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 Monday, February 6, 2017
Image quality results from the Sony a7R II along with specifications and measurements have been added to the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review page.
 
If not Sony's most-acclaimed FE lens, the 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master Lens is very close to having that designation. That strong reputation, along with the usefulness of the 24-70mm focal length range combined with the wide f/2.8 aperture, placed this lens at the top of our Sony to-test list.
 
Note that in the longer half of the focal lengths, this lens copy is delivering considerably sharper results on the right side than on the left (the sharper right side results show in the charts).
 
Of particular interest to this site's audience will be the comparison between the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II and Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lenses. Always use caution when making comparisons between lenses tested on different camera brands, but I think there is value in this comparison.
 
The comparison between the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens and the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens is also an interesting one.
 
B&H has the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens in stock. This lens is also included in the Sony Trade-in Savings Event. Trade in a camera or lens (even something of very low value) and get an additional $330.00 off of this lens in addition to the trade-in value.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 2/6/2017 8:47:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, February 5, 2017
 Thursday, February 2, 2017
Resolution and noise test results along with specifications have been added to the Sony a7R II Review page.
 
Creating perfect apples-to-apples comparisons between different systems is very difficult and I ask you to use careful discernment as you make such comparisons. In the Sony a7R II vs. Canon EOS 5Ds R noise comparison, I see more noise in the higher resolution camera (a higher pixel density sensor showing more pixel-level noise is expected), but the difference is slight and partially due to the Canon noise details being rendered slightly sharper (sharpening the noise).
 
I don't have under and overexposed examples available for the EOS 5Ds R in the noise comparison tool (at least not yet), but do have them for the EOS 5D Mark IV. In this case, the Canon has lower pixel density (and resolution) to its pixel-level noise advantage. With that difference in mind, the a7R II vs. 5D IV comparison shows the 5D IV results having slightly less noise and less grain to the noise when exposures are pushed 3 stops. Whether the less-grain difference is positive or not is a bit of a personal preference and the processing of the RAW images may come into play here.
 
Here is the Sony a7R II vs. Canon EOS 5Ds R resolution comparison. And, here is the Sony a7R II vs. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV resolution comparison.
 
If you missed the post earlier this week, the Sony a7R II Review page has a brief discussion on the Sony RAW converter and processing settings decision process.
 
B&H has the Sony a7R II with a $300.00 rebate. As I said before, to get a huge bargain, trade in any camera or lens (even something of very low value) and get an additional $480.00 off of this camera (in addition to the trade-in value) or a significant amount off of many other Sony products.
Post Date: 2/2/2017 7:59:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 31, 2017
One of the first steps in using a new camera is to learn to process the RAW images it produces. I have shared my decision process and many comparison images on the Sony a7R II Review page.
 
Even if you have no interest in the Sony cameras, you may find the comparison interesting. More coming soon.
 
B&H has the Sony a7R II in stock with a $300.00 rebate. Also, for a huge bargain, trade in any camera or lens (even something of very low value) and get an additional $480.00 off of this camera (in addition to the trade-in value) or a significant amount off of many other Sony products.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/31/2017 11:35:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Just posted: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
Better than Gitzo? That is what I wanted to know also.
 
Getting one of these tripods in your hands has not been easy as they seem to be on perpetual backorder. The good news is that B&H has the both the Really Right Stuff TVC-34 and TVC-34L in stock at this moment.
Post Date: 1/24/2017 7:46:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 23, 2017
Resolution results from the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens have been added to the Canon EOS M5 Review page.
 
With this lens tested in front of most Canon DSLRs and MILCs, many direct comparisons can be made. The first comparison I wanted to see was the EOS M5 vs. EOS 80D. As I mentioned before, I initially expected these two cameras to be equals in the image quality department. While they may indeed be equals, Canon's RAW conversion algorithm generates a less-sharp M5 image with lower noise being the benefit. Prefer sharper? Simple: increase the sharpness setting by 1.
 
Here is the EOS M5 vs. EOS Rebel T6i/T6s comparison.
 
BTW, I'm really liking this little camera!
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M5 in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2017 10:09:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I have a Canon EOS M5 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 Canon EOS M5 ready to use (please note that these steps may change slightly as I continue to dial in this camera for my uses).
 
