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 Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Just posted: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens Review (also branded as (Rokinon/Bower/Vivitar/Falcon/Walimex/Opteka/Bell and Howell/Polar/Pro-Optic)).
 
This lens is a great value at regular price, but it is a killer deal right now at B&H. Use promo code PSWBH16 to save $40.00 on the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens for Canon. Free expedited shipping is included. Regularly $339.00.
 
Other mount versions of this lens are also in stock.
Post Date: 7/19/2016 7:14:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 18, 2016
Is this pro-grade full-frame superzoom ready for the ultra-high resolution Canon EOS 5Ds R? Your answer to that question is now available. Image quality results from the 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Review.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/18/2016 8:20:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 14, 2016
As I work my way through a trio of Samyang (Rokinon, Bower, etc.) lens reviews, I have finished the product images and thought I would share the eye candy with you. Find them on the pending review pages:
 
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens
Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS Lens
Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens
 
These lenses are available for comparison in the Product Image Comparison Tool. That link includes all 3 of these lenses. Here is another comparison you may find interesting (Nikon equivalent).
 
The sharp-eyed among you have noticed that the Samyang 16 is mounted on a Canon EOS 5Ds R in some of its product pics. You are right, this lens is not full-frame compatible. But, it mounts just fine and ... I didn't have an APS-C body available to me while photographing this lens. Visualize the camera as the similarly-sized 7D Mark II. :)
 
B&H carries Samyang Lenses.
Post Date: 7/14/2016 10:21:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS Lens (also branded as Rokinon/Bower) page.
 
Looks like a decent lens from an optical perspective. Full disclosure: we returned our first copy of this lens due to a misalignment issue.
 
B&H has the Samyang 16mm f/2 Lens in stock.
Post Date: 7/12/2016 9:23:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 11, 2016
I recently posted the TDP Canon Lens Popularity Rank. A friend of the site expressed interest in seeing the 3rd party lenses included in this list and ... that sounded interesting to me also. So, today I share the extended list.
 
Once again, I caution you to use discernment as you view the list. There are a lot of factors that can influence a lens' popularity (such as search engine referrals) and popularity can be measured in a variety of ways. Also, not all Canon-mount 3rd party lenses are included on the site and of those listed, not all have full reviews (which could either hurt or help a lens' popularity). With those cautions in mind, here is a rough look at the popularity of current (on retailer shelves) Canon-mount lenses.
 
As always, leave your comments below.
 
  1. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy
  2. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  3. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  4. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  5. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  6. Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens Buy
  7. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  8. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  9. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  10. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  11. Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  12. Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Buy
  13. Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy
  14. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy
  15. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  16. Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  17. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  18. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  19. Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  20. Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  21. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens Buy
  22. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy
  23. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy
  24. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy
  25. Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Buy
  26. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  27. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  28. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  29. Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  30. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy
  31. Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy
  32. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy
  33. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy
  34. Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II Lens Buy
  35. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy
  36. Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens Buy
  37. Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy
  38. Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy
  39. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Buy
  40. Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens Buy
  41. Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens Buy
  42. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Buy
  43. Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Buy
  44. Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Buy
  45. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  46. Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens Buy
  47. Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens Buy
  48. Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Buy
  49. Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Buy
  50. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Lens Buy
  51. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  52. Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy
  53. Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  54. Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  55. Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy
  56. Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy
  57. Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  58. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy
  59. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Buy
  60. Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017 Lens Buy
  61. Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  62. Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  63. Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Lens Buy
  64. Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  65. Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  66. Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Buy
  67. Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Buy
  68. Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Buy
  69. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy
  70. Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Buy
  71. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Lens Buy
  72. Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  73. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy
  74. Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy
  75. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy
  76. Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Buy
  77. Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Buy
  78. Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens Buy
  79. Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens Buy
  80. Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy
  81. Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Buy
  82. Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Buy
  83. Canon EF 2x III Extender Buy
  84. Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Buy
  85. Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Buy
  86. Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  87. Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens Buy
  88. Canon EF 1.4x III Extender Buy
  89. Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  90. Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  91. Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens Buy
  92. Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Buy
  93. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens Buy
  94. Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy
  95. Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy
  96. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  97. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Buy
  98. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens Buy
  99. Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* Lens Buy
  100. Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy
  101. Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  102. Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC Lens Buy
  103. Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens Buy
  104. Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy
  105. Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens Buy
  106. Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Buy
  107. Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  108. Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II Lens Buy
  109. Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM C Lens Buy
  110. Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy
  111. Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Lens Buy
  112. Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 Apo Sonnar T* Lens Buy
  113. Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II Lens Buy
  114. Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* Lens Buy
  115. Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* Lens Buy
  116. Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens Buy
  117. Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Lens Buy
  118. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Buy
  119. Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Buy
  120. Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  121. Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens Buy
  122. Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* Lens Buy
  123. Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy
  124. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens Buy
  125. Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM Lens Buy
  126. Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM C Lens Buy
  127. Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens Buy
  128. Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS C Lens Buy
  129. Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy
  130. Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Milvus Lens Buy
  131. Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Milvus Lens Buy
  132. Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens Buy
  133. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens Buy
  134. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens Buy
  135. Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens Buy
  136. Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens Buy
  137. Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens Buy
  138. Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* Lens Buy
  139. Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM Lens Buy
  140. Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Buy
  141. Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* Lens Buy
  142. Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Milvus Lens Buy
  143. Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  144. Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon T* Lens Buy
  145. Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens Buy
  146. Zeiss 100mm f/2M Milvus Lens Buy
  147. Sigma Dock Buy
  148. Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  149. Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens Buy
  150. Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Buy
  151. Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Buy
  152. Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens Buy
  153. Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Di Macro Lens Buy
  154. Samyang 24mm f/1.4 US UMC Lens Buy
  155. Samyang 35mm f/1.4 US UMC Lens Buy
  156. Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Macro Lens Buy
  157. Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Lens Buy
  158. Zeiss 25mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens Buy
  159. Tamron 60mm f/2.0 Di II Macro Lens Buy
  160. Zeiss 50mm f/2M Milvus Lens Buy
  161. Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens Buy
  162. Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens Buy
  163. Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2016 10:01:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Wondering what the new Pelican AIR hard cases are like? Check out the just posted Pelican 1535 AIR Hard Case Review.
 
