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 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
 Friday, April 6, 2018
Introduced along with the new .CR3 file format on the Canon EOS M50 was the new C-RAW image file format. The C-RAW files seemed like a much better option than the M-RAW and S-RAW options we previously had available and, with C-RAW files being about the same size as a high quality JPG file, I wanted to know what to expect from images captured in C-RAW. What started as a small task grew into a project, so I decided to share some of the results with you.
 
Should I Use Canon's C-RAW Image File Format?
 
Let me know what you think!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/6/2018 8:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 5, 2018
What I hoped to share with you today was an accurate representation of the image quality delivered by the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens. While we do have the test results for this lens loaded on the site and will again in the future, the results from this specific lens are only temporarily available. Why only temporarily available? I want to use them for an illustration.
 
We have apparently received a lens with an improperly-aligned element or group of elements (this is a retail-acquired lens). The image included with this post shows all for corners of a 14mm f/2.8 image. Lenses are round and symmetrical and a properly constructed lens will render all four corners identically. Obviously, this one does not. The top right, the corner that shows in the site's image quality tool, is unfortunately the worst. The corner results are less significantly different at the longer focal lengths, but 14mm is going to be this lens' most important focal length for many.
 
When unequal corner performance happens, we test another copy of the lens. So, in this case, first looks at the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens image quality mean second looks are needed. Stay tuned for that. If the right side looks as good as the left ... we should be very pleased.
 
While we are looking at this comparison image, I'll make another point and that is in regards to the linear distortion profile of this lens. At close focusing distances, the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Lens has very significant barrel distortion at 14mm. Fortunately, this distortion is greatly reduced at longer focus distances. I'll illustrate that in the review.
 
The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 4/5/2018 9:22:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 2, 2018
Noise test results (110 test images) have been added to the Canon EOS M50 page.
 
So far, I really like this little camera.
 
The Canon EOS M50 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/2/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 29, 2018
I have a Canon EOS M50 in my hands and just completed preparing the camera for use. Following are the 31 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box M50 ready to 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, Photostitch 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 time zone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the rear cross key control and the 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. Press the Menu button and scroll through all of the available tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and rear cross-keys control to set JPEG to "-"
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: disable all (I correct lens aberrations during post processing if warranted, but chromatic aberration correction is usually a good option to enable)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: White balance: AWB W
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 1 (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.)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Touch & drag AF settings: Touch and drag AF: Enable, Positioning method: Relative
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Continuous AF: Off
  19. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Playback information display: Change #2 to RGB histogram, disable all options except #1 and #2
  20. Function Settings Menu, Tab 1: Auto Rotate: On (computer only)
  21. Function Settings Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable
  22. Function Settings Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. disp.: Screen info/toggle settings: Update #1 to select only basic shooting info, On screen buttons and Electronic level, all options except Detailed shooting info selected for #2 and uncheck #3, #4 and #5 (it takes too long to toggle through all of the available options during use)
  23. Function Settings Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. disp.: VF info/toggle settings: Uncheck #1, update #2 to select only Electronic level and update #3 to select Histogram disp and Electronic level
  24. Function Settings Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. disp.: Grid display: 3x3
  25. Function Settings Menu, Tab 4: Shooting information display: Histogram display: RGB
  26. Function Settings Menu, Tab 5: Custom Functions(C.Fn): C.Fn I ISO expansion: 1:On
  27. Function Settings Menu, Tab 5: Copyright information: Enter author's name
  28. Display level settings, Tab 1: Menu display: Standard
  29. Display level settings, Tab 1: Mode guide: Disable
  30. Display level settings, Tab 1: Feature guide: Disable
  31. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Expo. comp./AEB (found back up near the top of the list)
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). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS M50
 
The Canon EOS M50 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2018 8:04:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Just posted: Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens Review.
 
Again we have John Reilly to heartily thank for his effort in creating this review.
 
