Archive for the ‘Canon Reviews’ Category
Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the ST-E3-RT remote for Canon’s 600EX-RT flash system.
From his review:
“If you are a professional or serious amateur photographer and have the ability to choose the Canon’s radio wireless system for your uses, the decision to get one or more ST-E3-RT remote transmitters makes a lot of sense.”
Our reviewer, Justin, didn’t weigh in on the ST-E3-RT but did have high praise for Canon’s 600EX-RT system in our review. The bottom line is that Canon has a real winner with their RT system and all the components of it make for an incredible setup for anyone interested in off-camera flash.
You can purchase the ST-E3-RT from B&H on it’s own, from Adorama or save by buying it as part of a 2 speedlight, 1 ST-E3-RT set.
DxO labs has tested and reviewed the Canon EOS 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS.
From their review:
“Without doubt this lens is a popular model and it’s not difficult to see why. It has pretty good image quality throughout the range.”
Their own title to the review really sums it up “Still a good all-round choice.” It’s not a glowing review, but this has been a strong staple lens for pro photographers for many years. While an updated lens is certainly on the horizon, there is a lot of value left in this quality lens considering the pricier first-party alternatives. Of course, there are some choice third party lenses on the market too.
Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS at B&H | Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS at Adorama
DxO labs has tested and reviewed the Canon EOS 17-40 f/4L.
From their review:
“Due to its more glamorous sibling this modest lens is often overlooked though it’s well known for its high-performance by Canon users. As a small, light, highly portable zoom it would make a great choice for travel, landscapes and general-purpose photography.”
Our own review by Justin echo’d this feeling. Justin has owned and used this lens from his very first day shooting, and it’s a completely viable alternative to the Canon 16-35 f/2.8 L if you can spare the extra stops of light. You can read our review here, and check out DxO’s full review here their lens comparison tool is an excellent resource if you’re into sharpness charts.
Canon 17-40 f/4L at B&H | Canon 17-40 f/4L at Adorama
One of our readers Graham Clark has posted a great long term review of the Canon EOS 6D. He’s had the camera for over a year and has travelled extensively with it. Graham has posted lots of great images as well as a video review of the EOS 6D and what the last year with the camera has been like.
“When the Canon EOS 6D was released this past year in December 2012, there was an immense amount of chatter as to wether or not it was a worthy contender in the lineup of full-frame bodies. You hear words like budget and economy and other things like this. My impression is that this is all noise that comes from millions of dollars of marketing, and if you’re looking for practical rather than theoretical advantages, the Canon EOS 6D is one of the best cameras on the market, regardless of brand.”
If you’re on the fence about picking up an EOS 6D, I think this reviews proves it’s a wonderful camera and will produce great results. I know I love mine.
Read the full review | EOS 6D $1517 via GetItDigital
The link to the review doesn’t seem to be working, it could be a traffic issue. I’ll leave the links up and we’ll see if it corrects itself.
Frank Wong has completed his review of the soon-to-be-released Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC zoom lens. This is currently the longest zoom lens currently in production and looks to be a steal at only $1069. If you’re a birder or wildlife photographer on a budget, this lens may be the perfect addition to your kit.
The review has been translated to english and shows a lot of sample images.
“A good value lens appear in the market ! 600mm reach , F6.3 does not a matter for DSLR nowdays which have good ISO , fast focus , light weight (1.9KG with tripod mount), also a very long warranty period (3-6 years as i remember in Hong Kong ) . I am very impressive with this lens .”
Read the full review | Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC $1069 at B&H Photo
Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE lens. This is an extremely versatile and optically terrific macro lens from Zeiss. I’ve used it a couple of times and I’ve never been disappointed by it!
“The Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens is a luxury to use and it delivers all-around impressiveness. As I said before, this lens delivers image quality that might leave you feeling uneasy about the image quality that your other lenses are producing.”
Read the full review | Zeiss 50 f/2 Makro at B&H Photo $1283
Keith over at Northlight Images has completed his review of the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. This lens retails for $329 USD, compared to Canon’s $2395 EF 14mm f/2.8L II. If you’re in the market for an ultrawide angle lens for your full frame camera, and don’t mind doing a bit of work yourself, this may be the lens for you.
“If you’re interested in the Samyang 14mm (or whatever it’s called where you are) then consider what it is you want to use it for?
For some people the lack of AF and having to manually stop down the lens to the working aperture will be a show stopper.
However I found it perfectly easy to use out and about, by making use of good depth of field at f/8 and an ability to roughly estimate distances.
Exposure was set manually, and relies on the fact that if the light changes enough to need to alter the shutter speed or aperture, then you should easily be able to notice it. It’s hardly difficult with a bit of practice, and you’ll develop a much better intuitive feel for scene lighting, which is no bad thing.”
Manually focusing a 14mm lens on a full frame camera is pretty easy if you stop down to f/5.6 or f/8. Depth of field is quite forgiving.
Is it worth a little extra work to save $2000? to a lot of people it probably is. This is not a focal length most people would use a lot. It’s true that up close, you have to take a bit of care, but with a little practice, it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out.
In the end, you’re going to get great looking images for a fraction of what Canon is asking you for. If you buy the Rokinon and find that 14mm is something you end up using a lot, go on and upgrade to the Canon, it’s a pretty great lens too.
Read the full review | Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 $329 at B&H Photo
The folks at DXOMark have completed their review and testing of the new Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Art series zoom lens.
“Given its popularity, Canon has been slow to replace the EF24-105mm f4L IS USM, and it has provided rival Sigma with the opportunity to gain some leverage in this highly competitive sector. Sigma are sure to be rewarded as it’s not only a superb performer optically, at $899 it comfortably undercuts the Canon and is well worth taking a closer look.”
Read the full review | Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS at B&H Photo
Bryan at The Digital Picture has completed his review of the new Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Art series lens. This lens retails for around $899 USD, and by the looks of the review, that’s a bargain of a price. This lens has already begun shipping for the Canon mount.
“I’ve tested a lot of lenses that made me anxious to move on. This is not one of them. I would have no problem making this my primary general purpose lens.
The Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens’ long focal length range will take a broad swath out of your angle of view needs. This great-looking lens is a joy to use and the results from it are even exciting to view. For a reasonable price, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens reliably delivers the excellent image quality you are looking for from your DSLR camera.”
Read the full review | Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS $899
From our own Justin Van Leeuwen
Our reviewer Justin spent some time with the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x and did a review that didn’t include birds or bears. One of the shots was a unique model shoot using the lens as well as the PocketWizard Plus IIIs so he could trigger his light from 1600 feet away!
Says Justin about the PocketWizard Plus IIIs
“What impresses me though, is that those PocketWizard’s made it from transmitter on the camera to receiver 1600 ft away, over a moving river, up to a cliff, and set off my Elinchrom Quadra pack reliably and consistently. Wow. I highly recommend these if you ever need to shoot between provinces or states.”
Read the story at the PocketWizard blog | PocketWizard III at B&H Photo
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