B&H has the Pelican 1535 AIR Hard Case in stock.
Post Date: 7/6/2016 9:45:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 5, 2016
In addition to image quality results, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens and Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens pages. As mentioned before, both of these lenses are scheduled to have full reviews completed in the near future.
 
B&H has the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens and Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens in stock.
Post Date: 7/5/2016 8:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I mentioned a couple of lens' TDP rank recently and by request, I'm sharing the full list. Keep in mind that there are a lot of factors that can influence a lens' popularity (including search engine referrals) and popularity can be measured in a variety of ways. But, here is a rough look at the popularity of Canon's current (on retailer shelves) lenses:
 
  1. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy
  2. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  3. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  4. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  5. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  6. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  7. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  8. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  9. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  10. Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  11. Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy
  12. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy
  13. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  14. Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  15. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  16. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  17. Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  18. Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  19. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy
  20. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy
  21. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy
  22. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  23. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  24. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  25. Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  26. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy
  27. Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy
  28. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy
  29. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy
  30. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy
  31. Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy
  32. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Buy
  33. Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Buy
  34. Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Buy
  35. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  36. Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens Buy
  37. Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Buy
  38. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Lens Buy
  39. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  40. Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  41. Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  42. Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy
  43. Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  44. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy
  45. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Buy
  46. Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  47. Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  48. Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  49. Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  50. Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Buy
  51. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy
  52. Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  53. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy
  54. Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy
  55. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy
  56. Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens Buy
  57. Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens Buy
  58. Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy
  59. Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Buy
  60. Canon EF 2x III Extender Buy
  61. Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Buy
  62. Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  63. Canon EF 1.4x III Extender Buy
  64. Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  65. Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  66. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens Buy
  67. Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy
  68. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  69. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Buy
  70. Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy
  71. Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  72. Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  73. Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  74. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens Buy
  75. Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM Lens Buy
  76. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens Buy
  77. Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
Let us know which rankings are surprises to you!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2016 6:26:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 30, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R, 1Ds Mark III and 7D Mark II have been added to the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens (also branded as Rokinon, Bower, etc.) page.
 
You are going to like what you see from this lens, especially for the price. Here are some comparisons:
 
Samyang 135mm f/2 compared to the Canon EF 135mm f/2L lens
Samyang 135mm f/2 compared to the Zeiss 135mm f/2 lens
 
A full review of this lens is planned.
 
B&H has the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens in stock.
Post Date: 6/30/2016 8:34:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R, Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens (also branded as Rokinon, Bower, etc.) page.
 
The first comparison I wanted to see was the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 vs. the Canon 14mm f/2.8 L II Lens. The second was the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 vs. the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Lens. While the Samyang comes up short of these other two lenses from an images quality standpoint, it is a FAR lower-priced lens. Stopped down modestly, many are going to find the lower price to more than offset the modestly lower image quality. Especially those who only infrequently need a focal length this wide will find the Samyang a very attractive option.
 
A full review of the Samyang 14 is planned for the near future.
 
B&H has the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens in stock. Note that the Nikon mount version of this lens is $50 more expensive than the Canon mount version, apparently due to the addition of a focus confirmation chip. Prices for other mounts vary.
Post Date: 6/28/2016 7:53:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, June 25, 2016
 Thursday, June 23, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Review.
 