The little, highly useful Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2018 8:43:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens Page.
 
A full review of this lens should be available very soon.
 
The tiny, inexpensive Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 26, 2018
Just posted: Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens Review.
 
Like the other two TS-E L lenses simultaneously introduced, the Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens has been hard to find in stock, but Amazon and eBay have this lens at the moment. Orders are being taken at B&H and Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2018 8:40:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens page.
 
Like the other two TS-E L lenses simultaneously introduced, the Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens has been hard to find in stock, but Amazon, Beach Camera and eBay have this lens at the moment. Orders are being taken at B&H and Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2018 7:44:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 19, 2018
Now live: Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Review.
 
A big shout of thanks goes out to John Reilly for his effort in creating the review of this tiny lens!
 
The Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/19/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Now live: Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens Review.
 
This will be the most-used lens in many Sony kits.
 
The Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens is available for order at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 3/14/2018 7:45:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 12, 2018
Just posted: Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens Review.
 
It's a lot like the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L, and that's a very good thing.
 
The Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens is in stock at Amazon | Canon Store | Beach Camera | eBay.
 
This lens is expected soon at B&H | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 3/12/2018 9:53:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 9, 2018
Just posted: WD My Passport Wireless SSD Review.
 
Among other interesting information in this review is the result of this device repeatedly falling 6' onto concrete.
 
Save up to $100! The WD My Passport Wireless SSD, in a variety of capacities, is in stock and on sale at B&H.
 Thursday, March 8, 2018
With all three of the new Canon tilt-shift lenses in house, I thought I'd share the latest Canon L-Series Tilt-Shift Lens family picture.
 
Shown here are the:
 
That is one great-looking family. This set would make a sweet kit for so many uses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/8/2018 11:43:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens page.
 
I plan produce a full review of this lens in the near future.
 
For good reasons, the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens has been a hot seller and is available in stock in very limited supply at Amazon and Focus Camera. This lens is available for order at B&H, Adorama and WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 3/6/2018 9:27:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Just posted: Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens Review.
 
This lens is ready for the next generation of imaging sensors.
 
This lens has been hard to find. It is currently in stock at Amazon, Beach Camera (Canon authorized), eBay and WEX.
 
It is expected soon at B&H and Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/28/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Image quality results have been added to the Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens page.
 
Like the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L, the TS-E 135mm f/4L delivers really impressive image quality.
 
Note that results with extenders are included, showing that this lens can also be used with those. The with-extender results are nice, indicating that extenders add significantly to the versatility of this lens.
 
Also note that shifted results are included. To accommodate the tilt and shift movements, the lens must produce an image circle larger than the designed-for sensor format requires. As the lens is shifted (and/or tilted), the periphery of this larger image circle comes into use. Thus, the shifted results have meaning and, in this case, the shifted-"12mm" results show a very slight degradation in the corner.
 
To see the level of image quality being produced here, check out a comparison against one of the sharpest lenses available: Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L vs EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II Lens. Create your own comparisons.
 
The Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens is in stock at Adorama and Amazon and available for order at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2018 8:02:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, February 25, 2018
The Canon EOS M50 and Canon EOS Rebel T7 pages are full of information about and expectations for these new cameras.
 
Check them out and share them with friends!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2018 10:10:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 19, 2018
Along with the previously-shared Image quality test results, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with standard product images and eye candy (including movements illustrated) are now available on the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens page.
 
This review is my current top priority. Stay tuned.
 
The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens is in stock at Adorama | Amazon | Beach Camera | eBay | WEX.
 
Stock is expected soon at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/19/2018 10:13:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 14, 2018
With the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L and 135mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Macro Lenses in house, I took a fresh look at the site's How to Determine the Age of a Canon Lens page. The answers in the serial number table lookup appear to be plausible for both lenses. So, I added the new year to the chart.
 