  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 timezone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the Rear Control dial 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. 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 Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Screen info/toggle settings: Update #1 to select only Grid display and Electronic level (all options selected for #2), uncheck #3 and #4 (I may alter these settings later)
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: VF info/toggle settings: Uncheck #1, update #2 to select only Grid display and Electronic level, check all options for #3 (again, I may alter these settings later)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Histogram dispay: RGB
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Image review: 4 sec.
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Continuous AF: Off
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: MF Peaking Settings: Peaking: On
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Lens aberration correction: disable all (I correct lens aberrations during post processing if warranted)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: 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.)
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Off
  23. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Hints & Tips: Off
  24. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1, C2): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  25. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: C.Fn II: Others: Set M.Fn button to ISO (I may make more changes here after acclimating to this camera)
  26. 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)
  27. To get to the Playback Menu, take a picture, playback the picture and while it is displayed, press the Menu button.
  28. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Highlight Alert: Enable
  29. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Auto Rotate: Off
  30. Playback Menu, Tab 5: * resize: Enable
  31. Playback Menu, Tab 5: Magnify (approx.): Actual size
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 this setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
Unless you are certain that you can 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 M5
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 11:08:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 11, 2017
ISO noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS M5 Review.
 
The word was that the M5 would have identical image quality to the Canon EOS 80D. Looking at the EOS M5 vs. 80D comparison, I see some slight differences. When I first loaded and compared the M5 results, I thought that I miss-focused the lens. Five tests later, I concluded that the M5 was turning in very slightly softer results than the 80D. However, it is likely the RAW processing is what is different. In DPP's Quick Check window, the M5 results are slightly sharper than the 80D results. In DPP's Edit window and in the processed TIFF files, it is the 80D that appears sharper.
 
What I think I like better is the EOS M5's reduced high ISO noise grain.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M5 in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2017 7:50:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 5, 2017
Just posted: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens Review.
 
Does the price:performance ratio make this lens the right choice for many?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/5/2017 9:36:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 2, 2017
Just Posted: Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
This is the upgrade to my most-loved Gitzo GT3542LS Tripod. The GT3543LS has received some nice upgrades and a lower price, but I found one notable downside.
 
B&H has the Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod in stock.
Post Date: 1/2/2017 8:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Just Posted: Lastolite Magnetic Background Support Review
 
For simplifying the use of collapsible backgrounds, this lightweight and easy-to-pack accessory has become and invaluable part of my kit. [Sean]
 
The Lastolite Magnetic Background Support can be purchased at:
B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Post Date: 12/27/2016 10:35:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens Review page.
 
The first logical comparison is the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II vs. I. We first tested the version I lens over a decade ago, but the recent copy we acquired for testing on the 5Ds R turned in better results, looking quite impressive for the price of the lens.
 
You will likely find the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II vs. 70-300 L comparison interesting, along with many of the other comparisons available in the tool. We will be sharing results from the 1Ds III (for backward compatibility in the tool) and also from the 7D II for APS-C format comparisons.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens in stock.
 
With a $250.00 instant rebate, the older lens is looking like an especially great bargain right now. B&H has the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock for only $399.00 with free next day delivery (USA) and 4% rewards.
 
Update: Here's an even better deal! For a limited time, the Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM available for $219.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/21/2016 8:02:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Just posted: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
This may be the wide aperture 85mm lens you have been waiting for.
 
B&H has the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock (Nikon) and available for preorder (Canon and Sigma).
Post Date: 12/20/2016 8:23:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 19, 2016
Just posted: Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter Review.
 
The Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter arrived on my doorstep about 6-weeks ago, yet it only took a few days to fully appreciate the value this inexpensive (only $39.95) accessory can add to one's kit. If you currently own an EOS 5Ds/5Ds R or 7D Mark II, this easy-to-pack accessory is definitely worth consideration.
 
If you were a bit underwhelmed by the W-E1's announcement, be sure to read our full review to discover a few details that may surprise you. (Sean)
 
The Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter is available for preorder at the following retailers:
B&H | Adorama | Canon Store | Wex Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2016 8:56:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 16, 2016
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