Anyone ready for a version II of this lens? Or is it good enough now?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens in stock with $100.00 instant savings, 4% B&H reward and 13 months of coverage.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/23/2016 8:19:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Review.
 
With a TDP popularity rank of 63 among Canon EF and EF-S lenses, only 4 places higher than the EF 20mm f/2.8, this lens is not a favorite of many. Make some comparisons at 28mm and see if you think this one deserves better.
 
This lens, aside from the center of the frame, was not good enough for the EOS-1Ds III and the higher density sensor DSLRs are far less kind to its even relatively wide aperture results. Stopped down, this lens needs a lot of CA correction.
 
There is no other 28mm lens with an aperture wider than f/2.8 in Canon's lineup. Does this lens deserve to remain a current model?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 6/22/2016 7:32:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 17, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Review.
 
With a TDP popularity rank of 67 among Canon EF and EF-S lenses, the EF 20mm f/2.8 doesn't get a lot of love. Make some comparisons at 20mm and see if you think it deserves better.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/17/2016 9:07:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 16, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review.
 
The 14 L II was Canon's widest rectilinear lens until the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens came along. Interesting comparison: Canon EF 14mm L II vs. 11-24mm L at 14mm f/4.
 
What other 14 L II comparisons do you like?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 6/16/2016 10:10:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 13, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Review.
 
The 135mm f/2 lens is notably absent from the third party lens lineup, leaving the Nikon 135 f/2 as the only directly comparable lens. Zeiss has an amazing MF-only alternative – here is that comparison (1Ds III tests).
 
If 100mm f/2 can get the job done for you, the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens could be considered a close-comparable with a more-affordable price. If shooting at f/2, the 135L will make you happier.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 6/13/2016 7:59:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 9, 2016
 Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Just posted: Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens Review.
 
When a newly introduced lens has no equal on the market, it is probably exciting.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens in stock.
Post Date: 6/8/2016 9:06:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 6, 2016
 Friday, June 3, 2016
While providing a review of the Transcend CFast 2.0 Memory Card, I share my memory card selection thought process. The RCSP acronym is what you need to consider.
 
B&H has the Transcend CFast 2.0 Memory Card in stock.
Post Date: 6/3/2016 7:40:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 1, 2016
 Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review.
 
Did the arrival of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II bring this lens purpose?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2016 9:52:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 26, 2016
The balance of the standard test results (vignetting, flare and distortion) along with specs, measurements and standard product images are now available on the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017 Lens pages.
 
Full reviews of both lenses are planned for the near future.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017 Lens in stock.
Post Date: 5/26/2016 8:46:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Just posted: Canon EOS Rebel T6 Review
 
Obvious is that this is a low-priced DSLR. But, does it have any professional purposes? Read the review (at least the pro use section near the end) and leave your thoughts in the comments here.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T6 in stock.
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Post Date: 5/25/2016 7:37:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 23, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens Review.
 
While an f/2.8 max aperture for a prime lens may not grab your attention, this lens' image quality might. The 28 f/2.8 IS is regularly a decent value and the $100.00 instant reward makes it a great value.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 5/23/2016 8:07:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 19, 2016
Just posted: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Review.
 
This is a very impressive-performing camera. The AF system is perhaps my favorite improvement, but ... there are so many other great things about this camera.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II available for preorder with 13 months of Canon CarePAK coverage free (upon camera registration). Get the premium kit which also offers a free CFast 2.0 card and reader.
 
Retailers with 1D X II Premium Kit In Stock: Canon Store | Adorama | Focus Camera
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Post Date: 5/19/2016 9:42:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Review.
 
