9:18:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 10, 2018
I'm back from the Canon announcement event and suffering from a strong case of information overload. I'll have new information to share for months.
 
I have the Canon EOS R, the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, the RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens and an adapter for testing and have experience with this gear along with the incredible Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens. If you need not-yet-posted information to make a purchasing decision, please email me!
 
In this post, I'll address the Canon EOS R battery.
 
First, I love that the Canon EOS R uses the same LP-E6N Li-ion Battery utilized by a large number of recent and current Canon EOS Cameras, including the 5D Mark IV, 5Ds R, 5Ds, 6D Mark II, 7D Mark II and 80D. This has been a great battery, in both performance, reliability and size (several fit comfortably in my pocket). Note that the older LP-E6 (no "N") is also supported by the EOS R (the "N" model has increased capacity, 1800 mAh vs. 1865 mAh).
 
That I have accumulated a large supply of these batteries is especially useful. I love the simplicity of being able to share the LP-E6N batteries and chargers across my kit and also appreciate that I can take a single, small, direct-plug charger when traveling, even when I have multiple camera models along. That I am accumulating a large number of these chargers is also convenient for those times I need to quickly charge a large number of batteries (my family loves when I plug 6 of these in the kitchen receptacles).
 
Battery life is a very relevant camera spec and mirrorless cameras typically have disappointingly-low battery life ratings and this one gets the same: approx. 370 shots (at 23°C). However, CIPA battery life ratings and real-world experience can differ significantly and that is especially true with my EOS R experience to date.
 
My first fully-charged LP-E6N battery provided 1510 images with 3% battery charge remaining. That is a very impressive number for any camera, though many short high-speed frame rate bursts surely aided that experience. Still impressive was the second full charge delivering over 1100 images with 9% remainging for an expected life of well over 1300 images. Again, some short bursts were captured, but many slow and carefully-aligned landscape images were also captured. The third charge yielded 560 images at 17% battery life remaining for an expected life of approximately 670 images. This set of images was captured in higher battery drain situations that including waiting for the perfect moments to occur at a low light event.
 
I'm very pleased with all of these results. Those are numbers I can easily live with. Note that scenarios generating a high number of images tend to incorporate high frame rate shooting which results in a correspondingly higher number of images per fully charged battery.
 
The EOS R provides a 6-level battery indicator on the top LCD and a specific percent remaining value in the Battery Information menu. This menu also provides a shutter count and a recharge performance rating for the installed battery.
 
Much more to come!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/10/2018 1:52:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 30, 2018
Just posted: Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
It is what we've come to expect from the Sigma Art series: an excellent lens.
 
The Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 8/30/2018 9:35:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 27, 2018
Just posted: Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Review.
 
This lens deserves a role in most Sony kits.
 
The Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 8/27/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 20, 2018
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
Unsurprisingly, we see the 5Ds R stressing this lens' capabilities more than the 1Ds Mark III. Here are a couple of comparisons to get you started:
 
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art compared to Canon 24mm f/1.4L II Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art compared to Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens
 
Be sure to also compare the prices.
 
The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 8/20/2018 8:17:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 14, 2018
 Monday, August 13, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens page.
 
This top-selling lens has very good image quality and an attractive price. Here are some comparisons:
 
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 vs. FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens (at f/2)
Sony FE 85mm vs. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Lens
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 vs. Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC USD Lens
 
The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens is in stock or available for order at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 8/13/2018 8:49:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 6, 2018
Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens Review.
 
Small, light, nicely-built and a decent performer, especially for being cheap.
 
The Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 8/6/2018 8:37:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 3, 2018
Installing a Sony firmware update on an alpha a7R III and other similar series cameras involves downloading the updated firmware, connecting the camera to the computer via a USB cable and executing the downloaded software. When instructed to do so, the software does its task, leaving the camera in an updated state.
 
I need to clarify that last statement: it leaves the camera in an updated state if all goes as desired. After attempting to install Sony a7R III Firmware v.1.10, my camera had only a little red access lamp illuminated on the back. While that was concerning to me, cycling the camera power fixes most camera (and computer) problems and I immediately took that option. Unfortunately, the light remained on. Especially with the buggy early firmware of the a7R II, I wasn't worried. I simply removed and reinserted the (fully charged) battery. Still, the only sign of life was the red light.
 