If you have acquired a new Canon lens in the last year or so, please take a moment to look up its date of manufacture. Then let us know if the answer appears to be correct for your lens. Or, at least approximately so as a few months of difference in the age of a lens is usually completely irrelevant unless there is a service notice issued and in that case, specific serial number ranges are provided.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/14/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 9, 2018
Prepare to be impressed: Image quality test results have been added to the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens page.
 
Wipe the drool. This is not an inexpensive lens, but it is delivering extremely high image quality.
 
Note that results with extenders are included, showing that this lens can be used with those. The with-extender results show that great image quality remains available and extenders add significantly to the versatility of this lens.
 
Also note that shifted results are included. To accommodate the tilt and shift movements, the lens must produce an image circle larger than the designed-for sensor format requires. As the lens is shifted (and/or tilted), the periphery of this larger image circle comes into use. Thus, the shifted results have meaning and in this case, the shifted-"12mm" results show a very slight degradation in the corner.
 
To see the level of image quality being produced here, check out a comparison against one of the sharpest lenses available: Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L vs EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II Lens. Create your own comparisons.
 
The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens is in stock at Amazon (only 2 in stock through Canon-authorized Beach Camera) and coming soon to B&H | | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/9/2018 7:58:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 7, 2018
 Monday, February 5, 2018
In addition to the previously-shared Image quality test results, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements are available on the Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
I expect to have the full review Tamron 100-400mm VC lens review completed early this week.
 
The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 2/5/2018 8:46:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
It was interesting to see Tamron announce a 100-400mm lens not terribly long after the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens introduction. The Sigma was a big hit, delivering great image quality in a small, lightweight package that was nicely built and well-featured for an especially-popularity-driving low price. With these two lenses being very similar, including the same street price, I am anxious to learn which is the best. The image quality results are a good start in that determination.
 
Of importance is a short discussion of the corner performance equivalency of this lens copy at the wider half of the focal length range. As long as the lens elements are properly constructed/dimensioned, a properly-aligned lens will deliver equal image quality in each corner. The Tamron 100-400 we are testing modestly favors the left corners. That of course places it at a disadvantage in the site's image quality tool as the right corner shows there.
 
For clarification, here is the top-left vs top-right corner comparison:
 
Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Left vs. Right Corner Image Quality Comparison
 
Because the Sigma 100-400 is this lens' closest competitor, I added that lens' wide open 100mm sample to the bottom. While the Sigma crop appears slightly sharper than the Tamron crop, I doubt that most will find that difference to be of significance in the overall comparison.
 
Most of our review lenses are off-the-shelf retail and your chances of getting a slightly misaligned one are as good as ours. This defect can happen, but ... no one is happy when they learn that their lens has an issue (and it costs us a lot of time to minimally explain what is happening and ideally to re-test another lens). We'll try to find time to test another lens copy at some point, but for now, try to visualize the above differences when viewing the following comparisons.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Lens compared to Sigma
Tamron 100-400mm Lens compared to Canon
Tamron 100-400mm Lens compared to Sony (different resolution cameras used)
 
The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
We'd love to hear your thoughts on the new Tamron 100-400mm VC Lens. Leave them in the comments section!
Post Date: 1/24/2018 8:29:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 22, 2018
Just posted: Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens Review.
 
It this the first super-zoom all-in-one lens to break the image quality barrier?
 
The Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 1/22/2018 8:52:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens page.
 
Clear is that this is the longest focal length range available in a DSLR lens. Is this the first superzoom to break the image quality barrier? That answer is not so "clear".
 
The Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 1/16/2018 8:00:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 15, 2018
Just posted: Really Right Stuff TQC-14 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
I'm always looking for a better tripod and this one qualifies.
 
The Really Right Stuff TQC-14 Carbon Fiber Tripod is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 1/15/2018 8:10:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 11, 2018
As expected, I am able to bring you another ball head review today: Gitzo GH1382TQD Series 1 Traveler Center Ball Head Review.
 