The Canon 180 L doesn't get a lot of love, but ... it has given me some great images over the years.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 5/17/2016 8:03:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 16, 2016
As has become my routine, I recorded my initial Canon EOS-1D X Mark II configuration process upon receiving the camera. Following are the 42 steps I took to make the out-of-the-box Canon EOS-1D X Mark II ready for my use. I know, 42 is a big number. But, this camera is extremely configurable.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged Canon LP-E19 (or LP-E4N) battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, the neck strap and the Canon Solution Disk (still included in this box). I always take a moment to grip the camera, taking in the new-camera grippyness that is right up there with new car smell.
  3. Find the Canon EOS Solution Disk software (included on a DVD) and install it on your computer. 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 (unless I am planning to use very large lenses)
  5. Record the camera's serial number and ensure that proper insurance coverage is in place.
  6. Important: Turn the vertical grip on (switch near top of vertical grip – why is this off by default?).
  7. Insert the battery (ideally, after charging completes).
  8. Power the camera on.
  9. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  10. Insert one (or two) memory card(s) (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  11. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "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 – I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied in DPP)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Img type/size: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: L(50)-H3(409600), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-512000
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details – I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Image review: 4 sec.
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable
  22. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting change – it should be Canon's default)
  23. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Grid display: 3x3
  24. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
  25. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 2nd image priority: Focus +2 (same reason)
  26. AF Menu, Tab 4: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
  27. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (enable the "blinkies", flash portions of image that are overexposed during image review)
  28. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Playback grid: 3x3
  29. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked details)
  30. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnification (apx): 1X
  31. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the always-largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  32. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Viewfinder display: Viewfinder level: Show, VF grid display: Enable, Show/hide in viewfinder: Flicker! only
  33. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Info button display options: Electronic level only
  34. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  35. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Copyright information: Enter author's name: [enter name]
  36. Custom Functions, Tab 3: Restrict shooting modes: Enable all (adds C2 and C3)
  37. Custom Functions, Tab 4: Restrict drive modes: Disable: low speed continuous, Silent HS continuous, Silent LS continuous (I seldom use theses modes)
  38. Custom Functions, Tab 5: Rec card, img size setting: Off (I don't use this button. being able to turn it off prevents inadvertent changes)
  39. Custom Functions, Tab 6: Av setting without lens: On (allows me to prepare the camera for a specific, not-yet-mounted lens)
  40. Custom Functions, Tab 6: Custom Controls: AF-ON: One shot AI Servo; Set: Mag/Reduce; Multicontroller: Direct AF point selection; M-Fn2: One Shot/AI Servo
  41. Custom Functions, Tab 7: Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  42. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Anti-flicker shoot, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning
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 and To Order Your 1D X Mark II
 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/16/2016 10:44:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens page.
 
I'll leave the comparison lens selection up to you, but ... certain is that there is no directly comparable lens available.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens in stock.
Post Date: 5/11/2016 10:07:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 9, 2016
ISO Noise and resolution test results have been added to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Review page.
 
Here are some comparisons (initialized at ISO 3200):
 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II compared to the 1D X
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II compared to the 1D Mark IV
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II compared to the 5D Mark III
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II compared to the 5Ds R downsized
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II compared to the 7D Mark II
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II compared to the 1D Mark III
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II compared to the 1Ds Mark III
 
I'll further explain and add commentary to the entire 15 sets (13 samples each) of results soon.
 
I'm totally loving this camera so far. I have photographed a couple of soccer games (including one under the lights) and a round of prom pictures with the 1D X II and very much look forward to a full sports schedule week ahead of me for further testing.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II available for preorder. Order the Premium Kit ($300 value for no extra cost at the moment).
 
Retailers with 1D X II Premium Kit In Stock
Canon Store | Adorama | Focus Camera
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Post Date: 5/9/2016 9:31:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 5, 2016
I drove to the UPS shipping terminal first thing this morning to pick up my 1D X Mark II body just arriving from B&H. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and, with an under-the-lights soccer game on my schedule for this evening, I chose to not wait for the brown truck to arrive late this afternoon (and risk it not arriving in time). Hearing the sound of this camera is always good for a smile and I put it in front of the mic for a first test.

Canon rates the 1D X Mark II buffer depth at up to 170 RAW images, with the highest number requiring a CFast 2.0 Memory Card. CFast cards were a new requirement for my kit and Transcend was anxious for me to try out one of their CFX650 256GB CFast 2.0 Memory Cards (Max. Read/Write Speed: 510/370 MB/s) in this camera. I didn't have to think too long to accept that offer and, while I have yet to use another card in this camera, I can tell you that this one and the 1D X Mark II perform very impressively together.

With the Transcend card installed, the 1D X Mark II captured an incredible 14 frames per second until I got bored holding the shutter release down over 6 minutes later. The 14 fps converts to 840 fpm and, in 6:01.35, I had a VERY impressive 5,068 RAW images on the CFast card. With this card installed, the camera never filled its buffer. And, the sound is, as expected, awesome:

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Burst Mode
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Burst Mode Extended Version (the full 6 minutes)

Here is a burst rate comparison between the 1D X Mark II and several other current or recent models:

Burst Comparison: 80D, 7D Mark II, 1D X Mark II and 1D X

The fine print: the test camera was configured to use ISO 100, a 1/8000 shutter speed (no waiting for the shutter operation), a wide open aperture (no time lost due to aperture blades closing) and manual focus (no focus lock delay). The lens cap remained on (insuring a black file and the smallest file size) and a freshly-formatted fast memory card was loaded. Camera sounds were recorded using a Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder with record levels set to 50% at -12db gain and positioned 1" behind the rear LCD.