I was leaving for a more than 1 week long photo trip the next day. I have backup cameras that I could have taken instead of this one, but I didn't have any more Sony cameras and I intended evaluate some Sony lenses while traveling. Right, installing updated firmware just before leaving wasn't the brightest idea, but things are crazy here and ... that was when I found time to get the task done.
 
Anyway, what you really want to know is "What should I do when a Sony firmware update leaves only the red access light illuminated on the back of the camera?" Re-installing the firmware upgrade, potentially multiple times, (usually) solves this problem. It was that easy for me and hopefully it will be that easy for you.
 
I don't know why the firmware update failed the first time but worked the second time and that is a problem (and a waste of time and energy). But, that the camera was working again in a short period of time was ... sweet. And now, if you experience the same problem, you will know what to do.
 Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Just posted: Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens Review.
 
A lot of Sony-based photographers will want this lens in their kits.
 
The Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
B&H also has a used Sony 16-35mm f/4 Lens in stock for only $1,009.95.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 8/1/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 27, 2018
 Thursday, July 26, 2018
Just posted: Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens Review.
 
Need a high quality, relatively light weight telephoto zoom for your Sony kit? This lens is a great choice.
 
The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 7/26/2018 7:45:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 23, 2018
Just posted: Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens Review.
 
Great little lens.
 
The Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 7/23/2018 7:28:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 19, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
This is a fun lens. Very unique. What should it be compared to? I'll start you with this one:
 
Sigma 105mm vs. 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens comparison
 
The Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is in short supply. Order quickly to find one in stock (or preorder) at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX. Note that the Sony mount version is due later this year.
 
Rent the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 7/19/2018 8:07:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 16, 2018
Just posted: Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens Review.
 
Find out if the cheapest Sony FE lens available is a bargain.
 
The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 7/16/2018 8:26:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 12, 2018
Just posted: Really Right Stuff PC-LR Round Panning Clamp Review.
 
Do you wish you would have opted for a panning clamp version of your tripod head? Or, do you only occasionally need a panning clamp? Those are just two reasons why this product might appeal to you.
 
The Really Right Stuff PC-LR Round Panning Clamp is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 7/12/2018 8:19:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Just posted: Really Right Stuff FG-02 Fluid-Gimbal Head Review.
 
After reviewing the Really Right Stuff PG-02 Pano-Gimbal Head, I couldn't resist trying the fluid version of that head. That was a good decision.
 
The Really Right Stuff FG-02 Fluid-Gimbal Head is available for order at B&H.
Post Date: 7/11/2018 8:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Just posted: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
This is a great little lens. While image sharpness was not improved significantly in this lens upgrade, other aspects have been significantly improved.
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/10/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 6, 2018
Image quality test results from a second Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens are now available.
 
The difference between the two lenses is only slight.
 
Here is a difference that you are not going to struggle to see. That's an impressive improvement.
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2018 11:40:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 5, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review page.
 
The first comparison you want to see is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II Lens vs. the previous Canon f/4L IS Lens. The version I lens has superb image quality and the II appears similar in its capability.
 
Here are two more suggested comparisons:
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II Lens vs. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II Lens vs. Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2018 7:59:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 2, 2018
Just posted: Sony a7 III Review.
 
The Sony a7 III is a lot of camera for the money.
 
The Sony a7 III is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Sony a7 III from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 7/2/2018 6:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 29, 2018
Image quality test results showing resolution have been added to the Sony a7R III Review and the Sony a7 III Review (this review will be completed soon).
 
Here are some comparisons:
 
Sony a7R III compared to the Sony a7 III
Sony a7R III compared to the Canon EOS 5Ds R
Sony a7R III compared to the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Sony a7 III compared to the Canon EOS 6D Mark II
 
The Sony a7R III is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX. Rent one from Lensrentals.
 
The Sony a7 III has been so incredibly popular that it is sold out everywhere. This camera is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX. The a7 III is eBay, but at the premiums being charged, you should probably just get the a7R III. Preorder right now from one of the trusted retailers just mentioned to get the best spot in the a7 III preorder line.
 
