Friend of the site Dustin Abbott has completed a comprehensive review of Canon’s brand new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II. If you head over to his review, there’s also a full video review if you prefer to watch instead of read.
I’m not finding much to criticize with this lens. It isn’t cheap, but it is a pretty killer optic with a pro grade build quality. It’s expensive ($2199), but no more so than Canon’s 70-200 f/2.8L or 24-70 f/2.8L variants. When compared with the higher end telephotos, however, it is a great bargain. It offers great reach in a compact package that most users should be able to handhold due to its manageable weight and excellent image stabilizer. It has amazing image quality with next to no real shortcomings. I love my Canon 70-300L and have enjoyed my Tamron 150-600 VC, but this lens has left me in a conundrum. I am strongly considering selling both of these lens in exchange for the new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II. I like it that much.
Dustin Abbott has completed his review of the Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm ultra wide angle lens for Canon.
I own and absolutely love this lens. It is far and away the best ultra wide angle lens you can get for your Canon DSLR and I know you’ve heard that before.
“I’ve shot with a similar focal length for several years and have learned a certain familiarity with it. The degree of challenge associated with the focal length pays dividends in the incredible image quality you can achieve with it. The Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm is a very expensive lens, but those who make the investment find a highly rewarding lens that produces images inferior options cannot match. You would be hard pressed to find an owner of the lens who would not say that it was worth its high price tag.”
It took a while, but Justin completed his review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art series lens. This isn’t a usual focal length for him, so there was some challenged when using it on jobs. He much prefers the 35mm focal length.
He did come away impressed with the lens, like most reviewers out there.
Reviews here at Canon Rumors have slowed down while we work on a new web site, we hope to increase the pace at which they come in the spring.
From Justin “I wasn’t sure how I felt about this lens after I sent it back. I didn’t have it long enough and I didn’t really push the lens against its competitors. I tried to use it on every job I had for a few busy weeks, and I used it. I actually used it. I hardly ever use my Canon 50mm f/1.4, as there’s something about the resulting photos that don’t blow me away. I keep it in my kit because it’s relatively inexpensive and not really worth selling. While my general feeling is that the Canon 50mm f/1.2L isn’t worth four times as much as the Canon 50 f/1.4, the Sigma is definitely worth the two and a half times price difference.” Read the full review
ePHOTOzine has completed their review of the brand new Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II and have come away quite impressed. The original 400 DO was one of my favourite Canon lenses and I will definitely be replacing it with this lens.
From ePHOTOzine “As you might expect from a lens that commands such a high price, this lens performs superbly as far as sharpness is concerned. Diffraction appears to be the ceiling for performance, with this lens delivering outstanding sharpness across the frame at maximum aperture. Although sharpness in the centre of the frame peaks at f/5.6, on the whole, performance is reduced gradually as the aperture is stopped down. It would be a big ask for Canon to defeat physics to improve performance in this respect. Sharpness remains excellent across the frame, until the aperture is stopped down beyond f/11.”
Dustin Abbott, a friend of the site, has completed his review of the brand new Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.
People ask a lot if the EF 24-105 f/4L IS is going to stick around in the lineup, especially now that this lens is available. I don’t have an answer for that, but there’s 3 options in this focal range now if you also include the very good EF 24-70 f/4L IS. This lens is now kitted with the EOS 6D and I suspect it’s going to be a kit option with all future non EOS-1 full frame cameras.
From the review “I’m rarely a fan of variable aperture lenses, but the reality is that almost all consumer grade zooms are variable aperture. It is this concession that allows them to be lighter and cheaper. That aside, this lens provides solid optics, great image stabilization, and fast, quiet focus. It is a lens that I believe will make more and more sense as Canon introduces it as a kit bundled with cameras at a lower price point and as Canon’s next generation of full frame camera bodies add the technology that can fully utilize this lens.” Read the full review