Completing the full 1D X review is of course a high priority for me – I'll have much more to share in the near future. Check out the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II page for more information.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II available for preorder.
 
Retailers with 1D X II Premium Kit In Stock
Adorama | Focus Camera

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Post Date: 5/5/2016 11:24:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 4, 2016
As has become my habit when setting up a new DSLR, I recorded my setup steps for the recently-received Canon EOS Rebel T6. Following are the 24 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Rebel T6 ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. The battery likely comes partially charged, but it is nice to start out with a fully charged battery.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box.
  3. Download the Canon Solution Disk software from Canon's website and install 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 – if you can wait that long).
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: "RAW"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Peripheral illumination correction: disabled
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "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.)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: ISO Auto: 6400
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Grid display: Grid 1 (3x3)
  19. Playback Menu, Tab 2: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  20. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  21. Tools Menu, Tab 3: C.Fn I: Exposure: ISO Expansion: On
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  23. Tools Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  24. My Menu: Register the following options: Long exposure noise reduction, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning (Clean manually), Expo.comp./AEB (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 Rebel T6
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Post Date: 5/4/2016 10:33:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017 Lens page.
 
Image quality results from the Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D are now available. A wide range of Canon EOS models can be compared with the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens (T6-tested) and/or the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens selected (use f/4).
 
The Rebel T6 is available only in a kit with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, so while we had this lens in the labs, we captured Image quality results from it mounted to the EOS 7D Mark II.
 
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II are available in the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens Review. This is a venerable combination for sports and wildlife.
 
As usual, all of the above-mentioned items are available at B&H. Your continued support of the site by using the provided B&H and other retailer links to make purchases (of anything) continues to make these tests possible.
Post Date: 5/3/2016 9:15:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 2, 2016
 Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Image quality (D3x and D810), vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Lens page.
 
There is a bit of a backstory to this post. This is the third copy of this lens we've put through the lab. I was not satisfied with the 50-70mm performance of the first copy, so I brought a second lens in. The results from the second lens were about the same as the first with great wide angle sharpness and not so great long end performance.
 
What to do next was the dilemma. Was this performance indicative of what you should expect from this lens? Did we get two duds in a row? Was there an issue with the Nikon D3x test camera? Perhaps something was not working well with the camera and lens combination?
 
Being unsettled, I opted to clean house and try again. I purchased a new Nikon D810 and brought in a third copy of the 24-70 VR. Here are the results of the 3rd lens on the D810 compared to the 2nd lens on the D3x.
 
Many comparisons can be made. I'll let you decide which of those to make.
 
Nikon D810 test results from more lenses are planned for the future, though it will take a long time to work all previously-tested lens models through the lab. Remember, all lens aberration correction is turned off for these tests (CA, if present, will be especially noticeable at high resolution). The same sharpness settings being used for the D3x (initially setup to match or perhaps slightly exceed the Canon settings) are being used for the D810. We will be looking more closely at this setting, probably after bringing in a 200 f/2 VR for testing (the original base lens used for sharpness setting selection).
 
Don't forget: we really need your support to keep the camera and lens tests coming in. Especially when copy quality is questioned, these tests become very expensive to conduct. Please use the site's links to make your purchases! Even buying diapers at Amazon helps.
 
B&H has the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 4/27/2016 9:53:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Test results for the Canon EOS Rebel T6 and the Canon EOS M3 are now available in the site's ISO noise comparison tool.
 
Hare are some comparisons that may be of interest:
 
Canon EOS Rebel T6 compared to Rebel T5
Canon EOS Rebel T6 compared to Rebel T6i
Canon EOS Rebel T6 compared to 80D
Canon EOS M3 compared to Rebel T6i
 
B&H (still on holiday break) has the Canon EOS Rebel T6 and the Canon EOS M3 in stock.
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Post Date: 4/26/2016 11:15:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 21, 2016
While the Canon EOS 5Ds R is not marketed as the ideal sports camera, it is what I've been using for my spring sports photography so far this year. The reason? I sold my Canon EOS-1D X to fund the purchase of a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. At the time of the sale, the 1D X Mark II was " ... scheduled to begin shipping to authorized Canon USA dealers in April 2016." [Canon Press Release] My spring sports photography starts in mid-April, so I thought the odds were good that I would have a 1D X II in time or just into this season.
 
B&H currently lists the expected 1D X II availability as May 1st. While this is only 1 day past "April", it is also 1 day past worst case from the press release's expectation.
 
So, I have been using a 5Ds R with a BG-E11 Battery Grip for spring sports photography. For this purpose, the 5Ds R has only one limitation. As we know, this camera has a great AF system and it has no problem tracking fast action. The image quality this camera delivers is likewise excellent and, with extreme resolution, high resolution images remain even after heavy cropping. This means that a focal length or focal length range can effectively be used to cover a much greater percentage of the field than the 1D X II will be able to.
 