Or, rent one right away from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/29/2018 7:44:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Just posted: Breakthrough Photography Night Sky Light Pollution Filter Review.
 
Check out this interesting tool for photographing the night sky in areas affected by light pollution (where most of us live).
 
The Light Pollution Filter is in stock at Breakthrough Photography.
 
What do you think? Are light pollution filters important for photographing the night sky?
Post Date: 6/27/2018 8:05:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Just posted: Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
The price of this lens is especially attention-garnering.
 
The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 6/26/2018 7:31:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 25, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens page.
 
Like the Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens has strong geometric distortion and current Sony cameras have the distortion correction menu option grayed-out. Distortion correction is always enabled when this lens is mounted and this means that the corrected image is seen in the electronic viewfinder and we are not able to determine the required precise test chart framing for the uncorrected view. So, understand that the image quality results for the Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens include distortion correction and that this lens has strong distortion at the longer and shorter focal lengths.
 
Here are some comparisons to get you started:
 
Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS compared to Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens
Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS compared to Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens
Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS compared to Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
This lens currently has a $300 instant rebate available. The Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
B&H also has a 9+-rated used 24-70mm f/4 ZA in stock for only $729.95!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/25/2018 8:14:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 22, 2018
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens page.
 
Before going any further, we need to talk. Most cameras today have built-in lens abberation correction that can optionally be enabled/disabled. Sony's a7R III and similar cameras are included in this group.
 
When testing lenses, we disable all lens abberation correction. We want to see how well the lens performs without any software enhancements. Software enhancements can be applied to the results from any lens, but some of this processing can be destructive – especially distortion correction.
 
Any processing made before the raw file is created cannot be controlled and some have accused Sony of this tactic. Addressing these accusations is not he point of this tangent, but I can tell you that the distortion correction menu option is grayed-out and distortion correction is always enabled when this lens is mounted. This lens has extremely strong barrel distortion that Sony apparently doesn't want anyone to see.
 
With distortion correction enabled, the corrected image is seen in the electronic viewfinder and we are not able to determine the required precise test chart framing for the uncorrected view. So, understand that the image quality results for the Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens include distortion correction and that this lens has very strong barrel distortion.
 
Capture One permits the distortion correction to be turned off and this is what the final ISO chart framing looks like:
 
Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens Uncorrected Distortion
 
Here are some comparisons you might find interesting.
 
Sony FE 28mm f/2 compared to Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens
Sony FE 28mm f/2 compared to Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens
Sony FE 28mm f/2 compared to Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
Sony FE 28mm f/2 compared to Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens
Sony FE 28mm f/2 compared to Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
 
The Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/22/2018 7:20:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 20, 2018
 Tuesday, June 19, 2018
 Friday, June 15, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens page.
 
Looking for a bargain Sony lens? This best-seller qualifies.
 
Captured with different cameras, the following comparisons require a bit judgement and visualization skills.
 
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 compared to Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 compared to Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 compared to Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
 
As always, many other comparisons are available.
 
The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/15/2018 9:00:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Review.
 
The 400 DO IS II review was completed before the 5Ds R existed. To get these results added to the site, Canon USA loaned us another copy this lens. Under the scrutiny of the ultra-high resolution 5Ds R, the center of the frame is showing a touch of softness in the center at f/4 in this copy of the lens, but this lens performs impressively otherwise.
 
Here are some comparisons to get you started:
 
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 400mm f/2.8L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 300mm f/2.8L IS II Lens with 1.4x
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 400mm f/5.6L Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 200-400mm f/4L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 200mm f/2L IS Lens with 1.4x
 
The Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2018 9:23:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 11, 2018
Noise test results (132 images) have been added to the Sony a7 III page.
 
Please note that, unless specified, the results include no noise reduction. Noise reduction can be equally applied to any image during post processing, so the without-noise reduction processing creates a better differentiator between camera models. Of course, the manufacturer can include noise reduction into the RAW file and for that there is no control.
 
I know, it wasn't nice to show the a7 III's ISO 204800 result. As is often the case, the highest ISO setting seems useless for most regards, but it does appear artistic. I think that you will like what you see from the more-realistic a7 III ISO settings.
 