Minimally, you will learn what that model name means. Quite possibly, you will learn about a ball head that might be right at home in your kit. The tiny premium-grade Gitzo GH1382TQ looks great and performs at least as well.
 
The Gitzo GH1382TQD Series 1 Traveler Center Ball Head is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Deal: Amazon, via well-rated seller DBROTH, has a couple of GH1382TQD heads in stock for only $249.95 (regular price is $319.88). Act fast!
Post Date: 1/11/2018 7:27:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Let's call this "Ball Head Week". The Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ball Head Review is now available and if all goes as planned, I'll post a non-RRS ball head review tomorrow.
 
Need a tiny, lightweight ball head that is well-design, excellently constructed, handles significant capacities and performs stellarly? This might be the one for you. The BH-30 is, in many ways, a compact and lightweight version of the BH-40.
 
The Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ball Head is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 1/10/2018 7:35:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Just posted: Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head Review.
 
Need a compact, relatively light ball head that is well-design, well constructed, handles significant capacities and performs stellarly? This might be the one for you. The BH-40 is, in many ways, a compact and lightweight version of the BH-55.
 
The Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 1/9/2018 7:50:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 8, 2018
 Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Just posted: Sony a7R III Review.
 
Check out Sony's latest full frame powerhouse camera!
 
The Sony a7R III is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (awaiting stock).
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/2/2018 8:42:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The Sony a7R III page has been updated with a close look at image quality and an especially close look at the very interesting new Pixel Shift feature.
 
The Sony a7R III is available for order at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 12/19/2017 7:04:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 18, 2017
Just posted: Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review.
 
The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens plays a crucial role in serious and professional photography kits based on the Sony E-mount cameras.
 
The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 12/18/2017 8:02:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 11, 2017
The highly-anticipated Sony a7R III is here and I am sharing the 28 steps I took to make it ready for use.
 

  • 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 a9)
  • 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, Custom Button 4: Focus Magnifier
  • 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.
 
More Information
 
Sony a7R III
 
Get the Sony a7R III at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.

Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 12/11/2017 7:38:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 4, 2017
Just posted: Canon EOS M100 Review.
 
Here are some of the basic reasons why you should get an M100:
 
  • You want high-end image quality
  • You want very simple-to-use interface
  • You want good AF performance
  • You want a very small size and light weight camera that is able go everywhere with you
  • You want to pay a very low price
And you might want to get the M100 right now because of Canon USA's holiday promotion, featuring a big $100 instant savings on this little camera.
 
The Canon EOS M100 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/4/2017 7:19:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 30, 2017
Just posted: LensCoat RainCoat Review.
 
I found the camo camera and lens raincover I was looking for.
 
Looking for a great gift idea? Any of the many RainCoat models qualify!
 
The LensCoat RainCoat is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 11/30/2017 8:41:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Just posted: Gitzo GT1555T Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
If you do not have a high quality travel tripod in your kit, consideration of a model from the Gitzo Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod lineup is warranted.
 
The Gitzo GT1555T Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama. Additional recommended retailer options are included at the end of the review.
Post Date: 11/29/2017 8:16:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality results from the Sony a7R II have been added to the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens page.
 
Go create some comparisons. Here is one to get you started.
 
The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 11/29/2017 8:12:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 27, 2017
Just posted: Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens Review.
 
Professional and serious amateur photographers have another must-have lens to add to their list.
 
The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens is (momentarily) in stock at Adorama and available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | WEX
 
A huge number of hours goes into creating a review such as this one. Please extend the value by sharing it with others! Thanks!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/27/2017 7:34:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 24, 2017
Just posted: Gitzo GM4562 Series 4 Carbon Fiber Monopod Review.
 
The GM4562 is currently my daily-use monopod.
 
The Gitzo GM4562 Series 4 Carbon Fiber Monopod is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/24/2017 7:29:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Just posted: Breakthrough Photography X4 Dark Circular Polarizer Filter Review.
 