That one limitation I referred to is the frame rate. Capturing frames at 5 fps is not fast enough to catch the ideal moments happening during a play, including providing the ideal capture of stride position for a running athlete. The workaround is to time the shutter press with what is expected to be the ideal point of the play. Using this tactic, anything happening prior to the initial shutter press will of course be missed. The first shot timing takes more skill than simply holding the shutter release down, but can be effectively used and once practiced, can be used very effectively.
 
I still hold the 5Ds R shutter release down after the initially timed press as additional good shots are often captured subsequently, but capturing at 10, 12 or 14 fps makes a huge difference in getting the ideal shot while reducing the skill needed to do so. While the 5Ds R is delivering great sports images for me, I anxiously await the 1D X II.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/2000s
ISO 160
7568 x 5045px
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Post Date: 4/21/2016 11:39:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L Camera Backpack Review.
 
I've been looking for a great long lens backpack for a long time. This is the one I was waiting for. It works great for holding large amounts of smaller gear as well.
 
B&H has the MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L in stock. Or, buy directly from MindShift Gear.
Post Date: 4/21/2016 10:48:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review.
 
This is a great lens to have in the kit. I use it quite frequently.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 instant rebate and 4% rewards.
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Post Date: 4/19/2016 8:52:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 18, 2016
 Friday, April 15, 2016
The balance of the standard test results, including vignetting, flare and distortion, along with specs, measurements and standard product images, are now available on the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens review page.
 
I expect to have the review of this interetsing lens completed very soon.
 
B&H has the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 4/15/2016 8:05:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I was recently privileged to spend over a week photographing in Middle and North Caicos, Turks and Caicos, British West Indies. Landscape photography was the primary pursuit and I packed an arguably best-available kit for this purpose. Seen in the lead image is my primary pack for this trip, a MindShift Gear BackLight 26L.
 
This pack is well under the carry-on size limitation of many flights and holds a substantial amount of gear along with clothes, water bottles and other items. Though nicely-sized, this backpack is not heavy. It has proven comfortable to carry on easy hikes (such as through airports) and very long, difficult ones (such as over the pure-evil rocks on the cliffs along the Mudjin Harbor coast) alike.
 
In this backpack, I took a pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R cameras (sans grips) as shown mounted to an EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, a frequently carried combination for me.
 
Across the top of this case are the Gitzo GH3382QD Series 3 Center Ball Head (one of the best ball heads I've used), the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens (this was a great opportunity to use this lens while reviewing it) and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens, a great landscape lens, especially when handholding.
 
In the smaller sections across the bottom of the case are numerous circular polarizer and neutral density filters, a pile of batteries and misc. other items.
 
Yes, the Zeiss Otus looks a bit big for this pack, but ... the zippers close, even with a 15" laptop in the lid. I actually carried this lens in my personal item pack, but wanted to feature it among the important gear I took with me.
 
My "personal item" carried onto the plane was again a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro. While I had a couple of other lenses, a Canon EOS M3 and some other camera gear in this pack, most of the contents were more support-oriented, including power supplies, chargers, external hard drives, etc.
 
This was a very good trip, featuring some of the most beautiful water and emptiest beaches found anywhere. I hope to share more images from this location soon.
 
Feel free to ask questions in the comments section.
 
Get your MindShift Gear BackLight 26L at B&H or direct from MindShift Gear.
Post Date: 4/15/2016 7:53:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 14, 2016
When flying with camera gear, I always carry it on the plane with me. At least the most expensive and highest importance gear goes with me. But, just because I want to carry the gear onto the plane does not prevent the airline from forcing a gate check of a typically-large roller case, even if it falls within dimensional compliance. The scariness of this scenario was reinforced to me recently when I watched gate checked bags sliding down a very long tube, landing with significant force at ground level. So, I take precautions against being forced to turn over a camera case at the gate.
 
The first precaution I often take is using the airline's credit card to buy the flight tickets. This move typically results in priority boarding privileges. United Airlines and American Airlines (my two most-used airlines) charge an annual fee for their cards, but another benefit these cards provide is a certain number of free checked luggage bags on each flight. A flight or two a year generally equalizes the credit card's annual fee.
 
While there are generally a lot of people flying with priority boarding passes, getting in line early within this boarding group has always insured that I can stow my largest case in the overhead storage, avoiding a gate check requirement caused by lack of storage space.
 