Sony a7 III compared to Sony a7R III
Sony a7 III compared to Sony a7R III downsized to 24MP in Photoshop
 
Many other comparisons are available. Be sure to view and compare the under and over-exposed result sets to evaluate dynamic range. In that regard, it appears that the a7 III and a7R III are very similar, both very good.
 
The Sony a7 III is an incredibly-popular model right now and generally not available in stock unless one is willing to pay a strongly-marked-up price on eBay.
 
If you want to get your hands on this camera right away, consider renting it from LensRentals.com.
 
Otherwise, the earlier you get in line, the quicker your camera will arrive. Preorders are being taken at: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/11/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 8, 2018
 
Discover the benefits of improvements found in the new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM lenses as explained by Canon U.S.A.'s Rudy Winston.
 
Get our coverage here:
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
 
Preorder the new lenses:
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | WEX
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | WEX
 
Canon Tripod Mount Ring AII(WII) for the f/4L IS II Lens: B&H | Adorama | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/8/2018 10:50:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 7, 2018
The lens pages for just-announced Canon 70-200mm lenses are live on the site, filled with detailed information about what to expect from the new gear.
 
Are these new lenses minor refreshes of current models or major upgrades? Starting off with a feature upgrade list, these pages will answer that question quickly. Check them out:
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
 
Preorder the new lenses!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/7/2018 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 31, 2018
For a long time, our always-current Canon Lens Recommendations pages have been very popular and long on my to-do list has been to create recommendations pages for Canon cameras. While I still have several recommendation categories to add and refinements will be ongoing, the Canon Camera Recommendations page is now live.
 
Hopefully you can send your friends to these pages for answering their "Which camera should I get?" questions. To find the link, look under the "Recommendations" main tab.
 
Let us know if you disagree with any recommendations and also let us know if you think a model should be added to one of the categories.
 
Want to make sure I have considered a category you want to see? Please share that also!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The highly-welcomed Sony a7 III is here and I am sharing the 28 steps I took to make it ready for use. This may sound like a repeat of a similar Sony camera setup I shared not too long ago and there is good reason for that. Aside from a significantly lower resolution imaging sensor, it is hard to tell the two cameras apart.
 
  • Charge battery
  • Install neck strap
  • Download and install Capture One (for Sony) and/or Sony Imaging Edge (unless your current favorite RAW image processing software supports the Sony a7 III)
  • Insert charged battery and power on the camera
  • Set the timezone, date, time, timeformat
  • insert memory card (don't forget to format it)
  • Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 1: Quality: RAW
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 1: RAW File Type: Uncompressed (unless taking advantage of the about-50% smaller RAW file size)
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 2: Lens Comp.: All Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 3: Bracket Settings: ->0>+ (makes selecting images for HDR processing easier)
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Priority Set in AF-S: AF
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Priority Set in AF-C: AF
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Focus Area: Flexible Spot
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Swt. V/H AF Area: AF Point Only
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 9: Reset EV Comp.: Maintain
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 10: Spot Metering Point: Focus Point Link
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 12: DRO/Auto HDR: Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 12: Creative Style: Neutral, Sharpness = 1 (I usually process with the Natural creative style in Capture One)
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 4: Release w/o Card: Disable
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 6: Grid Line: Rule of 3rds Grid
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 8: Custom Key(Shoot.): Custom Button 1: ISO
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 9: Audio signals: Off (How to turn off the loud and usually-annoying AF beep sound)
  • Setup Menu, Tab 1: Volume Settings: 3
  • Setup Menu, Tab 1: Delete confirm: "Delete" first
  • Setup Menu, Tab 2: Touch Operation: On
  • Setup Menu, Tab 5: Copyright Info: Write Copyright Info: On, Set Photographer: {name}, Set Copyright: {name}
  • My Menu: RAW File Type, Long Exposure NR; Px. Shift Multi Shoot.; Focus Mode; Anti-flicker Shoot.; Silent Shooting; Steady Shot; Format;
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. If your camera ever needs reset to factory settings, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. If you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to quickly set it up.
 
More Information
 
Sony a7 III
 
Get the Sony a7 III at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 5/30/2018 11:25:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 17, 2018
 Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Just posted: Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens Review.
 
This lens is going to be a staple of serious Sony kits.
 
The Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 5/15/2018 6:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 10, 2018
Just posted: Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 Lens Review.
 