Looking for a gift for a photographer? It is very likely that this filter would be both a useful and a unique piece of kit for them.
 
The Breakthrough Photography X4 Dark Circular Polarizer Filter is in short supply right now with some sizes in stock at Breakthrough Photography.
 
Adorama is accepting preorders.
Post Date: 11/21/2017 7:52:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 20, 2017
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens page.
 
I've been anxiously awaiting these results. Check them out and let us know what you think!
 
Here is an 85mm lens image quality comparison to get you started.
 
I think I might know what you want under the Christmas tree this year. The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/20/2017 7:44:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, November 19, 2017
Standard product images, ideal for visually comparing lenses, along with some on-camera images have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens page.
 
Here are some comparisons you might be interested in:
 
Current Canon 85mm Lenses
Canon 85mm f/1.4 between the equivalent Nikon and Sony lenses
Canon 85mm f/1.4 between the Sigma and Tamron options
Canon 85mm f/1.4 between the Zeiss Otus and Milvus
 
Did I miss a comparison you wanted to see? Click on any of the above links and build your own.
 
The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Of course, if you preordered this lens early, you are probably out using it right now and will already know how this lens sizes up. I expect to have the 85 f/1.4L IS image quality results available tomorrow morning.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/19/2017 7:30:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 14, 2017
 Monday, November 13, 2017
Just posted: Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly Lens Review.
 
If you don't have the very-fun and quite useful 11mm focal length covered, this lens is definitely worth considering. It is a very good value.
 
With a $50 instant savings on the Firefly and a $100 instant rebate on the Blackstone version, this lens is an especially good deal right now.
 
The Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 11/13/2017 7:50:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens review page has been updated with hands-on information and image quality examples.
 
I recently put nearly 500 shutter actuations behind this highly-desired lens and am sharing what I learned.
 
Coming soon: B&H lists the expected availability date of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens as Nov 17, 2017. Or, viewed another way, in plenty of time for it to become your primary holiday lens.
 
Preorder your 85 f/1.4L IS now at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/8/2017 8:25:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R, Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added to the Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly Lens Review.
 
Important Note: You will see the mid and periphery sharpness of the test chart fluctuate unusually at certain apertures. For example, this lens shows as being peripherally sharper at f/4 than f/4.5. We tested the lens on the ISO 12233 chart a second time to be positive the results were repeatable and ... they were. To frame even a large test chart at 11mm requires a rather short focus distance and I am not seeing this issue in longer focus distance testing (I'll share these results in a full review soon). Overall, I'm really liking this lens.
 
Here are some comparisons that you might be interested in:
 
Irix 11mm f/4 vs. Canon 11-24mm f/4L Lens
Irix 11mm f/4 vs. Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
Irix 11mm f/4 vs. Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens
 
Note that the Firefly and Blackstone variants of the Irix 11mm f/4 share the same optics. I'll list the full set of differences in the review, but the Firefly is lighter and less expensive while Blackstone is better-built. Both are bargains.
 
These lenses are a great deal at regular price, but through today, there is a $50 instant savings on the Firefly and $100 instant savings on the Blackstone at B&H.
 
The Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly/Blackstone Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Post Date: 11/1/2017 8:38:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Just posted: Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens Review.
 
How does Sony's latest telephoto zoom lens perform? That question is now answered.
 
The Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 10/31/2017 10:00:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 30, 2017
Noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS M100 page.
 
With their current top-of-the-line 24 MP APS-C imaging sensor, Canon has been making full use of economies of scale. This sensor is now featured in a large and growing number of DSLR and MILC cameras, ranging from higher-end models down to the bargain-low-cost M100. Are there any differences between models from an image quality perspective? The Canon EOS M100 vs. M5 comparison will shed some light on this answer.
 
The Canon EOS M100 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorder).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/30/2017 8:00:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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