Another key to avoid gate checking is knowing the size of the planes that you will be flying on. The smallest plane on your trip is going to be the limiting factor. If flying on a small plane such as a regional jet, this can be a problem (especially if it is the first leg of a multiple flight trip). The isle seat on the side of the plane with the most side-by-side seats may have the largest storage option – under the seat in front of you. In this case, know what size case fits here – a full-size hard or rigid case will often not fit.
 
With large-sized planes booked for all of my commercial airline flights and priority boarding passes in hand, I was comfortable taking a full-size roller bag as my carry-on to Alaska. My choice? The Think Tank Photo Airport Security V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag. TTP sent me this case a long time ago, and I have used it with great frequency since, leaving many of my other cases to gather dust.
 
This trip involved a mix of travel (including float planes, various boats and an SUV) and in-the-field use of camera gear. While the Airport Security is not my first choice for backpack-style carry, it provides this option and I carried it full of gear for many miles in the Katmai National Park back country on this trip. The straps work fine. Aside from having a large capacity, including the ability to hold a 600mm f/4 lens with a pro-sized camera body attached (snug fit), this case provides very solid protection for the contents and the build quality was something I had a lot of confidence in.
 
The lead image for this post shows most of the primary items I carried in this pack while traveling. I removed a 15" sleeved laptop and some other odds and ends (including some spare clothes) prior to taking this picture. The laptop fits in the outside pocket or, to save some dimensional space, inside in the shown load configuration.
 
In the case, starting at the top, is the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens mounted to the Canon EOS 5Ds R with a Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip. I talk about my reasoning behind the camera and lens choices here:
 
My Wildlife Lens Selection for Katmai National Park, Alaska
 
My Camera Selection for Katmai National Park, Alaska
 
From left to right across the bottom of the case are the following:
 
The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens was along for my ultra-wide angle needs (didn't end up using it much). The Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Lens earned its ticket to travel from its excellent image quality at a wide aperture. Night sky photography its primary intended purpose. The Canon EOS M3 with a Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens mounted made the trip. With Canon EOS Rebel T6i-like image quality, this tiny camera with the 18-55 gave me a very compact general purpose kit to use when I could not (or did not want to) take a full size camera and also provided a backup under the same circumstances. The EOS M3 proved a convenient choice for photographing from commercial airplanes (you do this, right?), from float planes and for a part-day salmon fishing trip.
 
In Lowepro Lens Cases under and beside the M3 are Canon EF 1.4x and 2x III Extenders. While I have no regrets from bringing these, I did not use either on this trip. The 600mm lens was enough, but you never know when a unique situation calls for more reach.
 
An Arca-Swiss Z1 Ball Head is fit into the bottom right divided section of the Airport Security. This head was chosen because ... it is my current favorite – it works great and reliably so. While I don't usually have room for tripods in my carry-on cases, I usually include my primary ball head because of its dense weight. Keeping my checked bag under the 50 lbs. limit is usually a challenge.
 
Numerous circular polarizer and neutral density filters can be seen in the two backpack images shown.
 
My "personal item" carried onto the plane was a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro. This pack is ideal for maximizing the camera gear carried onto the plane and great for lower volume needs on location.
 
Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro Packed
 
Shown in this pack are a pair of 5Ds R bodies, one mounted to the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens (amazing lens, again, see the lens selection link above) and one mounted to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens, a great handheld landscape lens. The other two lenses shown in this pack are the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. Both are best-available for landscape and other needs.
 
Lots of additional accessories were along in the carry-on packs including well over 1TB of memory cards, many batteries, chargers, power supplies and including power supplies, charges, external hard drives. I always carry an empty water bottle through security and fill it from a water fountain before the flight, insuring adequate hydration for a long period of time.
 
Not seen in the two backpack images are a pair of tripods that were along for this trip. My favorite all-around tripod is the Gitzo GT3542LS. It is an extremely rigid, strong, lightweight, reliable tripod that is easily up to handling the 600mm lens kit. Nested inside the legs of the larger tripod was the Gitzo GT1542T Traveler Tripod with an Acratech GP-s Ball Head mounted (great little head). The second tripod served as backup, permitted use of two simultaneous tripod setups and offered an ultra-lightweight tripod for those times when the full-size option was too much. This little tripod could have handled the 600mm setup if necessary. A pair of empty Lowepro Toploader Pro cases were placed over both ends of the nested tripods with their open lids providing protection for most of the sides of the tripods. Clothing provided the balance of the protection necessary for the tripods.
 
Large lenses are far easier to use on a gimbal mount and the Wimberley Tripod Head II is my first choice. I packed this head in a padded case inside my checked bag.
 
Think Tank Photo Airport Security V 2.0 in the Field
 
The above image shows the Airport Security in action in coastal Katmai National Park. I like to keep my gear clean – The Airport Security can be seen here on The 1 Cheap Accessory that should be in All of Your Camera Bags. I always have these along.
 