This is a good value lens.
 
The Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 5/10/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 7, 2018
Just posted: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens Review.
 
This review did not have the typical Zeiss ending.
 
The Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens is in stock at B&H (available used also), Amazon and Adorama.
 
Note that the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Classic Lens is currently available and is a bargain at B&H (used also available) and Amazon. A specially modified version (shade removed) is available for a $500 premium over the Milvus lens at Adorama.
Post Date: 5/7/2018 8:10:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 2, 2018
 Monday, April 30, 2018
 Saturday, April 28, 2018
Having a selection of RRS parts is a bit like having a pile of Legos. Once you get started, you just want to keep building (and you find yourself "needing" more parts).
 
During an evaluation, I decided to put most of the items I was working with together into one setup. And, thought I'd share it with you. Supported in the Radical Rig are:
 
Used for support in the Radical Rig are:
 
While the rig looks cool, it is surprisingly usable. And, the gear is truly impressive.
 
Here is the back view:
 
Really Right Stuff Radical Rig Back View
 
Based on what you see here and knowing what I've already reviewed, you can likely figure out what the next review subject is.
 
Crazy rigs of course need a name. I decided to call this one the RRS Radical Rig with "Extravahead" in the running. Sean had some other good ideas – please share your own alternative name suggestions with us.
 
#MYRRS #RRS #ReallyRightStuff
Post Date: 4/28/2018 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 27, 2018
Image quality test results from a third lens have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
I finally made this lens part of my kit.
 
Great deal: the Canon USA Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens available for only $779.20 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00 new. Refurbished items from the Canon USA Store are like new and come with a retail-matching 1-year warranty.
 
The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/27/2018 9:17:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 26, 2018
Now live: Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Review.
 
A big thanks to John Reilly for his continued efforts in reviewing the EF-M series lenses!
 
The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/26/2018 7:49:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 23, 2018
Just posted: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
It is a good lens, with some complexities encountered.
 
The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 4/23/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 19, 2018
Our first copy of the Sigma 14-24 Art Lens suffered from an improperly-aligned element or group of elements and warranted a replacement. Image quality test results from the replacement lens have been added to the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens page. I opted to remove the first set of results as they were not indicative of what should be expected from this lens.
 
The wide end results are remarkable.
 
There are, as usual, many comparisons that can be made. I'll get you started:
 
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 vs. Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art vs. Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L III Lens
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art vs. Canon EF 11-24 f/4L Lens
 
We'll have Sigma test results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and 7D Mark II soon, enabling more direct comparisons.
 
The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at Amazon, eBay and WEX. Preorders are being taken by B&H and Adorama.
Post Date: 4/19/2018 7:47:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 16, 2018
Just posted: Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Review.
 
Once again we have John Reilly to thank for this review.
 
The Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/16/2018 8:30:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 12, 2018
Image quality test results are now available on the have been added to the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens page.
 
After testing our first copy of this lens, my determination was that I would never own one. The results were quite poor. After testing our second copy, I have a new regard for the EF-M 18-150 and the focal length range this lens covers is especially nice.
 
The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/12/2018 8:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Just posted: Canon EOS M50 Review.
 
The M50 is simply a great little camera!
 
The Canon EOS M50 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
Note that I encountered two repeatable minor bugs while evaluating the M50.
 
First, if the memory card is removed and re-inserted after changing the camera's ISO setting and/or AF point selection (and perhaps other settings?) without a photo captured between these steps, the settings will revert to their prior selections. To reproduce this issue, take a photo. Then change the camera's ISO setting and AF point selection (single point), remove the memory card and reinsert the card. The ISO setting and AF point selection will revert to those used to capture the last-prior photo. This is not a big deal, but something to be aware of.
 
Another issue is that Canon Digital Photo Professional (version 4.8.20.0) is not honoring brightness adjustments made to C-RAW files in the Main window. The thumbnails show the adjustment, but the adjustment is not actually written to the file and saved to disk. Batch processing picks up the unadjusted file. Reloading DPP shows the unadjusted brightness in the Main window thumbnails. Adjustments made in the Editor are working fine. Again, this is just an anomaly to be aware of until Canon implements the fix.
 
Both of these bugs have been reported to Canon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/10/2018 7:08:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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