My Alaska trip itinerary, in brief, involved a flight to Anchorage, SUV rental, driving to Seward and then Homer and float plane flight to coastal Katmai National Park where I stayed on boats for 4 nights. After flying back to home, a 1/2-day side trip to fish the Kenai River was in order and then on to Denali National Park for a few days. There is very little I'd change in my packs if I were to do this trip again.
 
Have any questions? Ask them in the comments section below!
 
Get your Think Tank Photo Airport Security at B&H or direct from Think Tank Photo.
Post Date: 4/14/2016 12:04:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Just posted: Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens Review.
 
Want f/2 at a focal length wider than 18mm? Surprising is that a zoom lens is your only option.
 
B&H has the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens in stock.
Post Date: 4/13/2016 8:33:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 11, 2016
Just posted: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.
 
I expect that we will see more Nano USM lenses coming to Canon's lineup.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/11/2016 7:51:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and 1Ds Mark III have been added to the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
This lens is looking quite impressive, especially in the periphery, even wide open. Check out the lower three crops, showing mostly numbers from the center, mid and periphery, in the EOS 5Ds R f/1.8 image.
 
Here are some pre-built comparisons to get you started:
 
Tamron 85 f/1.8 VC compared to the Canon 85mm f/1.2L II (at f/2 on 5Ds R)
Tamron 85 f/1.8 VC compared to the Canon 85mm f/1.8
Tamron 85 f/1.8 VC compared to the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG (at f/2)
Tamron 85 f/1.8 VC compared to the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 (at f/2)
 
Results from the 7D Mark II are coming soon.
 
B&H has the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 4/6/2016 11:42:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 4, 2016
Just posted: Canon EOS 80D Review
 
The feature-packed EOS 80D is a very nice follow-up the very popular EOS 70D and a great general purpose DSLR choice.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 80D in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/4/2016 7:44:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 30, 2016
As I work through the 80D evaluation, testing this camera's Anti-Flicker Mode was on my to-do list. This technology is such a game-changer for indoor and after-dark outdoor action that I felt compelled to share the test results from the latest EOS model to feature this capability.
 
The top set of images show consecutive frames from an 80D 7 fps burst using a 1/1000 sec shutter speed under fluorescent lights with no flicker avoidance in use. The uneven brightness and white balance shown in these photos represents a daunting post processing challenge.
 
The best solution to the light flicker problem is Canon's Anti-Flicker Mode, available in many of Canon's EOS DSLR cameras, starting with the 7D Mark II. The bottom 8 images show the results of the enabling the Anti-Flicker Mode. My results from shooting an indoor soccer match with the 80D were similarly excellent.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 80D in stock.
Post Date: 3/30/2016 10:00:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS 80D page.
 
In addition to the standard 80D test results, you will find 7 additional sets of results. The RAW-captured standard results utilize Canon's Digital Photo Professional Standard Picture Style with a sharpness setting of 1 (very low) and no noise reduction. The next two result sets utilize the default Standard Picture Style settings selected in-camera with standard noise reduction also selected, showing RAW vs JPG capture.
 
The MSNR results show the capability of Multi Shot Noise Reduction, also with the default Standard Picture Style and settings selected (JPG capture required). While MSNR shows great improvement (roughly 2 stops), it has limited usefulness in real world shooting. I'll explain more about this in the full review.
 
The next two result sets are labeled "Pushed". These images were created from the same baseline "Standard" results (no noise reduction, very light sharpening), but the brightness was pushed by 1 and 2 stops during post processing, simulating a severe underexposure situation. Similar results were added to the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and Canon EOS 70D tests for comparison purposes.
 
The last pair of results were acquired by underexposing and overexposing the original capture by 2 stops and then adjusting the results in Canon DPP by the same amount. The result is more noise and less noise respectively. The bright colors become muted in the overexposed capture due to blown color channels being darkened; but otherwise, these results show a benefit of ETTR (Exposing to the Right).
 
Here are some comparisons:
 
The next model down: EOS 80D vs. Rebel T6i/T6s)
The predecessor: EOS 80D vs. 70D
The next APS-C model up: EOS 80D vs. 7D Mark II
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 80D in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2016 8:59:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 24, 2016
Image quality have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.
 
We should expect this lens to deliver iamge quality similar to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. Here is the comparison: Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS USM vs IS STM Lens.
 
The 18-135 IS USM is a really nice lens to use - a pleasure to walk around with.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock. This lens is also available in the Canon EOS 80D kit, but unusual is that there is no savings over buying the lens and 80D separately.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2016 9:35:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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